How to Choose an Ibogaine Treatment Center

If you’re reading this, it means you’ve made the decision to end the cycle of pain and suffering that is addiction. Recovering from substance abuse is never easy. While Ibogaine can’t cure addiction outright, it can provide relief. As a naturally occurring psychoactive substance, Ibogaine can help with withdrawals and cravings. It also has the added effect of restoring receptors in the brain to a pre-addicted state.

While Ibogaine has demonstrated to be effective in interrupting substance abuse, it’s still illegal in many countries including the USA, France, Denmark, Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK. If you’re seeking Ibogaine treatment, there’s a good chance you will have to go abroad.

It’s estimated that there are currently 75-100 treatment centers worldwide; with new facilities continuing to open across Canada, Europe, and Latin America in response to the growing opiate epidemic.

With that said, not all Ibogaine treatment centers are created equal. As with any other rapidly expanding industry, varying degrees of quality and safety exist. When choosing an ibogaine treatment facility and provider, there are several important factors to keep in mind.

Direct supervision of a trained medical professional.

Ibogaine can be effective in treating addiction, but it’s not without its risks. The risks of Ibogaine treatment include bradycardia (slowing of the heart), liver problems, seizures, and lethal interactions with other substances. You should also avoid using ibogaine if you have a pre-existing heart condition as this can lead to dangerous reactions or even death.

A review of medical records from 1990 to 2008 found that 19 people died within an hour to three days after using ibogaine. However, it’s critical to point out that none of these deaths were attributed to the toxicity of Ibogaine itself, but rather pre-existing conditions and lethal drug interactions.

Careful screening is key when it comes to minimizing risks associated with ibogaine-assisted detoxification. For drug treatment, you should only take Ibogaine under the close supervision of a medical professional. When selecting a treatment provider, look for a facility that has a high degree of medical supervision and adheres to

the guidelines set forth by The Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance.

Prior to intake, a reputable facility will provide a thorough assessment of a patient’s psychological and biological risk factors to ensure they’re a good fit for Ibogaine treatment. This typically involves a comprehensive set of lab tests, including a full blood panel, liver function analysis, ECG/EKG and more. The right treatment center will have a medical doctor and nurses onsite (and not simply “on-call” at a local hospital). In addition, there should be comprehensive EKG monitoring throughout the treatment process.

Shamanic Retreats vs. Medical Ibogaine Treatment Centers

Ibogaine is primarily used as a treatment for substance abuse, however it’s also becoming increasingly popular as a tool for personal and spiritual development. While researching medical Ibogaine treatment centers to address your addiction, you’ll find many Shamanic Retreats that offer Ibogaine or Iboga (note: Iboga is different from Ibogaine. Iboga root bark is the raw plant medicine native to West Africa, and it contains a variety of alkaloids—one of which is Ibogaine). Shamanic retreats and medical Ibogaine centers are not one and the same.

While Iboga retreats can provide a fulfilling spiritual experience for non-addicts, they are not designed for people who have been using and are addicted to heavy drugs such as heroin, meth, or cocaine. If addiction treatment is your goal, a medically centered Ibogaine center is the safe and effective choice.

Access to counselling and rehabilitation services.

Ibogaine helps treat addiction, but it is not a be-all-end-all cure. If a facility insists Ibogaine will miraculously rid you of addiction, be very wary. Long-term success depends on a variety of factors including the support you receive before and after Ibogaine treatment.

When choosing a treatment center, consider what kinds of counselling and therapy are available to help you make the transition to a happy, healthy life. The right facility should offer comprehensive pre-treatment and post-treatment counselling, alongside other kinds of aftercare and mental health support.

A robust aftercare program will help you develop trust, self-love and positive thinking patterns. It will also teach you how to manage daily stresses in a way that’s healthy and positive. Along with counselling services, many Ibogaine treatment centers offer a range of holistic treatments such as yoga, equine therapy, breathwork, meditation, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), acupuncture, massage — all designed to help patients live their best, healthiest lives.

Keeping that in mind, everyone is unique and requires different things during treatment. If a particular ancillary treatment doesn’t sound like it will work for you, that’s okay. Choose a facility that offers the kind of support you need.

Treatment and recovery facilities.

Is the facility clean, comfortable and safe? Ibogaine is a powerful psychedelic that once administered, typically lasts for 8-12 hours. After receiving Ibogaine, patients typically spend a few days resting. The majority of your time at any clinic is spent getting through the Ibogaine detox period. You’ll want to feel relaxed and comfortable.

There are plenty of treatment centers that offer luxurious, resort-like facilities which include on-site entertainment, pools and other recreational activities. When making your decision, check to make sure the facility offers a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and other detoxification amenities such as massage therapy, a spa, hydrotherapy or sauna, which can help the body flush out toxins.

Weigh what’s important to you. While access to a beach may be nice, it’s not necessarily essential to your recovery. Whatever you choose, just make sure that you don’t sacrifice medical safety for luxurious surroundings.

Realistic expectations.

Lastly, have realistic expectations about your treatment. Ibogaine can help free you from withdrawals and cravings, but it can’t teach you how to live your life differently. That’s why you should steer clear of any facility or practitioner that offers cures or guarantees.

Long term recovery is only possible if you show up and do the “work” by attending an aftercare, getting involved with local support groups, NA, or AA meetings, and/or staying away from negative environments. In other words, Ibogaine treatment isn’t an end point, but rather the first step towards a healthier, happier life.