HOW TO PREPARE AT HOME FOR IBOGAINE TREATMENT
THE STEP BY STEP HOW TO PREPARE AT HOME FOR IBOGAINE TREATMENT GUIDE
It is of the utmost importance that you read the following information carefully and in its entirety!
Intention and Awareness:
Ibogaine is an herbal supplement with psychoactive properties that can cause great physical and psychological alterations. While it is primarily used to reduce or remove cravings and other withdrawal symptoms in patients suffering from addictions, it can create a profound and potentially life-changing experience in anyone. To maximize the benefits of this transformative experience, you will need to spend time grounding and centering yourself. What this means differs for everyone, but most people find that personal activities such as yoga, meditation, writing, exercise, or other similar activities are the best way to prepare for Ibogaine treatment. Having some time to reflect on your emotions and thoughts can greatly increase the efficacy of the treatment, as well as ease your reintegration into society.
The most important thing to remember is not to expect your Ibogaine therapy to solve all of your problems. It is a very effective treatment, both physically and mentally, and will drastically reduce or completely remove your withdrawal symptoms – but it is not a miracle cure. Think of it instead as a tool, or as the doorknob that you need to turn before you can step through that door and take hold of your new lease on life.
An Ibogaine treatment will give you all of the tools that you need to empower yourself. Take a good look at your life and your expectations, and find out what is missing. Those missing pieces, those psychological needs, are what must be addressed in order for you to get the most out of your therapy. Take your time and remember that healing will take time.
Like many rehabilitative treatments, the Ibogaine experience is only as effective as you want it to be. You need to be dedicated to long term healing and change, based on the insights that you gain from the transformative therapy. Spend some time considering what you want to get out of your therapy, and create some goals to keep you on your path.
A strong support structure and access to helpful resources can increase your chance for long term success. The road that you walk is not an easy one. To stay true to your goal of healing and recovery, you will need to find great caches of focus and willpower within yourself. Your Ibogaine therapy can show you the door to your success, but it’s up to you to step through it.
Important Note: If you are a woman between the ages of 18 and 50 and have not experienced menopause, you must make sure that you are not pregnant. No studies have been done on the effect of Ibogaine therapies on pregnant women, so the effects, if any, on the fetus are unknown.
Preparation One: For One Week Before Your Treatment…
Daily, take a balanced multivitamin and mineral complex. Male patients do not need to take a multivitamin that is supplemented with iron. Add to this 500 mg of magnesium, preferably magnesium citrate or another similar form. Do not take magnesium oxide unless there is no other option. This will help to protect your heart, balance your body’s electrolyte levels, and smooth muscle tissue.
A mostly vegetarian diet should be observed during the week before treatment. Eat properly portioned sizes of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and small portions of lean meats or fish.
Greasy foods, foods that have been heavily processed, and fatty foods should be avoided at all costs. You should also try to avoid excess sodium, caffeine, junk food, and sugar, as well as grapefruit and quinine, the latter of which is an ingredient in tonic water.
Make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water every day, and pay attention to your electrolytes. Drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, Emergen-C, and coconut water are good for replenishing your electrolytes (though some of these contain sugar). These should be drunk in the week leading up to your therapy.
If you have been prescribed any antidepressants or other psychoactive medications by your primary doctor, do not take any of these for at least 2 weeks prior to your visit to our facility.
Discuss this step with your physician!
If any of these medications need to be tapered down until they are no longer present in your bloodstream, your doctor can advise. If you cannot stop taking these medications for any reason, you will not be able to receive an Ibogaine treatment until it is safe for you to stop taking them.
We need to be informed of any other prescription or over-the-counter medications, including vitamins, herbs, and herbal supplements that you are taking, at least two weeks before your therapy is due to begin. Many of these medications react badly with Ibogaine.
For Substance-Using Clients:
Do not drink any alcoholic beverages for at least five days prior to your therapy visit.
For clients who use Meth (methamphetamines), Ritalin (methylphenidate), Dexedrine (dextromphetamine), or Ecstasy, it is vital that you do not use any of these amphetamines for a minimum of two weeks before your treatment.
We realize that this will be a difficult step, and you may be feeling urges to binge. Binging will make your treatment harder, and could even make it dangerous to your health.
Remember that by denying your urges to binge, you are taking the first step toward your recovery. Take some time to pat yourself on the back for this.
Clients who are currently using methadone or similar opiates often benefit from switching to a shorter-acting opiate at least one week before treatment, as it is much more difficult to remove the effects of long-acting opiates from your system, and we do have great success with reducing or removing the withdrawal symptoms for short-acting opiates like heroin.
Ibogaine treatments for methadone and other similar substance often require higher doses and more secondary doses. These additional doses can make it harder to work through your therapy session and often contributes to a much higher treatment cost.
What Should I Bring with Me?
- Baggy and comfortable clothing, such as sweat pants, jogging clothes, or yoga clothes.
- Something you feel comfortable sleeping in.
- A couple of sweaters, depending on the season.
- A warm and waterproof coat, in case of poor weather.
- Sneakers or hiking boots – something that is solid and good for hiking or walking on the beach.
Any toiletries that you may need, including a hairbrush, hair products (gel, hair spray, leave-in conditioner, etc), toothbrush and toothpaste, lotion or moisturizer, razor, contact lens accessories, etc.
While lightly scented lotions or moisturizers are ok, we ask that you do not bring any heavily scented perfumes, colognes, aftershaves, or essential oils.
We are happy to provide you with a variety of amenities such as bath salts and oils, face masks, foot scrubs, eye masks, shower caps, earplugs, towels, bathrobes, slippers, etc.
We encourage you to bring any sacred items, personal items, or mementos that you feel are necessary.
Feel free to call ( 1-800-818-4511 ) or email us if you have any requests or questions. We are looking forward to helping you find your new path, and to seeing you take your first steps toward a new life!