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Charlie Sheen's Ex Brooke Mueller to Kick Her Habit With ... Ibogaine

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Shock the Junkie: It's Brooke Mueller's turn, reports TMZ.com.
You gotta love those crackerjack reporters at TMZ.com. Not only are they soo all over the Charlie Sheen saga -- they've actually stayed on top of the equally tragic tale of the mother of his surrogate-spawned twins, Brooke Mueller.

Mueller is, of course, a case so pathetic that she not only married Sheen, but she actually appeared on Paris Hilton's latest train wreck reality TV show, sobbing about her inability to hold it together. (Fun fact: It was actually actress Rebecca Gayheart who set up Mueller, a woman who's long struggled with addiction issues, with Sheen. 'Cuz ya know, there's nothing so romantic than a cokehead finding another cokehead to marry and have babies with party with!)

Anyway, back to TMZ. The gossip website is reporting that Mueller is heading off to Cancun for another attempt at rehab -- and this time, she's taking the ibogaine cure.

RFT readers will remember staff writer Keegan Hamilton's epic report last year about the controversial substance, which is known to cure addiction by inducing one hell of a horrible high.

As Hamilton reported in "Shock the Junkie," his November 2010 feature,

Taken in sufficient quantity, [Ibogaine] triggers a psychedelic experience that users say is more intense than LSD or psilocybin mushrooms. Practitioners of the Bwiti religion in the West African nation of Gabon use iboga root bark as a sacrament to induce visions in tribal ceremonies, similar to the way natives of South and Central America use ayahuasca and peyote. Wilkins is one of a few dozen therapists worldwide who specialize in the use of iboga (more specifically, a potent extract called ibogaine) to treat drug addiction...
"All drugs have side effects, but ibogaine is unique for the severity of its side effects," says Dorit Ron, a neurology professor at the University of California-San Francisco. "I think ibogaine is a nasty drug. But if you can disassociate the side effects from the good effects, there is a mechanism of action in ibogaine that reduces relapse in humans."
As Hamilton reported, the drug isn't legal in the U.S., although there are people working to change that. Scientists are also experimenting with a non-hallucinogenic version of ibogaine, which they say seems to have the same ability to help users kick the habit -- without the horrible side effects that have long been part of the process.

For now, though, addicts like Mueller are stuck going to places like Mexico -- and dealing with the world's worst mindfuck as part of their recovery process. As Hamilton wrote in his RFT feature,

Most experienced users say the drug is extremely unpleasant when ingested in large doses, causing severe nausea, vertigo, sleeplessness and visions that can be nightmarish. The effects last up to 36 hours, and the strain can be so great that some users are bedridden for days after.

"I only took one capsule of extract. It was very weak, but it was still strong enough to make me puke for six hours," says Dana Beal, a New York-based activist and long-time lobbyist for ibogaine legalization. "I had my head in a wastebasket or sink or toilet the entire time. It's aversive. I can tell you from personal experience that I don't ever want to take it again."

So, OK, it's gonna suck. Our only question at this point: Can it be any worse than hanging around with Paris Hilton?


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Johnny
Johnny

I love Ibogaine! I hated my slave to heroin, methadone and crack..... I will do it over 10000x over again. Yeah the the visions were crazy but only lasted 12-16 hours, and 30000 days in hell being hooked on hard core street drugs ended! 

F%$^& the FDA Big pharma...........and all drug rehabs that promote methadone or subaxtone 12 step AA disease bull-sh*&T!!! I tried 7 drug rehabs all do to same old cookie cutter dance.... what a joke. I called these guys and they detoxed me in 33 hours I was home in 7 days and I gained my life back. Call them if you want your life back! God Bless!www.theholisticsanctuary.com 

Danatuckerman
Danatuckerman

Brooke! RUN don't walk- away from the ibogaine dirtbags.

There is a totally natural cure, its called 12 steps.

This "instant" cure will perma fry your brain, look at the purveyor of the ibogaine cure Dana Beal google his image  and gaze upon the dealer behind the cure, he peddles both the poison & the cure.

Don't be like him

Guest
Guest

I also had an ibogaine treatment 2 years ago and it was the best decision I ever made in my life. It has not only helped me overcome addiction, it has somehow healed me from anorexia too. I'd like to add that my experience was very intense, but not as horrible as described in the article. It's true that the patients suffer from nausea and sleeplessness, but ibogaine's other effects (like the visions) are just too intense to pay much attention to what the body is doing ;)

And the visions are not necessarily horrible either, that's very different for each individual. I had both horrible and beautiful visions. In my opinion, the visions are a very important aspect of the treatment because they add a spiritual experience to the treatment. It doesn't surprise me that scientists consider these visions just a "nasty side effect". They are so very wrong.

The Improver
The Improver

As one who has taken ibogaine in a controlled setting, (it's NOT a recreational drug) I would like to extend my kudos to the writer for sourcing some good information.

The high IS far more intense than LSD or psilocybin. While I didn't vomit I did experience a 'movie' in my head that ran on a loop for about eight hours straight. And yes...parts of it were nightmarish and no, you can't turn it off. 

But it is these visions that many say contribute to the effectiveness of the treatment. There is no question that when you 'come out the other side' your body is re-set. But it's the learning that takes place on an emotional level that can provide the tools to help people stay clean.

The potential for ibogaine treatment is immense but, of course, it will face an uphill battle towards medically-administered legalization. Remember, we live in a nation where marijuana is listed right alongside heroin and meth as a Class 1 substance. Until a method is found to remove the hallucinogenic components of ibogaine, people will still be forced to travel out of the country to proceed with a treatment that can potentially save their lives.

Johnny
Johnny

12 steps is a joke! Stick AA b-s up your ass

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