Why Traditional Rehab is So Hard

Why Traditional Rehab is So Hard

Going to rehab is a huge step in anyone’s life. The choice to get help is never easy, yet doing so has the potential to be life changing. With more people becoming addicts every day, the need for treatment that works and offers the lasting change is vital. Unfortunately, traditional rehab often falls short of delivering what people require to sustain permanent sobriety. While most traditional rehabs mean well, many simply don’t offer what addicts need to truly heal. The majority of traditional rehab centers are built around the 12 Principles as outlined in well-known addiction treatments such as AA. But, as many addicts have found, these steps don’t work for everyone. Rehab isn’t a one size fits all, although it’s largely approached as such. For those seeking treatment for addiction in the US, the 12 step program is used in eight out of ten treatment centers. Using an approach that doesn’t work for everyone leaves many people at a loss on exactly where to go to find treatment that works. If almost every treatment center is outlined on the same modality (that doesn’t work for everyone), this leaves a lot of people in the dark. And, as most addicts and the people that love them know, addiction is a really dark place to be. Traditional rehabs that are largely based on the 12 Principles outlined in AA, can often feel suffocating to those looking to escape the confines of their addiction. By diligently following rules laid out by an alcoholic in the 1930s, addicts are still being governed by the “laws” set in place almost a hundred years...
Uncovering Trauma with Psychedelic Medicine

Uncovering Trauma with Psychedelic Medicine

Psychedelic substances haven’t always been illegal. Before the backlash of propaganda that swept through the 1960s and 70s, psychedelics weren’t just being used to “tune in and drop out”. Many psychedelics were being used to explore the finer reaches of the mind, including the trauma responsible for conditions like addiction and depression. The history of psychedelics spans back some 5,000 years or more, with the earliest accounts all coming from naturally occurring substances. Some plants, roots, and cacti, hold psychotropic properties that alter the mind and alter the state of consciousness. Throughout the course of history, various cultures worldwide have used psychedelic plants as part of spiritual, religious, and healing ceremonies. Classic psychedelic substances used throughout the course of history include peyote, Iboga, psilocybin mushrooms, and ayahuasca. All of these substances contain compounds that alter the mind into a state of altered consciousness…and all have been used as psychedelic medicine. It wasn’t until the late 1930s when Albert Hoffman first synthesized LSD that psychedelic medicine was considered by mainstream culture. It was then that psychedelic research began, and what they found had the possibility to change the way we looked at healing forever. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of psychedelic healing involves the ability for many of these substances to uncover and help alleviate past trauma. For true change to take place, healing must occur at deeply fundamental levels. It is through the use of certain psychedelics that these levels are tapped into where the mind can open to these repressed memories and process what role they play in one’s current emotional state. Three Psychedelics that Help...
Remembering Those Lost to Addiction

Remembering Those Lost to Addiction

The number of people lost to addiction each year is staggering. And, as these numbers continually increase, we also lose many celebrities and outstanding figures to this unfortunate epidemic. Addiction isn’t subject to any specific person, and overdose doesn’t care who you are. Celebrities are by no means immune to addiction’s deadly grasp, and through the years there have been more than a fair share of famous people who’ve overdosed on one substance or another. Although we cannot bring back those we love, hopefully we can learn as a nation and find better ways to treat those who are addicted and still with us. Prince The very recent death of Prince came as a surprise to many. Many people were unaware that Prince even had an addiction to prescription opiates…and just what an integral part of his life they had become. Prince was allegedly addicted to various opiates for years until an accidental overdose on fentanyl killed him in May 2016.   Phillip Seymour Hoffman Famous actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in February 2014, syringe still in his forearm. The cause of overdose was considered “acute drug intoxication” with a mix of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and benzodiazepines found in his system. Also found in his New York apartment were seventy bags of heroin, all ready for individual sale. There were also numerous bags full of hypodermic needles. Before his overdose, Hoffman had been clean for over two decades before revisiting his heroin habit the year before he died.     Whitney Houston The overdose of Whitney Houston is one that, unfortunately, didn’t come of...
How Ibogaine Affects Serotonin and Dopamine Receptors

How Ibogaine Affects Serotonin and Dopamine Receptors

One of the reasons Ibogaine is so effective at helping addicts overcome addiction is the way it works on dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain. When dependent on drugs or alcohol, these “feel good” centers in the brain can become severely altered and create extreme imbalance in the mind and one’s emotional state. Ibogaine, however, has an unprecedented positive effect on these neurotransmitters and can truly help one regain the balance they’ve lost due to addiction. Understanding the Role of Dopamine and Serotonin in the Brain Dopamine Dopamine is what’s responsible for the elating feelings life is often filled with. When we feel extremely motivated, experience doing something we really enjoy, or fall in love, dopamine is playing a major role. When dopamine levels are off in the brain, we end up feeling depressed and lack the energy to do much of anything. Using drugs increases the amount of dopamine in the brain. This is why doing drugs offers such a satisfying reward. With 5-10 times the normal amount of dopamine in one’s limbic brain, motivation and exhilaration are dramatically increased. The brain quickly learns that feeling this way is a direct result of doing drugs…and addiction often quickly follows. Consistently offering the brain an increase in dopamine through the use of drugs literally creates plastic changes to the brain. It ends up desensitizing neurons and decreases the number of dopamine receptors. Cocaine and methamphetamines are directly responsible for increasing dopamine levels. Serotonin Serotonin is the other “feel good” chemical in the brain. This is one that basically helps us function and cope with daily life. It regulates...
4 Tips to Smoothly Transition to Regular Life after Ibogaine

4 Tips to Smoothly Transition to Regular Life after Ibogaine

The transition from addiction treatment back to “normal” life can be a complicated process. As successful as treatment can be, making the change to a life of sobriety after addiction can be a very overwhelming time in someone’s life, to say the least. Even the strongest willed of individuals run the potential for relapse. Finding ways to make the transition run smoothly is vital to continued success and lasting sobriety. As life changing as Ibogaine is, no treatment forces the individual to stay off drugs or alcohol. Ibogaine does offer a chance at successfully helping someone beat addiction, but in the end it is entirely up to the individual to ensure they’re doing everything possible to smoothly transition to this new life. Recovery takes time. One doesn’t simply get treatment and lose the urge to use again. The recovery process is a lot of work, and to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible there are definitely some steps that should be taken. Making one’s way back into the world sober is going to take work, but the results are 100 percent worth it. Keeping the following things in mind after addiction treatment will help you ease into life a little bit easier and embrace the changes brought your way. Get in the Habit of a Normal Routine The importance of a regular routine and staying busy cannot be stressed enough when making the transition back to normal life. The last thing you want to do is relapse, and sticking to a routine can help immensely. Get up at the same time daily and ensure you’re filling your days with activity....
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