Living With An Addiction is No Life At All
If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs like heroin, prescription painkillers, cocaine, or crystal meth; we don’t need to tell you how awful it can be. Addiction destroys the individual and negatively impacts everyone who loves them. Not only is a substance use disorder life-threatening, it causes unmanageability in all areas of life.
Here are just a few of the many consequences experienced by those who have a drug or alcohol problem:
- Problems with family
- Loss of employment
- Poor work performance
- Financial difficulties
- Physical illness
- Drug withdrawal
- Mental health issues
- Cognitive impairment
- Legal problems
Addiction never gets better if left untreated. It only continues to progress with time. In addition to the many problems we have listed, those who have a problem with substance abuse also experience a sense of mental, emotional, financial, and spiritual bankruptcy. The cycle of addiction is destructive indeed. Let’s talk more about addiction and ibogaine.
The Disease Concept of Addiction
In the United States, the most commonly held view of addiction is the disease concept. This is the idea that substance abuse leads to an illness of the mind, body, and soul – one that requires lengthy addiction treatment.
Most recovery programs in the U.S. focus on this disease ideology. They approach an addicted person as a sick person who needs extensive, ongoing (and every expensive!) rehabilitation in order to enjoy a sober lifestyle.
According to the disease concept, someone with a drug or alcohol problem is powerless over their own mind once it has become sick. The desire to use intoxicating substances overrides rational thinking. This will cause an addict or alcoholic to abuse mood-altering substances in spite of the many negative consequences that are showing up in their life as a result. Many people consider plant medicines like ibogaine the same as addictive drugs, but they are not.
From this perspective, addiction becomes a vicious cycle that is driven by obsession and compulsion. The addicted person becomes mentally obsessed with their next drink, pill, fix, or high in the form of cravings. These thoughts and craving become overwhelming and consume the mind until the person gives in. Once that person has started drinking or using drugs, compulsion will force them to continue to use more to find relief.
Most addiction experts in the United States will tell you that this is how the disease of addiction works. Obsession and compulsion keep an addicted person trapped in a never-ending cycle of substance abuse until that cycle is interrupted with addiction treatment.
Our Perspective on the Cycle of Addiction
We do not necessarily agree or disagree with the disease concept. Generally speaking, we stay neutral on the cause of addiction and stay focused on treating it. What we do know is that substance abuse in any form leads to bad places for individuals and brings heartache to their family members. We want to bring healing to our patients.
There is truth in the idea that obsession and compulsion are powerful motivators for continued and excessive drug and alcohol abuse. We also definitely agree that cravings and withdrawal can keep people stuck in a loop. Cravings kick in, which motivate substance use, which brings about withdrawal, which delivers more cravings, which results in continued substance abuse.
Basically, someone who is trapped in the vicious cycle of addiction is doing the very best they can to manage their own life – which has become completely unmanageable due to substance abuse. Another thing we agree on is that this cycle must be interrupted in order for the “sick person” to get well again. We believe this can happen with ibogaine treatment.
We Recommend Ibogaine as The Antidote to the Cycle of Addiction
There is no need for a month-long stay at our luxury facility or in-depth therapy with one of our counselors (although recovery coaching is provided). Our program is only seven days. Ibogaine immediately treats the physical and mental aspects of addiction in a way that no other treatment can.
The most-studied therapeutic effect of ibogaine is the reduction or elimination of addiction to opioids. An integral effect is the alleviation of symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Research also suggests that ibogaine may be useful in treating dependence on other substances such as alcohol, methamphetamine, and nicotine.
Many users of ibogaine report experiencing visual phenomena during a waking dream state, such as instructive replays of life events that led to their addiction, while others report therapeutic shamanic visions that help them conquer the fears and negative emotions that might drive their addiction. It is proposed that intensive counseling, therapy and aftercare during the interruption period following treatment is of significant value. Some individuals require a second or third treatment session with ibogaine over the course of the next 12 to 18 months. A minority of individuals relapse completely into opiate addiction within days or weeks. Ibogaine has also been reported in multiple small-study cohorts to reduce cravings for methamphetamine
Ibogaine can completely eliminate cravings and the nasty symptoms of withdrawal. One ibogaine treatment essentially resets the brain’s neurotransmitters and returns the brain to its pre-addicted state. This stops obsession-compulsion in its tracks. No more cravings. No more withdrawal.
When an addicted person no longer has to battle cravings and withdrawal, they become free to get the help they need without being at war with their own body. This makes addressing the underlying issues that caused the addiction in the first place (whether it is a childhood trauma, the death of a loved one, or some other challenging situation) possible.
Here’s what one of our past cilents had to say about their ibogaine expererience: