We think ibogaine treatment costs should be lower. Many ibogaine treatment centers charge anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000. This cost doesn’t reflect the ibogaine experience patients should receive. When it comes to choosing an ibogaine center, you don’t always get what you pay for.

Ibogaine Treatment Overview—Cost of an Ibogaine Clinic

A reasonable medically supervised ibogaine treatment cost is between $5,000 and $7,000. The cost takes into account all medical staff, resort-style accommodations, private room and board, and all medication costs (including the cost of ibogaine).

“Having a medically centered ibogaine treatment program is vital to patient safety.”

Anything lower than this, and the risks associated with ibogaine become substantially higher. In almost every case, ibogaine clinics with a cheaper cost are putting patients in danger. They often have little to no experienced medical staff, inadequate medical equipment, or—in some cases—no medical staff or equipment at all.

TThe medical aspect of ibogaine treatment is the most important. However, there are also many other factors to consider when choosing the right ibogaine treatment program for you.

Medical Cost of Ibogaine Treatment Centers

Ibogaine is a psychoactive drug extracted directly from the iboga root bark found in Africa. It works by interrupting addiction on the physical level by healing neurons and synapses in the brain, as well as targeting psychological trauma—often by putting addicts in a psychedelic “trip” where they are more accepting and able to deal with negative life experiences.

But ibogaine comes with its risks. It can cause heart or liver complications and, without proper medical supervision, these complications can go unnoticed and lead to more extreme issues or even death.

A medically centered ibogaine treatment program is vital to patient safety because of the intense nature of ibogaine.

Lower-cost centers won’t be able to afford an experienced medical staff or the advanced medical equipment necessary for keeping people safe.

However, many of these expensive treatment centers claim to have “safer” or “better” ibogaine treatment programs based on things that don’t matter. Some have outside medical consultants who aren’t personally involved with the ibogaine treatments themselves. Others offer in-house experts who have no actual medical expertise or education whatsoever.

What Matters When Choosing an Ibogaine Treatment Center?

Ibogaine treatment protocols were developed in the 90s by the top scientific minds from ICEERS and GITA—scientific foundations that pioneered ibogaine treatment for addiction.

Administering ibogaine is often the easy part. The ability of the clinic to accurately pre-screen applicants, as well as the experience of the medical staff in emergency training and response, are the most critical components to a successful ibogaine treatment program.

Be aware of any outside medical or nonmedical consultant prices that don’t offer anything in return. It’s easy to pay an outside source to stamp their name on a center. It’s more difficult to find an expert medical team with experience in ibogaine treatment.

Any experienced ibogaine clinic will follow a similar medical protocol. What matters is finding a center with a solid history and the experience to back it up. Having a seasoned medical staff and an expert medical emergency response doctor available during every ibogaine treatment should be the priority of any center you consider.

Overpaying for a Luxury Ibogaine Treatment Experience

For many addicts, an upscale treatment method is a must, and, in countries like Mexico, a luxury experience can be very affordable.

While some centers may charge a price comparable to luxury accommodations in the U.S., these costs don’t necessarily offer guests any additional benefit.

Ibogaine is a strong psychedelic that typically lasts for 8-12 hours. After the experience, addicts usually spend a few days resting. The majority of your time at any ibogaine clinic is spent getting through the ibogaine detox process. During this period, it’s essential to feel comfortable and relaxed.

“The majority of your time at any Ibogaine clinic is spent getting through the Ibogaine detox process.”

Often, the most important aspects of recovery are detoxification amenities. A healthy diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, a sauna, and a spa or hot tub—all of these can be a significant benefit in helping the body flush toxins from the system and promoting recuperation. These amenities can significantly improve and speed up overall recovery from the ibogaine treatment process—not to mention make your time much more comfortable.

Being by the beach and with access to entertainment inside and outside of the center can drastically improve the overall attitude of anyone going through ibogaine treatment. A clean room, privacy, friendly staff, and a gated community location will also contribute to the ibogaine therapy experience.

This is what makes a center a “luxury” center. Offering a safe, upscale environment should be expected, but offering amenities that aid in the overall treatment process is what makes the most significant difference.

Buyer Beware—Other Ibogaine Treatment Factors to Consider

Ibogaine Treatment as a Cure-All Guarantee

Ibogaine isn’t a cure. While ibogaine’s effects on withdrawal symptoms are well documented and researched, it doesn’t force an addict to change, nor does it cure or eliminate “cravings.”

Withdrawal symptoms are caused by the brain being addicted to a drug. When the drug is removed, the brain must heal. During this time, symptoms like cold sweats, hot sweats, and flu-like symptoms are typical and can be challenging to overcome.

Ibogaine is effective at eliminating the majority, if not all, of the withdrawal symptoms.

Drug cravings are different from withdrawal symptoms. Cravings often come from being bored or having a desire to change your mental state. Ibogaine won’t eliminate cravings, nor will it make an addict forget what it’s like to get high. It won’t force addicts to change their behavior, find new social circles, or do any of the important things required for a completely successful recovery.

“Any Ibogaine treatment center offering ‘guarantees’ or promises that sound too good to be true often are.”

The success rates from addiction treatment with ibogaine are high. However, don’t expect more from ibogaine than it can offer—this only leads to disappointment.

Ibogaine is an effective detox. However, time spent after ibogaine doing the “work,” attending an aftercare program, getting involved with local SMART, NA, or AA meetings, and/or staying away from home and negative environments will increase the chances of success after treatment dramatically.

Any ibogaine treatment center offering “guarantees” or promises that sound too good to be true often are. Ibogaine may not be familiar territory, but common sense can still be applied when looking for a treatment center. If it doesn’t feel right, go with your gut. You’re probably right.

Ibogaine Treatment Cures Methadone or Suboxone Addiction

Some clinics claim that ibogaine can treat Methadone or Suboxone addiction without getting off of these medications for an extended period. This isn’t true.

Methadone and Suboxone are opiate blockers. This means they bind and block opiate receptors. Ibogaine works on these receptors and helps them heal. When present, these drugs prevent Ibogaine from repairing and resetting damaged receptors. It can take 3-6 weeks, or even longer, for opiate blockers to leave the system—depending on factors like metabolism, dosage, and length of use.

However, ibogaine also works on other receptors. Many Methadone or Suboxone addicts will go through a psychedelic experience, and they may even feel better for a week or two. However, once the effects of ibogaine wear off, slowly but surely the harsh withdrawal symptoms caused by Methadone or Suboxone use are sure to return.

The longer a Methadone or Suboxone user can stay off of the drug before taking ibogaine, the better.

Ibogaine Treats All Diseases

Some centers claim ibogaine is a cure-all that can treat diseases from A to Z. They prey on desperate people looking to cure modern day ailments that science hasn’t been able to address effectively. This just isn’t true. Although ibogaine can have an amazing effect on some mental health issues, it cannot always manage them effectively.

In some cases, when it comes to mental health, ibogaine also can make problems worse.

Anything oversold is usually a play on desperation. Beware those who try to sell costly ibogaine treatment specifically for issues you may be desperate to address.

The Free Airfare Trap

Many clinics offer free airfare for patients. This is often a marketing tool clinics use to charge a higher cost. What they offer you is free one-way airfare, and they charge you anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 more for it.

The cost of a one-way plane ticket amounts to between $200 and $500—hardly worth it.

This is an ibogaine treatment cost that’s just unnecessary. Be careful not to spend extra money on ibogaine treatment for reasons that don’t add up.

Shamanic Retreats vs. Medical Ibogaine Treatment Centers

Shamanistic iboga retreats aren’t clinical and don’t use ibogaine. Iboga is different from ibogaine. Iboga root bark (native to West Africa) is the raw plant medicine, and it contains a variety of alkaloids—one of which is ibogaine.

“If addiction treatment is the goal, then a medically centered Ibogaine center will be more effective.”

These retreats can be an excellent experience for non-addicts. However, most of these iboga clinics or Shamanistic iboga retreats won’t take those who have been using and are addicted to heavy drugs such as heroin, meth, or cocaine.

For those suffering from depression, PTSD, anxiety, or other types of ailments, looking into an iboga-style option may be a better choice. Ibogaine treatment is different.

If addiction treatment is the goal, a medically centered ibogaine center will be more productive while reducing the risk of dangerous side effects from iboga or ibogaine.

We Want to Lower Ibogaine Treatment Costs

Many factors go into the overall cost of Ibogaine treatment. These will vary from one center to another. An experienced ibogaine treatment center will offer a medically focused ibogaine treatment with comfortable, high-end facilities for addicts.

“There is a reason that we, at Experience Ibogaine, treat more addicts than any other Ibogaine clinic in the world.”

By understanding what an ibogaine treatment center offers and the costs associated, you’ll have a better chance of how to find the right treatment center for you—one that can offer value without compromising safety.

Consider the options. A 5- or 7-day treatment program often offers a more practical approach while also giving the addict plenty of time to recover. If you want a VIP experience and you’re willing to pay for it, many centers have these options as well.

Make sure you’re getting what you pay for. Don’t spend money for reasons that don’t matter to you—or worse, for treatment options that don’t matter or don’t work.

Ibogaine is effective for heroin and opiate addiction. However, those struggling with alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, or other addictions can also find success through ibogaine therapy.

There’s a reason we here at Experience Ibogaine, treat more addicts than any other ibogaine center in the world. We want to be up front about the cost of ibogaine treatment, and we want to make the ibogaine experience an affordable option for treating addiction and withdrawal. Everyone deserves a second chance to get the help they need, and ibogaine is special medicine that should be respected and available for those who need its healing power.

Protocol from GITA (the scientists who created the ibogaine protocols) regarding Methadone and Suboxone: “Patients who are attempting to withdraw from long-acting opioids should switch to shorter acting opioids, such as morphine sulfate, prior to treatment.”

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