The use of
Iboga

Iboga has shown to carry a vast potential as a tool in the treatment of addiction. Because of its pharmacological effects it can suppress withdrawal and reduce craving of a variety of drugs of abuse. Because of its psychological effects it can facilitate an increased understanding of the self and the underlying mechanisms of an addiction. However, iboga is not a panacea and requires a multidisciplinary therapeutic process dealing with the patient, his/her family and environment.

Therapeutic process

Iboga and its principle alkaloid Ibogaine, has a series of potentially useful effects in the treatment of addiction. It has been observed that its administration eliminates the acute opioid withdrawal syndrome.

Furthermore, after the ingestion of iboga, the craving for drugs of abuse such as opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, crack/cocaine, (meth-)amphetamine or tobacco are significantly diminished for a variable period of time. The estimated time for biochemical recuperation of the brain of detoxified patients is approximately three months. It is interesting that iboga produces the diminished craving for drugs of abuse for weeks, up to approximately three months.

The period in which the craving is significantly reduced offers an important opportunity for the patient. It is during this period that a therapeutic process can facilitate long term changes such as adjusted behavior, interpersonal dynamics, etc. Therefore, the continuation of a therapeutic process after the iboga session plays a key role in the long term success of the treatment.

Iboga is not a miraculous treatment. It requires effort and determination of the patient to deal with his/her addiction at all levels, and the implication of his/her family in this therapeutic process.

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