Can You Use Ibogaine for Alcoholism?

Living with alcoholism can feel like living with a curse.

When you’re sober, you spent a lot – maybe even the majority – of that time thinking about drinking.

When you’re drinking, you’re often regretting the decision to give in, wishing you were sober. Even when you are able to enjoy yourself, it’s only a matter of time before you wake up frustrated with yourself once again.

Unfortunately, even though it’s perfectly legal, alcohol is also highly addictive, making it very difficult to quit completely.

That’s why you may have already unsuccessfully tried several other potential solutions in the past.

If that sounds familiar, don’t give up. You should know that you may be able to use ibogaine for alcoholism.

Addressing the Psychological Causes Behind Alcoholism

Too often, when people think about alcoholics, they only consider their immediate symptoms: simply that they drink too much. It becomes all-too-easy to then blame the problem on an addiction to alcohol.

Unfortunately, this simple understanding of alcoholism doesn’t answer the question, “Why did it begin in the first place?” Without becoming clear about that answer, an individual will always remain vulnerable to the temptation of having another drink. Whatever wound they’ve been treating with alcohol won’t simply go away on its own.

The American Psychological Association explains how an individual may be driven to alcoholism because of psychological reasons: 

“For some alcohol abusers, psychological traits such as impulsiveness, low self-esteem and a need for approval prompt inappropriate drinking. Some individuals drink to cope with or “medicate” emotional problems.”

This is why many people turn to ibogaine for alcoholism. Among other things, the treatment can help them overcome these emotional problems or psychological traits by confronting the past events that may have caused them.

While more research is needed, one study on ibogaine and alcoholism concluded that:

“During the patient’s ibogaine treatment, he experienced dream-like visions that included content pertaining to his alcohol use and resolution of past developmental traumas.”

Ibogaine and Alcohol Withdrawal

While you may be able to use ibogaine for alcoholism, that’s not the same as trying to use it to help with the initial withdrawals that occur when finally abstaining from the drug.

Ibogaine may be absolutely pivotal to helping you give up the past experiences that have led you to alcoholism, but that’s the mental side of things. As we’ll cover next, there is even some evidence that ibogaine can help curb your cravings for alcohol.

Still, that’s a long way away from using ibogaine to effectively manage withdrawal symptoms. This is important because alcohol is actually one of the few drugs that can kill someone if they try quitting it cold turkey.

Anyone who may be at risk for alcohol withdrawal syndrome must go through detox for five to seven days under the supervision of a medical professional before they try taking ibogaine or any other rehabilitation program that will involve discontinuing consumption completely.

Once they have, though, ibogaine can help clear the “fog” that may form in their thinking, a remnant of the damage alcohol did to their neural pathways.

Can Ibogaine Help Reduce Overall Alcohol Intake?

For the most part, people who take ibogaine for alcoholism do so as a means of overcoming the psychological causes that may be leading them to drink.

That said, there may be a reason to believe that using ibogaine for alcoholism could also help reduce cravings.

A study done in 1995 looked at, “Attenuation of alcohol intake by Ibogaine in three strains of alcohol-preferring rats.”

Obviously, the test subjects were not human. Nonetheless, after administering ibogaine to rats who had been groomed to essentially be addicted to alcohol, the study found that:

“These results show that Ibogaine when injected IP or IG, but not SC, can significantly reduce alcohol intake without an effect on blood alcohol concentrations or food intake. These findings may suggest the involvement of Ibogaine’s metabolite(s) in reducing alcohol intake.”

There definitely hasn’t been enough research done to say one way or another if ibogaine can actually curb an alcoholic’s cravings for it, but it’s interesting that the metabolite involved – noribogaine – shows the potential to do so.

Using Ibogaine for Alcoholism Under Professional Supervision

Taking those initial steps toward a life without alcohol can be difficult. Alcohol is one of the only drugs that is socially acceptable to enjoy, which can make it nearly impossible to simply avoid people and places where it’s present, as is often the strategy with illegal substances.

By providing you with valuable insight about why you feel the need to drink, using ibogaine for alcoholism may prove to be an incredible opportunity.

At Experience Ibogaine, we’ve helped people who are in your situation, who may have tried other methods and still found themselves drinking again. Contact us today to learn about how our approach can give you your life back.