It’s been more than a year and a half since Liberty Root got started providing ibogaine to those seeking it.  My business partner Garyth and I met at the Global Ibogaine Therapists Alliance conference in Vancouver, October 2012 and combined our resources, helping three people ‘underground’ before starting a business specifically dedicated to iboga therapy.  After nearly 50 treatments, most of them for opioid addiction interruption, I’m happy to report that based on a very loose survey, we’re seeing a close to 70% success rate in people staying away from the behaviour they came to us to beat.  This compared to recent peer-reviewed studies indicating that traditional rehabilitation like Alcoholics Anonymous historically show a 5 to 10% success rate.  That means 1 out of every 15 or so will see success beating addiction with AA, versus the 11 or so out of those 15 who will walk away from that destructive behaviour with what we’ve got going on at Liberty Root.

One of our focuses as we’ve been navigating the waters of this healing venture has been to try and figure if there is a ‘special sauce’ that leads to success. Here is one story I was able to share early on, especially with parents calling me about their young kids hooked on dope looking for ibogaine:

“Take for example a 20 year old, living at home, being supported by his parents, addicted to his drug for only a year or so, and he kind of loves it; there’s still romance present.  On the other-hand imagine a 35 year old woman, she’s got no usable veins left from her IV drug use over the last 20 years.  She’s gone through the pain of withdrawal multiple times in efforts to quit, she’s lost everything again and again because of her drug use; the love-affair is over.  The difference between these two people is that while they’re both addicted, one of them is ready to quit and one of them is not.”

That is the story of two people we treated early on.  The kid (it turned out he had a stash of heroin waiting for him at home, a symptom of being treatment resistant) is still on methadone, and seems to be a relatively functional addict. The woman is still not using opioids, although she is not abstinent from alcohol, and seems a non-destructive social-drinker. This is not going to be the path for everyone as poor judgment can slip into the equation once alcohol is involved, but as it stands, her drinking is not destroying her life, whereas the heroin into the forehead had some obvious drawbacks.

I think it’s also important to ensure that coming out of a treatment a person implements new empowering habits to fill in the void left once negative habits, and the time they wasted, are gone. I’ve written some blog posts regarding habit force and how one might use it consciously and creatively, rather than the haphazard destructive way a habitual drug user employs the same power. Going to meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous might be one of these empowering habits for some people, as there is a lot of wisdom and unconditional love at those meetings.

The woman mentioned above has stayed in close touch with us at Liberty Root (an option for all our clients) and has been open and willing to learn new, empowering ideas and modes of operation. I recommended the free book The Science of Getting Rich (replace ‘Rich’ with ‘Getting Whatever You Want Out of Life’ if you’re opposed to getting rich) by Wallace Wattles and she read it. Education out of a poverty mindset is a critical step for becoming a whole human-being, and now that this woman has read this book, she’s armed with a toolkit that can leverage the average person into the spectacular person they know they are in their heart. This woman has also created a Rule of 5 and texts me everyday to let me know how it went. She’s not perfect, but she’s building crazy creative momentum in her Cosmic Habit Force.

I believe the stories of these two people hold seeds to truth about what the special sauce is.  We at Liberty Root are in this to create success stories about massive transformations; we’d rather sit empty than work with someone who knows in their heart they’re not done using yet. We’ll be waiting with open arms when a person is ready, but it may be easiest to approach ibogaine once that ‘something’ switches within you; you become repulsed by your lifestyle, and are ready for help stepping out or the momentum you’ve built up.

For more tools that can be adopted to steer your life, check out the posts under this Self-Help Category.