Ibogaine in the 21st Century: Boosters, Tune-ups and Maintenance

written by Patrick K and Hattie W
(article, observations and conclusions are solely opinions of the above mentioned authors)



The history of using ibogaine to break the cycle of drug-dependence is relatively short. While it is likely that the CIBA pharmaceutical company and the US government were aware of ibogaine's anti-addictive properties as early as 1957, the anecdotal observations of Howard Lotsof in 1962 are generally accepted as the starting point, initiating waves of interest that have continued spreading since that date.

Reading through the early anecdotal literature, the overall tone is overwhelmingly positive. The experiences indicate instant and abrupt cessation of desire to use drugs, the idea being that you take ibogaine once and never want to use drugs again. It is hailed as a "cure" for addiction.

The problem with most of these reports is that they do not withstand the light of day, or correspond with our own experience. Over the last five years, we have treated a total of 45 individuals with ibogaine, for the specific purpose of breaking a cycle of drug dependence. The vast majority of these do not fall under the "instant cure" category. Four people could be categorized as such, having had extremely profound experiences, which facilitated complete cessation of their drug dependency after a single dose. The rest have required additional treatment or more formal follow-up care in order to maintain their goals. "One-hit wonders," it seems, are exceedingly rare in the 21st century.

There are a variety of factors which may account for the discrepancy between initial claims made for ibogaine and subsequent results. Firstly, the categorization of what constitutes a "junkie" is hugely variable. All heroin users eventually develop a tolerance, needing larger doses to achieve the same effect. Daily use combined with ever-increasing tolerance results in physical dependence. However, there is a significant difference between someone who is experimenting with drugs within a social context, and happens to become inadvertently drug-dependent, and a hardcore dope fiend who has been IV-ing heroin for 20 years and whose whole life revolves around junk. Early reports of individuals dosing with ibogaine may be paraphrased as, "I took ibogaine once, saw God, found myself, came down to Earth, food tasted great, I stopped smoking, starting experiencing life as I haven't since I was a child, and rode off into a rosy sunset."

Information regarding follow-up treatments is not publicized.

"I did ibogaine once, and was no longer an addict!"

is not followed up with, "Oh, and then I took it another 15 times that year for spiritual insight!"

In 2005 there tends to be one additional sentence following up all of that, "...and two to four weeks after I wrote those words, I had a needle back in my arm or was sucking on a crack pipe." Another issue is incomplete or missing data. Information regarding follow-up treatments is not publicized. "I did ibogaine once, and was no longer an addict!" is not followed up with the information, "Oh, and then I took it another 15 times that year for spiritual insight!" The published history of ibogaine administration for drug dependence is relatively consistent in reporting a single-dose modality. In our experience, this has proven to be sub-optimal or ineffective for many people.

However, some treatment providers must maximize the benefit of a single dose because many clients will not have the chance to re-dose with ibogaine following the initial treatment. "Detoxing" prior to treatment, by tapering opiate intake down over a period of months, is one method used to ensure easier reintegration post-ibogaine. Subsequently, patients often return to their home country, where ibogaine is a Schedule I substance, and therefore cannot be retreated if necessary. The "detoxing" strategy has both pros and cons, but evaluating these is beyond the scope of this article.


After an initial treatment with ibogaine, the physical dependency is no longer there. However, the complex series of psychobiological interactions that caused someone to become addicted in the first place are still present. Ibogaine is not a "cure" for drug addiction. Booster doses of ibogaine HCl can be extremely beneficial and often make the difference between relapse or success. Individuals with a long history of being drug dependent who have detoxed from extremely high doses of narcotic analgesics will usually have at least 85% to 90% of their withdrawal symptoms lifted after the initial reset.

However, a few days out, many people derive tremendous benefit from one -- or more -- booster doses. Typically a booster will fall within the 500-800Mg (total dose) range. All the same precautions should be observed, as when doing the higher dose of ibogaine HCl (16-18Mg/ kg. range).


Tune-ups differ from boosters in intent and timing. While boosters increase the efficacy of an initial full-blown dose of ibogaine HCl, tune-ups usually happen anywhere from several weeks to many months following the last full-blown dose of ibogaine. The dose-range tends to fall within the same 500-800Mg category (as with most things there are no absolutes, someone may do a gram as a tune-up) as boosters. Tune-ups are used by people who reach their goals (presupposing their goal was to remain clear of narcotic analgesics), maintain sobriety, and discover that they're depressed, overloaded, starting to come undone, or simply develop a desire to do ibogaine again. And for whatever reasons, they want to avoid a full-on psychoactive dose.

Another category is people who haven't managed to achieve their goals, and have slipped back into active drug-use. These individuals often want to get "reset" again, but have a strong aversion to doing full-blown resets. Dislike of tripping and fear of facing the self may be strong deterrents. A tune-up, followed by a few boosters, will bring someone to roughly the same state they would achieve with an initial 16-18Mg/kg reset.

"Clean" Maintenance

Ibogaine is metabolized by the liver and converts to noribogaine (12-hydroxyibogamine). There is also evidence that ibogaine has a high propensity for being deposited in adipose tissue, resulting in a depot-like effect. In practice, for roughly seven to ten days after dosing with ibogaine -- assuming you have relatively normal bodyfat levels -- your mood will be noticeably enhanced. Life will seem particularly good.

This is the mythical "window of opportunity" that has been mentioned repeatedly with regards to ibogaine administration. It is extremely important to plan ahead and make use of this time in the most effective manner possible, because it will pass. A week later, ten days at most, the warm fluffy clouds will break, and you will be left dealing with your life.

Many people who are self-medicating can derive significant benefit from conventional medications which can be extremely helpful during this time period, but the bottom line is many people go from feeling like everything is possible, to . . . nothing is possible. People crash and hit reality.

The concept behind clean maintenance is this: What if you could take someone who has been detoxed, and is presently drug-free, who is trying to put their life back together again, and extend the time-frame during which all things are possible to a period of weeks or months, giving them time to develop new coping mechanisms for dealing with life sober?

Individual 1: Male, early 40s and in overall good health, who has done four full-blown resets using ibogaine over a three-year period. He initially did ibogaine with the intent of ending his addiction to crack cocaine. Post-ibogaine he entered aftercare, sought psychotherapy and attended self-help groups. In short, he was the ideal patient. He is extremely intelligent, has a high level of self-awareness, functions within society and has no limitations due to a lack of financial resources.

He thrived immediately post-ibogaine but gradually wandered further and further out, until at roughly three months, he hit the wall, fell apart, and relapsed. This occurred after each session. After the initial relapse the downward spiral began and continued until he was smoking crack on a daily basis and eventually re-dosed with ibogaine once more. Each bottom was getting progressively lower. He had fears that if he repeated this cycle again, he would reach the stage where he simply would not be coming back from the last binge and either die, or come to his senses five years later instead of pulling out after a few months.

The last time he hit the initial relapse, he was dosed with 350Mg of ibogaine HCl in an attempt to halt the downward spiral. This worked in helping him break through this critical phase and allowed him to move onwards. After the initial 350Mg dose, he has continued using ibogaine HCl on an "as needed" basis. For him this amounts to 50Mg twice a week on average, and 100Mg every 45 days or so.

At the present time, utilizing this methodology, he has been clean for seven months, which is his longest period of abstinence in the last ten years. He has continued with psychotherapy but stopped attending self-help groups, and plans to do a full-blown 18Mg/kg dose of ibogaine HCl sometime in the near future, for the purpose of spiritual insight.

"Dirty" Maintenance

For some, abstinence from narcotic analgesics is not a reality-based goal. Many chronic pain patients are really not going to cast off their crutches, light up some medical marijuana and dance in the meadow, after ibogaine. In addition to chronic-pain patients, there are many people who are using narcotic analgesics to self-medicate a variety of comorbid conditions. In some cases a "successful" detox from opiates means that somebody can look forward to a lifetime's worth of maintenance on neuroleptics.

Given the choice between opiates and neuroleptics, there is no simple answer, but the side-effects of current anti-psychotic medications can be devastating. When you compare the quality of someone's life when they are controlling schizophrenia, for example, through the use of opiates (which tend to have extremely mild side effects) vs. the qualify of life attained using sanctioned medicines (usually neuroleptics, with Cogentin to alleviate some of the side-effects anti-psychotics produce), it is entirely possible, even probable, that the person is happier with the opiates.

Ibogaine is remarkably effective in addressing one of the primary problems in any sort of opiate or opioid maintenance: tolerance. Over time, individuals find they must do extremely high doses of their medications in order to achieve any effect whatsoever.

WARNING: the following category should be considered highly experimental. There is a complete lack of published scientific data regarding the following examples. The difference between 50mg. And 500mg. is extremely significant and quite possibly fatal. Ibogaine potentiates the analgesic effect of opiates and opioids.

Individual 1: Male, mid-30's, in good health, who has experienced full-blown resets using ibogaine HCl in the past. His average daily intake was 20Mgs oxycodone and 4-6Mgs hydromorphone (Dilaudid), which he is prescribed for pain management.

By using a very low-dose regimen of 25-50Mgs of ibogaine HCl on a daily basis, he was able to taper down to a point at which 3.75Mg of oxycodone is subjectively providing him with identical pain relief. He began by taking 25Mg ibogaine HCl per day, and was able to immediately halve his intake of narcotic analgesics with no withdrawal symptoms or discomfort whatsoever. After 6 days he increased the ibogaine HCl to 40Mg, and at week two, he went up to 50Mg a day of ibogaine HCl. After 22 days of ibogaine maintenance, he took a ten day break, before returning to 50Mg which he presently takes every other day. His intake of oxycodone has remained consistent at 3.75Mg/day.

In his own words, "The goal with adding ibogaine to the oxycodone is to minimize if not end the need for it [oxycodone] for pain management. The HCl seems to help with the pain, or at least gives me awareness to take better care of my body by stretching, drinking more water and to get outside for exercise and sunshine." "Most importantly the HCl has given me a feeling of well being and feeling comfortable in my place in the universe, allowing me to process through a depression I have been suffering from. I feel GREAT. The darkness has lifted, the impending doom is cast away! The low dose regimen has also been extremely helpful in musical inspiration; songs I had half-written are coming to completion and new songs are being created. There is a distinct connection between ibo and rhythm/melody, and further underscores for me the important aspect of music in the Bwiti ceremonies."

Individual 2: Female, early 40s, overall good health but suffering from anorexia, has been physically dependent on narcotic analgesics for 19 years. Her use started with heroin and eventually shifted to methadone maintenance and finally hydromorphone (Dilaudid). She has extreme fear and dislike of "tripping" and has repeatedly refused to take a full-blown ibogaine reset.

Her average daily intake was 28Mg of hydromorphone which she "cold-shakes" (breaks down the pills in a cooker so they can be injected) and IVs. She began by doing 35Mg of ibogaine HCl and was immediately able to stop injecting the hydromorphone and obtained similar analgesia from 24Mg of Dilaudid. Over a period of five days she maintained on 35Mg of ibogaine HCl while continuously decreasing the hydromorphone, which she was taking orally, as prescribed. After five days she was on 16Mg of hydromorphone. At the start of day 8 she began attending psychotherapy. Over the next two weeks she gradually increased her intake of ibogaine HCl to 50Mg/day, and decreased hydromorphone to 6Mg. On day 19, she took a 10 day break from ibogaine HCl, and her hydromorphone intake rose back to 12Mg/daily (oral), before tapering back down to 6Mg/day within hours of restarting ibogaine maintenance at 35Mg. At six months out, this cycle appears to be consistent. She takes a break from ibogaine maintenance every 20 days. Slowly drifts from 6Mg/day of hydromorphone, up to 12Mg, before restarting ibogaine at 35Mg/day, at which point she drops back to 6Mg -- which appears to be her comfort zone -- while gradually increasing ibogaine HCl to 50Mg/day.

She has plans to try a 500Mg dose of ibogaine HCl, and attempt complete cessation of narcotic analgesics.

Ibogaine Maintenance: Hitting the Wall

Whether an individual is doing ibogaine maintenance while clean, or with narcotic analgesics -- utilizing daily maintenance, or skipping days -- there seems to be a point of diminishing returns somewhere between day 20 and 25. At this point people discover that for all intent and purposes they're "speeding". There is a general feeling of being wired, jittery, and severe sleep disturbances begin manifesting themselves.

Taking a break from ibogaine for a week or two at this point appears to be sufficient time to allow roughly another three-week cycle of ibogaine before once again hitting the wall. Three weeks "on" followed by ten days to two weeks "off" has been a cycle people have maintained without any particular side effects.


Drug-dependent individuals have a variety of obstacles to surmount. One of the largest tends to be years -- or decades -- of being at the receiving end of what passes for drug treatment in Western society. This includes years of being categorized as disease-afflicted criminals. Ibogaine is akin to the peeling away of a veil, the removal of the soft focus glasses. After the noribogaine disappears (the so-called window of opportunity) the harsh reality of life is often unbearably uncomfortable. Ibogaine doesn't eradicate the underlying causes of addiction, which for many people may take years to understand and come to terms with. Ibogaine is more than a detox, but it's a catalyst, not a "cure."

Ibogaine treatment is in its infancy. The future holds the possibility of second-generation drugs such as noribogaine and 18-mc, which may -- or may not -- supersede ibogaine maintenance. Currently, however, ibogaine boosters, tune ups and maintenance are improving the long-term effects of ibogaine administration. Post-ibogaine, all that anyone absolutely must have in order to progress towards whatever goal they have set for themselves, can be distilled down to one word: BELIEF. What exactly you choose to believe in is irrelevant, so long as you infuse it with enough energy to make it real. Unfortunately, what most drug-dependent individuals have been taught is that they are powerless, diseased, and flawed. Which creates the need for two more words: SUPPORT SYSTEM. This is some sort of environment where your beliefs and goals will be supported instead of attacked and invalidated.


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Just a few short years ago our son Steven was in a desparate situation. Having developed an addiction to oxycodone and being let go from his job he came to us in tears. We had no idea that he had this addiction until he was crashing because he had no money to support it. After giving him some money for a short suppy of oxy off the street, we assisted in getting him off the oxy's by getting him to his family doctor, who gave him a script for oxy until he could get into the Methodone program.


The Methodone was a nightmare of it's own. Instead of the oxy's off the street, he was just feeding his addiction daily at the methodone clinic and it was no better. After almost 2 years in the methodone program, Steven was not doing well at all. He was sleeping 18 hours a day and severly depressed. He approached us with information about ibogaine. We were relunctant but were desparate ourselves to help him beat his opiate addiction once and for all, so I myself drove him down to the Toronto Ibogaine Centre.


It worked!!. He was off the Methodone and has been ever since.It's now been 2 years. He is now a new person and is ...

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Testimonial from -Meleana from Alabama

Hello my name is Meleana and I am writing this in behalf of my brother-in-law Josh. Josh had been addicted for years to methamphetamine/crystal meth and was going down a very dark road when on a Sunday afternoon watching tv I stumbled upon a short documentary about IBOGAINE. I was completely amazed at what this bark from a root in Africa was doing for addicts. After researching IBOGAINE myself on the Internet for several days, my family and I brought the treatment up to Josh to see if he was willing to go and give IBOGAINE a shot? We thought, "what could it hurt?" Being that on a daily basis he was putting dangerous chemicals into his body by smoking meth! So we filled out the intake form from the Toronto Ibogaine center and sent it, within a day I received a call from Matt. And I just want to make a point to say that Matt is awesome!! Our family will forever be grateful. Needless to say an appointment was set and Josh was off to Toronto, Canada. Matt went above and beyond to keep in contact with us back home in Alabama. I received emails almost hourly when Josh arrived to update us back home on how Josh was doing before, during and after the treatment. Josh said his experience was very ...

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Freedom is never free

Freedom is never free. If u are looking at this website, more than likely u are looking and searching for freedom. Ibogaine is unlike any remedy i have ever found from opiate addiction. There are many programs or rehabs out there but ibogaine stands alone in a class all by itself. I was addicted to methadone, oxycontin as well as other opiates. Most addicts fear the withdrawals, but with ibogaine the withdrawals are nearly non existent. The greatest thing i found with ibogaine is that it literally clears your mind. Over time with opiate addiction your brain becomes covered with clouds and dulls your senses. Ibogaine gives u that breath of fresh air where u can feel and think again. Today the greatest high for me is a clear mind. I almost lost everything with my addiction, but ibogaine was the doorway to the freedom i was so desparately seeking. Here's what u will get if u decide to do your treatment at Toronto ibogaine center. U will have people there who really care and support u. Matt felt like a brother to me. The service and hospitality is second to none. To truly heal u also need an atmosphere where u feel comfortable and free of stress. A place where u go where u do not feel judged or looked down upon. To ...

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I contacted Mat Zielinski while helping my daughter to withdraw from Methadone. The service she received was exceptional. Mat made him self available for unlimited amount of consultations, during which my daughter learned how to properly prepare for Ibogaine detoxification. The intake process was very thorough and honest to avoid any potential health risks due to pre-existing health conditions. The money was not in the way of getting into treatment! Her case has been one of the most difficult. With concurrent disorder, poly substance abuse problem (opiates and benzodiazepines) and eating disorder my daughter’s recovery was more challenging than one can imagine. After the Ibogaone treatment she struggled with diarrhea, lack of appetite and insomnia for a few weeks. Mat was always there to hear our concerns and give the best possible advice to deal with all of these not very common issues. From the time perspective I see that there were many benefits of this treatment. It definitely broke the addiction pattern! My daughter even stopped drinking coffee, consuming sugary food and almost stopped smoking cigarettes. She did not experience cravings for more then two weeks. However returning to the same environment from “before Ibogaine”, facing consequences of addictive behavior with the sober mind and fragile neurotransmitters profile she could not sustain her sobriety for much longer. Even though she has relapsed, ...

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Post recovery care from caregiver

I watched a dear friend who thought and BELIEVED he was "Highly Functional". Unfortunately, they don't always see 20/20 like we do, as a full time nurse I knew my friend wasn't having fun any more! 6-8 or more oxy daily, cocaine like it was candy and whatever else he may not have told me. I was so happy he chose Matt and Diana. First, I knew it had to b his choice to quit!! I would do what ever was needed to help. When we dropped him off he was a fucking mess, sorry bout the grammar but he was!! When he left Toronto ibogaine Ctr. I knew he was different? New, revived. Looked worn out! But fresh... He said he had ZERO CRAVINGS ZERO WITHDRAWALS! I'm talking about a man who would want to "party" to celebrate that Xmas was coming in 21 days! Lol. All day was party day to him. It just took him awhile to learn party's over! As I nurse I see addicts and overdoses all too much. I see and BELIEVE in ibogaine, Matt & Diana! I've been nursing him the past week and he's been getting better each and every day. Constipation, cramping, low energy were his post therapy symptoms. BUT, it's a VERY little price to pay ...

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How to thank someone who has saved your life?

I guess I've always been a "high functioning addict", in my mind...  Father, business owner, socialite. Opiates, cocaine were my way of life, daily day in day out for 3 years straight. Time to grow up!  Be the father I CAN be, expand my business and get away from the ball and chain we all know too well how our life starts to revolve around the drugs. After contacting Matt and Diana I immediately knew how Matt understood where I was coming from. Ibogaine saved my life!  Within 24hrs my cravings and withdrawals were gone. COMPLETELY!  My daily day started with a couple lines just to start my day!  And to not have that feeling anymore, yet along with no W/D's. WOW!!  I must say, treatment worked ONLY in conjunction with Matt and Diana!!  It's all their personal experience and knowledge which has made me the drug free man I am now!  They are a genuinely beautiful couple I hope to be able to call friends!  Don't doubt Toronto Ibogaine Ctr. IF YOUR READY TO FREE YOURSELF!!  See Matt and Diana. I'm living proof, and thank them from the bottom of my heart!!  Their knowledge and experience ...

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To all the addicted people out there who are struggling to get off your dope I highly recommend treatment with Matt who uses Ibogaine.

I was hurt at work in 2002 had surgery and started my life on pain killers, I had used up my supply on a couple of occasions and went into withdrawal, not a pleasant experience at all, vomiting, diarrhea leg cramps and just pure hell. Needless to say I got a hold of the Dr. and he gave me more pills, my personal drug dealer!

My whole life revolved around when I would take them and how long they would last, my life was passing very quickly and my only focus was the drugs.

I did some research online and found out about Ibogaine, I spoke with Matt on the phone a few times before signing up, Matt is very personal, professional and compassionate. I stopped taking the meds. on Friday morning, headed for Matt's place Saturday morning and waited for the withdrawals to start. If I would have been at home I am sure I would have been deathly ill, but at Matt's place it didn't happen like that, we waited and waited and finally my stomach started and Matt gave me a test dose, I fell asleep to awaken about four hours later! I had no visions just a very restful ...

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Jeremy from Ohio

For me it all started with pain pills, but with the higher my tolerance level got, obviously so did the cost of my habit! Eventually, it had gotten too expensive to be able to afford. Then I graduated in the awful life of addiction, to heroin. It was much easier for me to consistently get ahold of, and compared to pain pills was quite a bit cheaper. Even though throughout my entire life I never thought id ever let myself take it to that level, shortly after I first gave into trying heroin, it was over! From that moment on my life was no longer in my own control. For anyone who has been through it knows what I'm talking about, but heroin, and most importantly your next "fix" become so consuming that it basically takes over your life and anything and everything that could possibly get in your way. I knew for awhile the life I was living wasn't for me, and it absolutely went against everything I stood for as what I once thought of myself as a strong individual. But the control heroin has over you is something fierce, I don't care who you are or how much you think it couldn't happen to you! After getting your first taste of the withdraw from not getting that "fix" you end up depending on with your life, the fear of never having to go through it again consumes everything you do ...

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Ibogaine for heroin addiction

Before I went through my ibogaine treatment every minute of my life was a disaster.As a teenager I wasn't able to deal with the every day challenges , reality was just to hard to deal with , depression took control over my life and this is how I began my journey on a road that led me to a uncontrollable addiction.I started using heroin in my early teenage years not knowing that this path that I have chosen it's a path to death. I felt that I found something that gives me joy , love and suddenly those every day challenges didn't seem to be a challenge anymore until one day I couldn't afford to get a fix and that was the moment when I knew I was in a big trouble. Slowly every day got harder, I couldn't afford to get my daily dope so I ended up selling my body just so I can follow up with my habit and not having to go through any withdraws.But making a long story short , I've heard about ibogaine about 2 years ago but I was so skeptical that I didn't want to look into it.I've tried cold turkey a couple of times but I couldn't go for more than 3 days, and this is when I started researching ibogaine, a psychoactive ...

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Before i'd heard of Ibogaine I'd been on oxycontin for the better part of a decade for ruptured discs. The more I was prescribed the less it worked and i was spending thousands of dollars a month on top of the 400mg a day prescribed just to be able to work. I'd researched all the other detox options and none were feasable, or available in canada so when I heard of Ibogaine, as well as being skeptical I was hopefull. After Ibogaine I can't believe I hadn't heard of it sooner. And i can't believe it isn't offered everywhere. This is the real deal. REAL DEAL. The only thing as impressive was Matt himself. Within 5 mins of sitting down with him I felt like brothers. I would trust him with my kids in a heartbeat. He took great care of me and if not my life, saved my family and our financial future at the very least. When I showed up I was 15 hours sick and not in great shape to say the least. Within 15 mins of taking Ibogaine i was feeling no pain. As soon as it hit my system the pain and all associated unpleasantness melted right away. This was when I really could not believe every addiction program in the world is not buying this stuff by the ton. And then the ride started. This stuff takes you on quite a trip through your head ...

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If you are seeking Ibogaine treatment (be it for rapid addiction recovery or psycho spiritual enlightenment) you should read my following testimonial.


My first treatment (with a prominent provider) went very well and out of respect for such I will not mention a name. I was however not fully prepared to change my habits and later relapsed. Seeking a second treatment I (most fortunately) contacted Toronto Ibogaine Centre and spoke to Matt. What initially impressed me about this man was his intense focus regarding my situation. He listened to my every word and asked nothing but pertinent questions. Having only spoken via telephone I saw this man as a person that really seems to know his stuff, and I was right. I arranged a treatment date and Matt promptly picked me up upon my arrival in Toronto. In conclusion I just want to say that Matt is a true to life sincere, dedicated, likeable, knowledgeable, "down to earth guy" that puts 110% into your treatment and is fully dedicated to your comfort, success, and satisfaction. Matts' knowledge comes from both extensive research and his own personal experience. As I've told Matt and I'll tell you "I wished I'd contacted him the first time around"

Sincerely to ...

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I went to canada with my significant other after a month long conversations with Matt over the phone! He was very comfoting and usppotive while I was still using and getting ready for my first treatment! After a month a drove over the borderstill very high, and after a 10 hour drive, found myself surrounded by a beautiful nature, where Native Americans used to hang hubndreds of years ago! Matt's house is located right in the middle of the forest with treees, ponds and animals all around! The setting is perfect for mind and the energy in that place is very strong! Upon my arrival I was greeted by a sweet= sweet guy and his wonderful girl! I felt at home right away and my significant other felt the same, therefore leaving me to Matt for the next 4 days!! AFter few hours of my arrival I started to go into a withdrawl and MAtt knew when is the perfect time to administer the first test dose. I told Matt about my previous experiniences with psychedliks and huge amount of lSD taken in my teenage years. I also informed him about medical issues which I have so Matt was very careful about administring ibogaine to me. To be honest I have not felt anything after the test dose, as I was laying in a warm bed in the guest room, so MAtt gave me four more doses over the next 12 ...

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They say there comes a time in every addicts using career that eventually they either get busy living or get busy dying. My story here begins well after I had long been busy dying, both physically and spiritually/mentally. This is the story of the day I stopped dying both inside and out and decided to choose life instead.

"This is it man. I'm at the end of my rope, I'm totally out of options, looks like it's game over for me." I said to my friend, who for all intents and purposes we shall simply call "Little A," or "A" for short.

"You seem to be at the end of your rope a lot these days, bro. How many O.D.'s was this one?" he asked.

I thought intensly for several moments. "You mean from Heroin, or other drugs also?" I asked rather defeatedly. Shame was written all across my face.

"All together." he asked rather bluntly, no tact or restraint being required at that point in my  life.

I shut my eyes & thought hard, counting quietly on my hands as I recalled the numerous "mistakes" that had nearly taken my life on numerous occasions.

"Five or six I think," I said it like everybody is found unconcious in barely clinging to life at one point or another. "Depends on what you consider an O.D. though. Should I count the ...

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George Testimonial

Pre-ibogaine: I was a junky. It took me a while to admit that to myself because I thought for a while I had control but that disappeared after no more than a half a year habit that started with poppy pods and snorting heroin. I still had some life in me, some smile, some spirit, fast forward app. 2 1/2 years later, I sold my soul, sold all my musical equipment, sold my parent's jewelry, my body, my face has withered away as I was a bodybuilder before hand, and hope was virtually non-existent. Disillusioned with my spirit at this point and distilled with hate and fear of misery and suffering because once you go through withdrawal enough times and being a junky there are plenty of situations where you are either short of cash, trying to quit yourself, etc but you will experience PAIN. Not aches and a headache, soul crushing, mind fucking pain. Yea they say, oh it's only 2-3 days at it's worst and you should be ok, why don't you just quit? 2-3 for the regular person is 2-3 days...2-3 days of withdrawal for the addict is 2-3 years. So let's add time bending to soul crushing pain. I was a good person but all that withdrawal, all that desire to escape ...

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To those who are considering Ibogaine treatment at the Toronto Ibogaine Center

It was April of 2010 I hit bottom. My life had become unmanageable due to a terrible addiction to Oxycontin.Even though it was Dr prescribed after a serious accident I found myself unable to stop on my own.I tried cold turkey ,tapering,several times i tried but always failed.

It was around this time I stumbled unto Ibogaine. It changed my life.The first thing you should know about Ibogaine is that every thing you have read about it,the miracles, how it has worked wonders for so many people.....it is all true ,at least for me it truly was like a gift from God.

After doing a great deal of research I chose to do my treatment with Matt at the Toronto Ibogaine Centre. I was met at the front door with open arms a big smile and an attitude that said" don't worry every thing is going to be ok" and it was.I was treated like a guest. Matt went over what I could expect on my journey and stayed by my side the entire time.There was never a time when i didn't feel cared for.The true miracle for me was was what I did not feel....withdrawals I did not go through a single second of withdrawal,I am not exaggerating I was not sick for even a second.After leaving I felt freedom for the first time in 5 years.

I wont bore you with the details of my visions during ...

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Tony L from Indianapolis, IN

Tony L from Indianapolis, IN

Before i did ibogaine at matts treatment center i was never happy and thought that opiates would remain a part of my life until i died or went prison. I have been in multiple intensive rehabs and halfway houses, even a 70 day intensive rehab center but always had the desire to use. There was always a little voice in the back of my head that told me to get high and nothing could stop it. I was tired of being depressed, ending up in the hospital from overdoses wishing i would have just died. Ibogaine didnt just get wrid of my withdraws but it got wrid of my depression and the little voice in my head that made me want to use. I havent had any cravings or even the little voice in my head since i used ibogaine in the beginning of may 2011.

Matt made this experience better then i could have imagined. He creates a soothing and positive atmosphere and makes the experience better then i thought possible. Their house is surrounded by wilderness and beautiful trees. It isnt a hospital setting like i expected. Afterwords i could not have imagined doing this in a hospital, it would have been extremely uncomfortable with ibogaines psycadelic properties. Matt ...

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Testimonial of Dan

When I first heard of Ibogaine I was skeptical. I did lots of research on it and still felt skeptical. I was even skeptical about ibogaine up until the day that I had my treatment.
When the day came for my ibogaine treatment with Matt, I was very nervous. Matt assured me that this was normal and told me not to worry, as he would be helping me through and for the entire duration of the treatment.

I was ready.
I took the ibogaine and completely surrendered myself for the next few hours of intensive internal therapy.

Many reports of peoples ibogaine experiences have claimed bad trips, scary, or overwhelming to say the least. Personally, although it was intense, I had a great time!
It was a lot of fun, exciting, eye opening, revealing - and very therapeutic. Matt was extremely helpful the entire time and did a great job of guiding me through the experience.

Ibogaine not only removed the horrible physical withdrawals of heroin as Matt promised, but also "re-arranged" and "re-wired my brain to take out the mental cravings for the drug.

Out of all the previous rehab centers and treatment therapies I have been through for heroin addiction, Ibogaine was the first treatment that had actually worked! It's a miracle to say the least, and I am not skeptical about it anymore.


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Grateful mommy : )

My story is a bit different than other ones. I have not tried ibogaine but now feel I have more knowledge about this plant from Africa than I ever dreamed.
I am the mother of an opiate addict. Oxycontin was his drug of choice, the drug which changed my life so drastically. My son was on his high school golf team that won the state championship his senior year and then went on to college in Miami on a golf scholarship. He is 6'5", good looking and appeared to have it all. Then one day I get a call from the school officials that a concerned teacher saw this student, my son, lose 25 pounds the past few months and basically look like death. That was 3 years and several thousand dollars ago. Money invested into the U.S. rehab system which publishes success rates of 3% which I'm smart enough to know is not a wise investment but at the time I had no other answer.

Then one day I'm getting a massage from a therapist born in central America. I was talking candidly about my dilemma and he stated abruptly, "Take your son out of those worthless rehabs, take him to another country, and get him ibogaine." I was like..Ibo what? immediately I ran ...

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Before Ibogaine I considered my life to be a dead end... I had been fighting with opiate addiction(heroin & oxycontin) for 7 years... I'd been in & out of re-habs.. had perooids of sobriety but truley felt like something was missing. the drug had taken something away from me which I couldn't quite put my finger on... the last 2 years I spent on methadone, and for all of you that know or have been on methadone. you know that you just dont come off methadone with out months & months & months borderline years of pain. At that point my mind had deteriorated to the point of depression, suicidal thoughts, and basicaly I could not function like a normal human being anymore. I knew this was not me.. I couldn't go out like that. I spent lots of time on the internet researching and stumbled apon this plant called Ibogaine.. I was extremley intrigued just knowing that this plant could "reset" my opiod receptors.. I did more & more research and then got in touch with Matt... the guy had been in my shoes I could tell by the way he talks but there was something different. His spirits were very high & he knew that there is a way out. Finally after many conversations with Matt, many questions... I decided to do it, after all I was on my last limb. I a little scared by the whole process but as ...

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Ibogaine Works!

If you are reading this, you are probably wondering, perhaps skeptically, if the treatment works? In short, it most certainly does!

I was what you would call a 'functioning alcoholic'. Really 'barely-functioning' would of been a better description. I grew up in a culture where drinking was the norm. Even though I have a respectable and professional job, I would sometimes drink anywhere from 6 to 12 beers a night, and on weekends sometimes even more. This was over a 20 year period, and every year it was getting worse. Among other problems, I had gotten 2 DUIs, and managed to total a car, in which I was VERY lucky not to have killed myself or anyone else.

At 38, I knew I needed to get my life on track. I had gone past the denial phase, tried AA, therapy and had quit cold turkey for over 6 months. But I ended up drinking again. I felt that the drinking addiction was part of a 'bigger picture' for me, and that my problem was 'spiritual', but the drinking addiction had got me so lost, that I was not able to deal with this 'bigger picture'.

I came across Ibogaine after my wife saw it on Law and Order on TV. She could not believe it was real, so she researched it online, and forwarded the information to me. I was sort of skeptical, but open minded. A day after that I chanced upon a researcher ...

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My Iboagaine Experience

If you’re expecting some spirit journey, stop reading: This is about getting clean.

I’m a junkie, and to me being a junkie means suffering. Suffering brought on by years of shooting junk, 4 years on Methadone and another 4 years of eating, drinking , smoking anything that would kill the pain qualify me. I started shooting dope after 1000+ lsd trips and way too much methamphetamine use left me feeling depersonalized and suicidal. I self medicated with H and it was love at first shot. The culmination was finally getting locked up and then kicking methadone, I’d had enough and decided that rather than go back to the junkie life I’d just as soon put a bullet in my head.

Flash forward , 30 years of sobriety and I find out of all things; I have CANCER brought on by a virus…After a horrific and very painful treatment protocol I’m strung out on OP’s and back to my old junkie self, off and running, working 4 different doctors and copping whatever I could on the streets of the South Bronx and Harlem. My doctor said “just stop” yeah asshole…you just stop, he did not have a clue as to who I really am.

This time around however I did not choose to wake ...

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Ibogaine therapy alcohol abuse

When I reserved my session at Toronto Ibogaine Center I knew only one thing, I wanted to stop drinking. I had tried before, but will power wasn't enough and the twelve step program just didn't make sense to me. As I approached their location, I became increasingly nervous and apprehensive. Thoughts like,what if this is just a ripoff or what if the place is filthy and creepy entered my mind. All of these feelings dissipated upon minutes of my arrival. I was greeted by Matt who is a clean cut, nice looking man with a boyish sparkle in his eyes and a big smile on his face. First he showed me where I would be staying (it was immaculate!) then he explained everything to me in great detail and reassured my every doubt...he had total confidence. Then I met Michelle, what a lovely spirit... intelligent, witty, charming and an excellent conversationalist!

My ibogaine experience was exceptional, and when I was able to be up and around Matt and Michelle were intensely interested in my experience and offered helpful insights as to the possible meanings of my visionary experience. They were sincere, caring and positive. They entertained every question I asked, even deeply personal questions! I felt a connection to these two that is hard to describe.

I would recommend Toronto Ibogaine Center to anyone who has a sincere desire to kick substance ...

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Ibogaine for methadone addiction

I was addicted to oxycontin in 2006 for more than a year. I was taking between 3 to 6 80 mg pills per day. I tried several times to quit including being sent away to detox for which seem to work but had bad urges when I got home. My family doctor finally recommended the methadone maintenance program. I started the program in 2007 where it initially worked wonders as I had no urges and could go on with my life. The problem was trying to get off this shit. There were 80 year old people there that have been on this forever and I refused to let that be me. Sounds like the wonder drug at first where they just wean you off after a year and everything is perfect. Wow what a joke. I was on methadone for almost 4 years where I was as high as 70 mg and as low as 8 mg. This stuff is pretty well impossible to get off as I was going up and down like a yo-yo just to feel normal. Withdrawal is unbearable. Finally I was looking on the internet to try a kick this for once and for all. I came across The Toronto Ibogaine Centre. I called and was ...

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Ibogaine therapy for methadone addiction

I would definitely recommend for anybody with addiction concerns and especially opiate addiction to take a close look at Ibogaine and at the Toronto Ibogaine Centre for its administration. My treatment went very well – a peaceful setting, a laid-back atmosphere and professional expertise around me. Matthew and his staff were terrific at making me comfortable throughout the treatment and setting out a personalized aftercare program for me.

Above all, I am very happy with the results I got from the treatment. Ibogaine really works!

Bob ...

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Ibogaine therapy for drug and alcohol abuse

What brought me to the Toronto Ibogaine Centre is a lifetime of alcohol and drug abuse culminating in a deep spiritual emptiness. By the time I started looking for ways to fix the train wreck I called my life, I think I realized that substance abuse was really just a symptom of the problem. There was something missing and I was searching for the remedy, in error, in alcohol and drugs. Whether being a 'functional' substance abuser was beneficial or not is a matter of opinion. I didn't do any lengthy jail time or go to detox centers but I did put my family through hell for many years. Any way you cut it, this was no kind of life.

I had quit drinking and drugging for almost 10 years cold turkey during which time I met my wife and started a family. Life got the better of me shortly after year 9 and it was like I had never quit. After a year or so more of substance hell I decided to give AA a try. It seemed to help for a couple of years but again, life came rushing back at me head on. I think I actually had more success and felt more at peace when I stopped using on my own than in a 12 step program. No guilt trips ...

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Ibogaine treatment for Ocd

I am not a drug addict. I am an open minded person with great interest in natural remedies. I have heard a lot about Ibogaine treatments, known to successfully treat people with drug addiction. I also heard that it can help with any destructive compulsive behaviour. I live in the US where Ibogaine is illegal so my curiosity took me to online forum discussions where I met Matt from Toronto Ibogaine Centre. Matt comes across as an expert in the field and after weeks of our online interaction, I felt reassured to try it.

My ibogaine treatment was a great success. I have suffered my whole life from compulsive eating and other destructive behaviours and Ibogaine help me break that pattern. For the first time in my life I could differentiate from the good and the bad. It was very uncanny to have this sense of peace wash over me.

There are no words to describe the extraordinary experience, one in a life-time experiences. It is not an illusion. You are 100% fully conscious on what is happening in your visions-vivid images, places, people, things, colors, you name it. Constantly traveling from one place to another. Wow! What a spiritual experience-Matt, thank you very much for the wonderful experience and your warm ...

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Ibogaine therapy for heroin addiction

I was hooked on heroin and oxycontin for about 2 and a half years. I began to research ibogaine and some of the scientific studies made sense so I decided to do it. I was very ill when I got my test dose. By that time I haven’t done any opiates for around 30 hours. I was in full withdrawal with the usual symptoms such as vomiting, the shakes and the rest. I would say within 10-15 minutes I could tell something was happening as my nose stop running and that gnawing feeling in my body completely disappeared. After I got my full dose I forgot about the pain of withdrawal as I had to concentrate on the feeling ibogaine gives you. It takes so much control over you, you have no choice but forget about the withdrawal. The experience was incredible but very draining. One needs to be very well rested before, and even though Matt insisted on it, I didn’t follow his advice. I enjoyed the laid back fashion the whole treatment was provided in. No stress and no worry, I was fully taken care off. Its good to see good people doing great service!!

Jennifer ...

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Ibogaine therapy for heroin addiction

I am a 45 year old junkie addicted to heroin for 25 years. I researched ibogaine and found it to be a good solution. Matt was a huge help right from the start and I trusted him to administer the ibogaine to me. The aftercare was very well thought out. Medication and Iv solution was on hand to help with the residual withdrawal. I had to take more ibogaine on the third day (which was hard to do) but it beats being dope sick. It does work for heroin withdrawal but its still not an easy ride. You definitely need to be mentally ready!

Chris ...

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Ibogaine therapy to expand awareness

I was very satisfied with my whole experience in T.I.C. It was priceless. I had a chance to experience the power of very extraordinary plant and meet very interesting and inspiring people who guided me throughout the whole process. The visionary experience was very dramatic and spectacular for me – I’ve never imagined it is possible for my mind to travel that far. The evolutionary psychological benefits are miles ahead of any other therapy available. The issues that I was dealing with before are gone and make me laugh now – they seem so minimalistic and pretty much a waste of time to dwell on. I am highly recommending T.I.C. treatment to every one for its enlightening, transforming and healing benefits.

James Parker ...

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