Why should I choose Nature’s Treatment Center?
We at Nature’s Treatment Center have 25+ years experience providing the most effective natural addiction treatments including Ibogaine, Heantos, and interdisciplinary psychotherapeutic services. We are the only center to provide all of these unique medically supervised treatments within a relaxing retreat setting. We are the only treatment center to integrate the natural psychoactive substances of Ibogaine and Heantos with a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities to create the most holistic treatment available. All of this within a tropical retreat atmosphere with modern medical supervision.
What is Ibogaine?
Found within the root bark of a west African rainforest shrub, ibogaine is a naturally occurring alkaloid of the plant tabernanthe iboga. In recent years, it has been celebrated for it’s ground breaking effect in addiction interruption, asymptomatic depression, PTSD, and fibromyalgia. Noribogaine, its primary metabolite, acts upon the pleasure receptors of the brain and fortifies the nervous system through GABA regulation, endorphin initiation, and dopamine regulation. Ibogaine is also responsible for revitalizing the endocrine gland system.
How Does Ibogaine Work?
Ibogaine interrupts addiction by causing a reset to the brain’s neurochemistry allowing it to return to a place of homeostasis. It interrupts the addictive pattern be it to chemicals, thought forms or people and resets the brain to a pre-addicted state. The exact mechanism of how this occurs is unknown. Ibogaine is possibly one of the most complex molecules yet discovered and pharmacologically effects near every neurotransmitter system we have.
While under the effects of Ibogaine the brain goes through a process called synaptic pruning; where old, damaged, and weak neural connections are destroyed. These neural connections correspond to un-desired patterns of behavior and/or traumatic emotional memories. Sometimes these memories can be re-lived, or re-viewed during the session, however the second time around the viewer sees the trauma from a different perspective, which allows for the healing of the trauma to unfold. People experience a re-organizing phenomena in various ways and can feel the medicine is working healing the mind, body and soul.
Twenty four – seventy two hours later the brain releases a hormone called glial derived neurotropic factor or GDNF. GDNF is responsible for the growth of dopaminergic neurons in the brain. Ibogaine helps the brain to literally re-grow and re-wire itself. Out with the old and in with the new. This is one reason why it is believed to work so well with addiction.
Drugs of abuse destroy dopamine cells over time by over exciting them. Ibogaine helps to grow those cells back. This is key in the learning process, as well. What is learned after treatment and the new patterns formed are literally being wired into place. This functions on a concept known as neuroplasticity.
This is why it is so important to have a good plan for after treatment. You will have a different brain essentially and will want to nurture it; performing healthy behaviors and avoiding old routines that were part of the addiction. Generally users are granted a time period for after session where they experience no cravings and may not be triggered by environmental drug related cues like they had been prior to session. This is temporary though. If you remain in the same environment and do the same things, more than likely you will end up in the same situation.. again. Change is key to success.
The active metabolite of ibogaine: nor-ibogaine is stored in the liver and is released slowly over time after session and acts as a serotonin re-uptake inhibitor. This allows for more serotonin in the synaptic cleft, which has a positive effect on both mood and craving. This works differently than how pharmaceutical anti-depressants work as they are SSRI’s or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. Ibogaine does not inhibit selectively. And there is no uncomfortable discontinuation syndrome upon cessation. It is speculated that people with balanced levels of serotonin do not experience anxiety, depression or OCD like symptoms. It is when out brain chemistry gets out of balance through environmental stress or trauma we experience dysphoria, pain and a desire to use drugs.
Is Ibogaine Recognized In The Medical Community?
Ibogaine is illegal in the US and many countries, as such it is recognized by some doctors with others fearing legal repercussions. Ibogaine was made illegal in the United States when it was classified in 1969 as a hallucinogen with the status of a schedule 1 drug due to its “lack of a currently accepted medical use and lack of accepted safety procedure for use”.
Despite promising results during clinical trials there has not been enough funding to get Ibogaine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Pharmaceutical companies are not interested in bringing it to the market due to the lack of monetary reward from Ibogaine sale or distribution. Although many countries are highly influenced by the United States’ legislation against Ibogaine, many other countries do not explicitly make it illegal.
Who Benefits From Ibogaine Treatment?
Anyone who seeking recovery from an addiction, help with a psychological condition, and/or a spiritual retreat/quest. In particular people who are addicted to opiates, alcohol and cocaine achieve the greatest benefit. Many who are nicotine addicted find full relief.
What is Heantos?
Heantos is a combination of 13 natural and plant based Vietnamese herbs used to detox and eliminate cravings from opiates, methadone, and cocaine.
Does Heantos treat all drugs of abuse?
Heantos detoxes people from opiates and cocaine. There are no official studies as to heantos’ ability to eliminate craving for alcohol and nicotine but we are looking forward to exploring this. There have been some reports of success with methamphetamine and crack but compared to cocaine heantos is not as effective with these two stimulants. We will also be exploring how heantos interacts with suboxone and subutex. We will update this site with the most recent information on efficacy research.
What is the success rate of Heantos?
According to the results of one of the studies performed one week after detoxification people who continue taking Heantos (4 capsules a day before sleeping) during a 3 month period at home, the relapse rate is 7%. This was a study was completed in 2014 using the fourth generation Heantos 4.
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