Drug addicts who have previous experience of rehabilitation will know that the majority of treatments available in rehab clinics have serious side-effects, and that drugs used to treat heroin addiction, including Sudoxone, may prove to be even more addictive than the illegal substance itself. If you know that rehab clinics use these dangerous drugs to treat patients, then you may be anxious about taking Ibogaine, wondering whether it, too, will prove to be more addictive than the drug you are trying to overcome. If you are unsure about how Ibogaine works, then you may want to be reassured that Ibogaine is not addictive.

What are Iboga and Ibogaine?

Discussions of this hallucinogenic treatment for addiction tend to use two words to describe the dosage which is given: Iboga and Ibogaine. The term ‘Iboga’ is used to describe the plant that the substance is taken from, and the bark which is used in treating withdrawal. Ibogaine is a compound inside the Iboga root which is extracted and served in a brew. The latter, which is sometimes called ‘pure’ Ibogaine, is the most common form of dosage offered to addicts. The former, while still containing the compound, is considered to be more dangerous because the exact dosages are harder to determine. Many addicts choose to take a course of Ibogaine therapy, and may then back up their initial success in reducing craving by using Iboga bark at regular intervals.

Is Ibogaine addictive?

The suffering caused to addicts by transferring their dependence to another substance cannot be denied, and many addicts are reluctant to take substances to ease their withdrawal due to this risk. Any substance may be considered addictive if the user becomes dependent upon it, but real addiction is caused by the body endlessly craving the substance, and suffering from withdrawal symptoms when that drug is removed. Ibogaine has been rigorously tested for just this type of dependency, and users do not show these physical symptoms of withdrawal. Instead, Ibogaine may be able to help the body resist dependency by rolling back receptors in the brain to their pre-addicted condition. This is why cravings for drugs are reduced after the addict takes Ibogaine. In addition, there are no physical consequences to taking the Ibogaine which would require further administration of the substance, meaning that there is no need to keep using the drug other than as a medicine to prevent addiction.