How Does Ibogaine Work

How Crossroads Ibogaine Treatments Work

As you have read elsewhere, Ibogaine is regarded as an “addiction interrupter,” this is because it works by interrupting the signals sent by the brain, eliminates the emotional connections to pain and self-hatred, and establishes for people a greater sense of purpose and/or spiritual connection to self and others.

While most detox programs focus on replacing one addictive substance with another (less harmful but equally addictive), like suboxone for opiate addicts, ibogaine does not work this way.

In the “traditional” detox program a new addiction (to the detox substance) is introduced to an individual, and they will, therefore, keep yearning/craving for the “new substance” until they are slowly weaned off it in weeks or even months (this rarely actually happens as most can attest).

On the other hand, Ibogaine detox works by completely eliminating or significantly reducing cravings and even the withdrawal symptoms so that no medications or drugs are needed ever again. Some minor cravings may return in a few weeks or months due to the normal or abnormal stresses of life, but these are weaker and totally manageable if the individual has made the changes and done the appropriate lifestyle work. If a person doesn’t change much about their life between the time before Ibogaine and after then they will struggle, but this can be handled with the proper psychotherapeutic aftercare support, which Crossroads specializes in.


How is the treatment administered?

When each guest arrives (Monday) at Crossroads Ibogaine center they have usually already gone through our PreCare program meaning they have received emails, talked with a Recovery Coach, and done extensive work with our Ibogaine Intake Specialists. That means they are ready to begin their second phase of preparation which includes the following:

  •  Physical evaluation by licensed physician
  •  Drug screening
  •  Opiate withdrawal stabilization
  •  EKG and bloodwork
  •  Two days of therapeutic support before treatment
  •  Education on navigating the experience

After their two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) of preparation at our Beachside Recovery Center, they are taken to our private Ibogaine Treatment Detox Clinic. It is where they will go through the final phase of preparation and treatment, this occurs on Wednesday afternoon and here is what they do:

  •  Two doctors, one nurse, one caregiver, and an Ibogaine facilitator perform treatment
  •  Last dose of withdrawal medication 8 hrs prior (around 12 PM Wednesday)
  •  Meditation and breathwork 1-2 hours before with facilitator (appx. 6 PM)
  •  Final orientation with medical team
  •  Receive pre-treatment IV fluids to ensure hydration
  •  Receive test dose of pharmaceutical grade Ibogaine HCL around 8 PM
  •  Wait 30 minutes and take subsequent doses of Ibogaine determined by lead physician
  •  Spend the next 8-12 hours going through the intense phase of healing and detoxing with Ibogaine

The following day (Thursday) is the “grey day” where most guests are exhausted from their experience and still allowing the Ibogaine effects to fade away, this usually last 24 hours. During their recuperation time on Thursday, we prepare food for those that can eat, take them upstairs to our rooftop garden for some sun, help them relax in the hot tub, and allow them to rest as much as needed.

On Friday, we take them back to the Beachside Recovery Center where they integrate and participate in all our therapeutic activities. On Sunday they depart back to San Diego to either enter AfterCare or to go home ready to live free of addiction. We have seen a tremendous amount of success over the years but that has not stopped us from continually improving our treatment. So move through any fear and hesitation that is blocking you from happiness and witness the amazing potential of Ibogaine now.


If you or your loved one are currently suffering from a substance abuse issue, find out more about this revolutionary treatment option.

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