Why Psychedelics Make Great Medicine

Why Psychedelics Make Great Medicine

When taken in a carefully controlled setting, psychedelic “drugs” have the potential to positively influence a number of different medical conditions. From anxiety and depression to PTSD and addiction, various psychedelics show promise to alleviate certain psychological disorders, a discovery that could offer countless people the treatment they so desperately need. The use of psychedelics as medicine is nothing new, however, this idea has seen a surge of interest in recent years. As more studies show encouraging results, more people are becoming interested in the idea of psychedelic-assisted treatment. The time when psychedelics were considered dangerous drugs is becoming a thing of the past, and more and more people are discovering that what they’ve been told about psychedelics is decidedly untrue. Psychedelics Have Shown to Be Medically Beneficial for Years Before they were deemed dangerous by the FDA in the 1960s, psychedelics were used and studied widely to treat a host of different mental health conditions. LSD showed promise as a treatment for alcoholism and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) exhibited excellent results at helping with depression. Until the mid-80s, MDMA (ecstasy) was used by therapist for about 15 years to help reduce depression and anxiety. Although there has been an upsurge of recent interest in reintroducing psychedelics as medicine these substances are still classified as Schedule Class I. This means that, according to the DEA standards, they have no medicinal benefit and have a high potential for abuse. Until these substances can be reclassified (something the DEA isn’t willing to do) it will most likely prove difficult to advance with further studies. The studies that have been conducted on psychedelics...
How Ibogaine Offers Hope to Heroin Addicts

How Ibogaine Offers Hope to Heroin Addicts

Heroin use has truly become the worst drug problem the nation has ever seen. Where once methamphetamine and cocaine reigned, heroin has become the new drug of choice…and it’s bringing an entirely new face to the stereotype of addiction. You see, with heroin use there is no typical demographic. It’s affecting everyone from the inner city to the upper class and is one of the biggest drug epidemics ever known. As one of the most addictive drugs known to man, heroin use is sweeping the nation unlike any drug ever before. Many speculate the rise in heroin use is closely connected to the rise in the number of prescription opioids that are widely prescribed these days. Opioids are extremely addictive, so much so that there are some 2 million people in the US alone that suffer from dependency to these prescription pills. Pills however, tend to be expensive. Especially when you’re purchasing them on the black market to feed your dependency. Here is where heroin steps in. Many people find that not only is heroin much cheaper and easier to attain than prescription opioids, but makes them feel a euphoria they’ve never experienced before. Someone can become hooked on heroin the very first time they try it. And, unfortunately, it’s a drug that doesn’t let you give it up so easily. Symptoms of Heroin Use and Addiction No matter how a person comes to depend on heroin, the consequences of this addiction are terrible. Being addicted to heroin (or watching a loved one suffer from heroin addiction) can be a nightmare. Heroin is abused because of the elated feelings...
5 Reasons Aftercare is (Almost) as Important as Addiction Treatment

5 Reasons Aftercare is (Almost) as Important as Addiction Treatment

While completing addiction treatment is undoubtedly something to be celebrated, it doesn’t stop once you’re finished. The road to complete recovery can often be long and the importance of receiving proper aftercare shouldn’t be overlooked. In order for addiction treatment to work effectively it’s vital to put effort into staying clean and sober once treatment has ended. Are you aware that 85% of the people who receive addiction treatment will relapse within the first year? That number is significantly reduced for those who attend a 1-12 week aftercare program. To avoid relapse it’s vital that someone who’s received addiction treatment has a solid plan intact for the days and months that follow treatment. Doing so will ensure they find a solid ground to stand on after they’ve gotten the help they need. Why Aftercare is an Imperative Part of Addiction Treatment Relapse is Very Real With relapse rates that are ridiculously high, aftercare provides the tools necessary to make treatment successful. Someone who’s just gotten out of treatment is going to need resources that will help them keep their life on track. Social, family, and economic issues are all common amongst recovering addicts, and receiving aftercare can help someone better deal with these issues. It’s easy to get discouraged in the days and weeks that immediately follow treatment. Knowing how to cope in order to avoid relapse is imperative to any person in recovery. Receiving Emotional Support is Vital One of the most confusing and emotionally challenging points of someone’s life is during the recovery process. It’s an entirely new world and going at it alone can prove very...
Getting Prepared for Ibogaine Treatment

Getting Prepared for Ibogaine Treatment

If you’ve decided to get treatment for addiction, congratulations! Admitting to yourself that you have a problem is one thing, but actually making the commitment to get help is huge! Choosing to receive treatment with Ibogaine for your addiction is one of the best decisions you could make…and is one that could positively change your life forever. Ibogaine is unlike any other addiction treatment known and shows unprecedented rates when it comes to helping people get clean and sober. It’s unique ability to reset the brain’s chemistry and guide people to discover the fundamental reasons behind their addiction works like no other addiction treatment ever has. Because Ibogaine is a strong hallucinogen, mentally preparing for treatment is exceptionally helpful. Ibogaine works deep within the mind and one’s psyche and will offer insight unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. And it does so in a very unique way. Here are 4 ways you can prepare yourself mentally for the powerful experience of Ibogaine. 4 Ways to Prepare for Ibogaine Treatment Get Centered While this might not be the easiest thing to do, centering yourself before you go to treatment can be extremely beneficial. Try to get out and take walks, do your best to relax, and try calming your mind through meditation. Self-care is vital for healthy living, however, it tends to be one of the furthest things from an addict’s mind. Do your best to take the best care possible in the days leading up to Ibogaine, knowing that every intention to better yourself is a step in the right direction. Modify Your Diet to Include Healthy Nutrients The foods...
Do I Really Need the Psychedelic Experience?

Do I Really Need the Psychedelic Experience?

Ibogaine works differently than any other addiction treatment known. Used for thousands of years as a profound healing substance by the Bwiti of West Central Africa, Ibogaine is not only an extraordinary alternative to traditional addiction treatment, but is also one of the strongest psychedelic plants there are. Using psychedelics for healing is nothing new. People worldwide all have found various psychotropic plants that have become an integral part of their culture. Perhaps it is the psychedelic influences various plant medicines have on the brain that make them such powerful healing instruments. A psychedelic experience opens one up to parts of the mind that cannot be accessed without hallucinogenic means. And it is here where deep psychological healing often takes place. Where Ibogaine has been used in rites of passage ceremonies and as a central healing agent to the Bwiti, Ayahuasca has been used amongst various indigenous people in the Upper Amazon for years. The Native Americans use Peyote and psilocybin mushrooms have been an integral part of Aztec Mexican culture for centuries. All are regarded as sacred by the various people that use them. In the recent past Ibogaine has gained more recognition as a powerful tool in helping people overcome addiction. Addiction rates have skyrocketed in recent years and heroin use has truly become an epidemic. As more and more people look to save themselves and the people they love from addiction, Ibogaine is receiving the recognition it deserves as one of the most successful addiction treatments available. Because Ibogaine contains hallucinogenic properties and is a powerful psychedelic substance, it is illegal in the United States and...
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