How to Detox and Get Off of Suboxone / Methadone in Days
Suboxone and Methadone Detox vs. Iboga Suboxone and Methadone Detox
Detoxing off of Suboxone or Methadone is a long and painful process. People that have experienced Suboxone and Methadone withdrawals describe them as being extremely intense and lasting several weeks to three months. Even after the major withdrawal symptoms stop, the residual insomnia and fatigue can last up to a year or more and the depression even longer than that. It really depends on how long you were taking Suboxone or Methadone for, the amount doesn’t seem to make as much of a difference in most situations as the duration does. Suboxone is one of the hardest drugs to properly detox from using traditional methods and Methadone comes in at a close second. We will compare what a typical person would go through by weaning off of Suboxone or Methadone vs. the use of Iboga to get off of Suboxone or Methadone.
Why Are Suboxone and Methadone Withdrawals So Bad?
There are a few reasons why people experience horrible withdrawals from Suboxone and Methadone. The first being is that it is so long lasting in the body. Some people don’t even experience initial withdrawal symptoms for up to 72 hours after their last dose. This is quite common for people that are already on a low dose of Suboxone(2mg) believe it or not. Methadone withdrawals do not usually take as long to start. The second is that even though Suboxone doesn’t make your brain produce the amount of endorphins other opiates do, it is actually even more addictive to the body than morphine physiologically. Also, when your brain is being flooded with opioids over a period of time, your body will compensate for the extra opioids by not making as many receptor sites. So when the opioids are taken away, you are not getting enough endorphins. When this happens, the person feels severe depression and little to no pleasure. This is not a happy existence. Some people have suicidal thoughts and most people end up going back on Suboxone, Methadone or another opiate. These are the reasons why relapse is so prevalent.
What Does Suboxone and Methadone Do To Your Body?
Many Suboxone/Methadone detoxers notice just how much it was damaging their body once they get off of the drug. One of the side effects that has been reported is the lowering of testosterone in males and the lowering of estrogen in females. Whenever your hormones aren’t quite right, you don’t feel quite right. Liver damage is another side effect, some people get jaundice when going on Suboxone or Methadone. Your liver detoxifies your body and when there is damage present, it cannot do its job properly. Another side effect is chronic constipation which has an effect on your mood even and can also cause lower back pain. Some people notice that they only have a bowel movement once every three days or more. This means that partially digested food is sitting in your colon and toxins could be absorbed. Another one is kidney damage which will manifest as a swelling of the hands, ankles and feet as well as urine retention, the feeling that you have to urinate but you can’t.
Those are a few of the side effects, but the list is very long. Here are a few more: severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); anxiety or nervousness; blurred vision; confusion; dark urine; decreased attention; fainting; irregular heartbeat; loss of appetite; loss of coordination; mental or mood changes (eg, depression); pale stools; persistent trouble sleeping; severe or persistent dizziness or drowsiness; severe or persistent stomach pain; slow or shallow breathing; slowed reflexes; slurred speech, profuse sweating, decreased libido, lack of motivation, sadness, low energy levels, decreased muscle mass, tone and strength, lack of zest for life and flat effect, feeling little emotion and hopelessness. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
What Does Getting Off of Suboxone or Methadone Do To The Body?
Those are the side effects of being on Suboxone or Methadone, now here are some of the effects of withdrawal: severe anxiety, cold sweats, heat intolerance, malaise, anxiety, depression, cramp-like pains in the muscles, leg kicking/restless legs, severe and long lasting sleep difficulties (insomnia), diarrhea, goose bump skin, cramps, abdominal pain, dehydration, convulsions, thoughts of suicide, fever, joint pain, severe restlessness, sneezing, watery eyes and yawning.
Here is a testimonial of a person that was addicted to Suboxone experienced: “My turning point was when I began to wake up every day feeling more and more cloudy, foggy. I couldn’t focus my thoughts and never had motivation. I decided I had enough Suboxone, and was sick of relying on a pill to feel “normal”. I weened down the Suboxone to 1mg every other day, then picked a good time and quit. I added Suboxone to my list of drugs addicted to because I can assure you that withdrawal from Suboxone IS A LIVING NIGHTMARE. Its equal to heroin or OxyContin, except instead of 4-6 days, its 15-25 days OF FULL BLOWN WITHDRAWAL!! I stayed awake for 8 days straight at one point, shaking and vomiting the whole time. By day 35, I was starting to feel a little better. Next thing I knew I was on a 5 day OxyContin bender, and when that ended, I withdrew all over again for 5 days. The month I withdrew from Suboxone was the worst experience I have and will ever feel in my life. I suffered so much and worked so hard to get there, and when I finally got through it, I jumped right back into what got me there. So when I lay shivering in my bed for a second time, I knew right then that this was not something I could do alone.”
Iboga and The Addiction Solution
Let me first explain a little about what Iboga is exactly for those that do not know. The Iboga root comes from the Tabernanthe Iboga shrub native to western Central Africa. Tribes in the area practice a tradition called Bwiti, in which they use the iboga root for rites of passage, initiations and for healings. The Bwiti have used iboga for the past 1,000 years and Bwiti Shamans are considered experts on the subject. The use of iboga and ibogaine (one of the alkaloids in the root) to treat opiate addiction was only recently discovered in the 1960s by a former drug addict that just happened to cure his heroin addiction by using iboga for recreational purposes. Iboga does cause some hallucinogenic symptoms in which the user may experience powerful visions. For example, many people that have used iboga have said that they experienced a life review where they were able to identify the point in time and the cause of negative thought or behavioral patterns and in turn, correct them. Thus curing the underlying problem that was causing the addiction symptom.
Iboga and Ibogaine are mostly used to treat and cure addictions and to detoxify the body and mind. Opiate addiction is not the only addiction that is treated. Iboga has been successful in treating alcohol, nicotine and amphetamine addictions as well. However, other U.S. patents exist to treat many other illnesses and conditions. Some of those conditions include: neurodegenerative disorders such as alzhiemer’s, parkinsons disease and dementia, depression, OCD, post traumatic stress disorder and criminal behavior. Many people have also reported on the successful reliief of chronic pain and chronic fatigue. Iboga has powerful antifungal and antiviral properties as well. The Bwiti have also used iboga to treat infertility.
What To Expect When Detoxing With Iboga From Suboxone or Methadone
The Iboga House is one of the only iboga healing retreats that will detox you off of Suboxone. Most other clinics require you to be on a faster acting opiate six weeks prior to arriving. The Iboga house asks that you ween down to 2mg per day for Suboxone and less than 70mg a day for Methadone and we have had success with this protocol. Moughenda, our 10th generation Bwiti Shaman, has had a lot of experience in handling the administration of iboga to Suboxone and Methadone detoxers. You are detoxed the first night with Iboga. Moughenda stays with you during the whole process. Sometimes with Methadone, and Suboxone in particular, withdrawals may (or may not) kick in the following afternoon. If this happens, Moughenda administers more iboga, which will take the withdrawals away. The Iboga House does not let people suffer through withdrawals. After the detox, the patient may be weak and feel like they have a hangover with dizziness. It is important to stay hydrated and to eat regularly during this time, as this is the solution to the weakness. Our aftercare provider will help you through this time and keep a close eye on you. A few days later you will take the Iboga one more time to clean your body of any residual toxins and experience a psycho-spiritual journey where you can find out and correct the root problem of the addictive behavior. Iboga sets you back to a pre-addictive state and it keeps working even after your departure.
Here is a Suboxone detox testimonial by a former patient: ” After trying out a traditional rehabilitation center to end my Suboxone dependence with horrible results and months of being clean but feeling sick and tired, I decided to go back on Suboxone since I needed to function in society. After a couple of months of health problems related to the Suboxone, I stumbled upon iboga on the internet when researching herbal remedies for withdrawl symptoms because I wanted to kick this horrible habit once and for all. My husband and I, who was also addicted to Suboxone, found a wonderful place called the Iboga House in Costa Rica. We hopped on a plane and began our detox that very night. Moughenda, who is a Bwiti Shaman and the owner of the Iboga House, administered the iboga and kept a close eye on us. He also counseled us as well. We chose the Iboga House because other Ibogaine clinics lacked the spiritual aspect we needed. After all, addiction is a three fold disease, you are mentally, physically and spiritually bankrupt by the time you get help. The iboga treatment broke our addiction for good. I never experienced a craving yet. I could have a pile of OxyContin or Suboxone right in front of me and not have a single desire to use. I never thought in a million years something like this was possible. Not only that, but the depression I experienced as a little girl and throughout my life is gone. The root problem is simply not there anymore. My physical health is back on track and I have so much gratitude to the Iboga House.”