Opiate Addiction and Iboga / Ibogaine

opiate addiction

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Overdose deaths from OxyContin and other opioid prescription pain relievers have quadrupled in the last decade within the United States. Currently, these deaths now exceed the number of overdose deaths of heroin and cocaine combined, according to the CDC. Did you ever think you would live to see a day when annual auto accident deaths almost equal prescription pain reliever deaths? Welcome to 2012, the age of self-medicating and addiction that is literally taking over whole communities and generations…it truly is an epidemic. The statisitics are shocking and the scary part is that they are grossly under-reported due to autopsy reports not listing accurate causes of death on death certificates.

The Problem

OxyContin is Purdue Pharma’s brand for time released, oral oxycodone. It is basically pharmaceutical grade heroin and also know as “hillbilly heroin”. OxyContin is just as addictive as heroin but even deadlier since it is more pure, as the statistics show. Even when taken as prescribed by a person that has never before had addictive behavior, it will turn you into an “addict”. Not only that, but if taken for pain, studies have shown that the actual pain will end up getting worse due to a condition called opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Other side effects include kidney and liver damage, crippling addiction and the potential for lethal overdose. Also, just one pill can kill an individual that is not opioid tolerant. It really makes you wonder why this medication was released in the first place. Purdue Pharma actually pled guilty to a felony in 2007 and paid a $680 million fine for saying OxyContin was safer than other analgesic alternatives. Think about how many doctors bought into this idea before it came out that the statement was totally false. How many people did this company kill in the name of corporate greed?

People addicted to OxyContin will do just about anything to get the drug. There have been huge problems within states such as Florida, allowing pain clinics to prescribe OxyContin to just about anyone that says they are in pain. In some cases no x-rays or MRIs are required. Right now there are over 700 pain clinics operating in Florida, also known as “pill mills”. This has attracted many addicts from Kentucky and Tennessee to travel down the “pain pill pipeline” which is I-75, into Florida once a month to get their scripts. In fact, 60% of Kentucky’s OxyContin prescriptions come from Florida. This is making the epidemic even worse despite the fact that many of these clinics are getting raided by the DEA and shut down.

Time for Change

Florida is trying to change its laws to get these pill mills shut down. In March 2012, Ontario, Canada passed a law banning OxyContin. Cold-turkey started April 3, 2012 for those Canadians unlucky enough to be addicted to the drug, which is pretty much everyone that holds a prescription for it. The countdown begins to a very rude awakening once OxyContin bans go through. We believe it is just a matter of time before the United States follows suit, the statistics are just too staggering. It is pretty obvious that we have reached a turning point that needs to take place.

The Solution

So, what do these people do once an OxyContin ban goes through? Many will turn to heroin or other drugs, some will go to traditional rehabs, but the lucky ones will find Iboga. How can we make a statement like this you wonder? First of all, look at the statistics. Most people that go through a drug rehabilitation program end up relapsing. You can find different figures all over the internet, but sucesss rate range from 3% – 20%, depending on the demographic and website you look at. That is not a good figure. And although there aren’t many studies available yet showing Iboga/Ibogaine relapse rates, so far the results are promising…as long as a person is 100% ready to get clean for themselves and nobody else.

What is Iboga?

The Iboga root comes from the Tabernanthe Iboga shrub native to western Central Africa. Tribes in the area practice a tradition called Bwiti, in which they use the iboga root for rites of passage, initiations and for healings. The Bwiti have used iboga for the past 1,000 years and Bwiti Shamans are considered experts on the subject. The use of iboga and ibogaine (one of the alkaloids in the root) to treat opiate addiction was only recently discovered in the 1960s by a former drug addict that just happened to cure his heroin addiction by using iboga for recreational purposes. Iboga does cause some hallucinogenic symptoms in which the user may experience powerful visions. For example, many people that have used iboga have said that they experienced a life review where they were able to identify the point in time and the cause of negative thought or behavioral patterns and in turn, correct them.

What is Iboga Used For?

Iboga and Ibogaine are mostly used to treat and cure addictions of all kinds and to detoxify the body and mind. Opiate addiction is not the only addiction that is treated. Iboga has been shown to be successful in treating alcohol, nicotine and methamphetamine addictions as well. However, other U.S. patents exist to treat many other illnesses and conditions. Some of those conditions include: neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzhiemer’s, Parkinsons disease and dementia, depression, OCD, post traumatic stress disorder and criminal behavior. Many people have also reported on the successful relief of chronic pain and chronic fatigue. Iboga also has powerful antifungal and antiviral properties as well. The Bwiti have used iboga to treat infertility. We know what you are thinking, it sounds too good to be true. Or, if the iboga root can do all of that, why isn’t it used all of the world within the medical profession?