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We offer a free and confidential information service. If you have concerns about ayahuasca or iboga that have not been addressed by our web content, if you have a personal question, you need advice about topics related to ethnobotanical tools, or you are helping someone who is using or has used these plants, write to us.

One of the cornerstones that ensures that working with ethnobotanical tools or any technique that accesses non-ordinary states of consciousness has beneficial results is good preparation. This requires having all the necessary information about the plant, its effects, the risks involved and its contraindications, the potential benefits and the criteria of good practices that centers and individuals who offer sessions should take into consideration.

You can find this informations in the sections 'Interested in taking Ayahuasca' or 'Interested in taking Iboga' of our website. If you need additional details please feel free to contact us.

This service is free, if you feel it has been helpful you may make a donation through our web page. Your support allows us to continue serving those who need it. Thank you

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If you would like to contact us you may do so via e-mail, and we can also arrange a Skype appointment (user: ICEERS_support). Write to us and we will reply as soon as we possibly can.

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The end of an ayahuasca or iboga session is not the end of the therapeutic process, rather it is the beginning of a new stage. Integrating these new realizations, experiences and emotions is as important as the session itself. The period of integration is both key to maximizing personal progress and long-term benefits, to being able to overcome the possible psychological difficulties that may arise.

Occasionally, insufficient preparation combined with a difficult session or negative result can cause us to experience difficulties returning to our regular lives. We might feel stuck in an uncomfortable space, which may include anxiety, depression, physical manifestations, intense emotions, or other adverse effects that are difficult to manage. In such cases it is necessary to include a proper integration process to be able to overcome these difficulties.

Integration means giving context to the experience so that we can find the significance in our personal history and in that way resolve the content of the session that has been left incomplete. Usually this is enough to be able to resume our daily life, but sometimes it is necessary to follow a more prolonged therapeutic process.

If you, or a relation of yours find yourself in this situation, you may contact us. We will try to give the necessary initial support and direction so that you can find your own resources in your process..

This service is free, if you feel it has been helpful you may make a donation through our web page. Your support allows us to continue to serve you. Thank you!

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If you would like to contact us you may do so via e-mail, and we can also arrange a Skype appointment (user: ICEERS_support). Write to us and we will reply as soon as we possibly can.

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For those utilizing ethnobotanical tools or non-ordinary states of consciousness a therapeutic process can be an excellent complementary technique. Psychotherapy can help facilitate proper preparation for as well as integration of an experience, and sustain its benefits over time, deepening the growth and development process.

At ICEERS, our goal is to make psychotherapy more accessible, therefore we are offering sessions at a reasonable cost. A psychotherapeutic process can help you to:

  • Ensure proper psychological preparation for an experience with non-ordinary states of consciousness.
  • Deepen, broaden and work through the material that emerges during the sessions.
  • Integrate experiences that have proven difficult or confusing
  • Process and resolve the issues resulting from adverse effects.
  • Work through issues not specifically related to the use of ethnobotanical tools, such as anxiety, depression, grief, post traumatic stress, etc.
  • Integrate past traumatic experiences.

ICEERS psychologists are qualified professionals and have training and experience in the fields of non-ordinary states of consciousness and psychotherapy. The sessions are conducted in person in Barcelona, ​​and last 50- 60 minutes. Sessions can be held in Spanish, Catalan and English..

The fee is 55 € per session.

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If you would like to contact us you can do so by e-mail. Please write to us and we will reply promptly.

The objective of the ICEERS Support Service is to give personalized information to those people that need it.
What we can offer you is:
  • Information addressing your concerns about the use of ethnobotanical tools.
  • Support after a session or in the case of experiencing adverse effects.
  • Advice in cases where you are helping a relation whom is suffering difficulties due to the use of ethnobotanical tools.
However, what we DO NOT do is:
  • Offer sessions of ayahuasca or iboga.
  • Recommend centers or people who perform/do sessions.
  • Recommend the use of any type of ethnobotanical tool.
  • Give diagnoses or medical evaluations.
Therefore, the use of Support Services is subject to acceptance of the legal disclaimer in this page. Please take a moment to read it.
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General questions
  • Do you organize ayahuasca sessions?
    Do you do ibogaine treatments?
  • No, we do not organize any kind of sessions with ethnobotanical tools nor do we provide treatments.
    At ICEERS we work to impart quality scientific information about ethnobotanical tools such as ayahuasca and iboga. We also work towards the integration of these tools as therapeutic elements in our contemporary society through scientific research and promoting professional and ethical practices. Additionally, we offer support to those who need information, guidance or help during the integration process due to complicated reactions following the use of ayahuasca or iboga.
    On our website you will find useful information whether you are interested in taking ayahuasca or iboga yourself, you want to learn more about the science of these plants, or if you are supporting a friend or family member who wants to use these tools.
  • I am interested in taking ayahuasca or iboga.
    Can you recommend any person or facility with whom I can be assured a safe and optimal experience?
  • The main focus of the Support Service is to provide objective information about ayahuasca, iboga and other ethnobotanical tools so you can make your own decisions. ICEERS does not organize sessions with any ethnobotanical tools nor do we recommend that people use these tools.
    There are hundreds of people and centers offering ayahuasca/ iboga sessions and ceremonies and it is impossible to know if they do it in a professional and ethical manner. Occasionally centers that have received good references in the past start receiving criticism due to a decline in the quality of services they offer. Similarly, there may be centers that offer excellent services that we are not aware of yet. Therefore, we do not give recommendations for any person, center or clinic that offers these services.
    However, we can provide you with some advice so that if you have already decided to participate in a ceremony or session, you can be sure to choose the place with the most reliable assurances of expertise, safety and knowledge. To learn more about this aspect please read the following sections:
    Interested in taking ayahuasca
    Interested in taking iboga
    Use of ayahuasca
  • I found a center offering ceremonies. How can I know if it would be suitable for me to go there?
  • It is very important that you choose the person and place with diligence and caution. Before deciding, ask them all the questions you may have, including any doubts and concerns. Based on both the answers they give you, and the manner in which they answer, you will get some idea of the way that they work. It is also important to ask for references from former clients and people who are familiar with the place. Some of the most important issues to explore are:
    - Who leads the sessions? What training and experience do they have?
    - Do they work alone or have a team?
    - What kind of staff is at the center? Healers, doctors, psychologists, nurses, therapists?
    - Do they do any kind of pre-interview or a medical checkup?
    - What kind of facilities do they have? How well-connected or isolated is the place?
    - How long is the ceremony? What is it comprised of?
    - Are they part of a religious group?
    - What do they offer and what do they promise? What assurances do they give?
    - Is there any preparation prior to the experience? Is there a follow-up or integration?
    - Is the experience in a group or individual? And if it is a group, how many people?
    - What is the full price of the whole package?

    This information can give you an idea of whether you think the center is appropriate for you and if their approach is compatible with yours. Use common sense and take some time before deciding.

    Through this link you can find a document called "Ayahuasca: A Guide to Good Practices". Originally intended for those who offer sessions and ceremonies, you may find it useful to know what we consider indicators of quality service.

    Ayahuasca buenas practicas
Questions about Ayahuasca
  • I want to travel to the Amazon to take ayahuasca. Can you give me guidance about places or centers to go?
  • Traveling to the Amazon with the intention of participating in ayahuasca ceremonies is not a decision that should be taken lightly. So we encourage you to inform yourself well and reflect deeply on your decision.
    In the following link you will find answers to many of the questions you might be asking. Traveling to Amazon

    If after reading it you feel need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us
  • I have read that ayahuasca can treat some psychological problems, is this true?
  • In the traditional context, ayahuasca has long been used medicinally. Outside of this traditional context and from a Western perspective, there exists little clinical evidence of the medicinal properties of ayahuasca to treat various conditions. There are no clinical studies that have proven its effectiveness, and existing evidence is anecdotal and based on just a few people.
    In some therapeutic models it is thought that experiences with ayahuasca can be useful as part of a broader psychotherapeutic process. The psychoactive effects of ayahuasca allow access to psychological content that can be worked through later in psychotherapy. In this sense, ayahuasca can facilitate the therapeutic process and even accelerate it. However, this type of treatment requires appropriate preparation, optimal development of the session and a process of integration following the experience. It is the combination of these three elements which can facilitate a therapeutic result from the use of ayahuasca.
    For people who have a diagnosed mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality or other disorders, the use of ayahuasca is not recommended because it can be counterproductive. These people need a level and kind of support that is usually not available in most meetings and ceremonies.
    For more information about how these plants are used, you can read the following links:
    Why and how
    Use of Ayahuasca

    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
  • Is there any scientific research on ayahuasca?
  • There are scientific studies that have addressed ayahuasca to investigate various aspects of this plant, from its pharmacology to the potential therapeutic applications.

    You can find information through the following link: Science and Ayahuasca
    ICEERS has prepared a compilation of the studies that have been conducted to date. You can download it here: Ayahuasca literature
  • I am taking psychiatric medication and I am considering participating in an ayahuasca ceremony. Are there any risks or interactions that I need to take into account?
  • While ayahuasca has almost no medical contraindications, there do exist potentially dangerous interactions with certain drugs, particularly with those called serotonergic agonists (such as some antidepressants).
    One of the plants that ayahuasca usually contains, Banisteriopsis caapi, contains a Monoamine oxidase inhibitor called harmine/harmaline. These substances, called MAOIs, are contraindicated with some medications and certain foods. Therefore, using ayahuasca when taking medications that could interfere with the same metabolic pathway can be dangerous.!
    The use of antidepressants (especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors - SSRI’s) is totally contraindicated with the use of ayahuasca, as the possibility exists that serotonin syndrome can occur which can have fatal consequences. Some of these substances are paroxetine, citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine and sertraline among others.
    Another concern is whether ayahuasca appropriate for your current psychological state. If you are being treated for any psychiatric disorder, the use of ayahuasca is discouraged. The ayahuasca experience can be very intense and may exacerbate the symptoms of disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or others.
    If you are taking antidepressants or other psychiatric medication, it is important to consult your doctor, especially if this medication is contraindicated with MAOIs. And if you're considering taking ayahuasca to relieve a mental disorder, it is important to talk to your therapist.
    You can find more detailed information in this section of our website:
    Interest in taking ayahuasca

    If you have any questions, please contact us.
Questions about iboga
  • I have read that iboga is useful for recovering from addictions.
    How can I use it to overcome my addiction?
  • Iboga has powerful neuro-regenerative effects due to complex interactions between multiple neurotransmitter systems. Ibogaine up-regulates dopamine, and increases the production of GDNF, which creates a unique state of neuroplasticity.
    The combined effects reduce cravings for a variety of substances and encourage novel behavior, making it an effective tool for both substance and behavioral addictions when used as a part of a comprehensive approach. While certain individuals are able to resolve their addictions with a single administration of iboga, for many people this is unrealistic, as habitual behaviors can be deeply entrenched and symptoms of abstinence and cravings may persist, often due to chronic nutritional deficiencies which lead to neurochemical imbalances.
    Ibogaine can be a potent dependency interruptor and catalyst for change, sometimes affording deep psychological insight and greater self-awareness. While it seems to repair neural functioning for a period of time, it is important to be aware of ibogaine’s limitations, and create an appropriate plan for the best long-term outcome.
    An optimal treatment plan will use a multi-disciplinary or holistic approach, addressing the psychological, physical, and social factors involved in addiction. A program comprised of therapy, exercise, nutrition and a solid support network, paying special attention to physical preparation and post-treatment care, will be much more effective than one relying exclusively on ibogaine.
  • Does ibogaine eliminate withdrawal symptoms?
  • Ibogaine is remarkable for it’s ability to alleviate acute opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings, partially due to its affinity for the opiate receptors, while not being an opiate agonist. Ibogaine can be helpful for detoxifying from short- acting opiates such as heroin, morphine, and oxycontin, as well as long- acting opiates such as methadone and buprenorphine, however, the duration of the ibogaine treatment and timing of its administration are crucial to take into consideration.
    The rate at which these substances leave the body varies, and in the majority of cases PAWS - Post acute withdrawal syndrome - will present, residual protracted withdrawal symptoms that can continue for weeks or months after treatment.
    For these reasons, it has been found that repeat sessions and/ or supplemental or “booster” doses of ibogaine are more effective at remediating opiate withdrawals and cravings than a single administration of ibogaine.
    We recommend exploring supplemental therapeutic solutions to the accompanying pain, insomnia, and emotional/psychological vulnerability of opiate detoxification with ibogaine, as well as having a healthy support system in place
  • What substances is ibogaine treatment useful for?
    Alcohol, cocaine, opiates, stimulants, benzodiazepines ...?
  • Ibogaine can be useful for a variety of substances, with varying degrees of efficacy. Following are the benefits and unique issues to consider with the different kinds of substances:
    For opiates, ibogaine is most noticeably effective for remediating withdrawal symptoms and diminishing cravings.
    For cocaine, amphetamines, and other stimulants, ibogaine can be helpful, substantially reducing cravings, but its administration is specifically contraindicated with these substances due to the fact that ibogaine is a cardio-stimulant and potentiator, which in combination can pose significant cardiac risks, including death. It is recommended that people using ibogaine are abstinent from stimulants for at least 5 days, and up to one month before treatment. It is also important to know that the primary withdrawal symptoms for these stimulants are fatigue and depression and that if ibogaine is administered without sufficient rest and preparation, one may sleep through the session. Additional support and treatment may be needed for the chronic depression that is so common in stimulant users.
    For alcohol, ibogaine has been shown to reduce cravings, although it does NOT treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol abstinence syndrome can prolong the QT interval, which is contra-indicated with ibogaine, and can lead to seizures or sudden death, so it is absolutely necessary to be properly stabilized prior to treatment.
    This means a period of abstinence of up to 5 days, during which time the person may or may not need to be stabilized with benzodiazepines, depending on the severity of the alcohol dependency. It is also important to note that alcohol dependence can diminish the brain’s production of GABA, the inhibitory neurotransmitter responsible for calming and regulating the system, requiring ongoing nutritional therapy.
    For benzodiazepines, i.e. Valium, Xanax, Ativan etc., ibogaine is NOT recommended as a method for reducing or stopping intake. While ibogaine does seem to have a positive effect on the complex network of neurotransmitters responsible for cravings and behavior, it can also increase anxiety in those who are prone to it, and cessation or reduction of benzodiazepine use prior to or during ibogaine treatment can be extremely dangerous and even fatal.
    Considering all of this, benzodiazepines are not specifically contra-indicated with ibogaine, so their use does not rule out ibogaine treatment for concurrent dependencies or psychological work, provided the individual is stabilized with appropriate medical supervision. It is recommended that, if you are currently using benzodiazepines, to maintain your regular dosing schedule and consult your doctor with regard to lowering your dose over time. A helpful guide to benzodiazepines with safe titration methods from Dr. Heather Ashton can be found at the following link:
    Benzo.org
    For psychiatric medications of any kind, including anti- depressants such as SSRI’s and SNRI’s, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers, ibogaine is contra-indicated and can lead to serious complications, including serotonin syndrome, which can be fatal. Ibogaine is not recommended for those with diagnosed mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bi- polar disorder, or personality disorders as it can exacerbate these conditions.
    Some people have had success managing excessive use of other drugs such as ketamine, marijuana and other psychedelics with ibogaine.
    Many people have successfully treated nicotine dependencies with ibogaine, occasionally without intending to do so, as a side effect for treatment of a primary dependency.
    For certain behavioral addictions and disorders such as eating disorders, compulsive gambling, PTSD, and others ibogaine can be helpful when combined with ongoing therapeutic practices.
  • I have found a supplier who sells Ibogaine. Can I take it on my own at home?!
  • In 2013 ICEERS conducted an investigation to determine the composition of samples of Iboga in various formats (HCl, extract, TA) that could be acquired through different Internet providers. The quality of the samples varies and it is impossible to predict what we will actually receive when we buy iboga or extracts online.

    Ibogaine involves significant physical risks, and there are many factors to consider depending on whether you want to use iboga to recover from a dependency or to assist in your personal growth. These risks make it necessary to perform a medical evaluation before the session, to rule out contraindications. Ibogaine can exacerbate heart arrythmias, cause bradychardia (low heart rate), lower blood pressure as well as inhibit the ability to move and speak.

    In addition to physical risks, psychological risks exist due to the potential intensity of an iboga experience, so it is highly recommended that you are cared for by a team of experienced facilitators who can support you during your experience.
    For all of these reasons, it is NOT recommended to use iboga on your own at home. It is dangerous.
    You can find more detailed information about these risks, the necessary training and recommended equipment that should be in place so the experience of iboga is safe in the following link:

    Interested in taking Iboga
  • I am interested in traveling to Gabon to participate in an initiation with Iboga. Can you help?
  • Traveling to Gabon can be a transformative experience, and therefore requires good planning and being aware of the risks involved.

    On our website you can find some advice and general guidelines. To do this see the following links:
    General advice on traveling
    Travel to Gabon
    If you need more detailed guidance for planning your trip, visit the website of the Ebando Foundation and get in contact with them.
    Ebando