Awakening from Addiction
Just outside of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Awakening in the Dream House provides ibogaine treatment, currently unavailable in the U.S., to clients with addictions. Ibogaine is derived from the root bark of Tabernanthe iboga, an African shrub that has an ancient tradition of ritualistic use by indigenous peoples.
After ingesting Ibogaine, the body has increased levels of dopamine metabolites which reduce dopamine levels. It is thought that this counteracts the dopamine levels that are increased by drugs such as cocaine, opiates and amphetamines. ibogaine blocks receptor sites where addictive cravings arise. The plant component also provides long term action as it is stored in fat cells and released over periods of up to six months. Psychologically, the phytochemical may assist in awakening one's consciousness to memories of traumatic events, behavioral patterns and emotions that have been previously blocked.
The Awakening in the Dream House was founded by Rocky Caravelli who was, "called by Spirit" to open the center. Staff of the center are mainly those who have battled their own addictions through the assistance of ibogaine. Caravelli states that many alternative healers have been drawn to work with the clients of the center. As the healing process for anyone is personal, the center encourages this claim to personal healing. "I want everybody to own their healing process," says Caravelli. Clients of The Awakening in the Dream House have also been relieved of a number of concerns beyond addictions. Some of these include depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, asthma and hepatitis. The center hopes to bring growing awareness to the helping and healing spirit of iboga.Tweet