[Ibogaine] intro

Jeff Gallop jeffgallop at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 13:29:30 EDT 2005

Hello Scott
 I am 45 and like you had a long term situation tho my 20 or so years was 
more evenly split vis a vis heroin and methadone....
I too felt that i was a functioning addict...only one arrest good job..blah 
blah blah i even said that i thought i was the ideal ibo patient as i hadn't 
copped on the street nor hung with anyone who did dope for many many years 
so environment was healthy already.
 That's all well and good but assuming you are about my age 45 I would 
HIGHLY recommend allowing at least the month you are talking about or more 
and getting away to the beach... sitting home in nyc in freezing cold 
weather was the absolute worst thing for my post ibo weeks ...You will be 
RAW and tho you will be clean you wont be feeling well. This is of course 
just my opinion from my experience but methadone is hard and it takes a long 
time no month more like 6 to feel better....but DO IT The ibo will push you 
3-4 months (again imo only) ahead of the curve compared to any other detox 
and that along with the Nor Ibo gets you over the ruff spots...Boosters help 
so plan on them...but two weeks forget it....a month or more yep...but time 
is a healer your brain has been opiated for 20 years or so -a month is just 
a drop in the bucket
 I only say all this because no one said it to me....Tho it is readable in 
Patricks ibo writings which i am sure you have read .Read them over and over 
he knows the deal.
I am now about 9 mos post and feel pretty good...But this new world is a 
double edged sword 
 When i got into opiates i was a guy doing all sorts of good drugs and 
such...then slowly the variety of things narrowed and then as my addiction 
got hold it was basically a one trick pony show. Now that the pony has grown 
,lived, and died(?), I find myself almost the same (well the same kind of 
person)- I enjoy altering my consciousness. I like beer now never did when i 
was on the Methadone...love it actually. pothead oh yeah! i do an occasional 
benzo...love psychedelics ( tho that has been a kind of constant as well but 
well ya know thats different hehehe!!) but what i am trying to say is for me 
Ibo didn't change me like i thought it would (hoped?) it just did exactly 
what it is 'advertised' to....got the opiate receptors in my brain scrubbed 
clean almost painlessly ( a fucking miracle ) and got me through the next 
couple of months so i could get healing time in and start to live with the 
new found freedom...
 speaking of freedom going out to Oregon this weekend for a big time fun 
festival with my favorite music- String Cheese Incident...during the day 
they have workshops and play shops to amuse the gathered freaks and one of 
the workshops is "the politics of altering consciousness" and with out 
saying names one of the women on that panel did IBO many many years ago..I 
am curious and hoping to be inspired enough to bring up the subject of our 
rooty friend to get the panels feedback..and oh yes besides that i will be 
Freaking Freely again...wow I must marvel at the freedom i have to do the 
traveling we have done this summer...Yosemite for the best hippie wedding 
ever...Sf for a month with our guru Amma(amma.org <http://amma.org>) and 
visiting friends and iboangels ....High Sierra music fest...home for more 
Amma time (eric???) on the road for even more Amma time and now a long 
weekend (or more??) out for my favorite fest of all...And this is just the 
first summer since I am not handcuffed...Maybe I will actually do some of 
the things in my life i have dreamed of while I was too handcuffed to even 
realize i wasn't doing...wow Thank you Howard, Patrick and Ancient eboga man 
spirit thing that visited me so gently.....So yes you will "experience some 
of the life you remember" Scott maybe even more than you remember
 Safe travels
wishing all the peacfu...(only kidding Ron *s*)
 Freaking Free-ly

 On 8/3/05, Scott Porter <snporter at gmail.com> wrote: 
> I've been lurking here since late last year so I thought it was time
> to say hello and out myself because I am going to take the plunge and
> try ibogaine in the near future. I've heard a little about ibogaine
> here and there but didn't pay attention to it until the harm reduction
> conference last fall in new orleans when I had the good fortune to see
> patrick's talk at the opening plenery, "if the medical establishment
> has decided I suffer from a disease then why the fuck am I doing cold
> turkey on cement floors behind bars?" yes indeed! Loved the rant and
> when I heard ibogaine at the end of the talk I tuned in, signed up and
> been reading here and other sites since then. I've never considered
> myself a freak and nothing here disturbs me more then any other
> meeting I've been to, only difference is the writing and art is high
> end and past what most can accomplish or take from the life or un life
> thats addiction. I've lived a double life for nearly 20 years, 18 on
> heroin while holding down a corp job where nobody knows anything about
> what I did when I left the office and 2 on methadone. I've got a month
> of vacation time coming up in october and want to give my first go the
> best possible shot that I can. I almost expect I will end up needing
> more then one session but I like to go into things with the best
> expectations. I've never hit bottom exactly, only 1 arrest and that
> was a long time ago, never lived on the street and heroin never caused
> the rest of my life to go away, I'm married, two kids, good job, I'm
> what I'd guess the 12 steppers like to call a functioning addict and
> the best I can express is I want to feel some of the life I almost
> don't remember from so long ago, it's a longing for something else I
> figure and I've run out of veins :^) Wanted to give my thanks to
> Howard and Patrick and all of you here who's words i've been reading
> for so long, especially enjoy Jeff Gallup, Tink and Preston.
> regards to all and sorry for the long letter
> scott
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