Donate to fund Jason’s treatment with ibogaine, the “addiction-interruptor.”
JASON HAMPTON, FEAT CROWDSAVING GOAL: $15000
“I’m looking for a miracle,” says Jason.
Five years addicted to heroin and six failed detox treatments later, Jason Hampton is currently one month clean but in the past he hasn’t been able to stay clean for more than three months or so, and the clock is ticking. The miracle Jason’s looking for is called ibogaine, a treatment he can’t afford without your generosity. Please donate to fund his treatment with ibogaine, the plant medicine that can stop heroin addiction in its tracks in a single treatment with no withdrawal.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is the FEAT Program?
The Iboga Saves FEAT (Funding Entheogenic Addiction Treatments) Program was created by Awake.net, a 501(c)(3)(pending) charitable non-profit, to provide financial aid for people to recover from opioid addiction. The treatment we subsidize uses ibogaine, a plant medicine that can interrupt cravings in a single treatment and reduce or eliminate withdrawal. It has been used since 1962 both underground in the US, and at clinics and ceremonies abroad where ibogaine is legal or decriminalized. The FEAT Program fills a gap in the current system that does not provide insurance coverage in the US for ibogaine treatments.
What is Ibogaine?
Ibogaine is possibly the missing link in the conventional addiction recovery pathway, perhaps the reason why traditional rehab has a 93% failure rate. Ibogaine is a whitish powder that is extracted from the root bark of the Tabernathe iboga shrub and the leaves of the Voacanga africana bush. When Ibogaine HCL is administered in a flood dose to opioid addicts it interrupts addiction in one treatment and resets the individual to a pre-addicted state. It also takes the person on an inner journey lasting up to 32 hours where profound insights are had and renewed energy for life is made possible. While ibogaine does have mind-altering qualities, it is not like other psychedelics for many reasons. For one thing it is more akin to a lucid dream-like experience than a psychedelic vision such as that created by psilocybin or ayahuasca. Secondly, ibogaine also acts on the physiology and “scrubs’ the receptors and resets brain lesions and neurons during the active phase of the treatment thus completely resetting the individual to a pre-addicted state. Thirdly, unlike other psychedelics, ibogaine cannot be taken in a recreational setting. Not only does it cause nausea and ataxia during the active phase, it also increases the QT interval or gap between heartbeats, thus representing a potentially fatal cardiac risk for some people with pre-existing cardiac conditions or other co-morbidities in their system. Iboga, in root bark form, has been used by the Pygmies and the Bwiti people in West Africa for centuries as an initiatory sacrament for a rite of passage into adulthood.
Why is ibogaine illegal in the US?
Because Ibogaine is a psychedelic, it was misclassified in 1970 when the Controlled Substances Act criminalized all psychedelics as dangerous Schedule 1 drugs with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Both counts are untrue, especially with ibogaine. Sure, it IS a psychedelic, and Ibogaine can be dangerous, even fatal, if not administered safely, but it has great medicinal value: It’s the only medicine known to man that can actually INTERRUPT severe addictions like opioid or meth and restore the body, mind, and spirit to a pre-addicted state, sometimes within minutes of taking the medicine. There is no other medicine like it that we know of. While other psychedelics like ayahuasca and psilocybin offer psycho-spiritual experiences, only ibogaine also has a measurable physiological effect. It completely erases all traces of the addictive pathways in the body and brain. Because ibogaine has such strong side-effects during the 12-32 hour “active” period, it is not possible to take ibogaine in a recreational setting. It needs full-time medical supervision and monitoring of vitals during treatment, ideally in a clinic or other therapeutic setting.
What happens during an ibogaine treatment?
Most ibogaine treatments are a week-long procedure, though there are some programs that offer more time to detox beforehand or recoup afterwards, both of which are essential aspects of care but can be handled at home as well. The active phase of the ibogaine treatment happens in the middle of the week-long procedure and lasts 36 hours, starting with an 8-12 hour extremely active phase. During that phase one may experience ataxia (nausea upon the slightest movement) and strong waves of energy moving up the body from toe to top. At the same time one enters into a lucid dream-like visionary state where insights, guidance, and teachings are delivered on the screen of the mind. Many people report it to be a spiritual experience where they heal traumas or understand the root causes of their problems or are shown that if they don’t stop using they’ll die. The teaching can be quite candid, as though coming from a stern father figure. As far as what’s actually going on inside these experiences and where this knowledge is coming from, that is open to interpretation, since it is different for each person. Many people report a connecting with a sense of wholeness and joy that really helps them heal and meet life again. On a neuronal level the ibogaine repairs brain lesions and connections and strengthens the GDNF cells which deliver dopamine to the body. It also resets the molecular triggers that cause craving and withdrawal symptoms, giving opioids addicts a clean slate and a true second chance at redeeming their lives.
What happens during the Precare phase of the treatment?
The ibogaine clinic you are working with will instruct you on detox protocols and may give you short-acting opiates to sustain you during the weeks prior to treatment. Depending on what combination of prescriptions and drugs you are consuming, your precare detox period and protocols will vary. For example, Suboxone requires a 28-day detox period, while heroin is shorter. In addition to detoxing, the pre-care period is when you will prepare yourself psychologically for an “inner journey” that could have profound implications for your life.
What is Aftercare Integration?
After the ibogaine treatment, there is a period up to four months during which the noribogaine is slowly released in the body from where it has been stored in the fat cells. The presence of noribogaine makes it easy to maintain sobriety and the sense of well-being you may have gained from the reset. However, in order to recover fully, the patient will need to change his or her life dramatically, since for many people, years of being in the grip of addiction has created a lifestyle and behaviors that all need to be reformed and the insights gained during the inner journey need to be integrated into life. This requires discipline, contemplation, structure and support, such as with an addiction recovery coach or therapist, or some other spiritual community or perhaps a 12-step kind of circle. Our program includes three months of aftercare with an experienced therapist or coach.
Who are the treatment providers?
Are any medical research papers or testimonials available about ibogaine's effectiveness?
Please visit our website https://awake.net/blog to read personal accounts of addiction recovery using ibogaine and learn more about the most effective way to treat and cure addiction. Research, media coverage, video, website, and testimonial links coming in February.
What happens if you only raise a part of the amount required or the applicant doesn't go through with the treatment?
The funds we raise for each applicant are kept in escrow until we have the full amount and only then is treatment initiated. In the event that we don’t raise the full amount, you have the option of receiving a refund or choosing to donate it to the FEAT general fund to go towards another person’s treatment. Please indicate your preference on the donation form checkbox.
JASON'S STORY: Breaking Through Stagnation From the Heroin Dream to Ibogaine
Breaking Through Stagnation: From the Heroin Dream to Ibogaine
by Jason Hampton
I am a 37 year old recovering heroin addict with two months of sobriety under my belt. I’ve never had more than three, almost four months of sobriety from drugs or alcohol since I was maybe 14 or so. Five years ago I suffered a minor injury in my adult soccer league, and began taking unprescribed pain meds on my own accord.
The first night I took one hydrocodone and hated it. The second night I took two and hated it. The third night three, the fourth night four, and by the fourth night, I was so uncomfortable and intoxicated, I could barely function. I hated the way they made me feel but I stuck with it, and soon, I began to love the way they made me feel. About a month later I was taking 28 a day ($280 worth). That exceeds the human toxicity limit for acetaminophen, so I quickly switched over to Roxycotin, OxyContin, and my favorite, Dilaudid (hydromorphone).
A couple of months later, I let a, “great” friend of mine administer hydromorphone intravenously into my hand. It wasn’t as hard or as painful as I thought, easy-peasy. Soon after that, I taught myself how to inject brown, powdered heroin, and then black tar heroin, and eventually, I met the love of my life, heroin plus cocaine.
A few months later, after my life began to crumble and after watching a few friends almost overdose and die, I knew I was on the wrong path.
So I left everything behind and moved to Denver, where I enjoyed a few months of sobriety. Eventually, I stumbled upon an area downtown where meth and heroin were conveniently being sold. I then lavished in a six month bender, sold everything I owned, followed by a move back to my mother’s house in Texas, where I continued another four months of chaos.
I stole everything from everyone and every Walmart in the entire Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. After two failed attempts at rehab and failed success with Suboxone, I was put on a plane and sent to a spiritual retreat in the inescapable town of Burns, TN. Although I failed to stay sober for the consecutive year that I was in TN, I was able to stay sober about 90% of the time I was there.
In a way, I feel that they saved my life by teaching spiritual principles through AA.
They have no doctors, nurses, or counselors on staff. Just an entourage of highly intelligent former drug addicts, who know addiction and recovery very well. Unfortunately, I had little interest in staying sober for the rest of my life.
I ended up in Nashville scoring Fentanyl, where I unconsciously flipped two cars, went to the hospital, jail, back to rehab, and then back to Texas.
I bounced around a little more, and then ended up in Austin where I graduated to heroin and meth, and lost my mind for a few months. I attempted a few more rehabs, tried self-help programs, methadone, Vivitrol, counseling, yoga, Ayahuasca, and I’ve read pretty much read everything there is to read about addiction. I even wrote a short book on why AA works and which parts of the brain coincide with each step, and which genes are related to alcoholism. But, as they say in AA, “you can’t think your way out of this.” You have to want it.
The part I’ve always struggled with is, how do you want to want it? I often wished that someone would hit me over the head with a two-by-four, causing traumatic brain injury, so that I could forget that I was a heroin addict. I felt as if it was my only way out.
Fast-forward to the present moment, I moved to the island of Roatan, Honduras with my dad. I’m coming up on three months of sobriety, again, and as far as I know, my drug of choice doesn’t even exist on this tiny island, but you never know…. I am currently waiting for funding through the FEAT program at Awake.net. My plan is to raise enough money to get the ibogaine treatment I so desperately need to save my life. I then plan to come back to Roatan where I can safely implement everything I have learned from my experience, and in turn, I will be able to share my story, and help others.