Your ibogaine aftercare plan keeps you clean, not ibogaine.
Aftercare, who cares?
I insist that you must.
I’ve talked about this plenty, but I’m going to talk about it some more.
This maybe review and you’ve maybe even read some of this same stuff on our website in another place.
Why be repetitive like this?
Ibogaine aftercare and re-integration is the most important part of your retreat.
Your ibogaine aftercare plan keeps you off drugs – Ibogaine does NOT do this part, you and your plan do.
Ibogaine is profound and all of the benefits that we share on this site are real and will happen to you. You’re going to feel amazing, have a completely cleansed whole being and be so excited about life. All of this is great, right?
There’s more to it than that though. You need to plan ahead. Plan ahead for what happens when you accidentally run into that old connect, or you want to celebrate and use “just once on my birthday”, or something happens that really shakes you.
Plan for how you will stay strong in these moments. Plan for how you will set up your life so that you are fortified in such a way that you’re like a fortress.
What should you included in your Ibogaine Aftercare Plan?
Here is the exact handout that we provide to our guests after they complete the 6 day retreat with us. Like I mentioned, these ideas are vetted and will be a good start for compiling your plan.
This is the start of the handout:
These recommendations are based on what I’ve seen work over the years. These are not random ideas. They’re effective, give them a try.
Typically after someone takes Ibogaine they don’t sleep 8 hours a night for a while. It may take a few weeks before you get back to that place. This is normal and you will feel rested, but since you’re probably used to sleeping 8 hours, it can be something that you have to get used to.
I encourage you to use this extra time for rejuvenation activities. Like yoga, meditation, going to the gym, etc.
Remember, you’ll have been through a big experience after ibogaine. You’ll be a new person and life is different now. It will take some time to figure out how to live as this new person that you are. We’ve found that re-integrating home by creating positive hobbies and habits is essential for your long term success, so make some effort here. This is part of the long term healing process too.
Go to this website and look at the activities in your area and see if there’s something that sounds fun. It’s a great way to meet new people and have fun as well.
Vinyasa Flow, Hot yoga or Power yoga are all challenging and build strength, stamina and give you contact with a community of people who are dedicated to a healthy lifestyle. A good place to start is CorePower Yoga. They are suitable for the beginner as well as someone who’s practiced yoga for a long time and is very strong.
Something I like about them is that their teachers are very well trained and they have locations in most major cities in the USA. This means that you can visit any of the locations with your membership. I love this because you don’t have to disrupt your routine while you’re on a vacation or business trip. You can keep the habit going!
Any kind. Sometimes stores like Sur la Table have classes you can sign up for. Learning to cook for yourself and putting a lot of attention to your nutrition will help you stay balanced and nourished.
Any kind, but especially “mindfulness” focused. Tara Brach and Pema Chodron are my favorite teachers for this.
Whether family is blood or it’s friends, pending time eating and being together to strengthen your bond. Giving them the gift of home cooked meals is a way to reconnect and share your love. You could all make the meal together even.
Learn to play an instrument
Music is proven to be a great form of rejuvenation and personal expression.
Any kind. Important thing is that you relate to the method. It can be helpful to have someone to talk to for continued healing and exploration of your emotions.
Join a gym that has a sauna and hot tub
Not only can you work out, but sweating in a sauna is very cleansing for the body. Hot tubs and saunas are also very relaxing and can be a good way to dispel energy that gets bound up.
No drugs, no alcohol for minimum a month
Obviously no drugs, but not even one beer. This can in an instant dull the effects of Ibogaine. It’s immediate and irreversible. You wouldn’t go into withdrawal, or anything like that, but the “glow” of the Ibogaine alkaloid would be gone.
I suggest to take some sort or creative class like drawing or something hardcore like metal-smiting. Again, a form of personal expression, a way to connect with others and a way to fill your time with life giving activities.
Participate in ceremony
I highly encourage you to seek out more plant medicine ceremonies, specifically ayahuasca. There are a lot of people offering these now, look for some happening in your local area.
Go to a formalized ibogaine aftercare program
Some of our favorites aftercare ideas are a NOLS programs and an extended stay at LivingCleanIbogaine.com. These are fantastic options if you’re able to spend additional time away from your life. Either of these programs are life changing on their own and are incredibly powerful when you’ve participated in an Ibogaine retreat first.
A key thing over the next few weeks is for you to not be alone too much. You’re clean, but habits are habits and it will take time to re-wire these. That’s what the above list is about. By engaging in new activities, you will create new habits and new behaviors for dealing with stress and difficult emotions.
Reach out to people and keep yourself busy. Say “yes” a lot to invitations to do things and classes to take. You want to spend this time really setting up a new life for yourself. Make the most of it! So stay busy, keep active.
End of handout.
Please, take your ibogaine aftercare seriously. You must set yourself up for success at home. Taking ibogaine is not enough for most people. You need to engage, ask for help and allow yourself to flourish.