Anthropology

Americans going abroad for [iboga/psychedelic] treatment

Because ibogaine is illegal in the US and not well known, the people with addiction who end up in Mexico seeking treatment are typically there as a last resort … Treatment at this [ibogaine] clinic costs between $5,000 and $12,000, depending on the length of stay and programme. Emily’s parents ended up paying for her treatment, but Leonard says he does discounts and pro-bono treatments for those who can’t afford to pay. Those who pay full price subsidise those efforts.

Ibogaine, along with other hallucinogenics, such as LSD and psilocybin (magic mushrooms), are schedule I substances in the US – drugs which have no medical application and are not safe for use, even under medical supervision… there is a growing body of evidence suggesting the FDA’s label isn’t accurate. “Essentially, it’s because of the backlash against the psychedelic ’60s,” says Dr Thomas Kingsley Brown, an anthropologist and chemist at the University of California, San Diego. In a study spanning eight years, funded by the Multidisciplinary Association on Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS, Brown tracked outcomes for addicts who were treated with ibogaine. “About 90% of the people in the study had a dramatic reduction in their withdrawal symptoms at the point when you’d expect they’d be at their worst,” he says. Brown says the severity of their addictions were reduced throughout a 12-month follow-up period and their relationships with family and loved ones improved as well.

Original Article:
Americans going abroad for illegal heroin treatment
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