For more than 19 years our therapists and staff have worked passionately to alleviate the suffering of people from all walks of life.
When we first launched in 2006, in San Pancho, Nayarit, there was not much known in the Western world about Ibogaine, and limited academic research on its application as a successful treatment for addiction. However, partially because we had experienced recovery from addiction through its applications ourselves, we knew that Ibogaine had far greater reaching effects than was yet known in scientific communities, and believed wholeheartedly in it. Improvements were expressed in many ways, this was the one consistency to all healing. This included an overall increase in clarity of thinking, peace of mind, No Depression, and increased energy levels following treatment.
The Dream House was the first holistic Ibogaine healing center of its kind – a temple for Iboga, in its presentation to Ibogaine therapy, and a whole new approach built by people who had all taken Ibogaine themselves. The entirety of our staff had undergone this therapy, including Dr. Chavez (our staff MD), the staff cooks, and our transportation personnel. The staff of the Integration House (an additional & post-treatment facility) had also undergone Ibogaine therapy. It was a Dream House requirement – everyone who worked with clients needed to have the direct experience of our style of Ibogaine presentation.
Though we did not deem it necessary to do the complete initiation, we did feel it was necessary for each member of the staff to understand and gain understanding and respect for the experience of those who visited the Dream House for treatment. In addition, each staff member became a wonderful support & resource for all of our visitors. As such, our clients could talk to anyone in the house and be able to hear ‘their’ story & ‘their’ experience, rather than just speaking with Asha or myself.
The Dream House, San Pancho, Mexico 2010
I believe it also demonstrated that we ex-addicts could create something positive and completely different in our approach to detox and recovery based on our own personal struggles & experiences in detox and rehabilitation. The general premise we shared as both recovering and recovered addicts was this: no one was better than anyone else, and there was no necessity for a hierarchical structure (like in normal institutions). It was just people helping other people get better, as they themselves had been helped. Though, not everyone on our staff came from active chemical addiction. Both Asha & Dr. Chavez
had other issues – otherwise defined as psycho-spiritual maladies (traumas or negative & unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, or behaving) that Ibogaine helped them break free of. Dr. Chavez had never taken a drug before in his life. Several of the other support staff members were local (to San Pancho, Nayarit, MX), and had also never suffered addiction issues, but nonetheless benefited from the experience. The experience gave them the ability to understand the actuality of Ibogaine from the inside out and therefore truly empathize & perceive what our visitors were going through, were about to enter into, and about to come out of.
Ibogaine is so new to the West. To date, probably only around 40-45,000 people globally have undergone Ibogaine treatment for addiction interruption (and probably an additional 25,000 for other reasons -
spiritual exploration, trans-personal development, psycho-spiritual initiation, PTSD, depression, eating disorders, gambling, obsessive compulsive behaviors, sexual issues, or even fertility issues (many ‘infertile’ persons (both male & female) have gotten pregnant/impregnated within the first few months of post-treatment). Ibogaine treatment has also shown great benefits with viral conditions. It had removed hepatitis C in 1 out of 10 who had it before the treatment. And even better effects for herpes. Actually preventing outbreaks.
The integration house became an entity of its own. At one point, we grew to almost 90 people, all living in Mexico, and all of whom had taken Ibogaine (some from other facilities) -sharing a common movement in practice through our facility in San Pancho. Many people involved in the Ibogaine Movement surrounding the Dream House stayed for months or years. In fact, there are still people in San Pancho and Sayulita who are living new lives as a result of working with Iboga plant medicine – a few started families, a few have started businesses, but all have learned that life isn’t something that has to be endured, but rather enjoyed. With time, our own personal & professional growth and understanding has continued to expand.
As has our capacity to aid in other conditions (chemical dependency aside). Yet in truth, the initiation process is the same for all Ibogaine treatments – it's the one common thread of healing that we wish to continue to provide. It’s from this place that we are building our practice now in San Miguel de Allende México. When I originally decided to do this project I was willing to give it 10 years of my life. At first, it was an experiment. Yet it became so much more. It became a reflection of our own desire to deepen the experience beyond medical detox, the final outcome being new modality and approach to addiction & spiritual treatments utilizing this incredible plant as a catalyst for deep and significant change. It became clear that addiction is but a symptom to a society which looks at addiction as a weakness and should be punished, not a mental health issue. Iboga moves people from one state of being to another, and to a deeper understanding of oneself. My own experience in conventional treatment (mostly 12 step based programs) taught me how to help people, but limited me from being able to stay off drugs for any length of time. Mostly from methamphetamine damage. The Ibogaine cellular regeneration & addiction interruption is a golden opportunity or key to success for any individual who is truly ready to make a change.