The scariest and hardest part for addicts is quitting opiates. The severe pain of withdrawal is enough to keep an addict in the throws of their addiction forever. It keeps people tied to taking opiates for fear of all the symptoms that can happen. (more…)
Even though it’s still not clear exactly how these drugs work in the brain, researchers think that the psychedelic experience itself could help people change their perspective, and their behavior, when it comes to drug addiction. And these psychologists are keen to try something new, because, as they admit, the current options are limited for addiction treatment.
Ibogaine treatment for addicts may be one of the most promising weapons yet in the battle for recovery. While testimonials enthusiastically touting its miraculous addiction-interruption properties of overflow on YouTube and elsewhere on social media, it should be no surprise that junkies and cocaine addicts are notorious for not relying on academia and the pharmaceutical industry for up-to-date and accurate information. Generally, when something like this is effective, like it or not, Big Pharma, the streets find out first.
Opioid overdose will kill 800 people in B.C. this year if the death toll continues at its current rate. In the first three months of 2016, fentanyl was detected in half of 200 opioid-overdose deaths. Fentanyl is indiscriminately killing entrenched street users and casual users from the suburbs.
Psychedelics are saving lives worldwide. Numerous studies show these substances are non-neurotoxic, non-addictive and are having profound effects curing some of the most stubborn mental health disorders by helping people purge bottled up trauma.
Jonathan Dickinson is the Executive Director of the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA). He has worked with ibogaine in therapeutic and sacramental contexts in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, and has published and presented on his work globally.
Jonathan functions as a liaison between academics, government officials, researchers, not-for-profits, and care providers in regard to ibogaine research and practice. During his tenure, Jonathan has organized two international conferences on ibogaine and in 2014, was initiated into Bwiti, a spiritual discipline and psychoactive practice involving iboga by the forest-dwelling peoples of Gabon.
Here he talks about how Ibogaine is administered and what an Ibogaine session is like.