Opiate Addiction and Ibogaine

Opiate Addiction and Ibogaine

opiate addiction and ibogaineAs heroin and prescription pain medications continue to be the fastest growing addictions in the United States one thing is clear, there is a serious problem when it comes to opiate addiction. So much so that the use of heroin and other opiates have become an epidemic with the number of addicts reaching record proportions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prescription pain reliever and heroin deaths are continually rising, with drug overdoses from these substances hitting record numbers each year. In 2014, there were 5,500 deaths from synthetic opioids (twice as many as the year before) and 10,574 deaths involving heroin the same year (a 26% increase from 2013).

To say that opiate addiction is out of control is almost putting it mildly. There is a serious problem amongst all demographics concerning opiate abuse and the number of people affected just continues to rise. Unfortunately, the number of deaths from opiates is also rapidly rising with the number of opiate users.

Receiving treatment for opiate abuse is vital, yet there are countless people that continue to use each day. Sadly the reality that more and more people are using opiates than are getting help has becoming a sobering statistic. There are choices for recovery, however, and they don’t always come in the traditional treatment options that are readily available.

One such treatment that has shown unprecedented results when it comes to opiate addiction is Ibogaine. This alternative treatment that is illegal in the US, has many people crossing borders to get the help they need in a form that truly offers the freedom countless people are seeking from opiate dependency.

Ibogaine has shown to work so well for opiate addiction because it works to treat addiction on both a physical and psychological level that no other treatment has shown to do. While treatments like methadone (often used for heroin addiction) simply replace one addiction with another, Ibogaine alleviates first the physical addiction to opiates and then works on the mental components of the addiction itself.

Physically, opiates are very addicting. The physical withdrawal symptoms of opiates have been described by countless addicts as “the flu times a hundred.” The chills, sweats, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, cramps, and more are enough to make even the strongest of individuals give in and use so they go away. And if they don’t give in, the depression and anxiety felt during the next phase of withdrawal often gets the better of them and they end up using again just to feel normal.

Opiate addiction works in a way that forces addicts to use it just to “feel normal.” Where at one point opiates made them feel some sort of euphoria, by the time addiction sets in the euphoria has long worn off and more opiates must be taken just for someone to feel normal again. This is obviously no way to live which is exactly why Ibogaine works so well to give someone a chance at “normal life” again.

Within the first 8-10 hours after taking Ibogaine all physical withdrawal symptoms are alleviated. Ibogaine treatment floods the “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain (namely serotonin and dopamine) that have been damaged due to excessive opiate abuse. Basically, Ibogaine “resets” the brain back to its pre-addicted state and helps eliminate all physical withdrawal symptoms.

It is after the physical symptoms have been addressed that Ibogaine begins to work on the psychological aspect of opiate addiction. Because Ibogaine is a substance that produces hallucinations it’s illegal in the US, but this is exactly what helps treat the deep psychological layers that opiate addiction encompasses.

Ibogaine works by taking users on a dream-like journey where they uncover the reasons behind their current addicted state. Past memories and traumas that have been suppressed are uncovered so the individual can better process the reasons they’ve become addicted in present time. This phase can last up to 12 hours and is deeply spiritual and introspective.

After this dream-like phase of Ibogaine ends, people are encouraged to work through whatever it was they discovered. It’s here in the final phase of Ibogaine that the emotional work for true healing begins to take place. Acceptance for where one has been and forgiveness for the hurt caused by others is often found in the final hours of Ibogaine treatment. Perhaps one of the most powerful things Ibogaine does is encourage people to forgive themselves for the pain they’ve caused not only other people, but self-inflicted pain as well.

Ibogaine has shown to be one of the most powerful treatments for the dark world of opiate addiction. Where other treatments fall short, Ibogaine picks up the pieces. And while there is no “miracle” treatment for addiction, Ibogaine does a pretty good job at opening the door to a sober reality where there is hope for the future and all the possibility of which it contains.

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