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Beyond Ibogaine

Options for Ibogaine Aftercare & Group Therapy

Making a plan for after ibogaine is an important part of setting goals and intentions for the treatment process. At Ceiba we provide one-on-one coaching for people who are undergoing iboga or ibogaine therapy for detox or psychospiritual reasons. We 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 we discuss with our clients, and we 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 we try to outline some of those things that are important to consider.

Disclaimer: We are not necessarily affiliated with all or any of these programs. We 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 to consider. We recommend that you follow the same principles as you find in our guide to finding an ibogaine clinic when researching aftercare options, particularly residential programs.

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.

Root Recovery
Austin, Texas
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.

Colibri Healing Centers
La Paz, Baja California, Mexico
Residential aftercare in a natural setting that is based on yoga and contemplative practice. The program, including the yoga therapy, is informed about chronic pain, various kinds of injury, and physical and emotional trauma.

Into the Light (Women Only)
La Paz, Baja California, Mexico

Inscape Recovery
Malinalco, Morelos, Mexico
An integrative addiction treatment and ibogaine aftercare program that combines indigenous plant medicines with naturopathic systems, phytotherapy and psychotherapy.

Natae Wellness Center
Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico
Offering short and long-term stays that includetherapeutic massage, bio-magnetic therapy, indigenous ceremonies, sweat lodge, yoga, occupational therapy, as well as horse riding, hot springs, and other outdoor activities.

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.

Centro Nierika
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.

Takiwasi
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
Thailand
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

12 Steps
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 helpful for people as a way to connect with others with similar experiences, to and to build a peer support network. While there are aspects of 12-step philosophy that don’t work for everyone (alternatives are discussed below) we believe that these benefits can be hugely beneficial for some people, and encourage people to continue in their program if they find it supportive.
List of online 12-step meetingsInTheRooms.com online meetings/social network

Psychedelics in Recovery
12 step/12 tradition – Online Meetings – Abstinence/Harm Reduction
A small but growing group that conducts bi-monthly online meetings that are specifically organized as a secondary fellowship for those who are part of other primary 12-step programs such as AA, NA, 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 please contact us for a referral.

Refuge Recovery
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 finderOnline meetingsOnline 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.

SMART Recovery
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 meetingsFind 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 ResourcesMeeting finderOnline 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 meetingsOnline meetingsEmail listsOnline 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.
Find a meeting

Moderation Management
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 meetingOnline list-servChat 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.

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