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FAQ: Psychedelic treatment for addiction

Ibogaine, ayahuasca and a number of other psychedelics can facilitate recovery from addiction when used correctly. However, these substances do not cure addiction automatically, and a great deal of knowledge and preparation is necessary in order to access their healing power and bring about lasting recovery.

The information on this page will provide some guidance, but it is essential to speak to an expert before attempting to use psychedelics as a treatment for addiction. If you are considering doing so, please contact us at info@ibogainecounselling.org or call us on +44 7873 331 882 or +44 7535 618 189 and we will provide guidance and advice.

Which psychedelic substance is the best at treating addiction?

 

Will psychedelics cure my addiction?

 

How do psychedelics help bring about recovery from addiction?

 

How can I undergo psychedelic treatment for addiction?

 

Is ibogaine a cure for addiction?

 

How do I prepare for psychedelic treatment for addiction?

 

What do I need to do to make sure I recover from my addiction?

 
 

Which psychedelic substance is the best at treating addiction?

Ibogaine is most commonly used to treat addiction as it is the only substance in the world that is known to completely eliminate withdrawal symptoms from opioids and other drugs. Often a single dose of ibogaine will be sufficient to fully take away withdrawals and significantly reduce cravings. However, the removal of biological dependence on drugs is not the end goal of treatment, as this does not tackle the underlying causes of the addiction. Simply detoxing without addressing the emotional, existential and social anguish that compels people to use drugs in the first place does not lead to lasting recovery, and often results in a relapse.

However, like many other psychedelics, ibogaine generates powerful visionary experiences that can help people reframe their life histories and start living free from the pain, shame and fear that previously forced them to self-medicate. Ayahuasca, psilocybin, peyote and LSD have all been used for this purpose as well, so choosing the right type of treatment will depend on your particular circumstances and issues. In most cases, it is not the substance itself that brings about recovery, but the way in which the substance is used. With the right preparation, it is possible to use ibogaine and other psychedelics as tools to attach to a life that is full of meaning and purpose, thereby removing the need to use drugs.

For more information on how to use ibogaine and other psychedelics to facilitate recovery from addiction, contact us at info@ibogainecounselling.org or call us on +44 7873 331 882 or +44 7535 618 189.

Will psychedelics cure my addiction?

Taking psychedelics will not automatically cure your addiction, but they can be extremely powerful facilitators of recovery. The profound insights they generate act as a gateway to a realm of experience that is normally beyond our reach, where we are able to access a sense of connection and universal oneness. This, in turn, can completely shatter the negative narrative we have about ourselves, boosting our self-worth and allowing us to discover meaning and purpose in life without needing to self-medicate.

However, having an insight is not the same as applying that insight, and it is essential to learn how to harness this experience and translate it into a new way of living. Otherwise, the feeling will soon wear off as we become overrun by all the triggers we have to face in daily life. For this reason, it is vital to undergo some counselling, guidance or training on the use of psychedelics prior to treatment.

For more information on how to prepare for psychedelic treatment for addiction and how to maximise the experience in order to bring about lasting recovery, contact us at info@ibogainecounselling.org or call us on +44 7873 331 882 or +44 7535 618 189.

How do psychedelics help bring about recovery from addiction?

Visionary plants have been used to treat mental health for centuries, thanks to the way in which they help us feel more connected to the world around us. This allows us to re-build our ego so that we no longer see ourselves as worthless misfits, but as part of a greater hole. In other words, the experience can enable us to overcome our isolation, fear and pain, thereby removing the need to self-medicate.

Yet the communities that have used psychedelics so successfully for so many years are well aware that these substances do not provide this effect all on their own. The experience is only a temporary one, and preparation is needed in order to convert it into a permanent way of living - one that affirms our self-esteem and is infused with satisfaction and fulfilment.

To learn more about how to successfully use psychedelics to bring about lasting recovery from addiction, contact us at info@ibogainecounselling.org or call us on +44 7873 331 882 or +44 7535 618 189.

How can I undergo psychedelic treatment for addiction?

Psychedelic treatment for addiction comes in many forms; from Amazonian ayahuasca retreats led by indigenous shamans to medicalised ibogaine clinics, and even peyote healing ceremonies conducted by the Native American Church. It is important to choose a treatment that deals with your particular emotional and existential issues. To learn more about how to arrange psychedelic treatment for addiction, contact us at info@ibogainecounselling.org or call us on +44 7873 331 882 or +44 7535 618 189.

Is ibogaine a cure for addiction?

Ibogaine has gained a reputation as a 'magic bullet' for addiction due to the way in which it obliterates withdrawal symptoms from opioids and other drugs, and therefore allows people to get clean without having to 'go cold turkey'. However, there is a big difference between getting clean and staying clean, and those who are serious about their recovery will need to find a way of living that fills them with a sense of contentment, peace and fulfilment. In doing so, it is possible to fill one's inner void and start fully connecting to life, thereby removing the need to self-medicate.

The profound visionary insights generated by ibogaine can help people to discover this sense of connection, yet many people relapse because they lack the skills to harness these insights and use them to transform their way of life. Preparation and guidance prior to ibogaine treatment is essential for those who want to achieve this, so to find out more about how to use ibogaine to bring about lasting recovery from addiction, contact us at info@ibogainecounselling.org or call us on +44 7873 331 882 or +44 7535 618 189.

How do I prepare for psychedelic treatment for addiction?

Indigenous cultures around the world have been using visionary plants to treat mental and emotional disorders for thousands of years. In all such cases, village elders and shamans spend months or even years preparing community members for their visionary experiences, and have come to understand that psychedelic substances lack their healing power if this preparation is not performed.

Invariably, this involves analysing the internal narratives and voices that narrate our reality to us and define how we construct our identity. The purpose of this exercise is to identify the ways in which we have become disconnected from our community and the world around us, thereby becoming lost, isolated and afraid. Psychedelic experiences can then help us to re-connect and discover a new sense of belonging and purpose, all of which serves to transform our experience of life in profound ways.

In Western contexts, we lack village elders and shamans to guide us through this process, which is why we often fail to integrate our psychedelic experiences into the fabric of our lives and bring about healing. Learning to prepare properly is the key to regaining this ability.

For more information on how to prepare for psychedelic treatment for addiction, contact us at info@ibogainecounselling.org or call us on +44 7873 331 882 or +44 7535 618 189.

What do I need to do to make sure I recover from my addiction?

Addiction arises when we have an inner void that we just can't seem to fill. It is our defence against a continual sense of isolation, fear and disconnection. Recovery therefore involves more than just getting clean. It requires the development of a totally new experience of life, and the filling of this inner void. Psychedelics can help us achieve this by generating a sense of oneness and connection to the world around us, although it is essential to put measures in place to allow this feeling to thrive if we want to avoid a relapse. This may include altering our social environment in order to avoid contact with those people who trigger our inner pain and send us spiralling back into that void, or making other fundamental lifestyle changes.

Above all, it is essential to start analysing where our inner pain comes from and how it controls our thoughts and actions, in order to identify ways that this can be rectified. This work, in combination with psychedelic therapy, can lead to the development of an entirely new way of living and the removal of the compulsion to use drugs.

For more information on how to use psychedelics to bring about lasting recovery from addiction, contact us at info@ibogainecounselling.org or call us on +44 7873 331 882 or +44 7535 618 189.