The Latest Addiction Treatment is Making Noise - Ibogaine Claims to Offer Addiction Interruption

Ibogaine Treatment Center in the Bahamas

​Set on the Bahamas sand in a tropical oasis overlooking the vast turquoise ocean you will find The Avante Institute; a quiet but luxurious Ibogaine Treatment Clinic treating clients suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Ibogaine Treatment has been gaining momentum around the world for its efficacy as an Addiction Interrupter.

The naturally occurring drug is derived from the root of a West African rain forest bush called the Tabernanthe iboga plant. This potent medicine virtually annihilates addictive behaviors by resetting the neurochemistry in the brain and helping the patient to identify triggers and traumas that lead to drug and alcohol misuse and abuse, among other ailments and behavioral health disorders.

Ibogaine is one of the most powerful psychedelic’s known and guides patients on a withdrawal free transformation into sobriety. Many first heard about ibogaine treatment in the spring of 2015 when Scott Disick, the father of Kourtney Kardashian’s children jetted to Costa Rica to partake in a ibogaine treatment to treat his addiction’s with a series of “shaman guided Iboga flights” at the Rythmia Life Advancement Center, another five-star oceanfront rehab with a mud-bath spa and gourmet restaurant.

The tabloid press devoured the news, dispatching paparazzi and daring to ask, “What’s ibogaine?” Disick was roundly criticized for leaving Rythmia’s treatment center after only one week rather but Disick, responded by claiming that the ibogaine treatment had worked. “It kind of resets the receptors in your brain and kind of helps you kind of remember and look at your childhood and gain knowledge on what’s gone wrong that makes you want to either drink or do drugs or whatever it may be that compensates for what you’re not getting,” he told People Magazine. “It helped me dramatically to see some of the things that have troubled me in the past, but I’m not done,” he said. “I plan to go back again and I hope it helps me even more to get to a point where I’m fully cured of some of things that I struggle with.”

For hundreds of years the Bwiti people of Gabon have consumed the root bark of the iboga plant in religious ceremonies as a rite of passage. Western doctors learned of ibogaine’s therapeutic applications in 1962 after a 19-year-old heroin addict from New York City named Howard Lotsoff ingested ibogaine for a psychedelic trip. He later reported that when he emerged from the influence of the drug 48 hours later, he had no heroin cravings or withdrawal symptoms. In the late-1960s and early ’70s, amid worries over the rising popularity of LSD, ibogaine was classified as a Schedule I substance with potential for abuse and without therapeutic value.

Now, more than four decades later, ibogaine is gaining medical momentum. After years of being administered in the jungle by former junkies reborn as self-styled shamans, ibogaine is being embraced by people open to the possibilities of alternative medicines. The World Health Organization now lists ketamine — the psychedelic rave staple Special K — on its list of essential medicines. Ketamine clinics, where those who are severely depressed can go for a therapeutic intravenous drip, have recently opened. And a study published in medical journals like Progress in Nero-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry suggest that methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA (aka ecstasy or Molly) can be useful for treating PTSD, depression and the symptoms of social anxiety, particularly in autistic adults.

Most ibogaine treatment centers utilize the “Malibu model” of drug treatment — palm trees, turquoise waters, radiant orange sunsets — but otherwise ibogaine represents a drastic departure from the now dominant 12-step model of addiction treatment. Ibogaine alleviates opiate-withdrawal symptoms by resetting and refreshing opiate receptor sites in the brain. In the early-’90s, a young physician from the University of Miami named Dr. Debra Mash took an interest in ibogaine. Her city was in crisis. “Cocaine was everywhere,” Mash told Salon. “We were seeing crack babies, overdoses, dead bodies.” Legal research of ibogaine had been suspended in the U.S. so Mash went to Amsterdam where Howard Lotsoff — the former junkie who stumbled upon ibogaine’s therapeutic potential — was operating his own clinic. “I saw stunning efficacy of taking an intractable addict and breaking the cycle of addiction though the treatment of opiate withdrawal,” said Mash, who has gone on to become the world’s foremost expert on ibogaine.

For more information on ibogaine visit The Avante Institute website at or call them directly at (844) 4-AVANTE.

Source: The Avante Institute


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