You will have to do a few things before you volunteer yourself into an ibogaine treatment program. But it’s not complicated. Here’s what you need to do.
There’s a lot of places to do the research about ibogaine therapy. Web forums, youtube, websites, talk to someone at an ibogaine treatment center or that has done ibogaine, etc. Just make sure to get enough genuine information so you understand what ibogaine is and how the therapy works.
During your research about ibogaine, you’ll run across a lot of rehab and detox centers that you like. Make a list of them and their phone numbers and give them a call. Figure out which one you like best and reserve a spot.
You might be flying from across the country, or even to another country to get there. I recommend checking out www.google.com/flights/ for the best airfare anywhere around the world.
So why hydrate with coconut water or other kinds of electrolytes (ideally without a bunch of sugar)? It’s important that your serum electrolytes are at optimal range when you take ibogaine. This helps to protect your system and keep ibogaine safe.
There could be a few things the center might tell you to do.
For instance, if you’re taking opiates, narcotics, methadone, suboxone, subutex, fentanyl patches, tramadol, or other high dosage drugs and painkillers, you will need to stop taking those before you take ibogaine. Each one has a different length of time you will need to be off of it, so make sure to tell your contact at the ibogaine treatment center about taking any of these so they can advise you on what to do. This actually is super important. You can still very much take ibogaine, you just need to follow simple instructions first.
Questions. Do you get opiate withdrawals after taking ibogaine? The answer is, NO.
The thing that will probably take the most time is determining if enrolling yourself to ibogaine detox treatment is for you. Figure that out first, then work your way down the list. The quicker you can do all these things the closer you’ll be to ending your opiate withdrawals and opiate habit.
It may seem hard to believe, but you will stop kicking after about ten minutes of taking even the smallest dose of ibogaine. It’s really amazing to experience. I assure you, you will not experience any opiate withdrawal symptoms after your ibogaine therapy. You will overcome the cravings and you will feel recovered and anew. Ibogaine essentially gives you holistic health right away, but of course you need to modify your lifestyle too.
I’ve talked about this before and will continue to bring it up, because it’s so key. You must take your re-integration back home seriously. You’re going to be feeling amazing when you leave and you want to ensure that continues. Arriving back home can be stressful and you need to have a plan for how to navigate that successfully. Read this excerpt below from Edward Conn. He’s an aftercare therapist who you could reach out to.
Ibogaine makes people ready for a deeper engagement with their own inner processes, it marks the beginning of the journey of self discovery, not the end. Howard Lotsoff knew this when he discovered the anti addictive qualities of iboga. It is recognized within the field of detox that aftercare is one of the most crucial aspects to ensure recovery. This is also known within the ibogaine field, but not generally offered. Lotsoff said iboga should be used in conjunction with therapy, it was never supposed or advised to be used alone..
With such an investment made in detox, both financially and personally, it is a shame to not carry that through and only get a small part of what recovery should and needs to be about. Detox, rehabilitation and recovery are about the whole package, not just one element alone. The real struggle starts once someone is back in their old community. But rather than seen as a threat, with the correct and appropriate weekly therapeutic support, this can become a learning experience. The struggles when supported can become milestones in the process of change. This is when true recovery happens – in the real living environment. Appropriate, knowledgeable and non judgmental source of support provides a continual point of reference and strength. It is a purely confidential service designed to support the recovery and challenges that occur when trying to maintain sobriety. A good therapist knows that this is where the real work is done and where the battle is fought and understands how to support someone in this place of change.
Edward has worked for many years as an independent dual diagnosis therapist, working in front line addiction services in the Uk. His knowledge is based on many years of work with individuals with all manner of issues, with or without the use of iboga. He knows how to support individuals on the road to recovery without relying on iboga alone, but on well proven skills learnt in the field of addiction.
Iboga accelerates or boosts progress, it does not ‘rewire’ an addict as often stated, but leaves the person more fully aware of their circumstances and choices. Iboga does not make choices or decisions for someone. Also after a couple of months post treatment, the afterglow of the residual alkaloids wear off. This can be a time of struggle. Therefore learning good relapse prevention skills are crucially important.
Spiritual growth and personal change are not journeys to be taken alone. So good aftercare should be a part of that journey of recovery, it lightens the load and the strain and breaks a cycle often familiar to addicts of facing live as a struggle using only ones own resources. Recovery is about accepting support and enabling oneself to accept help, thus breaking the cycle of a solitary and lonely existence. You can read more about Edward and the work he does here…
Keep researching, keep learning. Get in touch with a center and make it happen. Ibogaine is waiting for you.