Anders Beatty and Ben Taub from Ibogaine Counselling Services will be speaking at a live event all about psychedelic treatment for addiction in London on December 13th. Hosted by The Psychedelic Society, this unique talk will tell you everything you need to know about treating addiction ibogaine and other psychedelics. Click either of thes link below for more info:
Using Psychedelics To Treat Addiction
This event will explore the potential of psychedelics to help bring about recovery from addiction. Led by Anders Beatty and Ben Taub – the founders of Ibogaine Counselling Services and psychedelicsforaddiction.com – the discussion will focus on the ways in which visionary compounds can be used to generate meaningful rites of passage that facilitate a lasting recovery.
We will look at the pros and cons of the current psychedelic treatment options available to people suffering from addiction, and shed light on the necessary components of a successful treatment. In particular, we will explore the nature of addiction as a spiritual condition arising from the disconnection and inauthenticity that is particular to modern life. As such, spiritual knowledge and practise are fundamental to the future success of psychedelic treatments for addiction.
However, the indigenous spiritual traditions that have developed around plant medicines are not always culturally relevant to Westerners, and may not carry the emotional salience necessary to inspire healing. With the help of Bwitist and plant medicine expert Ben Taylor, we will examine the practises that can and should be introduced by those working with psychedelics to heal the spiritual deficiencies inherent in addiction.
If money is a barrier preventing you from attending this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a bursary place.
Ibogaine may be famous for its ability to remove withdrawals from opioids and other drugs, but staying clean requires more than just a detox. Anyone who has successfully recovered from addiction using ibogaine will tell you that the process is not about drugs per se. Rather, it is a rite of passage; it is a quest to discover one’s true identity and move onto a higher level of consciousness where the need to self-medicate does not exist.
To be able to undergo such a transformation, however, it is first necessary to learn how one has become disconnected from their true self in the first place, and how this has left them with an inability to find meaning, value and purpose in life.
Most people learn at a young age which aspects of their personality are unacceptable to others. When our care-givers disapprove of our neediness, anger, capability limits or any so-called ‘weaknesses’, our survival instinct kicks in and we automatically begin to suppress these traits. We do not feel safe to fully express ourselves, and our vulnerability compels us to commit our first act of self-hate by refusing to love ourselves fully.
This then sets the tone for the mental chatter that continually narrates our reality to us for the rest of our lives. It tells us who we are, how we fit into the world around us, and the meaning of each event that occurs in our environment. For those who have learnt not to love themselves, this voice is always highly critical, afraid and negative, creating a need to escape the experience of being oneself – often through drug use.
The whole problem is therefore rooted in the fact that we have a completely false image of who we are; as a result of early conditioning, we learned to see ourselves as somehow flawed and not worthy of love until certain aspects of our self have been purged. Yet the truth is that it is not possible to eliminate any part of oneself, no matter how much we suppress it. Continually attempting to do so only increases the sense of inadequacy, failure, misery and shame. Nor is it necessary to try and do so. Instead, learning to accept and love all aspects of oneself is the key to true happiness.
This is what ibogaine is all about. It is a tool to reconnect to the parts of our selves that have been locked away in the basement for too long, allow our falsely negative self-image to dissolve, and reconnect to our true identity.
Yet it is worth noting that this does not occur automatically. Every indigenous culture that uses visionary plants for healing understands that certain tasks must be accomplished by those seeking healing, and education is provided so that community members can acquire the skills to undergo a true rite of passage. In the West, this education is lacking, and many people fail to bring about the transformation they are hoping for with ibogaine. We work with our clients to help them understand exactly what they have to do in order to complete their quest, move onto that higher level of consciousness and release themselves from the unconscious pain that compels them to self-medicate.
Being alive can sometimes seem like a blessing and a curse at the same time; our lives contain moments of incredible joy, beauty and pleasure, but also pain, sadness and suffering. Embracing the full range of experience and facing up to life can therefore be scary, but learning to do so is the key to becoming fully alive and alleviating the inner emptiness and numbness that afflict so many of us.
Painful experiences during childhood or adolescence can teach us on a subconscious level to become wary of life, leading to a belief deep within the unconscious mind that we are not safe in this world. Thereafter, any time we are faced with a challenging or unpleasant scenario, this conditioning becomes activated. In such instances, the mind’s defence mechanisms are deployed, all of which are designed to protect us by encouraging us to withdraw from others and isolate ourselves so as not to experience the pain of life.
Addiction is often the product of these defence mechanisms. When we feel threatened, our mind responds by blaming, accusing, projecting, intellectualising or some other means of convincing us that the world around us is not a desirable place to be, and that escaping through drug use is the best option.
Yet rather than protecting us from pain, this unconscious response only makes us feel more alone and empty. This is because these defences essentially force us to turn our back on life; rather than opening up to the experience of being alive and flowing with the ever-changing current of life, we attempt to separate ourselves from this flow so that we never have to experience the pain that sometimes comes our way.
As a consequence, many people suffer from a sense of not being fully alive. Relinquishing these defences and letting down one’s armour is the only way to remedy this. Naturally, this can be difficult to achieve, as it implies re-inserting oneself into the chaos of the universe without trying to control what can’t be controlled. Yet in doing so, we learn to see the beauty in not only joy but also pain, to experience life to the full and to find our true purpose and meaning.
This is perfectly explained by the great Carl Rogers, who says:
“I believe it will have become evident why, for me, adjectives such as happy, contented, blissful, enjoyable, do not seem quite appropriate to any general description of this process I have called the good life, even though the person in this process would experience each one of these at the appropriate times. But adjectives which seem more generally fitting are adjectives such as enriching, exciting, rewarding, challenging, meaningful. This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-fainthearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one's potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life. Yet the deeply exciting thing about human beings is that when the individual is inwardly free, he chooses as the good life this process of becoming.”
We are committed to helping our clients not only detox and get clean, but to stay clean by learning to release themselves from their conditioning, let down their psychological defences and become fully alive.
Ibogaine is often referred to as a cure for addiction, although the truth is not quite that simple. Yes, it will take away withdrawals from opioids and other drugs, but anyone who wants to stay clean long-term must learn to use ibogaine as more than just a detox agent.
We believe that addiction stems from a deep need to fill an inner void, and that ibogaine, when used with the correct level of respect and reverence, can help people to connect to life in such a way that this need is finally fulfilled. Yet this type of transformation does not occur automatically, and it is essential to chase one's own recovery, put the work in and learn how to use ibogaine wisely.
In this video, our counsellors Anders and Ben explain what ibogaine does and why the right preparation is so important.
(Video courtesy of Tabula Rasa Retreat)