Untested Treatment Brings Risks With Potential to Break Addiction In Just One Day
As the opioid crisis continues, desperate addicts are heading to Mexico to try an illegal treatment that involves ibogaine, a potent psychedelic.
As reported by the BBC, at the end of a dead end street in a town near the US-Mexico border, Emily Albert is in the basement of a drug treatment clinic, hallucinating about her son as a heroin addict. She imagines him going through rehab and desperately trying to get clean.
But Albert is the one with the addiction. She’s in the middle of a psychedelic treatment for opioid addiction.
Through tears after the treatment is over, Albert recalls the vision of her son.
“I could just tell that he was older and going through whatever I’m going through,” she explains. “It was like, basically, if I don’t do this then he’s going to have to.”
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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.
The drug’s side effects include hallucinations, of course, but also seizures and in rare cases, potentially fatal cardiac complications.
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To learn more about the use of ibogaine to treat opioid addiction, please visit the BBC.