So, yeah, I’ve been on pain meds, opioid pain meds for at least 15 years now. I think it actually is a little bit longer I tell you the truth. And, you know, I’ve been thinking for years that I’d like to get off of them. But I had no real I mean I do have chronic pain but I’m able to I’m able to work on it and get my pain levels down now.And I’m at a point where I would like to be pain medicine free.
How did you get addicted to opioids?
Um, I ended up hurting I injured my neck, doing yoga actually. And I was in pain and just ended up going to a pain management doctor who immediately— pretty much immediately—put me on opioid pain medication put me on Vicaden first, and then eventually, it just kept on going up to Percocet. I was I used to be on eight Percocets a day and a Fentanyl patch.And now I get prescribed less than that. And I take less than that.Yeah, I find I don’t need as much each day, especially when I work on my pain.
Have you tried other ways?
No, I haven’t because the only other ways apparently, from what I know the only other way is through Suboxone which also I hear has opioids in it actually and apparently it’s very addictive as well.
So I never try getting off of them. I’ve only lowered down myself the amount I take per day. That’s why.
Suboxone I’ve heard is has some really lingering long term effects.
Yeah, I’ve heard it’s very— I don’t know— I’ve heard people being on it for years.
So it’s like you’re trading one thing for the other.
What’s the point? Right?
So how did you hear about Ibogaine?
Um, I heard about Ibogaine when I came back to plant medicines, psychedelics, about a year and a half ago, year and three quarters. I was researching. I was researching for about a year and a half before I came back to the medicines. Just kind of for some reason, it took me a while to get my nerve up to come back to them. Which I’m not quite sure why because I never had a hard time on them. But I was still nervous.
Perhaps it’s good to be nervous.
Oh, yeah, absolutely. No, yeah, you should be nervous. The first medicine I did was Toad medicine actually.
And from there, I just started meeting more people who’ve been on Ayahuasca retreats, and some people who’ve been on iboga retreats, and I just started hearing more about it. How it was, you know, a medicine that can help somebody get off opiates without going through withdrawal. And I’ve just been looking into it ever since really hoping that I get the chance one day to to do it.