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Ibogaine Use in Recovery

Ibogaine is a somewhat controversial drug found in plants but is also used for healing purposes in people with addiction. This drug is seen as one way to get rid of opiate addiction, but it has lots of risks and is unproven when it comes to this usage. Ibogaine therapy has helped some people but not everyone can use it without harm. Find out more about Ibogaine and why it comes with some risks.

The Basics

Ibogaine has some serious side effects associated with use. Although it has been used to help people with opiate addiction, it can also cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and cardiac problems. As a result of lack of evidence for medicinal usefulness, it is classified as a restricted, highly potent drug by the US DEA. the usual use of recreational Ibogaine is rare because it causes so many side effects. People may not be fully conscious of surroundings when using it and the ‘hangover’ may last up to 48 hours. In the first 10 hours, those under the influence might need help using the bathroom due to lack of coordination and dizzy spells. 

Use in Recovery

Addiction to drugs like opioids and other serious drugs can cause medical conditions to arise. To break free of these drugs requires medically-supervised drug rehab. Finding a treatment that heals a person is difficult and increases the chances of recovery. There may be new therapies on the horizon but Ibogaine is seen as still controversial. When someone struggles with opioid addiction, it is difficult to quit without help. Medically assisted detox, although conducted in a safe space, can still make the management of addiction difficult under the influence of Ibogaine. Although alternative drugs have been researched, some still use it to aid in recovery. There are other side effects that may pop up and it depends on the person how they handle Ibogaine in their system. Whether or not the drug is effective for people with drug abuse in their history remains to be seen as people have died ingesting the drug. Underlying health conditions also put people at risk, including the risk of cardiac arrhythmias and liver damage. It may have lethal interactions with other substances. 

The ultimate goal for people in recovery is to get healthy and heal from the inside out. When people are struggling with addiction, they do not get to the road of recovery easily. They may try several therapies, treatments, and programs before they finally get better. There are no guarantees in rehab, but many people are turning away from alternatives like Ibogaine, finding the risks are greater than the rewards. For now, they are choosing other medical assisted detox programs and offering safer ways to heal. The drug is still out there, so it is helpful to know about it, how it is used, and that it may not help people in recovery from addiction as hoped, but there are plenty of other medications that do support healing from addiction. 

The Guest House believes every person who comes to us for treatment deserves individual focus and attention on their specific needs. We design a treatment plan with you in mind. If you are struggling with addiction, are a CEO, executive, power broker, or just someone who wants to get better after addiction, we are here. Call us to find out more: 855-483-7800.