Ibogaine is being hailed as a wonder drug by persons who work with individuals who enter rehab to beat drug addiction. Ibogaine is currently being used to treat persons with drug addiction, in what has been called extreme rehab.
In extreme rehab, persons who are being treated for drug addiction are regularly injected with doses of ibogaine. Ibogaine is found naturally and is extracted from the root bark of a plant that is found in
Africa. The plant is known as the African Tabernanthe
iboga shrub. Ibogaine is a hallucinogen, and reduces withdrawal symptoms from
opiates such as heroin and morphine.
When people abruptly stop using opiates, they experience withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, irritability, loss of appetite, pain in the bones and muscles of the neck and severe depression. This even happens with persons who are taking strong painkillers. Strong painkillers usually contain opiates.
Persons trying to beat addiction who have been treated with ibogaine in rehab have found that they are less likely to seek out drugs or resume drug use after being released from rehab.
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Doctors are not sure how ibogaine works, but studies conducted on both humans and animals have shown that it does help relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms that are associated with breaking free of drug addiction.
Ibogaine is banned in the
United States. Persons who have
taken ibogaine to beat addiction have managed to stay away from drugs for 3-6
months. Unfortunately, these persons have also been observed to have persistent
mood and personality changes, which have concerned some doctors.