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Why Does Ibogaine Work on Heroin Addiction?


Overcome Your Heroin Addiction With An Ibogaine Treatment

If you have an addiction to heroin, we don’t need to tell you how devastating it is. You already understand how this problem can completely dominate your life. It can create conflict in your most important relationships, cause difficulties at work, and negatively impact your general sense of well-being. It can also cause premature death from a fatal overdose.

You may have tried quitting heroin on your own several times, only to be unsuccessful. Perhaps you have been to an addiction treatment facility, gone through a professional medical detox, or attended to 12-Step meetings – but nothing seems to be working for you.

An ibogaine treatment from Luxury Treatment Center can help you get your life back on track. Many choose this as a last resort after they have tried everything else to kick an addiction to heroin. We believe this plant medicine should be the FIRST choice when it comes to addiction treatment – and we’ll tell you why.

A Simple Explanation of Heroin Addiction

Heroin is an opioid. The brain has opioid receptor sites. You can think of the chemical compounds in heroin as “little keys” and the brain’s opioid receptor sites as “little locks.” When heroin hooks up with an opioid receptor site, it unlocks and activates the receptor site. This floods the body with feel-good chemicals and natural pain blockers, which causes the euphoric experience that accompanies a heroin high.

Because this is such a pleasant experience, your body wants more and more of the feelings that come with it. To alert you that it wants more, your system will manufacture powerful cravings that will drive you to do more of the drug. These cravings can be overwhelming and almost impossible to resist.

The problem with addiction is that the body builds a tolerance over time. This means you need more and more of the drug to get the same high you used to get from a lower dose. In the meantime, your body becomes dependent on the drug to function. Without it, you will go into heroin withdrawal.

Withdrawal is a very painful experience. Most addicted people will continue using heroin for years to avoid the detox process – even though they have a sincere desire to quit. This is how the addictive cycle perpetuates itself.

How Ibogaine Works To Treat Heroin Addiction

Research suggests that ibogaine is a “useful therapeutic tool in the treatment of drug addiction, particularly in the alleviation of opioid craving.” Remember those opioid receptor sites we talked about? Ibogaine also acts as a little key that fits into the brain’s opioid receptor locks. The thing is, this is not an opioid substance. It is classified as a psychedelic. It is unlike any other treatment method offered in the United States. It is not addictive and it doesn’t lead to withdrawal.

Ibogaine effectively (and almost immediately) resets the opioid receptors and restores the brain’s natural chemical balance. It reduces cravings for opioids and allows the body to bypass the painful detox process. It also induces a state of self-imposed psychoanalysis that allows the you to address underlying issues that led to the addiction in the first place. It is a very therapeutic experience.

In addition to positively impacting opioid receptor sites to restore the brain’s reward circuitry, it directly affects the production of serotonin and dopamine. These are the brain’s natural feel-good chemicals, which are essentially rendered ineffective by continued heroin abuse. An ibogaine treatment reactivates the brain’s ability to naturally produce serotonin and dopamine, which creates a prolonged sense of contentment and well-being.

Choosing An Ibogaine Treatment Instead of a Traditional Rehabilitation Approach

The average addiction treatment program offers a clinical detox that lasts up to two weeks. While medications are prescribed to reduce withdrawal symptoms and lessen cravings, the detox process is still quite unpleasant. After detox is completed, most healthcare professionals recommend that patients follow up with a 28-90 day stay at a rehabilitation facility or attend outpatient treatment.

Also, especially in the United States, those who have struggled with an addiction to heroin are often prescribed opioid replacement drugs like Methadone, Suboxone or Subutane. The theory here is to replace heroin with one of these drugs and slowly reduce the dosage over time, which can take up to a year. The thing is, these drugs are highly addictive. Once you stop taking them, you will go through withdrawal and experience cravings.

When you think about it, none of this makes good sense. A professional medical detox is designed to lessen withdrawal symptoms, but you experience them anyway. To stay sober, you have to go to a costly rehab that takes you away from your family and requires you to take off work. OR, you take opioid replacement drugs to get off opioids. In the end, you have to
withdrawal from these drugs. These don’t seem like promising solutions to treat heroin addiction.

The Results Are In – Ibogaine Is Effective For Treating An Addiction to Heroin

A published study found that among 30 opioid-addicted participants, 50 percent reported no drug use one month after ibogaine treatment. Thirty-three percent reported that they did not use opioids three months after their treatment.

This means that the success rate for those who take ibogaine is much higher than opioid replacement drugs like Suboxone and Methadone. The most current data suggests that only 15 to 25 percent of opioid addicts were still sober just four to six weeks after stopping an opioid replacement drug. And this is after taking it for as long as a full year!

At New Roots, we treat heroin addiction with an ibogaine treatment, which takes place over a period of about 36 hours. According to the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance, studies have shown that “ibogaine-assisted detox seems to lead to total abstinence from substances more often than most conventional treatment programs.”

Many people who receive an ibogaine treatment never use heroin again. Others relapse and come back for additional treatments until they are able to maintain ongoing sobriety. Ibogaine is not intended to be a miracle cure. But, when it comes to the other treatment options available for heroin users, we believe this is by far the most effective and long-lasting. (Plus, your entire treatment process will only require a week-long stay with us!)

Ready to Start Your New Life With an Ibogaine Treatment?

Why go through a medical detox that will still cause you to experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings? Why attend an expensive inpatient rehabilitation program when you don’t have to?  Why stay on opioid drugs like Suboxone or Methadone for a year or more when you’re ready to get your life on track NOW?

Taking ibogaine is your best chance at enjoying a sober lifestyle that doesn’t center around your next fix. It is quick, painless, and most people describe it as a spiritual experience that changes their life. Some have said it feels like ten years of therapy in one night.

When you complete an ibogaine treatment at New Roots, you will be amazed at the results. You will feel restored, rejuvenated, and ready to get back to living a life that you can enjoy and appreciate.

Check out David’s story with heroin addiction and how he feels after his ibogaine treatment

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