Of all the psychedelics and visionary plants, ibogaine is most commonly used to treat addiction. This is due to the fact that, unlike any other substance known to man, ibogaine has been found to completely eliminate withdrawals from opioids and other drugs, making it the most effective detox agent in the world.
Yet detoxification is only one piece of the puzzle, and real recovery can only be achieved by transforming the painful parts of the psyche and learning to find a sense of meaning, purpose and value in life and in one’s self – and thereby removing the need to self-medicate.
Psychedelics such as ibogaine, psilocybin, ayahuasca, peyote, LSD and 5-meo-DMT can all help those struggling with addiction to achieve this, but it is foolish to believe that any of these substances can cure addiction all by themselves.
Rather, they enable people to see beneath the surface level of the mind and identify the components of their personalities that have become repressed through fear, shame and social conditioning. But the task of reconnecting to these neglected parts of the true self and learning to become whole again is the responsibility of the individual. In other words, psychedelics may help you to see where you have become disconnected from your essence, but they can’t re-establish this connection for you; they may illuminate the path, but it is you who must walk it.
The use of psychedelics should not therefore be seen as one-off solution to addiction. Instead, it must be incorporated into a wider strategy for living a life of self-love. For instance, if psychedelics help to reveal how a person has neglected their true needs because of a deep-seated yet ultimately false sense of inadequacy and unworthiness, then it becomes that person’s responsibility to start treating themselves as they truly deserve to be treated.
It is always possible to deepen this awareness through repeated psychedelic use, but there is no point taking another trip if the lessons from the previous one have not been integrated and acted upon. Doing so would be like reading one recipe book after another without actually baking a cake.