Heroin addiction can be one of the hardest to kick. The physical withdrawal can be hell for addicts, but even after the physical symptoms have subsided, the cravings are still there. At our facility for drug rehab in Raleigh NC, we treat lots of heroin addicts and can you tell you difficult it can be, first hand.
There have been reports of a drug called ibogaine that can free heroin users from their addiction with one psychedelic trip. Does it really work? Let's find out! For quality drug rehab in Raleigh NC, be sure to call Legacy Freedom. We can help you or a family member kick addiction.
Can Illegal Psychedelics Help With Heroin Withdrawal?
The drug is found, among other places, in plants indigenous to West Africa, but is illegal in many countries, including the U.S. It became a Schedule I substance in 1970, but that doesn’t stop people trying to break free from their heroin addiction from travelling to other countries to get the drug. Treatment clinics offering ibogaine have opened up in Mexico, Canada, South Africa and the Netherlands. There are reports that it’s available in illegal clinics in the U.S. even under the watchful eye of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Heroin Abuse and Treatment
Over 2 million people in the U.S. are addicted to opiates such as heroin and prescription pain pills, making the problem a public health issue. Many people start with prescription pain medicines then turn to heroin when they can no longer get pills or afford them.
Many states are trying to combat opiate addiction with new legislation regarding recovery, including funding to help open more clinics. Treatment for heroin addiction varies from supervised detoxes to putting a user on another drug like methadone or Suboxone to ease cravings.
With so many people addicted to opiates, there should be more research on ways to help break the addiction; however there is hesitation to research a drug that was deemed a “substance likely to cause dependency to endanger human health” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The drug is illegal in the U.S., but it is unregulated in Mexico and Canada. In the U.K. it is legal to possess it but not distribute it. Brazil recently made it legal if it is obtained through a doctor.
Other psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin or “magic mushrooms,” have been used to help people stop smoking or drinking, but they are also not a legal or supported means of treatment by established facilities.
How Ibogaine Works
Ibogaine is a psychedelic derived from the roots of the iboga tree. It causes two phases of hallucinations – visionary and introspection. The first phase causes a dreamlike effect that lasts for 4-6 hours. The second phase has psychotherapeutic effects that supposedly lets people conquer their fears and negative emotions. Physically it causes the user to have trouble standing and walking. It can also cause dry mouth, nausea and vomiting. The symptoms can last from 4 up to 24 hours.
A similar psychedelic drug, ayahuasca, has become popular recently for its transforming effects. It’s illegal in the U.S., but found in South America. It has not been noted as helping addicts with recovery, but has had people claim it helped them overcome other emotional and mental issues.
You don’t have to turn to illegal and dangerous options in order to get help from addiction. Call Legacy Treatment Centers today to take the first step towards recovery. Our team of trained admission counselors will be more than happy to help you set up a treatment plan that is customized to work for your exact needs. It only takes one phone call to change your life with our dependable options for drug rehab in Raleigh NC.
Howard Lotsof, a scientist, discovered ibogaine in the 1960s. He was addicted to heroin and took it looking for another high, but he found that once he came down from it, he no longer wanted drugs.
He was quoted as saying, “Afterwards, I was walking and I looked at this tree, and as I looked at it I realized I no longer had any fear of death. Also that I was no longer addicted to narcotics.”
Lotsof also gave the drug to other friends who were struggling with addiction and they had similar results. Years later, he provided his research to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for a research study they wanted to begin after getting approval from the FDA. A study was launched but it ended a few years later.
A study done in 2011 by the University of California San Diego enrolled 30 people to participate, but by the end of the study a year later, over half had dropped out. The study concluded that even after ibogaine treatments, addicts still relapsed. However, the study did not give participants other support such as individual and group therapy or sponsors.
The head of the study, Thomas Brown, does not think that ibogaine is a cure for addiction, but can be a part of a comprehensive treatment program. He thinks it can give someone a break from negative thought patterns that can help when traditional treatments are used.
Ibogaine in the Media
Many people haven’t even heard of this drug, but it has been mentioned in movies and the media dating back to the 1970s, shortly after it was banned in the U.S., journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who was known for his drug use, referenced it in an article for Rolling Stone.
The drug has also been the subject of several popular TV shows such as the X-Files, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Homeland. Several documentaries have been made about the drug and how it may have helped the heroin addicts featured in the movies.
Ibogaine is likely to have more exposure as more doctors and scientists try to research its effect on addiction recovery. However, because it is illegal and its effects on health are not known, it is not an option that should be considered. Someone struggling with addiction can get help through legal, healthy means like the programs we offer our patients.
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