If you are addicted to drugs or addicted to alcohol, chances are you may have heard of Ibogaine treatment therapy. You may even be looking for where to go to receive Ibogaine treatment. And, if you’re not aware, it’s certainly something you should be.

Hailed as the miracle cure for drug addiction we thought we would explain why (as a hugely successful rehab treatment provider) we do not offer Ibogaine treatment as a solution to addiction.

What Is Ibogaine?

Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychedelic substance with hallucinogenic and dissociative properties. Originally discovered and used by the Pygmy tribe in South Africa, the drug is extracted from the roots bark of the Iboga tree.

In some countries, Ibogaine is used as an alternative medicine treatment therapy for drug addiction. However, there is a substantial lack of scientific evidence with regards to researching the drug’s success. This is mainly due to the drug being illegal in many countries.

How Ibogaine Treatment Works

Ibogaine has been used for centuries by South African tribes during ceremonies to enhance their spiritual understanding and to connect with the universe. The psychedelic properties of Ibogaine are said to connect the user to spiritual awakening and experience. The dissociative properties of the drug take the users mind into a completely different state of experiencing life.

The Ibogaine drug works by simultaneously stimulating and affecting many different neurotransmitters in the brain.

Said to induce psychological displacement and rearrangement, the drug is used to bring about the necessary change in thinking that is required to change an alcoholic or drugs addicts psychological perspective and outlook on life.

Ibogaine is also said to reduce drug cravings and to be particularly effective in the treatment of heroin addiction. However, this has not been medically or scientifically conclusively proven.

The Effects Of Ibogaine Treatment

Ibogaine commonly produces the following effects in a user that last for up to 24 hours on average once consumed:

  • Dry mouth
  • Trance-like state
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Dissociation from reality and one’s own body
  • Extreme emotional reactions to the hallucinations
  • Poor muscle coordination and cognitive ability

Ibogaine treatment can cause cardiac arrest and respiratory difficulties in some individuals.

Ibogaine Treatment for Alcohol

Things You Need To Know About Ibogaine And Its Dangerous Effects

  • Like all drugs, Ibogaine does not come without risks. Some of these risks are very dangerous and can be life-threatening side. There have been instances recorded of individuals instantaneously dying from taking Ibogaine, having suffered an adverse reaction physically.
  • Mentally, Ibogaine treatment could induce psychosis and flashbacks in an individual; in an individual with mental health problems or disorders such as untreated trauma, PTSD, clinical depression, Schizophrenia, OCD, Bipolar disorder or the likes, it could potentially make the condition worse.
  • There are Ibogaine clinics in some countries where the drug is legal, but there is not nearly enough research to conclude that the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks.
  • Ibogaine treatment is illegal in the UK.
  • Ibogaine treatment is illegal in the US.
  • Ibogaine treatment can make certain psychological conditions and mental health illnesses worse.
  • Ibogaine treatment does not address the multi-faceted layers that can cause addiction. Neither does it show an individual a constructive path to living life free from alcohol and drugs.
  • Many Ibogaine treatment centres are unregulated by the appropriate governing bodies.
  • Many Ibogaine treatment clinics do not correctly triage individuals in preparation for treatment and do not follow on with any aftercare. These clinics are extremely dangerous.

There is a huge lack of research around the safety of the drug’s use. If you are considering Ibogaine treatment for drug addiction, please ensure that you thoroughly research the drug and the Ibogaine clinic that you are considering attending to undergo Ibogaine treatment.

Does Ibogaine Cure Addiction?

There is nothing substantiated by medical science that has been proven to cure drug addiction. Addiction is a chronic brain disease and is classed as such; as without treatment, it is chronic and progressive in its nature.

Whilst addiction can be treated, it cannot be cured or eradicated permanently. It is a well-known fact that those that suffer from addiction, require abstinence from mood and mind-altering drugs (excluding medical drugs with supervision where there is a genuine need) and intensive individualised psychological treatment and rehabilitation.

When it comes to treating addiction successfully, so that long term recovery and sobriety can be maintained, there is no quick fix. Please bear this in mind when considering so-called “miracle cures” for addiction.

Evidence-Based Treatment For Addiction

At PCP we only apply evidence-based addiction treatments through our alcohol and drug rehab programmes. We also only use approved medication for our alcohol and drug detoxes.

Our bespoke addiction treatment programmes are proven to work; we experience the miracle of recovery on a daily basis through our effective and clinically proven addiction treatment methods. We also offer free lifetime aftercare and support to all of our patients that complete a treatment programme with us. It is important to us that you continue to receive our support throughout your recovery journey.

If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction, there is an alternative solution to Ibogaine treatment that is approved, proven and safe. Please call us to find out more about our affordable detox and rehab treatment programmes.

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