Iboga Detox

The Iboga Detox at Root Healing is a highly effective treatment for those who are struggling with many types of addiction. This unique process is designed to ensure that guests do not suffer any withdrawal symptoms throughout their stay, while also healing the root spiritual and mental causes of their addiction in the first place. The Iboga Detox program brings together modern science and ancient Bwiti techniques to ensure a safe and powerful healing experience. We are one of the only Iboga detox facilities that work with Iboga on the spiritual level, bringing the Bwiti tradition to our work, and also a full medical team (Doctor, Nurses, Neuroscientist, and Pharmacists).

Our Team

Iboga Detox retreats are led by Bwiti Shaman Moughenda, Ryan “Ghenigho” Rich, and our Medical Doctor. They are supported by a highly and specifically trained medical team, Iboga providers, and hospitality staff. Our entire staff has been trained by 10th Generation Bwiti Shaman Moughenda and our Medical/Science team in order to provide you with holistic care.

Safety

By bringing both Missoko Bwiti and modern medical science together, Our Iboga Detox retreats are the safest way to get clean with Iboga or Ibogaine. 

The Missoko Bwiti is the first lineage of Bwiti from the original (Dissumba) and contains all branches of Bwiti within it. This means that Missoko Bwiti is the best for doing healing work. The Missoko Bwiti are the original creators of the healing techniques with Iboga, making them specialists in mental, spiritual, and physical healing. They are the only branch using the powerful psychospiritual. Outside of Iboga, they also have a deep knowledge of all the plant medicines of the jungle. Most importantly though, they have a healing toolbox developed over thousands of years in the Gabonese jungle and are ready for any situation.

Our Medical team are also experts on Iboga from the modern scientific perspective. 

 

Medically Supervised Bwiti Iboga Treatment

Pre-Treatment

From the time that you complete your Health Assessment to the 6 months after you return home, you will be under the care of our medical and Bwiti team. First, our Pharmacist and Doctor will review your Health Assessment, looking for contraindicating medications and medical conditions to determine the best approach to your treatment. They will then create a pre-treatment plan for you to follow before your Iboga Detox retreat.

Treatment

Once you arrive at either the airport or facility, both our Doctor and Iboga Provider will begin your treatment process right away. The goal of the Doctor and Iboga Provider team from that point is to ensure that you have a safe and smooth detox with zero withdrawal symptoms – never leaving your side. When guests have fully detoxed, they will continue to be monitored by our medical and Bwiti teams for the remaining 2-3 weeks while they heal mentally and spiritually.

Post-Treatment

At the end of the retreat, the team will prepare an individualized post-treatment plan for guests to follow when they get home. Regular integration and check-up calls will be scheduled and freely offered for the next 6 months. Even after the 6 months is up, we invite guests to stay in touch and feel free to schedule more integration calls if needed.

Why Iboga Works for Detox

Iboga Detox is so effective as a tool because it blocks the actual physical detox, while also helping the person to heal the wounds that led to their addictive behavior in the first place. With our Bwiti and science based program, the mental and spiritual healing guests receive is much greater than most sterilized Ibogaine Clinics can offer. 

Ibogaine Treatment is limited and less safe.

Working with just Ibogaine is like using just one ingredient of a perfect dish. Ibogaine is just one of the active alkaloids found in Iboga. Iboga’s alkaloids have been found to have individual benefits, but also work together synergistically for optimal healing. Why would you change what is already perfectly made by nature itself? Not to mention, Iboga is actually much safer than Ibogaine as it actually is more effective due to the synergistic/individual benefits of these alkaloids and doesn’t require such high levels to be effective. Please read our article “Why Iboga is better than Ibogaine” to learn more. 

That being said, Ibogaine has been shown to be very effective as can be seen below. 

Scientific research reveals that the main active alkaloid – Ibogaine has potent benefits for the brain which accounts for the efficacy of Iboga Detox. Studies have shown that those who receive an Iboga Detox treatment, can have a painless detox, free themselves from depression and have the ability to model a healthier life post-treatment. 

For example, several studies report that taking Ibogaine can dramatically decrease symptoms of drug addiction and withdrawal. In the largest one, the majority of which with at least 4 years of opioid abuse history (1), 80% experienced reduced withdrawal symptoms and half of the participants reported reduced craving for opioids.

Ibogaine has also been shown to have long-term anti-addiction benefits post-treatment. This is likely due to its effects on neuroplasticity aka the brain’s ability to adapt and form new connections. Laboratory experiments suggest that the alkaloid can activate several neurotrophic growth factors in the brain which play a key role in these processes (2).

For example, low levels of Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are associated with long-term drug use effects and addiction (3). Triggering this factor may be one of the mechanisms via which Ibogaine rewires the brain and induces long-term abstinence.

Another factor that’s also activated by the alkaloid is Glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF). It plays a role in brain healing by stimulating brain cell survival and the formation of new connections (synapses) between them (4).

Thanks to Ibogaine’s effect on increasing dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, the alkaloid exerts beneficial effects on mood and depression as well. Clinical trials report that symptoms of depression are significantly reduced, even 30 days after the therapy with the alkaloid (5).

Moughenda

moughenda mikala in bwiti dress

The Iboga-Assisted-Detox program we follow was created by our medical team and 10th Generation Bwiti Shaman Moughenda. Moughenda is a highly respected Shaman who has over 30 years of experience doing this work, with over a decade treating people outside of Gabon. His experience as both a Bwiti Shaman and treating people from all over the world, makes him the most qualified person to design this program. He has a deep understanding of the western mind and the root causes of addiction from both a Shamanic and Medical treatment perspective.  

Moughenda is a direct managing partner at Root Healing and has trained every single staff member from the chef to the Doctor on his Bwiti Shamanic techniques and treatment plan. Moughenda will be managing several retreats a year and continues to have a direct managerial role with everything we do.

Ryan "Ghenigho" Rich

ghenigho and bousengui

Ryan or Ghenigho as he is called in Gabon is someone who has a special place in his heart for people struggling with addiction. Having been raised by an addict, and formally being one himself, he has experienced the destruction personally and seen it first-hand. After losing his mother and many many friends, he is committed to connecting people to the most powerful healing tool there is: Iboga.

Ryan is now a holistic expert at safely treating addiction with Iboga. Outside of Iboga and Bwiti, Ryan is constantly studying physical and mental health, science, spiritual practices, and people. He brings this to his work as he connects with guests by meeting them where they are at and empowering them to heal themselves and live full and happy lives.     

Our Programs

Guests have the option of 3 different treatment programs that will be tailored to meet their specific needs.

All programs will include a week focused on detox and then another two weeks on healing the root causes of the addictions, their mind, and spirit.  The second program includes the final 10-14 days of their retreat in the Bwiti village in Gabon where they will be initiated into the Bwiti and their new healthy and happy life. They will also have the option to complete a Rites of Passage, but this is not required. 

2 Week Iboga Detox Retreat

Root Healing - Offered in Portugal
$ 4k-$7k
$1,000 Deposit
  • Iboga Assisted Detox
  • Additional Iboga Ceremonies
  • Beautiful Acomodations
  • Day trips for Integration Days
  • Medical Evaluation and Monitoring
  • Extensive Counseling
  • Integration Counseling
  • Healthy Organic Meals
  • Pre-Initiation

3 Week Iboga Detox Retreat

Root Healing - Offered in Portugal
$ 7k-$10k
$1,000 Deposit
  • Iboga Assisted Detox
  • Additional Iboga Ceremonies
  • Beautiful Acomodations
  • Day trips for Integration Days
  • Medical Evaluation and Monitoring
  • Extensive Counseling
  • Integration Counseling
  • Healthy Organic Meals
  • Pre-Initiation

Monthlong Iboga Detox Retreat

Root Healing - Offered in Portugal & Gabon
$ 10k-$13k
$2,000 Deposit
  • Iboga Assisted Detox
  • Additional Iboga Ceremonies
  • Beautiful Acomodations
  • Day trips for Integration Days
  • Medical Evaluation and Monitoring
  • Extensive Counseling
  • Integration Counseling
  • Healthy Organic Meals
  • Trip to Gabon to solidify healing (Initiate)

*The Complete Healing Program includes 2 additional ceremonies, 2 additional day trips, more counseling, microdosing, yoga, meditation and massage. 

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