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Treating addiction with Ibogaine
Today, Ibogaine treatment is considered an alternative method of detoxification and drug addiction treatment, mainly in opioid addiction. Ibogaine affects receptors for two major neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with a sense of happiness and self-confidence, and are also the main point of brain influence on heroin, cocaine and other opiates.
These drugs make the person feel euphoric by influencing a sudden increase in serotonin and dopamine levels. Over time, receptors are adapted to artificially elevated levels and become less sensitive to these neurotransmitters. These drugs also cause the brain to produce less serotonin and dopamine levels. This explains why drug users develop tolerance and ultimately can no longer feel happy without taking drugs.
What is Ibogaine?
Ibogaine is a powerful psychedelic that has been isolated from certain African plants from the Apocinaceae family and has hallucinogenic properties. It originated from Iboga root and is a natural alkaloid used by tribes in Africa for spiritual and tribal rites for centuries. While Ibogaine began as a spiritual medicine of the indigenous peoples of Africa, it was quite accidentally proved to be a good ally in the battlefield of treating opiate addiction, especially heroin. Its remarkable properties against opiate addiction were discovered by accident when H. Lotsof took Ibogaine in 1962 with a recreational goal and the following morning revealed that he had no desire for drugs.
Since then, Ibogaine has been known as a substance that has helped many addicts to quit drugs.
Numerous studies and scientific research on Ibogaine are extremely convincing that Ibogaine can significantly relieve the abstinence crisis symptoms in almost all drug addiction cases.
The properties of Ibogaine to act anti-addictingly and anti-abstinentially can be explained by the effects of its transient metabolite called Noribogaine. Noribogaine increases the level of dopamine and serotonin in the body that give the patient a sense of well-being and blocks the brain’s receptors for drug craving. Ibogaine is not a medicine substitute and does not cause addiction. Ibogaine chemically disturbs the organism to become addicted to drugs. The main task of Ibogaine therapy at VIP Vorobjev Clinic is to provide safe and painless detoxification of opioids in combination with an effective and reliable treatment that eliminates the desire for drugs.
Before the treatment, a complete diagnostics is required an assessment of the physical and psychological condition of the patient as well as. This assessment allows our medical team to define the best treatment plan for each of our patients individually. Ibogaine therapy brings the patient into a state where he is able to focus on the causes of addiciton without passing through intense and stressful withdrawal symptoms that follow most types of opioid detoxification.
Even if some of the remaining opiate symptoms continue to be present after Ibogaine treatment, they are drastically decreased, they have become quite bearable and easy to alleviate in the next 24 hours. Ibogaine is a hallucinogen, which changes the perception and cognition of the user. The effects of Ibogaine start within 45 minutes of application. The active treatment of Ibogane lasts from 12 to 24 hours.
The conscious state of patients is the main feature of Ibogaine therapy, which lasts up to 6 hours. During this time, we actively cooperate with our patients to take advantage of this time to analyze the conditions and causes that led to their drug addiction and help them find the way out.
How does Ibogaine work?
At the physical level, Ibogaine has the ability to completely reset the brain. Patients become addicted to drugs when they rely on them to fill in chemical receptors in the brain. Their body is so used to these chemicals that it stops producing them naturally. When an addict tries to stop using drugs, he remains without that abundance of chemicals and begins to experience intense physical pain and life dysfunctions.
Ibogaine binds to these receptors and returns them to normal. This restores the chemical balance to natural levels and can restore the function of neurotransmitters damaged due to drug use. What your brain needs Ibogaine can achieve in a few hours.
Psychological benefits of Ibogaine
As a psychoactive substance, Ibogaine acts to stimulate a state similar to a dream that moves the level of self-awareness without precedent. Many people describe this condition as a real understanding of their lives for the first time. This clarity is part of the way how Ibogaine influences the perspective of addicts. Addicts have reported psychological benefits from their experiences with Ibogaine.
This often comes with a sense of security as the addict mentally faces the main problem of the disorder. Solving psychological causes in addiction is as important as dealing with physical symptoms. Ibogaine has the potential to treat both.
Ibogaine treatment phases
Considering that it is necessary to make a series of preparations for the procedure with Ibogaine, the treatment lasts for 5 days and the procedure itself with the most intensive effect lasts for about 6 hours, although the Ibogaine effect is felt in a milder form for the next few days.
Diagnostics – the first and very important phase of treatment. The essence of the diagnostic is to assess the physical and psychological condition of the patient. For the assessment of the patient’s physical condition, a standard diagnostic examination includes: • urine test • tests for hepatitis B and C, HIV infection • general blood analysis • biochemical blood testing • ECG • internist examination
For the assessment of the patient’s psychological condition, a standard diagnostic examination implies psychodiagnostics (psychological tests that determine the level of addiction, the extent of the effect of taking benzodiazepines on mental health, whether there are signs of mental disorders, whether there is depression, what the degree of motivation for healing is, self-criticism and preservation of voluntary mechanisms.)
1.Treatment plan – After diagnostics, the results are considered by a team of physicians to develop a strategy and treatment plan. In the event that the diagnosis reveals more serious deviations in the tests, the presence of a risk factor, or the patient has accompanying chronic illnesses, additional tests are organized as required, and a therapy for the accompanying illness is prescribed. Depending on the problem, MRT, EEG, ultrasound, X-ray, endoscopy, medicament and drug concentration analysis, cardiologist, neurologist, endocrinologist, infectologist examinations, etc. can be done. These additional tests are not included in the price of this treatment package and are additionally charged.
2. Preparing for a session – One day before the session, through special psychological tests, information about the patient and about his life is collected, and based on the psychological state and physical characteristics of the patient, the doctor determines the exact dose of Ibogaine to be administered.
3.Mental map – In order for the session to yield the best results and in order to influence the subconscious of the patient, we must know both good and bad things from his past, the people he loves and for which he would like to quit drugs, all the ugly things that happened to him because of the use of drugs, whether he is aware of the consequences of using drugs and what his greatest motivation is.
4.Ibogaine therapy – All patients who have been treated with Ibogaine at our clinic say it is the most intense experience in their life. The Ibogain session at our clinic takes place under the constant control of a doctor and the patient is connected to a monitoring system that tracks his pulse and heart rate. Solely natural Ibogaine, pure hydrochloride is used.
No one has ever reported negative consequences of Ibogaine sessions, as can happen when patients privately buy Ibogaine and try to detox themselves on their own or in the presence of an unskilled person. Then it can be very dangerous because if the body has not been previously cleansed of the substance, tachycardia and other risks can arise during the session.
While the effect of Ibogaine is taking place, patients see their illness for the first time in a realistic way, as if they are critically observing themselves. Some patients have visual experience, and some only reflect a lot. The session usually lasts about six hours and is divided into three stages. The patient sees his life from his second year to the present, he goes through a series of various emotional states, the guilt for those loved ones he hurt, the fear of illness and the consequences of drug use, some even see their own death. And what follows here is a reversal, this third phase where, with the help of our experts, doctors and psychologists, the patient succeeds in getting the strength to leave the drugs in the past, to separate the good from the bad and realize how valuable life itself is, what the right values to fight for are, we help him to realize that he is still capable of living like every normal person, that the drug was a mistake in his life that could happen to anybody and that brought him to this terrible addictive disorder. After the session, the patients feel different, new, reborn.
5.Evaluation of the results – At the end of the treatment, the treatment results are evaluated, the physical and psychological state of the patient is stable, preparations are made for the discharge from the hospital, and the patient and his relatives are given instructions on how to behave. Together with the patient, our team of experts devises a plan of activities for the following month and provides advice for successful rehabilitation and resocialization.
6.Outpatient treatment – The patient remains in contact with doctors for the next 12 months so that we could monitor his situation, help him in difficult moments, change his therapy if necessary and help him maintain a stable abstinence. At discharge, the patient is prescribed a certain medication therapy and psychotherapy at the place of residence as it has been shown to have significantly affected the treatment results. Twelve-month, outpatient treatment and follow-ups are free of charge.
In the event of a change in the condition (depression, anxiety, repeated desire for drugs), the patient should immediately notify the hospital in order for the doctor to determine the further course of treatment. Contact between patient and doctor via e-mail, Skype, phone or a visit to the clinic is planned to last at least one year as this period is considered sufficient for the patient to become accustomed to a new lifestyle, for the receptors to regenerate and him to build confidence, for the substance in his life to become a past. Our program includes the transport of the patient from an airport or a station to our clinic as well as a return after treatment.
At our clinic, doctors and nurses are available for patients 24 hours a day and seven days a week. All doctors are certified anesthesiologists, psychiatrists and psychologists with 10-25 years of experience. The clinic employs more than 60 people. Security of patients and staff is taken care of by the security guard. The facility is also under video surveillance.
Patients are placed in comfortable rooms that have all the elements for a comfortable stay at our clinic. Rooms are cleaned twice a day. We can assist those foreign patients who need a visa with getting it. If patients from abroad have an escort in the form of support, they too can stay at our clinic.
We only use medical Ibogaine HCL tested in a laboratory in a strictly controlled hospital environment. Only a top doctor familiar with Ibogaine can calculate the exact safe dose needed for treatment.
Treatment with Ibogaine at our clinic is a safe and painless transition from a ruined life of drug addiction to a life of good health and sobriety. Patients from all over the world come to our clinic for Ibogaine treatment: America, Canada, Holland, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Australia, Italy, France, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro…