Alcoholism is a disease that has ruined many lives. With its ease of accessibility alcohol can be considered one of the most dangerous drugs there is. Not only is it legal, but highly promoted as an excellent way to relax and let go. Alcohol use in the US is very prevalent with over 130 million people that drink alcohol on a regular basis. Anyone that has been an alcoholic or has a loved one that suffers from alcoholism knows the terrible side effects and toxic emotions that are common in heavy drinkers.
Alcohol has the potential to do irreversible harm when it is abused. It impairs one’s judgment, causes severe depression, and can make one act completely out of character. Alcohol can slow down one’s reaction time up to 30% and is responsible for over 10,000 deaths per year due to driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Although about 75% of all adults in the US enjoy alcohol occasionally, there are millions of people that drink to excess every day. Alcohol is actually quite toxic and when consumed in excess on a daily basis will cause both extremely negative and damaging psychological and physical effects. The amount of damage that alcohol does to one’s body and mind should make the substance classified as a drug like cocaine or heroin.
Alcohol is neurotoxic to the brain and causes reduced brain volume in middle age. When consumed during adolescence, alcohol will cause complete changes in hippocampal structure. Like cocaine and heroin it is a dependence-producing drug and without it one faces sometimes extreme withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms range from mild to severe all greatly reducing one’s health and well-being and include:
- Tremors and Weakness
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Poor Sleep Accompanied by Terrible Dreams
Anyone that has gone through detox with alcohol knows how painful the process can be. The only thing that makes these symptoms go away is more alcohol, creating a vicious cycle of addiction that takes the user down a road filled with bad choices, shame, and regret. Alcoholics usually live in a nightmare where they suffer from feelings of extreme negativity and self-hate.
Ibogaine and the Treatment of Alcohol Addiction
Ibogaine offers an alternative to traditional twelve-step programs that work for some but fall short of providing a permanent solution to alcohol addiction. Most of these programs only provide a 7% success rate and addicts are usually in treatment for 3-6 months and sometimes up to a year.
Ibogaine on the other hand offers an addiction free life at the end of the 48 hour treatment and has seen up to an 80% success rate in helping alcoholics live without alcohol. Ibogaine works by resetting the neurotransmitters in one’s brain and acts as a psycho-spiritual tool that helps alcoholics look deeply into their past to target why they became addicted to the substance in the first place.
People that become alcoholics are usually trying to escape some pain from trauma that has happened in their past. Alcohol helps them to escape the feelings and memories that cause them pain. Ibogaine helps take the alcoholic on a deeply introspective psychological journey that helps them discover and process the reasons for their addiction.
Treatment with Ibogaine is usually administered the second day a patient has not had any alcohol. Physical withdrawal symptoms are at their most intense in this period and this is the best time for Ibogaine to be administered to work effectively with chemicals in the brain. Ibogaine works in two different phases starting with a visionary period that lasts between 4-6 hours.
The visionary phase of Ibogaine treatment produce’s a dream-like state of altered consciousness where the patient is taken on a deep psychological journey where they see many different aspects of their life. This phase helps a patient to discover and let go of the painful reasons addiction became a part of their life. It is here where emotional memories and past traumas are processed.
The second phase of Ibogaine treatment is known as the introspective phase of Ibogaine. This period of healing helps a patient to find the forgiveness for others that have caused them pain and help lead them to addiction. Most importantly this deeply introspective phase of treatment allows alcoholics to forgive themselves for all the damage and hurt they have caused both themselves and others.
At the end of Ibogaine therapy which usually lasts 36-48 hours, patients find an entirely new reality that is full of hope and promise. By helping one to release old wounds and emotional traumas that were deeply embedded in an addict’s psyche, Ibogaine offers a new lease on life that allows for transformation at a deep psychological level. Life after Ibogaine is one that is enjoyed alcohol free with a positive outlook and a new reason for living.