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As heroin is considered a short-acting opiate, ibogaine proves effective in dealing with its detoxification. During and after treatment, the expected withdrawal symptoms are mostly eradicated. Opiate receptors resume pre-addiction settings and alongside Iboga Root Sanctuary’s holistic aftercare programmes, positive steps are made to help you maintain sobriety upon returning home. 


We all know how severe heroin withdrawal symptoms are: from diarrhea to painful cramps, panic attacks, vomiting, and worse. Links to pleasure receptors reconfigured by prolonged heroin use are hard to break and then reset. This is why so many other traditional rehab treatments fail.   

But the physical withdrawals are only the tip of the iceberg. After this period, because the levels of dopamine and serotonin have been severely depleted by prolonged heroin use, the body takes an extraordinarily long time to return these chemicals to their baseline levels. This will cause a prolonged and very serious depression and a complete lack of motivation, which, for some, is the motivating factor behind relapses.  


Ibogaine: Heroin Detox’s New Hope

Ibogaine is a psychoactive substance that greatly reduces the symptoms of heroin withdrawal by binding to the same receptors in the brain that are affected by opiates. This can help to reduce the cravings and other withdrawal symptoms that people often experience when they try to stop using opiates. 


Additionally, ibogaine is thought to have a number of other effects on the brain, including the ability to reset neural pathways and promote neuroplasticity, which may also contribute to its ability to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. 


This is where the support of Iboga Root Sanctuary’s experienced, qualified providers makes a difference. We ask participants to taper down to 1 gram or less ahead of arrival at our retreat.  


We then offer a choice of a 6 or 10-day detoxification programme, depending on the severity of your addiction. In some cases, we recommend 30 days for those with lengthy and more complicated abuse histories, especially if trying to detox from buprenorphine or Subutex. 


For life away from heroin, for a future lined with hope, we aim to get you started on a path imbued with compassion, inner work, and understanding. Give us a call to discuss your treatment options at length.