Iboga Nights

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In the mid 80s, David Graham Scott started experimenting with film and with drugs. His experiments led him to become an addict with an aimless hollow existence. He was drawn to the lives of drug addicts and began to view it as a dark cult.

Then he heard about a radical method that was used by members of certain African tribes in some of their religious rituals. In 2003, this man chose this rather bizarre method to end his long-term addiction to opiates. It was through the use of a psychedelic plant root called iboga.

David Graham Scott describes the detox was 36 hours of soul-searching hell in which he journeyed back into primitive states and saw himself from a different vantage point. Some of what he saw was terrifying and some of it was very enlightening. But when it was finally over, he felt refreshed and renewed. The psychedelic therapy seemed to work wonders for him.

David then went on to produce a documentary film called ‘Detox or Die’ that unwittingly turned him into a spokesperson for ibogaine the pharmaceutical name given to the plant. Shortly thereafter he received a flood of emails and Facebook inbox messages where real people were thanking him for inspiring them to finally take the first step towards overcoming their addiction.

Then a growing movement in the west began promoting iboga as a quick-fix route to end addictions, particularly to opiates. The substance was being described as an ‘addiction interrupter’ that offers a quick and easy opiate withdrawal. It was said that it could accomplish in 24 hours what conventional treatments take up to 90 days to do. One medical doctor called ibogaine the ‘most important discovery in the history of addiction medicine’.

David Graham Scott wanted to determine whether ibogaine was really that good or if it was only a very strong placebo. He felt that he owed it to himself to find the answer to that question because there were many desperate addicts contacting him to find out more about this treatment and its true potential.

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  • Spider

    I don’t know where to start….???? I am both speachless & talking a mile a minute to myself at the same time! Such a powerful documentary! This needs to be much more mainstream although the powerful drug companies and FDA will try to kill it by any means necessary. There’s got to be a way to defeat the horror of methadone treatment (and i use the word treatment extremely loosely) because it’s just as bad as heroin itself!!!!

    • Gary

      Just as bad ? Not quite, if the person just takes the methadone and stops abusing other drugs they can lead a normal life , it’s people like you who hear or read the wrong information about methadone,which makes young people using not try methadone and then die , or go to jail . I’m sure all the moms that lost there kids to overdose would love to have there kids alive on methadone,

      • Spider

        People like me huh? HEY ASSHOLE I’M ON METHADONE!!! It’s “almost” the same fucking prison that heroin itself is! Wrong information?!?! Please!!! Having to get up every day, go to the clinic, stand in line to get “medicated” NO SHIT the moms would rather their child alive on methadone then dead, but so would they rather a loved one on a breathing machine and in a coma then DEAD. There is no “normal life” to be had on methadone, at least in my opinion…
        We need to find ways to be completely free from this opiate addiction, not on some supplement!!

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  • Marn R

    powerful….thank-you for such enlightenment. I had never heard of Ibogain before. I am in Toronto, Canada and just read that we have the largest Ibogaine center in the world!

  • AuralVirus

    FFS governments (UK in my case) hurry up and get this into mainstream medicine you numbskulls – I wish to get off methadone this decade, last has already come and gone.
    (Without trained nurse supervision, worse case scenario catered for (Ambulance, Doctor and Hospitals fully trained and aware of what to do in such a case) and pre-dose health checks designed for Iboga treatment I am far too concerned at 45 to undergo the treatment.)

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