Understanding Addiction-A Brief Overview

While there are many debilitating diseases and conditions that can complicate an individual’s ability to lead a healthy and productive life, addictions can be particularly problematic. This is the case for many reasons, including the fact that being addicted to substances or risky behaviors can result in undesirable consequences such as alienation from friends and family as well as impaired health. Despite the fact that having an addiction can detract from an individual’s quality of life, gaining an understanding of what addiction is and how to cope with it can be the first step towards recovery and the cultivation of a more productive and positive life. Because Safe Haven Ibogaine Spa & Resort offers addicts the recovery services they need to make addictive behaviors a part of their past, using our services can also play an integral role in helping individuals adopt healthier, happier lifestyles.

Although addiction can be broadly defined, it is basically an individual’s inability to cease using and/or abusing a substance or activity. While addicts are all highly individualistic people with their own set of gifts and talents, addictions detract from their ability to make positive contributions to the world. In short, addictions cause addicts to lose control of their lives as much of their mental efforts are geared towards planning for or participating in the addictive behavior. Moreover, addictions often result in the addict having serious problems at work, in school, and within various other social settings. Despite the fact that addictions can have this profoundly negative effect on the life of an individual, addicts continue to participate in their destructive activities because they are unable to control their behavior.

In previous times, addiction was generally discussed in context of mind-altering substances that possessed the power to temporarily alter the chemicals in one’s brain. Some of the chemicals that an individual could be addicted to include cocaine, heroin, alcohol, and methadone. While these substances can indeed become addictive, addictions are not confined to the world of drugs. Indeed, there are a wide variety of behaviors that can also become addictive when they are practiced too frequently. Some examples of addictive behaviors can include gambling, internet, sex, exercise, and work. Like substance addiction, addiction to behaviors can have a profoundly negative effect on an individual. Some of the negative emotions associated with addiction include guilt, shame, hopelessness, rejection, humiliation, failure, anxiety, and despair.

In order to help addicts successfully overcome the addictions that bind them, Safe Haven Ibogaine Spa & Resort administers a naturally occurring compound that is found in the Iboga plant of Africa called Ibogaine. In essence, Ibogaine is a psychoactive hallucinogen that possesses dissociative properties. It can be used to treat a variety of addictions such as cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamine, heroin, as well as certain types of mental conditions. In addition to treating the aforementioned conditions, Ibogaine can also be used to help facilitate spiritual exploration and psychological introspection.

Based on our 10 years of experience administering Ibogaine to more than 1,000 patients, the estimated success rate of the drug is 60-80% when measured after six months of use. In addition to administering Ibogaine for the effective treatment of addiction, Safe Haven Ibogaine Spa & Resort offers patients access to a wide variety of services and amenities that will help facilitate recovery. Some of them include surf lessons, deep sea fishing, bicycling, personal training, various kinds of massage, jet hiking, and group yoga sessions. Patients will also have access to counseling sessions.

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