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By Cheryl Steinberg
In the past, we’ve written about the ibogaine plant and how some have used it in order to treat their drug addictions. Many claim that this shamanistic treatment has helped rid them of their disease of addiction, especially when it comes to opiate addiction.
We’ve also recently told you about how reality TV star Scott Disick — of Keeping Up With The Kardashians fame — announced that he had chosen to undergo ibogaine therapy at a treatment center in Costa Rica.
Considering that the drug is currently illegal in the U.S. and claims vary among users, it’s no wonder that that treating addiction with ibogaine in controversial, at least in the country.
But can ibogaine become not only accepted for use in the U.S., but an integral part of the way we treat substance use disorder and addiction? Well, there’s been talk of a radical new treatment modality in Vermont, utilizing ibogaine as a tool in treatment.
How Ibogaine Works
Ibogaine is derived from the iboga shrub and is a naturally occurring compound that serves as an interruption in the cycle of substance use disorders, and especially opioid abuse and addiction. It’s reported that ibogaine use also provides other neurological and psychological benefits in that it opens up “deep personal insights” in its users.
As it stands now, people seeking ibogaine treatment will travel to other countries, such as Mexico, where ibogaine is not illegal.
Some people who have undergone ibogaine treatment report a lasting reversal of symptoms related to their addiction. And although ibogaine has an immense amount of reported benefits, like any other drug, it is not without its risks. Ibogaine is known to have cardiovascular implications, having caused complications and even death in people with preexisting health issues.
So far, ibogaine is listed as a felony Schedule I controlled substance in the U.S.
Unfortunately, in a relatively short amount of time, Vermont has become the epicenter of the national heroin epidemic and the focal point for concerns regarding opiates and opioid use disorders.
According to the Vermont Department of Health, the number of heroin-related deaths was 35 in 2014, an increase of 66% from 21 deaths in 2013. Opiate abuse is so prevalent in the northern state that just last year, its Governor Peter Shumlin spent his entire State of the State address speaking to the heroin issue in the state, citing Vermont’s 250% increase in heroin treatment and 770% increase in treatment for all opiates since 2000.
Ibogaine in Addiction Treatment…in the U.S.?
Recently, a bill was introduced in the Vermont’s House of Representatives that goes beyond the state’s initial controversial legislation: that of regulating and taxing marijuana.
The bill, H. 387 would allow for a pilot program that utilizes ibogaine in the treatment of substance use disorders. On March 10th, Rep. Paul Dame (R-Chittenden-8-2) and Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano (D-Caledonia-2) introduced the bill. It has since been referred to the House Committee on Human Services.
The bill would allow for the development and implementation of a three-year pilot program to dispense ibogaine in the treatment of drug- and alcohol- addicted individuals. Eligibility required that the person is diagnosed with a severe and persistent substance abuse disorder by a health care provider and that such diagnosis was made in the course of a legitimate health care provider-patient relationship. The individual’s physician must also verify that medical efforts were made but to no avail as the patient’s reliance on drugs or alcohol has continued. An ibogaine dispensary would be operated by the Department of Health combined with a nonprofit organization.
Rep. Dame has said of the ibogaine treatment “[it’s] an interesting idea that has shown results in other countries.” He sees the bill as having the potential to save the millions of dollars in reduced treatment costs as well as shortened waiting lists for treatment programs.
“We talk a lot about protecting people’s freedoms, and here is a way we might be able to help Vermonters free themselves from a serious addiction,” he said.
Vermont’s H. 387 is actually not the first piece of ibogaine legislation in the United States. Back in 1992, then New York State Senator Joseph Galiber introduced a bill that that would make it mandatory for the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to encourage and support ibogaine research as a treatment for heroin and cocaine addiction. Unfortunately, that bill never moved out of committee.
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Rehab in St. James, NC: Healthy Options
For anyone who is having trouble coping with substance abuse or addiction rehab in St. James, NC gives you different options on how to treat your illness. Different approaches are offered by different rehabs, but they work off the basics to the process of recovery. Whatever option is the best treatment for you, make sure you research the various facilities in your area. If you make the choice of going to a rehab in St. James, NC make sure you look into the specifics of the program. Any rehab in St. James, NC should offer the fundamental pieces necessary to build your foundation. They may describe different and appealing approaches, but they should keep emphasis on the key elements of a healthy life-style:
- Self-help groups
- Medical support
For treatment to be effective, any rehab in St. James, NC should be providing patients access to a detox program for improving these areas as part of removing the physical dependency on drugs and/or alcohol while building tools to effectively change the patient’s life-style.
Rehab in St. James, NC: Clinical Treatments
The facility and the certifications of the staff is definitely something you want to be confident in. If you want to make sure your recovery plan is one built in a professional and reliable environment, it is important to research the rehab in St. James, NC you are considering before making a choice to seek out the services of that facility. The rehab in St. James, NC you choose should offer the following services:
- Safe environment where participants are screened for drugs and alcohol
- Counseling where individuals can seek emotional resolutions
- Assistance on learning more about healthy living/diet/exercise
- Should be licensed for treatment of substance abuse
- Qualified and helpful staff
- Recovery plans for after inpatient treatment
- Relapse prevention plan
Rehab in St. James, NC: Treatment Goals
If you feel like rehab in St. James, NC is something you would benefit from, make sure you are aware of the detox program, and inpatient services and how they are regulated. For some people struggling with substance abuse or addiction this can be a difficult process. It is necessary learn everything you can about addiction and treatment of addiction to decide if you will benefit from rehab in St. James, NC. There are many inpatient programs for addiction, as well as long-term plans, and alternative treatments. A variety of opportunities for treatment give you a chance to look into several safe environments that can have lasting impacts on the way you conduct your transition into sobriety. Rehab in St. James, NC is there to support patients, and to help each person understand the disease of addiction by dealing with both personal problems and the physical affects. Rehab in St. James, NC is not the only option out there, many states offer a variety of rehabilitation centers to teach men and women how to cope with issues, maintain health and sobriety, and get them back on track to living a more productive life.
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Ibogaine is a psychoactive alkaloid that is being explored for the treatment of drug addiction in the U.S. Although illegal in the US as of now, some 20 or 30 ibogaine clinics are in operation worldwide. This hallucinogen is used mainly in the treatment of opioid dependency.
Ibogaine is derived from a root used in African religious practices. Historically, it has been used in healing ceremonies and initiations by members of the Bwiti religion in various parts of West Africa. Ibogaine causes severe nausea, vertigo, sleeplessness, and visions that can be nightmarish, though it has been shown to block craving and withdrawal symptoms in people detoxing from heroin and other opioids.
Ibogaine therapy for drug addiction is beneficial because unlike standard opioid detoxes, it does not use another addictive opioid to wean you off the first. It is proposed that there is also some therapeutic value to the hallucinogenic trip in ibogaine therapy for drug addiction, such as examining the behaviors that led to the addiction in the first place. Some users report “visions” that help them conquer their addictions while using the drug. A few addiction experts think that focused counseling during this time could be beneficial, although there is yet to be any type of controlled study to confirm this.
By some reports, ibogaine has a mortality rate that can be as high as 1 in 300. It can slow the heart and be lethal to someone with pre-existing medical problems. Anyone interested in using ibogaine therapy for drug addiction should carefully weigh the risks and benefits of treatment, and should ensure that medical assistance is available during the session.
Proponents for ibogaine therapy for drug addiction claim that it “cures” the addiction in a very short amount of time. They say that the visual hallucinations and introspective nature of the trip is better than 30 days of standard addiction treatment therapy.
There has been some research into producing a variation of ibogaine that would eliminate the psychoactive effects. The trip can be unpleasant and arduous, especially while withdrawing from opiates. However, supporters of ibogaine therapy for drug addiction believe that the trip is essential for the user to experience the full benefits of ibogaine.
Ibogaine itself has a very low incidence of addiction, so it may be preferable to standard opioid detox drugs like methadone and buprenorphine. Some claim that the withdrawal from these standard “detox drugs” can be worse than withdrawal from whatever opioid they were originally addicted to. In cases where methadone or buprenorphine are used as maintenance drugs or over a longer period of time than the standard 3-10 days of a normal detox, this is almost certainly the case. The body becomes dependent on methadone or buprenorphine, and since they have a longer duration of action, the withdrawal process is much longer.
Whatever the claimed benefits, it will likely be a long time before ibogaine therapy for drug addiction becomes legal in the United States. Many more studies will have to be conducted, and the relative safety of the drug taken into account.
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1. Narconon: Narconon owns a number of rehab facilities in the United States and Internationally. The facilities have been making headlines recently after several patients died while in treatment. Though cause is yet to be determined, most media outlets have attributed the deaths to Narconon’s bizarre detox protocols. Narconon’s treatment practice is mainly faith-based, centering on scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s “Purification Rundown.” In essence, patients take high doses of vitamins and other supplements and spend four hours a day in saunas that are heated to over 150 degrees. This bizarre detox can be extremely dangerous for addicts and alcoholics in withdrawal, particularly those coming off stimulants and alcohol.
The saunas and vitamins are intended detox the body. According to Hubbard, small amounts of drugs and their metabolites are stored in the body’s fat cells, and this is what causes drug craving. Only by ridding the body of these drugs can you recover from addiction and eliminate craving, according to the theory.
2. Ibogaine: Second on our list of the top bizarre detoxes is Ibogaine. This hallucinogen is used mainly in the treatment of opioid dependency. Ibogaine is derived from a root used in African religious practices. Although illegal in the U.S., some 20 or 30 Ibogaine clinics are in operation worldwide. Some users report “visions” that help them conquer their addictions while using the drug. Ibogaine causes severe nausea, vertigo, sleeplessness, and visions that can be nightmarish, though it has been shown to block craving and withdrawal symptoms in people detoxing from heroin and other opioids.
3. Wat Tham Krabok: Number 3 on the list of bizarre detox methods is a detox process used by a Buddhist monastery in Thailand. Since 1959, the monastery has treated over 100,000 people suffering from addiction with Buddhist meditation, Asian herbal supplementation used for relaxation, induced vomiting, and the consumption of a secret detoxification potion composed of many different herbs. The bizarre detox lasts for 5 days and the elixir causes addicts to vomit every morning. The puking is a public event and sometimes schoolchildren are bused in to watch, ostensibly to deter them from future drug use.
4. Rapid Opiate Detox: Coming in fourth on our list of bizarre detox methods is rapid opiate detox, though it may not be so much bizarre as dangerous and pointless. Rapid opiate detox is a procedure by which a patient is sedated and given medications to quickly clear the system of opiates. The procedure takes place in the intensive care unit of a hospital because patients must be closely monitored. Without the proper care and observation, this process can be deadly because it is such a shock to the system. There is no evidence that this rapid opiate detox works any better than regular detox, and it is much more dangerous. The most bizarre part is how many addicts are duped into believing this will cure their opiate addiction.
5. Serum Therapy: Though not used anymore, this bizarre detox was once very popular for treating narcotic addiction. In the 1950’s, doctors would create blisters on the addict’s stomach, remove fluid from the blisters with a hypodermic needle, and then re-inject that fluid into the addict’s arm. This was done 4 or 5 times a day for a week.
If you or someone you know needs treatment for their Addiction please call us at 800-951-6135 or visit us online at www.palmpartners.com.