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Is Ibogaine Treatment A Potential Solution For Opiate Addiction?


If you are struggling with opiate addiction, you know how devasting it can be. Being physically addicted to heroin or hooked on prescription painkillers like Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Oxycodone, or Percocet makes you feel like a slave to your own body. You may have a sincere desire to stop using opiates, but you just can’t seem to get your drug use under control – even if it is destroying your life.

The inability to quit cold turkey is largely due to opiate withdrawal symptoms. These are extremely unpleasant and can even cause serious health complications. For this reason, many stay trapped in the insane cycle of addiction. They simply don’t want to endure the detox process. Plus, cravings during withdrawal and the months that follow are extreme. Most addicted people do not have the willpower to stop using opiates without some kind of support.

The common modality for treating opiate addiction in the United States is a lengthy stay at a rehab center, ongoing 12-Step recovery meetings, and Medication Assisted Treatment. Why go through all that when you can experience immediate relief and a lasting solution to addiction with an ibogaine treatment?

Studies have shown that ibogaine treatment is effective in reducing opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings immediately. This sets the stage for ongoing, continuous sobriety. Let’s discuss this natural plant medicine in greater depth. If you want to kick your drug habit once and for all, ibogaine is definitely the way to do it.

What is an Ibogaine Treatment?

Ibogaine is a psychoactive alkaloid with hallucinogenic properties. To put it more simply, it is a psychedelic plant that causes mild hallucinations and euphoria. It is derived from the roots of the Tabernanthe Iboga bush, which is grown in the tropical rainforests of West Africa. People have been using ibogaine for hundreds of years for a number of medicinal and spiritual purposes.

In the 1960s, the plant gained notoriety as a potential miracle cure for opiate addiction. But, because it causes mild hallucinations, many countries quickly banned the drug so it would not be used for recreational purposes. However, it is unregulated in Mexico. Many people travel to New Roots from the United States and around the world to undergo the healing process of ibogaine treatment.

We do not promise a miracle cure with ibogaine. What we do promise is a life-changing experience that helps our patients regain control of their own minds and bodies. This is how we break the chains of addiction.

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How Does an Ibogaine Treatment Help With Opiate Withdrawal?

Like so many other psychoactive plant medicines, ibogaine works on neurotransmitters in the brain. It effectively and efficiently “rewires” the reward center in the brain and acts as a kind of “reset button.” It creates an immediate fundamental change in brain chemistry that is still not completely understood. Essentially, the brain begins to work like it did before the opiate addiction occurred. This phenomenon has been backed by research.

With opiate addiction, the brain’s receptor sites demand more exposure to the narcotic it is addicted to. If it doesn’t get it, the body goes into withdrawal.  An ibogaine treatment restores the balance of the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals like serotonin and dopamine so the brain no longer craves the drugs.

Unlike suboxone and other long-term opiate-replacement drugs, ibogaine can be taken once to have long-lasting results. Some patients with more complex addiction issues or those using several drugs might need more than one dose at New Roots Ibogaine.  Treatments will always be under the supervision of a doctor.

Patients immediately feel relief from the treatment and typically have no desire to continue to abuse opiates afterward. Additionally, ibogaine helps to naturally ease pain and discomfort. Opiate withdrawal symptoms include head-to-toe body aches, sweats, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and extreme anxiety.

Ibogaine acts as a natural calming agent. It allows a person to stop taking opiates without having to endure weeks of unpleasant symptoms and months of cravings.

Researcher Deborah Mash observed through clinical studies that ibogaine treatment is 98 percent effective for opiate withdrawal.

A Brief Explanation Of The Pharmacology Behind Ibogaine

We have explained how ibogaine effectively treats opioid addiction, but let’s go a little deeper. This might help you better understand what is happening in the brain when it “resets.”

Ibogaine is an alkaloid with a complex pharmacological makeup that makes it unique from other substances. It binds to several receptor sites in the brain, including the μ-opioid receptor, more commonly known as “Mu,” and the NMDA receptor.

The Mu receptor site is strongly affected by the use of opioids. It is largely responsible for producing addiction and physical dependence. The NMDA receptor is a messenger for glutamate, which is the most important transmitter for promoting a healthy, “normal” brain. Glutamate affects cognition, memory, and emotional regulation. Opioid addiction causes damage to the Mu receptor site and disturbs the production of glutamate.

Ibogaine works by simultaneously binding to the Mu and NMDA receptor sites in the brain. It serves as an antagonist (or blocker) of opioid dependence while performing as an agonist (or activator) of new thought processes, memories, and emotional balance. Essentially, the desire for more opioids is blocked while the brain experiences a pleasant psychoactive sensation. After an ibogaine treatment is complete, the mind associates sobriety with contentment and effectively
ends the addictive cycle.

Researchers have observed that a single ibogaine treatment has a healing effect that can last two to three years when treating opioid addiction.  However; some individuals require a second or third treatment session over a period of 12 to 18 months.

What Does It Feel Like To Take Ibogaine? Is It Safe?

Like other psychedelics, ibogaine takes the user on a mental “trip” that puts them in an altered state of consciousness. This allows for deep-seated issues to be revealed, allowing the addicted person to gain a better insight into what caused the addiction in the first place. Many people who undergo an ibogaine treatment say it feels like they experienced years of psychotherapy in just a few days. In this way, ibogaine is a very healing natural substance that creates a positive experience.

At New Roots, ibogaine is administered orally by a medical doctor after a complete physical and psychological evaluation. Progress is monitored and evaluated around the clock by our medical staff to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients.

Why Is Ibogaine Illegal In The United States?

Recovery from opiate addiction represents a multibillion-dollar business in the United States. Those who are addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers are given drugs like Suboxone or Methadone to replace whatever drug they have been using. The idea here is that addicted people need to slowly wean themselves off opiates in order to make a full recovery. This can take a year or longer!

For the addicted person, this means using a revolving door in and out of rehabs and doctors’ offices. It represents a lifetime commitment to 12-Step recovery meetings. It also involves relapses that result in shame and guilt. This is no life at all. Ibogaine treatments at New Roots create an entirely different experience. We do not believe addiction is a disease, but a control mechanism that can be addressed with plant medicine.

Ibogaine immediately reduces cravings and opiate withdrawal symptoms. It has a lasting effect that promotes ongoing sobriety. We don’t want our patients to stay sick so we can profit from their pain. We want them to get well so they can get back on the right track and enjoy their lives.

Ready To Start Your New Life?

If you want to experience freedom from opiate addiction, you can find it here at New Roots with a customized ibogaine treatment that fits your needs.

Want to see where you will be staying when you come to stay with us? Take a tour of our facility!

Still, have questions? Call us at 1-855-513-3377.

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