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Gianna C - 32 years old
Sober Since 12/10/16
My name is Gianna and I'm a recovering addict. This December I will celebrate two years of sobriety. Before I decided to do Ibogaine, my life was meaningless, dark, and pretty much non existent. When I looked in the mirror, the image I saw was of a lost soul who was taken over by the disease of addiction. I went from treatment center to treatment center and it became a revolving door, in and out. I couldn’t and wouldn’t stay clean. Two years ago, I was at the lowest point of my life when a friend of mine who had done the Ibogaine treatment told me I have nothing left to lose and to go and try it. At first I blew it off, but the next morning I called him back and said I couldn’t live this way anymore. I knew nothing about this treatment except for that it gave my friend his life back and I watched it happen before my eyes. I decided to give it a try being that nothing else had worked. Before I knew it, I was at Holistic Hope House. I was sad, lost, and confused. All I knew was that I wanted my life back. I completed treatment and little did I know I was going to look at my self and the world I live in, in a whole new way. My friend was right about one thing, Ibogaine gave me a brand new life. It gave me clarity, serenity, and a spiritual connection with my higher power and myself. It saved my life, something that these other places couldn’t do for me. When I left treatment, I was excited to get back into the world which I missed for so long. I couldn’t wait to live the beautiful life I deserved. Ibogaine gave me long lasting sobriety and a better life by connecting me spiritually and giving me clarity and serenity. Never in a million years would I have thought I could come this far. I’m blessed and eternally grateful for this plant!
Carson C - 35 years old
Sober Since 11/20/18
For the past ten years, I had very little hope of ever beating my debilitating addiction issues. My family had invested tens of thousands of dollars into multiple treatment centers, methadone maintenance programs, interventions, therapists, and medical detox centers, praying that something or someone could pull me out of the hole I had dug. Needless to say, nothing seemed to provide long term results. I always ended up right back where I started with the drug use, and with more shame and guilt piled on top. Ready to give up, feeling frustrated and pissed off at myself for being a failure and not knowing where to turn, I remembered a potential solution which was briefly recommended to me a couple years prior. That potential solution being referred to as “Ibogaine”, a plant medicine from Africa which I was told had an incredible success rate with healing addicts. Not knowing if this was true or not, I started searching the internet for information on where and how I could obtain this treatment. After calling various facilities, I eventually discovered The Holistic Hope House. I reached out to them and felt very confident in their approach. They immediately educated me about this plant medicine and how their method of treatment was different; placing a high importance on detoxifying the body prior to receiving Ibogaine . What they were telling me made sense, and between their knowledge in the field of Ibogaine, and direct experience in the world of addiction, I knew I had found the right place for me. Less than a week later I would find myself at their luxurious facility and in the care of their welcoming and educated staff. For fifteen days they lead me through their protocol. Carefully tapering me off of opiates, and detoxifying my body. Within that time, I felt healthier than I could ever remember feeling in my life, and I had not even done Ibogaine yet! Finally my day would come to receive my plant medicine treatment. This is the day my life would change forever. I was finally free from my drug dependancies, with no withdrawal symptoms, no cravings, just an overwhelming feeling of freedom. The Ibogaine experience itself was like nothing I could have possibly imagined. I learned things about myself I could have never learned by talking to an addiction specialist or attending a traditional rehab facility. It was as if my soul was being repaired and I was shown the solution to my deepest problems. To this day my life has improved in so many ways. My drug dependancies are gone, my sleep schedule is reset and normal again, I’m at the gym multiple times per week, I have energy, I have focus, I have clarity in my life. Ibogaine gave me direction and showed me my true purpose in life. I feel as if I had a new brain installed in my head and a new heart implanted in my body. My relationship with my family has never been better and I have reconnected with all my old friends and loved ones whom I had neglected in my addiction. Ibogaine and the Holistic Hope House truly gave me a second chance at life when nothing else could. I finally feel like I have a purpose in life, and better yet, I feel like I have the ability to achieve my goals. I recommend this treatment to anyone who is seeking a treatment that actually works. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. If you are considering treatment, and would like to chat about my experience, I am always available. I owe it to Iboga to spread it’s message of hope.
Stephen H. - 29 years old
Sober Since 4/18/2018
I do not believe that I was born an addict. I don’t be believe I was destined from the beginning to live a life of misery, fear, and destruction. However, despite my best efforts, that’s exactly where I ended up. For one reason or another, my life was a constant battle against fears and trauma’s that I clung too from the past. These fears dictated my behavior, and I suffered greatly. I became a prisoner to my thoughts and a slave to getting high. Down the rabbit hole I went, to the depths of a bonafide junkie. From this emerged numerous bottoms which would produce attempts to reclaim myself. Each one bringing new promises and new resolves; and although genuine at the time, they never seemed to hold much water.
Traditional rehab would give me brief moments of clarity and clean time. But my obsession never left. It was as if I never truly felt like I had no choice in my decision making. The smallest impulse to use would send me into full blown obsession which always lead to a relapse. This pattern was demoralizing and made me question my ability to do anything. Ten rehabs later, I was desperate. I could not understand why this was not clicking for me. I had watched other friends of mine get and stay sober, so why couldn’t I? They told me that I should be on Suboxone for the rest of my life. I could not accept that.
Suddenly, I was called by Ibogaine, an ancient plant medicine known for it’s ability to treat addiction. A friend of mine had recently received Ibogaine treatment and told me that it was something I needed to do right away if I wanted a real chance at living out a healthy life. I was very intrigued. As someone who holds a strong belief towards the benefits of Entheogen’s, I was quick to look into this option. I researched. I learned that Ibogaine is the main psychoactive alkaloid in the Tabernanthe Iboga shrub which grows in central western Africa. The Bwiti tribe have used Iboga for centuries, using it as a ceremonial initiation plant. In the early 1960’s, Ibogaine was recognized in the USA for it’s powerful ability to ‘interrupt’ addictions, specifically to Opiates, Cocaine, and Alcohol. Of course, it was made illegal due to it’s psychedelic properties. However, enough people recognized it’s incredible ability to dissolve addiction patterns and it’s research and use continued to be utilized in Ibogaine Clinics around the world. It became understood that Ibogaine resets the brains neurotransmitters and restores damaged receptor sites to a pre-addicted state.
I made a decision. I felt like there was something to this Ibogaine treatment and I was ready to find out. Within no time, the plans were put together and I was packing a bag with a one-way ticket to San Diego, where I would drive across the boarder into Mexico. Was I nervous? Yes. Going to another country to take a non regulated plant medicine was not somewhere I saw myself ending up. Something about it felt right though, and I had high hopes for this treatment.
The treatment center sat in a beautiful villa along the pacific ocean called Holistic Hope House. It was a cozy place with 24 hour professional nursing staff which put me immediately at ease. And so it began, a week long deep cleanse of the body in preparation for the plant medicine. A non gmo all organic diet, no processed foods, raw juice cleanse, three organic coffee enemas daily, as well as Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) I.V therapy daily. At the same time, being slowly tapered off of opiates using morphine. They even took me for a stress test, echocardiogram, and EKG to make sure I was a good candidate for the treatment. They have developed this protocol over many years with outstanding results. Although not easy at times, they told me the preparation is a sacrifice to the plant in return for a beautiful experience and a new way of life. This preparation went on for a full 7 days, which at the end, left me feeling cleaner than I have ever felt in my entire life. But that was just the beginning.
The eighth day I was ready for Ibogaine. My GI track was aligned and clean and my liver was expunged of toxins and ready to absorb the plant medicine. They laid me in bed, fit me to a heart monitor, and placed headphones on my ears and blinders on my eyes. I took the first capsule of Ibogaine, swallowed it, and sat back to relax. Over the next 4 hours I would take another 4 doses of Ibogaine, bringing me deeper and deeper into the experience. An experience that can only be explained as divine. An engulfing, ultra-spiritual ocean of lessons to harness and discover. The ability to observe ones patterns from a third party perspective. A beautifully intense experience which demands respect. Some hours later, I ‘awoke’ from the experience feeling worn out and exhausted. But something was different. Not only did the thought of doing a drug disgust me, but I had no withdrawals whatsoever. The obsession and the withdrawal had been lifted over night, literally.
My Ibogaine experience remains the most profound experience of my life. I was able to successfully move on from my Ibogaine treatment with a completely new outlook on recovery and being sober. Ibogaine plugged me into a spiritual belief system that keeps me going every day, which is a piece of the puzzle I was never able to form on my own prior. For the first time in a long time, I actually felt alive and in touch with myself and my surroundings. Suddenly nutrition was important to me. Treating my body like the temple that it is finally made sense to me. I was able to shed the negative people out of life with no hesitation. Ibogaine gave me new eyes to see. The treatment reintroduced me to my soul and gave me an actual choice in life. Combined with further efforts, Ibogaine treatment saved my life, and I feel obliged to pass the message on to other addicts like me. I pray more addicts find Ibogaine and are able to escape the maze of addiction once and for all.