Addicts withdrawing from heroin will experience debilitating withdrawal symptoms. Without medical intervention, acute heroin withdrawal starts about six to twelve hours after the last dose, peaking one to three days later, and can last one to three weeks. Withdrawal symptoms include (but are not limited to) hallucinations, sweats, anxiety, body aches, insomnia and mood swings. However, residual symptoms, although less serious than the initial acute withdrawal stage, can continue for months and even years. It the intensity and length of these withdrawals that contribute to the high relapse rate (estimated at about 85%+) associated with heroin addiction.
IBOGAINE WORKS DIFFERENTLY
It is non-addictive and usually requires only one treatment. It ‘rewires’ the brain by addressing the neurological patterns involved in addiction by affecting the pathways related to dopamine, serotonin, NMDA and opioids. Ibogaine detox provides a fast and effective detox from heroin. Heroin is an extremely “clean” opiate; it’s a pure agonist with a very short half-life. Ibogaine eliminates one of the biggest challenges heroin users face when attempting to quit: painful and long-lasting withdrawal symptoms.
Ibogaine is the only treatment available that alleviates withdrawal symptoms and changes the neurotransmitter pathways of the brain – creating new routes that are not associated with addiction. To put it in simple terms: ibogaine is a fast-acting, plant-based, naturally-occurring substance, which interrupts the process of active addiction painlessly and rapidly, bringing patients back to a pre-addicted state. While these benefits are key to initial success, it is important to remember that there are other components necessary for ongoing recovery. These include evaluating social circles, living environment and assessing what purpose the drug initially served so that alternative coping mechanisms can be learned.(link to section on aftercare)
Ibogaine has another amazing benefit when treating addiction. It can provide a dreamlike state or introspective journey that can help users understand and move past the events that caused their addiction. Some patients report very mild changes in awareness while others describe being able to bring forward subconscious thoughts and images along with long term memories in a way that provides insight into their behavior.. In his book Breaking Open the Head, author Daniel Pinchbeck, describes Iboga/Ibogaine as “10 years of psychoanalysis in a single night.”
Ibogaine Vs. Traditional detox Most detox programs focus on replacing one addictive substance with another equally addictive, but legal drug - like suboxone for opiate addicts. Patients will continue to crave the “new drug” until they can detox or withdraw from that (or they will replace their addiction with a new one).