Ibogaine for Addiction Interruption

The neuro-chemistry of addiction is complicated and not uniformly understood within the treatment community. The most up-to-date research suggests that our tendencies to addiction often have roots in our early interactions with our environment that, in turn, foster actual brain development. Thus, any maladaptive ways we have learned to deal with pain, stress, love and other emotions may be expressed as addictive tendencies as we mature. Fortunately, our brains have the plasticity to change, and addictive patterns can be altered as we proceed throughout our lives if we ‘set our minds to it.’ (If you are interested in learning more, we recommend the book: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts by Dr. Gabor Maté, M.D. {2008, Knopf, Canada})

I am totally sick of my addiction. I am so sick of it that I am fully prepared to make real changes to my life-style and work to maintain those changes. If this treatment gives me a second chance, I will humbly move forward taking full responsibility for myself and I will create a life worth living.

addictive_substances IQ will occasionally accept patients using Methadone, Suboxone, Subutex, (Buprenorphine) etc. however, such cases are only considered when there are extreme extenuating conditions. One would have to convince us to proceed. Generally, we require that people on agonists such as Methadone or Buprenorphine convert to the use of SAOs (short acting opiate medications or even heroin) for a period of time prior to Ibogaine. Coming off of opiate addiction is quite unpredictable and unique to each individual. It has been our experience that the extended duration opioids will require repeated Ibogaine application and include the discomfort of long periods in bed and an extended general weakness. There are other clinical settings more suited to this kind of process to which we may be able to refer you. ​


If you can sincerely relate to the above statement, you are probably familiar with the personal and societal hell of substance dependency and may be a reasonable candidate for Ibogaine. When drugs like opiates, cocaine or methamphetamine ransack a life, it can feel like the whole bleak world has turned against you. However, Ibogaine treatment may offer hope.

You probably have tried to quit but your addiction has not cooperated. The majority of our clients have been through detox, inpatient rehabs or tried weaning themselves cold turkey, but somehow, until they came to us, nothing worked. Congratulations on discovering Ibogaine- nothing known is as effective for addiction interruption.

The addictions field is full of well-wishers, family members and therapists who say they get that it is really hard! However, we believe that the spirit suffers in ways that only the individual addict can really know. For each individual, the decision to heal and finally get clean is huge, and it has to be real and personal. At IbogaQuest our journey begins with relating to the above statement. Read it again and look at yourself. Where are you in terms of regarding readiness to make real changes? No one else can take this journey for you, and it doesn’t end here. ​


Ibogaine treatment has proven to be most effective in reducing or eliminating cravings and withdrawal symptoms for the above substances when those taking part are properly prepared. Thus, we will spend some time getting ready. As this is process involves a lot of time, money, medicine and energy, we want to do everything we can to ensure your success.


Particularly with opiates there are myriad paths for getting hooked. Each situation warrants examination when applying for treatment. In many cases, understanding the social environment, cultural history and traumatic conditions are of foremost importance. It is also critical to remember that once you have addressed the withdrawal and craving, while you will feel a great sense of relief, you are still going to be you. So why should there remain a struggle? One has to relate to environmental, emotional and cultural elements that make up the rest of your life.

How to make and sustain positive changes post Ibogaine is an area we will want to discuss with you. In many cases, returning to your social, physical and domestic environment without a sound and well-considered strategysimply presents an insurmountable challenge. Regarding both preparation and, most importantly, the supportive integration period to follow, we are here to help you develop and evaluate your unique plan and support your dedication to it. Sometimes an aftercare or integration setting might be appropriate. We can help you with this assessment and facilitate arrangements if needed.

Another consideration, particularly for opiate users, is to realize that your body and mind have become accustomed to a diet containing very potent materials. Although you will feel a period of substantial relief from withdrawal and cravings, unless you undertake to maintain the proper care, your body will remain hungry for its fix. We can provide useful suggestions including activities, therapies, dietary practices and attitudes to help stave off the amorphous condition explained as PAWS (Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome).

We will do our part to be sure that by the time you leave us you will not be experiencing withdrawal and you will have arranged continued support.

Alcohol use disorders can be the primary focus of Ibogaine treatments, however, there are certain restrictions and conditions that must be taken into consideration which you will review during an interview with our staff. Although Ibogaine can have a supportive effect in gaining stable and enduring sobriety, as with many addictions, adjusting to a life without alcohol requires a combination of dedication, mindfulness and cultural adjustment. If after discussion and assessment we decide to proceed with treatment, we require that the patient abstain for 5 days prior to Iboga and provide a recent blood test to determine liver function. Depending of the severity of the issue, a supervised medical detox may be required and we would ask that this be safely completed prior to your arrival. We have seen people with many years of AA involvement (great program for many) arrive here still experiencing craving. While such people still see themselves as “alcoholics” (in this case, dry), numerous voices attest to the Iboga returning them to a pre-addictive state.

An IbogaQuest client speaks of the AA/ibogaine connection

There are numerous conditions and medications that would disqualify one from Ibogaine treatment. Here at IbogaQuest we feel a moral and ethical responsibility to be rigorous in our pre-treatment screening protocols. Information is kept strictly confidential and we respect your privacy. We have local physicians that are familiar with our work and support us with medical screenings when necessary.

Generally, along with a thorough review of your medication and overall health history, we advise all applicants to observe a period of 5 days of abstinence from drinking. We may also want to review and modify your use of caffeine, as well as other OTC medications, prior to arrival and suggest a regimen of healthy meals, sound sleep and activity targeted toward building strength and cleaning/bolstering the liver and GI system. This type of program can be equally useful during a post-Iboga integration period.

Iboga Quest Application

​From time-to-time we refer people to a spa located nearby for additional counseling in these areas: www.casadelavida.com.

We hesitate to say just how effective Iboga can be for tobacco. Actually, those who come here with cigarettes/tobacco first and foremost on their minds, it is very effective. It does address the physical addiction. But if you are here for other or multiple reasons, with tobacco being incidental, … well, the odds are not in your favor. After all, you are under the insidious power of the culture, a compulsion and a repetitive motion. Check out Stopping Smoking the Easy Way, by Allen Carr

Is cannabis physically addictive? Though most in the know say “no”, the jury remains undecided. IQ has treated some growers who are surrounded daily. All have stopped for at least a few months and others became occasional users. So here we have to feel that cannabis habituation is mostly environmental and emotional. Though we have met people who are dedicated to daily high dose consumption who feel it to be an essential help in their life and intend to continue. A few have become non-users If someone is unhappy about their ingestion of cannabis and wants to stop or change their relationship, it might be best to approach it as a psycho-spiritual adventure. See what it is doing for you, and how it is serving you. Perhaps become free of the compulsion. The ball will remain in your court.

Iboga Saves is a movie and a movement about a plant medicine that can stop addiction in its tracks with no withdrawals in a single treatment, and yet remains illegal in the US.

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