Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to face and move through its own pain. Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain. Whatever the substance you are addicted to: alcohol, food, legal or illegal drugs, or a person, you are using something or somebody to cover up your pain.
Suffering is grasping at the sensation of becoming pain, being pain, before whose premise there is no other choice but to fall asleep or escape as the existence becomes intolerable. Substance abuse is a mechanism to avoid confronting pain and is called addiction. Each substance produces a different relationship according to the consumer, the substance and the context .. The relationship established with psychoactive substances varies from one cultural group to another and from person to person. It is very absurd to think that all humanity has the same relationship with these substances and even more incoherent to put in the same bag barbiturates, cocaine, alcohol, heroin, methamphetamines and marijuana. The relationship of each person with these “drugs” varies too much according to their context, biochemistry, culture and personal dynamics. It is clear that the first thing that absorbs the individual in the so-called “addiction”, before developing neuro brain adaptations to the molecules of the substances, is the cultural construction.
Culture builds through fear, illegality, and ignorance; mechanisms of self- destruction, “struggle”, “demon”, “possession”, “transgression”, “death”, which go to the spirit of the person who is suffering, favoring the drive for substance.
There may be different mechanisms of attachment to addiction, as well as an immensity of variants of forms of suffering that need to sleep under the drive. Ignorance and fear installed by culture can also have different reactions in each individual. Each one is a universe, even more so if we enter into altered states of consciousness.
The physical dependence of substances occurs as a result of neuronal adaptations in the brain circuits that control certain functions, such as heart rate or blood pressure. Alcohol, nicotine, barbiturates, and opiates (such as heroin) produce physical dependence. While other drugs with high addictive potential such as cocaine or amphetamine, produce psychological dependence. Marijuana does not have an addictive potential, but it produces a psychological dependence by integrating it in the form of abuse.
The context would be favoring the bad relationship with the substances, creating fear, guilt and ignorance in the prohibition. The lack of adequate information in the traditionally sacred use of plants that alter consciousness, leads to playful use and constant abuse in handling and consumption. Plants are disrespected and altered as in the case of coca and others demonized to madness like marijuana.
A deeply addicted society finds a sort of scapegoat in the substances that have always been with humanity and in the so-called addicts, which break the established consensus by consuming “drugs” and are marginalized to continue maintaining the status.
Healing with Iboga
The main characteristic of iboga is that it has been shown to be very effective in eliminating the withdrawal syndrome associated with the consumption of opioids and in reducing the compulsive desire to consume a wide variety of drugs, including cocaine, or “resetting” them. situations that are causing the compulsion that can lead us to situations of addiction, phobias, or fears. The experience with iboga facilitates a deep revision of the personal history and of the situation of the circumstance that produces the crisis or the vital situation as a social entity. The treatment with iboga is followed by a period of variable duration of reduction of compulsive desire for multiple substances, including opiates, stimulants such as cocaine, alcohol, benzodiazepines and nicotine. Small doses of reinforcement or a second treatment a few months later may increase the likelihood of abstinence in the long term.