How do you help people recover from opioid addiction, probably one of the most complicated drug-related issues at this time? After all, in an environment where these drugs are sweeping across the streets, doctors and therapists may sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed when tackling a case of opioid attachment. Although traditional therapy and rehabilitation definitely works for some people, other victims also enroll in medication-assistance therapy, when they are given imitation drugs that mimic the effects of opioids (without triggering addiction). However, one new drug seems to be turning heads in a good way and a bad way: Ibogaine. Why have researchers have harbored mixed feelings towards this new drug? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
High Success Rate, Less Pain
Derived from the iboga plant of West Africa, Ibogaine is a naturally-occurring alkaloid with psychoactive properties. Although it was originally used as an element of shamanistic rituals and spiritual practice, the drug has recently become the focal point for studies across Mexico and New Zealand. Based on a recent report from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), 12 out of 30 test subjects who receive doses of Ibogaine confirmed a 75% decrease in drug use within the 30-day period after their treatment. Even more remarkable, 33% of the patients revealed they had not used any opioids drugs after 3 entire months.
Overall, the MAPS studies confirmed that a single ibogaine treatment could reap amazing benefits for the drug addict. After one dose, opioid users (including heroin addicts) would not suffer from severe pain (brought on by withdrawal) and would completely abstain from using these drugs. Drug use would also reduce over a period of 12 months.
Possible Risk of Death
So, based on this information, this drug appears to be a miracle tool. However, like any mind-altering substance, even potentially lifesaving medication can stab people in the backs. According to researchers, from 1990 to 2008, about 19 people died after consuming Ibogaine. However, some medical professionals have argued how these deaths were caused by underlying medical problems, possibly triggered by the drug.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Opioids are extremely potent and dangerous drugs that have a high risk for abuse and addiction. If you are ever instructed to take these medications, proceed with caution. Follow the instructions to the letter and never take more than the required dose. Although they might be able to help people cope with pain (chronic or injury-related), these drugs can still wreak havoc on the mind and body.
If you are suffering from a severe case of opioid use disorder or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you separate yourself from these deadly painkillers.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your attachment to opioids and take an essential step against the Opioid Crisis.