I wanted to use this post for some straight talk on how tough it can be to detox with ibogaine from a drug like heroin.  As I’ve heard from a few clients now, an ibogaine detox is not easier, but it’s better. I’ve also heard from clients that there are no biological free-rides, and eventually you need to pay the piper; you don’t necessarily skip having to pay that piper with ibogaine, but once you’ve paid with an ibogaine experience, chances are, you’re not going to have to pay him again. Cliches aside, ibogaine does work to interrupt addiction, and it can even bring opiate addicts through painful withdrawal in an expedited manner, but to say that detoxing with ibogaine is an easy process would be incorrect; it may even be the most difficult few days a person can experience.

One factor involved seems to be the amount of careful preparation and intent a person goes through prior to their ibogaine experience. If the person is a drug user, it’s best to ween off as much of the drugs as you can prior to the treatment. Ibogaine seems to meet a person half-way. If, for example, a person is using two grams of heroin a day coming into the treatment, ibogaine is going to have a lot of healing and cleansing work to do, which may be a long, drawn-out, painful detox for the client. But if that same person is able to, in the weeks prior to the treatment, bring themselves down to a gram, a half-gram or less, they will have done a lot of the work themselves, so iboga won’t need to focus entirely on cleansing, which can be physically taxing.

Some common experiences for a person detoxing off narcotics with ibogaine are pains in the back, and the legs, restlessness in joints, arms and legs, plus bouts of insomnia. Vomiting can occur along with diarrhea and sweating. Plus a person becomes very shaky when trying to move, and unable to walk without assistance, balance is almost non-existent during the first 12 or so hours of the treatment. Time can seem to drag on forever, and you may have massive emotional upheaval and a reflective period where you’re not all that pleased to be inside your own skin.

With all these potential side-effects, why would you choose to use ibogaine for a detox? Because it works when nothing else does. If you’re someone who has tried everything to end your nasty habit, but keep re-experiencing the craving and pain of withdrawal, ibogaine is able to help here through addressing not only the physical withdrawal, but also some of the psychological baggage that needs to be cleared out for lasting success to be made manifest.  It’s not easier, but it’s better, and because it’s better, in the long run, it’s easier.


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