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The golden door, in this case, is the IBOGA tree, whose extract Ibogaine has the unique property of interrupting opioid addiction and eliminating withdrawals with a single dose.

How does Iboga work in a single dose when traditional rehabs and therapies fail? The answer is simple. In the words of addiction expert Dr. Gabor Mate, addiction is neither a disease nor a choice. It is an attempt to self-medicate some underlying trauma. IBOGA expands one’s consciousness in order to be able to relive, reconcile and heal this trauma. With proper guidance, set, setting, and intention, one becomes one’s own doctor and metaphysician.

Each one of us has this potential of awakening to a higher, better, more coherent version of oneself, and this is the psychological transformation wrought by IBOGA, and other such substances.

Plant medicines like IBOGA are called ‘psychedelics’ for a reason. ‘Psyche’ means mind and soul, and no matter what one’s religious beliefs may be, there exists an inner dimension to one’s relationship with self that is only accessible through altering one’s consciousness by any means or molecule. It is the doorway to direct experience.

Plant medicines like IBOGA act as synergetic chemical doorways that are instrumental to us being able to deal with the shadows and traumas of life on the psychological and spiritual level where the wound originates.

Tragically, illegal

We are dealing with 2,000 years of cultural prohibition, compounded by a set of antiquated U.S. laws made in the late ’60s which made no distinction between shamanic substances with a long history of religious and medicinal use like IBOGA. and harmful narcotics like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines.  Both were thrown indiscriminately into a category defined by the DEA as a Schedule I drug, “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” with severe criminal consequences for their possession, ingestion and sale. IBOGA has been clearly and mistakenly classified in this category.

Not a recreational drug. A powerful medicine for addiction and trauma.

Evidence confirms that there is nothing recreational about an IBOGA treatment. The experience lasts from 12-36 hours and is an in-patient procedure, either in a clinic or in a retreat center.  Either way, trained medical staff incorporate monitoring of vitals along with preparation and after-care.

While it works on a physiological level to repair brain tissue and neurons, on a psycho-spiritual level, Iboga often presents one with a starkly honest ‘life review’ that allows one to understand the roots of one’s illness or situation. For a person struggling for years with opioid addiction, it’s as though they have become their own analyst, empowered to understand and instantly heal years of dysfunction.

IBOGA jump-starts a paradigm shift. It’s up to you to integrate it.

The Ibogaine chemistry remains in the system for 3 months*. During this time a recovered opioid addict must put forth their best and most serious effort to integrate the teachings and opportunity provided by ibogaine, and to change the other ‘habits’ or behaviors entrained by years of addiction. Common ones are lying, stealing, and manipulating others. It begins fundamentally with self-honesty.

For the interruption provided by IBOGA to become the permanent end of the addiction requires massive life change on all levels, and for this, the recovering addict often needs assistance to make a plan and stay accountable to it. This person or guide might be a family member or a professional, like an integration coach, therapist, and sometimes would involve a  post-treatment stay in a resort-style clinic. But no matter what kind of assistance you get, as an addict, it is your journey, and you are the wounded healer.

The final analysis

The IBOGA experience is a return to the root, not just the root cause of one’s problems, but the root source of one’s strength. This makes it a gift to humanity, especially during an opioid epidemic. However, because of its illegal status few people have heard of it, medical research is stymied, and people are forced to travel internationally to access it.

To remedy this grave situation, Lakshmi Narayan of Awake Media and Eric Thiermann of Impact Creative have joined forces to launch a four-part public service campaign called IBOGA SAVES consisting of:

A documentary: IBOGA, Root to Liberation
Reschedule Ibogaine: A phone petition signature app to change U.S. laws
Iboga Saves: An ongoing social media awareness campaign
A web directory of international treatment providers at

We can only take it so far on our own dime. Please maximize our efforts by visiting us on Kickstarter and contributing to to our IBOGA SAVES LIVES campaign.