Cocaine and Crack Addiction
Cocaine is an addictive substance derived from the coca plant that is native to the Brazilian Amazon. Used by tens of thousands of people each day, cocaine produces feelings of well-being and confidence and makes one feel as if they are on top of the world. The high only lasts a short period of time making people immediately want more as soon as effects start to wear off. Anyone who is addicted to the substance or has a friend or family member that has succumb to this addiction knows all too well the devastation cocaine can bring.
Crack, a form of cocaine is becoming just as widespread as cocaine itself. Made by mixing cocaine with baking soda, the substance forms into rocks when heated and is smoked for a quick high. Crack is just as addictive as cocaine and when smoked the substance reaches the brain within 5-10 seconds. A feeling of euphoria is felt quickly when smoking crack yet this feeling goes away in about ten minutes. This makes crack dangerous as users need more and more each time to get the high they desire.
While most people use cocaine recreationally, about 25% of those that use cocaine can be considered dependent on the drug. Once a tolerance for the drug has been established and addicts begin to use more and more to attain feelings of well-being withdrawal from the drug will become more intense. Withdrawal symptoms from cocaine include depression, increased appetite, trouble concentrating, and somnolence (a sleepy washout feeling).
When used with increased frequency cocaine and crack cocaine use can unleash a flood of symptoms both psychological and physiological. Psychologically, high use of cocaine can produce feelings of extreme paranoia and make users feel as if the world and everyone in it has turned against them. Schizophrenic-like symptoms also occur with heavy cocaine use.
Physiologically, symptoms that occur with high use of cocaine include both hyperthermia and hypertension. Users of cocaine and crack may also suffer from intestinal problems and will often have issues with digestion, metabolism, and eating habits. Heavy use of cocaine may lead to heart problems and stroke.
Ibogaine and the Treatment of Cocaine and Crack Addiction
Treatment is available to those whom find they want relief from the addiction to cocaine and crack and the prison it entraps them in. Ibogaine is an excellent solution for treating addiction to cocaine and crack and offers an alternative treatment to others with less of a success rate. Those treated for addictions with Ibogaine have a 60-80 percent success rate while traditional twelve-step programs that are used for cocaine and crack addiction fall well below a ten percent success rate.
Ibogaine works by relieving both psychological and physiological symptoms of the addiction to cocaine and crack. People treated with Ibogaine have reported complete recovery from the physical withdrawal symptoms of the drug after treatment is over. For Ibogaine to work effectively it is administered when withdrawal symptoms from the drug are at their peak. After the Ibogaine wears off physical withdrawal symptoms have completely disappeared.
Working by resetting the neurotransmitters in the brain that are destroyed through the use of cocaine and crack, Ibogaine resets your brain’s chemistry allowing for the brain to begin functioning normally again. As a psycho-spiritual tool, Ibogaine takes the patient on a visionary journey that aides in self-discovery and allows the addict to better understand the reasons he or she became addicted in the first place.
Ibogaine works in two separate phases. After administration of Ibogaine, the first phase begins where the patient enters an alternate state of consciousness. This visionary phase of Ibogaine usually lasts 4-6 hours and produces a dream-like state where the patient recalls and processes past emotional memories and traumas.
The second phase of Ibogaine treatment is an introspective journey into the memories and traumas that have been processed in the first phase. This deeply introspective psychological journey allows the patient to forgive others that have caused them pain in the past. Most importantly, Ibogaine helps the patient to forgive themselves so they may move on into a new life that is free from regret, self-doubt, and shame.
Ibogaine treatment lasts approximately 36 hours and after it is over patients are left with a new outlook on life. After Ibogaine treatment patients feel refreshed and look at life with new eyes. By releasing the old wounds are embedded in the addict’s psyche, Ibogaine allows for transformation at a deep psychological level. Treatment with Ibogaine opens the door to a bright future that is addiction free and full of promise.