Making a plan for after ibogaine is an important part of setting goals and intentions for the treatment process. At Ceiba I provide one-on-one coaching for people who are undergoing iboga or ibogaine therapy for detox or psychospiritual reasons. I work with a variety of clinics and aftercare centers to support developing new foundations for lifestyle changes.
Below is a collection of the options that I discuss with my clients, and I encourage anyone interested in aftercare to explore them as well. This list includes residential aftercare centers, psychotherapy, and local or online group therapy. Each of these resources can offer important levels of support. There are benefits and unique challenges that come with any of these options, and below I try to outline some of those things that are important to consider.
Disclaimer: I am not necessarily affiliated with all or any of these programs. I haven’t necessarily spent time at them, worked with people going through them, or follow their treatment philosophy 100%. This is just a list of options that are out there to consider.
Ibogaine-Informed Inpatient Aftercare
These programs are residential centers that are specifically tailored towards people post-ibogaine treatment. For many people, having an extra week, several weeks, or several months outside of their home environment is enough to be able to get a few things sorted out emotionally and practically after treatment. This can include any number of things from figuring out how to balance a sleep schedule, to dealing with pain, to just adjusting to a new state of mind. While this time can be beneficial to sort things out in most cases people will need to eventually return home, back to work and family life.
Run by Lindsey Slater, Root Recovery is a home-based residential aftercare and transitional living program. Incorporates an active outdoor lifestyle including hiking and other activities. Weekly sweat lodge and weekly SMART Recovery meetings hosted on-site. Other adjunct therapies are available as well, including acupuncture, psychotherapy, and coaching.
Malinalco, Morelos, Mexico
An integrative addiction treatment and ibogaine aftercare program that combines indigenous plant medicines with naturopathic systems, phytotherapy and psychotherapy.
Flor de la Vida
Near Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Flor de la Vida is a small-scale homestead and farm that can host a single guest or a couple for stays between one to several weeks. The environment is serene, private, far from city and town life, and involves working on the land and in the gardens. This would be a good option for someone interested in transitioning into a WOOFing lifestyle, who is naturally meditative and is used to rural and meditative lifestyles. Adjunct therapies and private yoga sessions are available, as well as some other activities.
Other Residential Programs
These programs are residential programs that could be appropriate for people post-ibogaine because of their expertise on addiction treatment and their rounded holistic philosophy. There are many options for sober living and long-term treatments, but this list highlights programs that have a transpersonal orientation, taking into consideration therapeutic as well as communal or spiritual values of various kinds.
Malinalco, Morelos, Mexico – Short or long-term
A beautiful natural center that conducts research, cultural programs, and healing retreats that are focused on addiction treatment and other transitions. Includes expert-level psychotherapy, indigenous plant medicine, sweat lodge, bodywork, physiotherapy, acupressure, guided juice fasting and holistic detox, yoga, and the opportunity to learn hands on permaculture in extensive gardens around the site.
Tarapoto, San Martín, Peru – 1 year program
An innovative long-term residential program that blends allopathic medical support with traditional amazonian medicine. The program is supported by communal living with other residents, psychotherapy, and the use of medicinal plants including ayahuasca.
New Life Thai Foundation
New Life is a residential program that incorporates yoga and Buddhist practices in conjunction with individual and group psychotherapy. Note: New Life has requirements for how long people are off of opiates, particularly long-acting opioids like methadone and suboxone.
San Patrignano Community
Multiple centers in Italy – minimum 3 year program
San Patrignano is a unique program that offers communal living, mentorship, and therapy, as well as professional training and study in over 50 areas. The focus is on long-term social integration and occupational independence.
Addiction-Informed Group Meetings
Life After Ibogaine
SMART Recovery-based – Online Meetings – Abstinence/Harm Reduction
At Ceiba we offer a twice monthly online group meeting that is tailored specifically towards people who have gone through ibogaine treatment. The format is a facilitated peer support group based on principals and tools used in SMART Recovery meetings.
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12 Step Fellowships
Worldwide – In-person and online available – Abstinence based – Belief in higher power
There are 12 step groups for almost every type of substance and behavior, and meetings are available almost everywhere in the world on a regular basis. 12 step meetings can be very helpful for people as a way to connect with others with similar experiences, to and to build a peer support network. We believe that can be hugely beneficial, and encourage people to continue in their program if they find it supportive.
List of online 12-step meetings – InTheRooms.com online meetings/social network
Psychedelics in Recovery
12 step/12 tradition – Online Meetings – Abstinence/Harm Reduction
A small but growing group that conducts online meetings twice a month that are specifically organized as a secondary fellowship for those who are part of other primary 12-step programs such as AA, NA, SLAA, etc., and who are either actively using or interested in using psychedelics or plant medicines during the process of recovery.
To join the mailing list contact the fellowship through their website.
Buddhism/mindfulness inspired – In-person and online available – Abstinence based
Refuge is a peer-led meditation and mindfulness based recovery group based on the belief that Buddhist values provide a strong foundation for recovery. Focused on finding other ways of managing suffering.
Local meeting finder – Online meetings – Online meetings (women only) – Online meditation recordings
Breathwork for Recovery
A community of trauma and substance use-informed mental health breathwork facilitators that offer group sessions in several major US cities including the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York. Breathwork is a powerful adjunct to ibogaine, as well as an incredible stand-alone therapy for processing challenging emotional, physical and psychological experiences.
Cognitive-Behavioral based – In-person and online available – Abstinence based
Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) is considered one of the leading alternatives to 12-step programs, SMART recovery is agnostic about the “disease” model of addiction, focusing instead on developing rational strategies for dealing with patterns of thought and belief that lead to out of control behavior. Based on cognitive-behavioral models, SMART works with practical tools in meetings that are facilitated by trained volunteers.
Find local meetings – Find online meetings
Women for Sobriety
Women only – In-person and online available – Abstinence based
WFS is a not-for-profit of women founded in 1975. The program is based on thirteen acceptance statements which encourage emotional and spiritual growth. WFS has certified moderators and chat leaders leading mutual support groups online and in person, as well as phone volunteers available for one-on-one support.
Tools and Resources – Meeting finder – Online support forum
LifeRing Secular Recovery
In-person and online – Secular based
A worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs, LifeRing provides peer-to-peer support that is based on developing, refining, and sharing personal strategies for continued abstinence and crafting a rewarding life in recovery.
Find local meetings – Online meetings – Email lists – Online community forum
Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
In-person and online – Secular based
A network of autonomous, non-professional local groups, dedicated solely to helping individuals achieve and maintain sobriety/abstinence from alcohol and drug addiction, food addiction and more. Particularly focused on individuals who have issue with the higher power aspects of 12 step programs.
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Alcohol only – In-person and online – Non-abstinence based
Some people are looking to manage the problematic aspects of drinking alcohol without completely stopping their use. This can either be a transitional strategy on the way to abstinence, or a realistic goal for others depending on their personal situation. Moderation Management is a group that is focused on supporting its members to set goals to manage alcohol use and reduce other associated harms.
Find a meeting – Online list-serv – Chat room
Psychedelic-Informed Group Meetings
These meetings are groups based on integrating psychedelic experiences, although they are not necessarily informed about or attended by people who have problematic substance use or other behavioral issues. These groups could be useful for people who have particularly intense visionary experiences during treatment, or people who realize that they have undergone shifts of worldview that lead to new insights and curiosities that they are not able to or comfortable exploring within their family or community groups.
Psychedelic Education & Continuing Care Program
Center for Optimal Living, New York City
Individual and group psychotherapy
After the Medicine: Psychedelic Disintegration
7pm every Tuesday, New York City
$30 for 90-minute sessions with Brian Murphy and Dimitri Mugianis. Contact [email protected] if interested.
Psychedelic Integration Circles
Beyond the specific list above, many cities host various kinds of psychedelic integration circles sometimes by therapists, therapy centers, student groups, or local psychedelic societies. Rather than providing a list of resources, look at what is available in your area.