Frequently Asked Questions
When we first discovered Ibogaine and began using it to help treat those in need, we learned
that after the sessions were over, our patients were being taken back to a state where they weren't suffering from any
physical or psychological withdrawal. This was very interesting to us, because not other treatment process
that we had encountered before allowed the person to truly be separated from the addiction
that was influencing their actions and thoughts. Once placed into this pre-addictive
state, the patient will not suffer from withdrawal or have a desire to again become involved with
their substance or habit addiction.
What is ibogaine?
Ibogaine is a psychoactive drug derived from the root of an African plant. It is one
of many psychoactive indole alkaloids that can be isolated from plants of the family
Apocynaceae. Ibogaine is most abundant in the shrub Tabernanthe Iboga, which is
found in parts of western Africa like Gabon and Congo. For thousands of years, the roots
of the plant have been used for medicinal purposes as well as ceremonial agents for
"rights of passage" for the native peoples. In recent years it has been increasingly
noted for its ability to treat both drug and alcohol addiction. Scientific studies
and widespread reports suggest that a single administration of ibogaine has the ability
to both remove the symptoms of drug withdrawal and reduce drug-craving for a period of
time after administration. In addition, the drug's psychoactive properties (in large
doses it can induce a dreamlike state for a period of hours) have been widely credited
with helping users understand and reverse their drug-using behavior by giving insight
into their own lives and the root causes of their addictive behavior.
How does ibogaine work?
Ibogaine is an intense psychoactive drug. It causes a mental deconstruction
which allows the patient to self-analyze themselves in an intensive therapy
session. Ibogaine also creates a metabolite that remains in the brain
for weeks to months after the session. This metabolite fills the receptors
that are stimulated by addictive substances and obsessive behaviors. Because the receptors
are filled, after ibogaine, addicts will neiher experience any physical withdrawal
nor craving of their drug of choice for a window of time. The removal of the physical
withdrawal symptoms in conjunction with the intensive self-analysis allows for ibogaine's
success in the treatment of addiction.
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How is ibogaine administered?
The patient must undergo an EKG and a bloodtest by a physician and provide this along
with a medical and pschiatric history prior to the interview with the therapist. The patient
should also reserve at least 3 consecutive days off from obligations such as work,
childcare, and home maintenance duties. The Ibogaine session itself could take the full three
days and many patients take an additional day or two for self reflection.
Some patients do not require this amount of time. With this preparation, a
family member or close friend is required to be at the actual ibogaine session with
the therapist for comfort in case the therapy gets uncomfortably intense (remember,
this is a psychoactive drug and so it would be psychologically uncomfortable, not physically).
The patient can not eat for 12 hours prior to the session. For methadone
or heroin addiction, methadone or heroin should be taken as far prior
to the session as the patient can withstand; this may vary from 8 to 48
hours depending on the patient's addiction.
Why should I choose the I Begin Again Center?
Our leading therapist, Eric Taub, has performed hundreds of therapeutic
ibogaine sessions in the last ten years all over the world. He has been referenced in numerous
scientific papers including Ibogaine: Proceedings
of the First International Conference, The Journal of
Primal Psychology, and also served as a contributing
author for the Manual for Ibogaine Therapy. His interviews
have been featured on such radio shows as
the Conscious Cafť out of San Francisco and have
also appeared in publications such as The Resonance
Project and The London Times.
The following is taken from the Ibogaine feature in the London Times
"Devout ibogaine advocate Eric Taub used
to treat people on a boat in international waters.
He now has clinics in Costa Rica and
Italy, and is the source of most satisfied experience
-- The London Times
What happens during the session?
The experience has been explained to occur by three parts. The first part is
a four to six hour period, much like dreaming, where visual hallucinations
dominate and thoughts of past events are experienced. The second part seems
to be a time of reflection on the past that shaped a person's life. Finally,
the person would feel residual stimulation followed by sleep.
Is ibogaine recognized in the medical community?
Yes, ibogaine has appeared in several prestigious publications and medical
journals. Clinical trials on humans were conducted at the University of Miami.
Research has been done extensively at Syracuse University. Numerous universities
around the world participate promising research on ibogaine and share their
findings annually at the International Ibogaine Conference.
How does ibogaine provide insight into the userís addictive behavior?
Ibogaine is an oneirophrenic (dream-creating) that activates the userís long term
memory, surfacing information from the subconscious and bringing forth vast insight
into oneself. Therapists consider one ibogaine experience to be equal to years of
talk or group therapy. Some patients describe their experience as being in a dream
and watching a movie of their life. Other patients have described their experience
as if they went into the file cabinets in their brain and reorganized. Ibogaine
allows someone to see their true self and to Normally, persons only need to take
ibogaine once to detox from opiates.
Why is ibogaine illegal?
Even though ibogaine has so much potential as a socially useful and beneficial
substance, it has encountered numerous legal obstacles over the years.
First of all, patent options are much more limited for drugs derived from
a natural source than they are for drugs that are synthesised. In
addition, drug companies are concerned that ibogaine's target population,
drug addicts, are not financially stable enough to make up a sufficient
client base for financial return. Industry heads are also concerned
about the introduction of ibogaine into society, asserting that developing
medication for groups that are negatively socially marginalised may lead
to their diminished overall public image. Finally, corporate entities
worry that ibogaine may lead to a "conflict of interests" with the alcohol
and tobacco markets. Thus, ibogaine's amazing potential has been
harnessed by a number of legal and societal obstacles.
How much does it cost?
Our goal is to make ibogaine available at a very reasonable rate to as
many people as we can as soon as possible. Our first priority is providing
treatment to those who need it, and our cost is a fraction of any that
we've seen. We are constantly working on ways to lower the cost to us
and the cost to you. The cost includes the cost of the ibogaine itself,
the therapist who will guide the patient through the session for between
30 and 72 hours, and the cost for lodging.
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