The iboga plant can help the individual face and challenge negative habits and behaviours, whilst lessoning and in some cases completely eradicating substance withdrawal symptoms. It is a reflective and confronting experience. We offer a safe and healing space for people to cleanse themselves of addictions & unhealthy thought patterns. We act as facilitators by helping the individual to remove hindrances in the way of the bodies own healing power, thereby allowing the body to heal itself. We focus specifically on the healing potential of iboga, but also other powerful allies, and synergistics.
The journey with iboga begins long before ingestion of the wood, and lasts for weeks and potentially months afterwards. Iboga can only work with what one gives it, and the preparatory and after(self)care are as important as the iboga experience itself. The process can be broken down into different stages; preparation, during the iboga experience and after(self)care. Through the process, the participant learns to take responsibility over themselves and their choices by addressing the mind, body and spirit holistically. The iboga is a doctor as teacher, reflecting your own psyche back at you like a mirror for reflection and insight. Ultimately it is up to the individual to find healing in themselves and there is no guarantee that iboga will create one's intended outcome. Participants need to learn to know their bodies, listen to their bodies and live in harmony with their bodies in a deep, loving and nurturing relationship with the self.
during the iboga experience: surrender & receive
Participants must be free from their drug of dependence long enough to be in the first stages of withdrawal before taking iboga. For addiction interruption, the iboga is generally taken in place of the next scheduled dose of the dependent drug. The most important thing to remember is that during the iboga experience, the participant is always in control, and able to 'come out' of their visionary experience by simply opening their eyes and connecting with the space. However, it is best to work with the plant, and see what it has to show you, knowing that each iboga session is different and unique.
In the initial phase after taking the iboga, the participant will generally experience things such as pleasant warmth, sleepiness, and sometimes a buzzing or oscillating sound. For opiate addiction interruption, one will most often experience an immediate reduction or total cessation of withdrawal symptoms upon ingestion of the wood. One may also experience nausea as the root bark is assimilated in the stomach. It is very important at this point to try and avoid vomiting to ensure that as much of the alkaloid is absorbed as possible. This first phase may last up to a couple of hours.
This will gradually evolve into phase 2, which will consist of a stimulated dream like state, in which the participant will remain fully conscious. With eyes closed, one will generally experience a visionary state, very similar to dreaming, ceasing when one opens their eyes. During this period, one will often experience a kind of defragging of the mind's thoughts and memories. One may visits interactions from the past and often one has a chance to ‘work through’ a lot of past grievances, pains and regrets. It is also not uncommon in this state to have, what is described as, ‘direct communication with the iboga plant spirit,’ which has been depicted as a friendly doctor that proceeds to very quickly move around one’s body, scanning and fixing any ailment it may find. At the same time one may experience buzzing, crackling sounds, voices either familiar or unknown, visual flashes, interactions with ancestors, or out of body experiences. This is a good time for introspection; to witness the inner process, quietly and in stillness, a time for evaluation and review of important issues in one's life. The physical effects during this phase can be quite heavy. One will often experience dizziness, ataxia (loss of coordination), light sensitivity, extreme fatigue and nausea. However, all of these symptoms are greatly reduced by laying still. This phase usually lasts 4-8 hours, though some physical symptoms such as visual trailing and sensitivity to light as well as fatigue may last up to a few days.
The third and final phase is that of residual stimulation, which usually lasts 24-48 hours. The iboga is still very present in the body and continuing to do work so one must be mindful of what they exposes themselves to in this raw and fresh state. The participants are usually very tired by this stage, and can feel like they've been tossed out of a washing machine, awkward and fragile, ready for a rest and reboot. However due to a level of lingering stimulation, there may be some discomfort from the restless exhaustion at this time. This often results in insomnia, but is a fantastic time to reflect on one’s journey. For opiate addiction interruption one will notice in this phase that there is a significant reduction in the ‘usual’ short term and post acute withdrawal symptoms. The very small number of people that may still experience unreasonable withdrawal symptoms will be given a ‘booster dose’ of iboga at this point, which will more often than not alleviate those symptoms.
preparation: intention & taking control
The more preparation you put in, they more you will get out of the experience. It's time to get clear with yourself about what you intend to experience in your life, to be the master of your choices, not the victim. All interested participants must meet our eligibility criteria to work with iboga. This includes a heart ECG, blood tests, mental health questionnaire, medical history, and a detailed account of any substances and medications one is currently consuming. Upon passing the eligibility criteria we will help the participant to prepare themselves for the iboga with a pre-treatment herbal pack, dietary advice and other necessary guidance.
Some ways to prepare:
- begin a psychotherapy modality on a regular basis and pre-book at least 3 sessions for after your iboga journey
- start a chi training class on a regular basis such as tai chi, qigong, yoga or martial arts
- ensure your living space is supportive to your heath; clean, quiet, safe, able to express yourself in, and if it isn't, organise such a space to return to after your iboga journey and consider a new living arrangement for the long term - we all need a home
- eat an organic, fresh, light vegetarian diet for 2-4 weeks before hand
- meditate starting with just 5 minutes of focusing on your breath; practice being the witness of your own mind & body, making sure to let go of any thoughts that come up and not react to sensations
- carry a note book & pen and write down any repetitive thoughts you are having to get an idea of your inner dialogue and world
- begin a dream journal to develop a clearer communication with your subconscious
- consider yourself a dynamic being that needs to address all aspects of itself daily; creative, physical, social, spiritual, financial, intellectual - write down which outlets express the different aspects of you and form a day plan that incorporates all of you
after(self)care :reset & integration
The effects of the iboga become most apparent in the weeks after ingestion. The wood is still very present in the body, slowly metabolising out of the fat cells from ibogaine metabolising into noribogaine over the weeks to come. This creates a window of opportunity to begin a a new beginning at life with the support of the wood still in one's body doing work. This usually manifests in a grace period of around 1 month, free from cravings, free from withdrawals, full of hope and opportunity, where the subtle yet powerful choices of the conscious and subconscious mind become very apparent. One begins navigating life in a new way. This time is as important as the iboga experience itself, and without well a planned after(self)care plan, relapse is statistically likely within a few months. This is where the real work begins.
This is the most beneficial time to continue therapeutic work with self-reflective therapies, body work, and supportive modalities. The iboga creates neuro-plasticity, so one needs to work with this and consciously reprogram the mind to run new pathways. Integrating the iboga experience will take time, we encourage participants to allow themselves this and don't rush back into work, or distraction. Micro-dosing with iboga is another useful way to continue to re-program, avoid cravings, and tap into the unconscious aspects of oneself, bringing them into the light for healing. Healing can be as simple as witnessing oneself without reactivity - not dissimilar to a flood dose of iboga.
Another important aspect of the reset is to allow oneself to live their life with purpose. One's purpose is what makes them happy, simple; begin embracing this as a gift one needs to give to this world. Cultivate a sense of passion and purpose towards one's very existence. Without a purpose, returning to old negative patterns is likely. It's not merely about starving the black wolf, but feeding the white wolf. Darkness is merely the absence of light, and light is one's consciousness.
Which wolf will you feed - which aspect of yourself are you cultivating?
Success is what we make it. There is no backwards, even if we relapse, or return to past patterns, it's ALWAYS forward movement, it's ALWAYS progress. Forgiveness and acceptance is key. Making 100% abstinence the only success is setting one up for disappointment. Life is a journey and healing is a process. If giving the aspects of oneself unconditional love is the goal, there are always more opportunities to succeed, to heal, and to grow.