How Ibogaine Works as a Treatment for Addiction or Substance Use Disorder

"As these researchers point out, and those most familiar with the treatment will testify, ibogaine is not, in general, a 'cure' for drug addiction.122 In the majority of cases, however, it does eliminate or substantially decrease signs and symptoms of withdrawal and the individual typically emerges some 36 hours later without physical dependence on the drug.123 'Ibogaine doesn’t eradicate the underlying causes of addiction, which for many people may take years to understand and come to terms with. Ibogaine is more than a detox, but it’s a catalyst, not a ‘cure.''124 Ibogaine creates a 'window of opportunity' where the individual can cognitively choose to take back control of his or her life.125"

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Donnelly, Jennifer R, "The Need for Ibogaine in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment," The Journal of Legal Medicine (Schaumburg, IL: American College for Legal Medicine, March 2011), Vol. 32, Issue 1, p. 105.
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