Alcohol Addiction Treatment
If you take a look at the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States, roughly half can be directly attributed to alcohol and tobacco use. Treatment for alcoholism is a complex, highly-nuanced process, because the drug you’re addicted to is legally available everywhere. As of 2014 there are an estimated 130 million+ individuals in the US who consume alcohol on a regular basis.
While it’s unlikely that someone is going to offer you a tray of syringes loaded with heroin or base-pipes filled with meth or crack at a restaurant; alcohol will always be readily available, and you’re going to have the perpetual opportunity to witness many individuals having drinks, getting drunk, having a good time, and then going about their lives without any apparent problems. It can be extremely difficult bordering on impossible to remove alcohol from the people, places, and things that kickstart your cravings, and restart the downward spiral of self-hate, hopelessness, and addiction.
Alcohol is a neurotoxin, the fact that it’s legal tends to make individuals overlook the medical research with regards to what it’s doing to your body and brain. The actual damage opiates and opioids like heroin or OxyContin do to your body, is very limited, whereas alcohol is somewhere near the very top of the harm scale for the most dangerous and damaging drugs you can possibly do. Chronic use of crack or methamphetamine, are the only two molecules which cause more damage than long-term alcoholism.
Physically, ibogaine is extremely effective in blocking cravings for alcohol and reducing alcohol consumption, by increasing the levels of a brain protein called GDNF (glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor). Having noribogaine on-board post-ibogaine treatment helps to significantly reduce cravings and alleviate depression, while the spiritual component of ibogaine — the visions you may experience while undergoing treatment — provide an introspective phase that can help you understand and process past events and traumas that contribute to self-medicating with alcohol.