Ibogaine the addiction stopper
Categories: Health & Nutrition
Ibogaine has been shown to be highly effective in treating active chemical dependency. There is no other pharmacological tool that pierces uncontrollable drug use as ibogaine does, reversing tolerance, drastically reducing cravings and attenuating withdrawal symptoms so that the body’s natural sensitivity towards sensation and it’s own painkillers and mood stabilizers can build up again.
Our repeated low dose protocol allows this detoxification to take place gradually, resulting in a safer treatment with longer lasting results. For one, it also allows this process to unfold with a high degree of self-reflection. Rather than a passive process, it becomes a journey of active engagement and choice. While bringing personal revelations to the surface, ibogaine allows you to navigate the material with new perspective and increased awareness. In addition to giving relief from physical withdrawal, ibogaine can prompt deep insight into behaviors that are physically, mentally, emotionally, or socially debilitating, and show us how can perhaps harm ourselves and others less.
Ibogaine is most often sought out for treating dependencies to substances such as amphetamines and opiates, and is shown in various studies to have a robust effect on abstinence syndromes. Ibogaine not only interrupts physiological dependencies to these chemicals, it can also provide deep insight into our processes around self-harm, habituation and attachment.
Addiction could best be described as repeatedly engaging in a behaviour despite harmful consequences. Our perspective at Pangea is that everyone, to some degree in their lives, exhibits symptoms of addiction. We all have unconscious behaviours that we engage in even though they harm us, many times because they have reached a point of habituation. How do we stop doing something that seems to have become a part of ourselves and our character?
“We see that substance addictions are only one specific form of blind attachment to harmful ways of being, yet we condemn the addict’s stubborn refusal to give up something deleterious to his life or to the life of others. Why do we despise, ostracize and punish the drug addict, when as a social collective, we share the same blindness and engage in the same rationalizations?” Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
There is a spectrum of addiction, from someone who cannot stop using drinking despite being diagnosed with hepatitis c to someone else, who continues to eat pizza even though it gives her a stomach ache. Others work so much they forget to eat. Some people chew and bite their nails, some people cut themselves. In this broad sense, addiction is something that we all experience. It is human. It is not a phenomenon that will stop with one ibogaine treatment. Of course, habits can be interrupted, and dependencies shed. But what is the difference between someone who has a habit and someone who is an addict? People are usually referencing illicit drug users when they use the term “addict.” What happens when someone needs to have coffee to perform at work? When does habituation become addiction? Who is “diseased?” Where is the line drawn?
It is important to create this frame of reference because addiction has been widely misunderstood. Moralizing and criminalizing contributes to even more suffering on the planet, when drug users are sentenced to prison for their behaviour.