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During the Treatment

For those of you who may be new to ibogaine therapy, whether they be for addiction, for psycho-spiritual development, or the treatment of mental health issues, we want you to know what to expect during the treatment, so we have listed the various stages below, as well as what to expect during each one. 
Think of your brain as if it were the hard drive of a computer. There is clutter, there are numerous bugs interfering with the software and tools you most need for it to function smoothly, and your firewall is in dire need of an update. There are times when, instead of trying to patch up a multitude of smaller issues, a factory reset is in order.
Now, think of ibogaine as that factory reset; next, think of Ibogaine Treatment UK (a subsidiary of Tabula Rasa Retreat TM) as the metaphorical clean slate upon which you will rebuild.
During your stay and treatment with us, we will always have a care provider available to you. Should you have any doubts or issues, no matter how trivial they may seem to you, we want to know about them, and encourage you to speak to your provider before the session begins.
Treatments vary between clinics and while some will provide music during sessions, others will favour silence. Here at our centre, we will discover what works best for you, because every experience and person’s needs are different. When the time is right for you to take ibogaine, it will be administered in two distinct phases.
The Session ​
The first phase consists of what we call the “test dose.” This dose aims to reduce withdrawal symptoms and monitor for any adverse reactions. Symptoms such as dilated pupils, yawning and sneezing are positive reactions, and are to be expected. If there are no adverse reactions on your behalf, then we can safely proceed with the main flood dose.
Within forty minutes of taking Ibogaine there is an audible buzzing in the head followed by visions, bright lights and flashing images related to subconscious themes. Sometimes these visions are traumatic. While some may experience them as terrifying, others will accept them from a detached point of view as they rise from the mist of the subconscious; it truly does vary from case to case.
Between two to four hours after, the dreamy visions make way for a complete cleansing of the mind—that wiping of the hard drive mentioned earlier. as the ibogaine will be fully at work on reparing your synapses and cleaning out neural pathways. 
Anywhere between twenty to thirty-six hours later, you will start to regain control of your body movements as the ataxia fades; with it, the insomnia shall disappear too, and you will become fully functional again.
After about forty-eight to seventy-two hours, you will notice a heightened state of well-being, as your brain and body become flooded with endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine—a state commonly known as the ibogaine “rebirth effect.”

During this phase, you will feel restored to a sense of functional, recognizable normality. Even though your senses, body functions and thoughts work as you know them to, it is normal to feel physically spent: an exhausted, hyper-vulnerable shell.


May of our clients compare this phase to feeling like an innocent newborn: somewhat exposed and raw. Tears could flow incessantly. You may feel disoriented, or you may also feel a surge of happiness as you let go of this repressed negativity that floods by; again, it really does vary from case to case.


While feeling forced to confront challenging memories that may have been hidden away in the folds of your mind for some time, you will also experience the relief that comes from realising that you are no longer in the throes of your formerly inescapable cravings.

After finally getting what will probably be the first proper night’s sleep, when you awake again, you will find yourself with a focused mind, controlled emotions, and almost no opioid withdrawal symptoms or, and no drug cravings. You will feel energised and renewed. 


This mind-frame is ideal for taking the opportunity to re-structure your life, since it is when our after-care programme swings into action, taking advantage of your newfound positive outlook to help you pave the way towards a positive future.


With the help of meditation, exercise, nutrition, massages, and therapy, you will find yourself enjoying a sober life following your ibogaine session.

During this phase, which, depending on the length of your stay with us, could happen once you have settled in back home, it is not uncommon to feel the return and weight of old emotional triggers, and you could find yourself inadvertently thrown off by emotional overwhelm, or inexplicable outbursts of anger, which is why it is essential that you take the positivity felt in phase three to fortify yourself to offset these reactive tendencies in phase four.


Always remember that ibogaine is not a “quick-fix,” and that in and of itself, it will not do the work required of you during your ongoing recovery. 


Bear in mind that, following your ibogaine treatment, you will return home changed, but those close to you and your environment may still be the same.


Therefore, it is essential that you engage in our counsellors’ advice regarding the most important pillars of your ongoing aftercare and recovery.