Drug treatment in the United States is in crisis. Recent reports by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse report that the entire US system needs to be completely overhauled, and noted that many addicts receive such a poor level of care, to the extent that it “Constitutes a form of medical malpractice”. Medical training in addiction is also low, with most addiction therapists in low-skilled jobs without adequate training. It is also these workers who are most opposed to any changes in the system, believing that confrontation and coercion techniques -called intervention – are the best forms of practice. Workers with 12-step programs, or who use those programs as part of their treatment regime, are also likely to ignore research and evidence-based approaches.  Most treatment programs offer the same therapies and theories that were available in the 1920s, and yet drug addiction is a billion-dollar business.

What does this mean for addicts?

The people who suffer most with this kind of poor-quality therapy are the addicts themselves. From being denied the latest in medical advances for addiction, to facing the use of harsh and abusive therapies which can make the addict feel worthless and powerless, addiction treatment actually weakens the patient they are supposed to be treated. Meanwhile, rates of addiction and overdose deaths rise.  When addicts go into a rehabilitation clinic, the chances are that they will experience only 12-step based programs, or be obliged to use opiate replacements that are not really recovery.

Why choose Ibogaine treatment?

An alternative to the US methods of addiction therapy can be found across the border in Mexico. These clinics offer addicts the opportunity to try an alternative to traditional rehab through the use of Ibogaine. This is a drug from Africa which is banned in the US, but can be easily obtained from an Ibogaine treatment center in Mexico. This drug, unlike 12-step programs and opiate replacement, has been shown to have a definite impact on cravings for drugs, particularly heroin and other opiates. It has also been shown to benefit addicts in the withdrawal phase of the treatment, when they are most likely to be vulnerable and need the support of a therapist. Most clinics also offer reasonable after-care, which helps the client to recover in the long-term. For those interested in Ibogaine therapy, a treatment center in Mexico could offer them the recovery they would like.