Ibogaine vs Suboxone

At the Ibogaine Institute we use plant medicines to help clean your system of opiates, but also to help you to see yourself: your habits, your pains, wounds, traumas, and the roots and cause of your addictions or depression, in such a powerful and clear way. Ibogaine and ayahuasca can show you why you have your anger, stubbornness, loneliness, separation, sadness, reactions, and emotional triggers. It can help you release the shame, guilt, and self-judgement. And can help you forgive yourself, for all the suffering you caused others, yourself, and the wrongs that have been done to you.

Many of our patients come to us having been prescribed suboxone in an effort to get off heroin. Suboxone (Buprenorphine/naloxone) has eclipsed methadone in recent years as a treatment for those coming off of heroin. It was originally intended as a detox medication to be taken short term while one goes through withdrawal from heroin. But it’s often not prescribed that way. Former heroin users are often on suboxone for years because once it’s been in their system, getting off of it is just as bad, if not worse, than getting off heroin.

The pills themselves cost between about $200 and $700 a month without insurance, and a pill has to be taken once a day. Over time, it can fog your brain, users say, making you feel dull.

“You’re just not altogether there, but people are used to seeing you on dope, so they don’t notice,” says one Ibogaine Institute patient. “Normally I’m quick and funny, but not when I’m on suboxone.”

But that’s not the worst part. Getting off suboxone is the worst part. One patient, Andrew, is at Ibogaine Institute not to get off heroin, but to get off suboxone. He tried for months to get off it on his own, but couldn’t because the withdrawals were so awful. “I tried to stop taking it, but I couldn’t function. You get restless leg syndrome, you’re sick, depressed, confused, sweating, you have diarrhea, you’re vomiting, you’re confused, and sleep is out of the question.

Ibogaine, on the other hand, is completely non-addictive. Patients take it one time and are are completely done with their withdrawal symptoms by the time they wake up. Some patients experience restless leg syndrome in the days immediately following their treatment, and some will have trouble sleeping, but there are no other symptoms. Cravings are gone, and there is zero sickness. And you never have to take it again.

Ibogaine Institute is an integrated clinic dedicated to healing severe addiction, deep trauma, and other challenges that life hands us. Our treatment philosophy combines the best of Western treatment modalities with ancient healing techniques and traditional indigenous wisdom.

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