Your Health. Avery Phillips November 29, With the opioids claiming so many lives in America, more and more treatments are being developed to help addicts become clean and sober. Plant-based treatments are becoming more widely recognized and eco-friendly , and plant-based addiction treatments are helping to save lives. One of the many reasons that people use alcohol or drugs is as a means of self-medicating.
They are treating a trauma or an undiagnosed mental illness by altering their mind state with legal and illegal chemicals. Some Americans have begun to look toward other cultures and religious practices for relief from what plagues their brain. The following are plant-based relief methods found in other lands and countries:.
It has been traditionally used in healing ceremonies led by a local medicine man. The effects of drinking an ayahuasca tea brew are psychedelic and have been said to be transformative for those with PTSD and issues with depression.
Ibogaine - Wikipedia
Through the tea-induced psychosis, the patient processes past trauma with the help of the medicine man as a guide. Not all experiences are reported to be a healing one when using ayahuasca and varies from person to person.
Research has been conducted on the use of ayahuasca medicinally in the United States and has been found to be positive. If an addict can work through the trauma that leads them to use, it is possible that they would no longer feel compelled to self-medicate. Ibogaine is an African spiritual medicine that is derived from plants in the Apocynaceae family.
It is extracted from the bark and used in small doses. Also, in order to prevent accidental overdose, it is very important that as part of the regular process of informed consent clients are made aware that if they use opioids during treatment they are at immediate risk for overdose. Oral morphine is preferred. If ibogaine is administered while long-acting opioids are still present in the blood there is an aforementioned risk of analgesic potentiation.
However, after the ibogaine treatment, as this analgesia subsides, patients may experience residual withdrawals and PAWS. To avoid risk and ensure that detoxification can be completed successfully, patients who are attempting to withdraw from long-acting opioids should switch to shorter acting opioids, such as morphine sulfate, prior to treatment. It is important to accurately calculate the elimination half-lives and conduct an effective switch-over.
There is some controversy about the best way to calculation this timeline, but a general guide is to ensure that there is a residual dose of no more than. Some clinicians believe that the half-lives for both of these medications be calculated at 24 hours. In this case, for example, a patient that is taking 4mg of oral buprenorphine would have a residual dose of 2mg on day 2, 1mg on day 3,.
Likewise in the case of methadone, a patient taking mg per day, would have a residual dose of 50mg on day 2, 25mg on day 3, Other clinicians prefer to ensure that the elimination is calculating using a longer half-life: up to 72 hours for buprenorphine, and up to 48 hours for methadone.
These considerations may be especially useful in certain situations, such as for poor metabolizers, those who have been taking these medications for many years, or simply to avoid some of the complications when the switchover cannot be completed under close supervision. Using these calculations, a patient with a 4mg daily dose of buprenorphine, would be recommended to switch for at least 18 days.
A patient taking mg per day of methadone would be recommended to switch for at least 14 days.
It is very important that regardless of the half-life calculations done in advance, the switch-over be conducted carefully and under medical supervision. In the meantime, while the opioid epidemic in the US has slowly raised awareness of ibogaine, Leonard says that as an industry primarily run by former addicts, legitimacy has been a struggle.
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