In the Grips of a Heroin Epidemic: Ibogaine Offers Hope for the Helpless

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Romancing the Stoned

Heroin use has been romanticized throughout history. With its seductive and mysterious allure, the drug has claimed the lives of many beloved and talented figures. The death of Kurt Cobain, who famously committed suicide after a lengthy battle with the drug, triggered an epidemic in the 90s which left thousands dead and countless others mourning. Here are some other notable people we’ve tragically lost to heroin addiction:

  • Cory Monteith
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • River Phoenix
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Layne Staley
  • Janis Joplin
  • John Belushi

Why, though?

The glamorization of heroin leads people who are looking for kicks to think that the drug is the end-all and be-all of illegal drugs. Shrouded in mystery and ritual, stories of heroin use entice potential addicts with promises of being the greatest high one can achieve. The early effects of using heroin include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Confusion
  • Itchy skin
  • Grogginess
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Constricted pupils
  • Shallow breathing

Staggering Numbers

An estimated 9.2 million people worldwide use heroin. Depending on which statistics you read, between 153,000 and 900,000 of those users are Americans. We can’t deny it — we’re in the grips of a serious heroin epidemic. Kids as young as 12 have been discovered to have experimented with the dastardly drug. When a user becomes an addict, the lives of those around him are negatively impacted as well. Whole families are torn apart.

Heroin Today

The long-term effects of using heroin are numerous and wholly destructive:

  • Poor dental health
  • Weakened immune system
  • Diminished appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Organ damage
  • Financial problems
  • Legal issues
  • Relationship disruption
  • Mental health issues

Today’s heroin epidemic is so vast that it’s claiming lives and ruining families left and right across the country. Entire regions of the United States are reeling from losses stemming from this lethal drug, which was once widely used medicinally in the states as well as abroad.

More people have lost their lives as a result of heroin use than those killed by cars or guns. The ever-present risk of death from an overdose — it’s impossible to measure a dose of heroin, since purity varies — hasn’t deterred most people who dare to try it.

Facing Reality

Accepting that you have a problem is the difficult but necessary first step one must take. Reaching out for help is perhaps more difficult, and the stigma of drug addiction can make it even harder. However, these first steps are only the beginning. Many people who undergo treatment must face the reality that the world hasn’t changed — there is still heroin out there.

The Way Out

Ibogaine is an all-natural, plant-based remedy which originates in West Africa. It has been used for centuries in rites of passage, bonding ceremonies, and as a cure for a plethora of illnesses. It also yields amazing results for those looking to kick an opioid habit. Howard Lotsof, an addict from New York, first tried Ibogaine in 1962 as another way to get high, but is credited with discovering the usefulness of the remedy in battling addiction.

Researchers studied the alkaloid throughout the ‘60s. Studies showed Ibogaine to be a beneficial, non-addictive substance for use in treating a wide range of addictions, from cocaine to heroin to opiates. Our retreat offers plans using Ibogaine in combination with other ancient therapies. Two of the additional offerings are:


The sacred Kambo frog secretes this chemical, which has been used by tribes in the Amazon rainforest for as long as Ibogaine has been used by West Africans. We use Kambo to quickly and efficiently cleanse your system during your stay at our retreat.


This therapy aids in long-term treatment by first helping one to envision returning to a drug-free way of life, as well as by relieving withdrawal symptoms, thereby avoiding a relapse.
During the detoxification period, Ibogaine aids in correcting unhealthy, negative patterns of thought and behavior. The use of Ibogaine “resets and rebalances the body and the mind.” Ibogaine causes no withdrawal symptoms of its own.

Tried and True Treatments

The treatment plans we offer are tested and proven. We have saved the lives of over 500 people using Ibogaine since we began offering this therapy. Now that the heroin epidemic has gotten out of control we’re even more passionate to help 500 more. We provide long-term solutions to those who’ve battled addiction and are weary. We’re here. Let us help. The following ailments are treatable with the use of Ibogaine:

  • Substance abuse
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Lupus
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Location, Location, Location

Breathtaking Northern Baja California, Mexico is the setting for our retreats. Our oceanside location is beautiful and serene — an emotionally perfect place for our rehab program. You will stay with others in a gorgeous house adorned with authentic Mexican decor and furniture, in an enormous river valley. Your privacy will be respected as you enjoy your own personal room in our welcoming, home like treatment clinic.

Call Us

Addiction has lots of damaging effects. Ultimately, it leaves you feeling hopeless and alone. We’re here to tell you that there is hope and you are not alone. Point your browser to and find out how our method can help you to escape the vicious cycle of addiction forever. If you’re ready to talk to someone about coming to Mexico and regaining your life, call us now at 1-888-66-IBOGA.

We’re ready to help!


Written by a Guest Writer


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