“Kevin is in the fetal position on a warm bed in Mexico, in the throes of opiate withdrawal. Suddenly, a buzzing noise enters his ear, as if a wasp is building a nest in there. It’s the first sign the ibogaine he just consumed is taking effect, and things are about to get weird.
“This really intense energy slowly began to build in the center of my body and permeated throughout,” Kevin tells The Verge, recalling that night.
Kevin was a 24-year-old with an intense opiate addiction — heroin and OxyContin were his drugs of choice — at the time, and the ibogaine was part of his chance to free himself from the addiction. He tried the standard treatments, like rehab and the prescription drug Suboxone, but they weren’t working for him. He then decided to enroll in a study evaluating the psychedelic substance ibogaine, for use in kicking an opiate addiction,
But ibogaine is illegal, and that’s slowed research progress.
Actually, ibogaine research isn’t without encouragement in the mainstream. Mark Parrino, president of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD), believes there could be a place for ibogaine in opiate addiction treatment. Since opiate addictions are so difficult to treat, doctors are desperate for anything that might work. “It’s not a widely used medication, but the general view is that if it has some helpful approach for some people who don’t want to be using one of the three federally approved medications, that’s great,” he tells The Verge. Kevin is one of those people.”
Source: TheVerge.com – November 11, 2015