[Ibogaine] early Dole/Nyswander paper - Addiction: A positive experience?

Lee Albert myeboga at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Jan 1 11:18:48 EST 2005

In case you haven't notices this list covers a range of topics of interest to many. It is not simply a place to get a lead on ibogaine. 
What you call endless navel gazing is an attempt on my part to understand things relevant to eboga and to try and put different perspectives on that. That is what I do as i consider it worthwhile. So if you find it tiring I suggest you skip over my posts as there will be plenty more like them. Hopefully they will contribute in some way. If not, well at least I tried. 
As far as enjoying eboga goes, I use it as a tool and yes I do enjoy what I am learning about its ability to heal. Enjoyment is a part of life, is it not? As far as enjoying reliving past events and the work that has to be done, I can only say it sounds like you have never taken it and you have no real idea of what is involved.
It is not necessary to take ibogaine to stop smoking. I was using it as an example of addiction that i can relate to and bridge a discussion to others on the list.
BTW I discuss trauma and pain freely and without distress as I believe it is very relevant and is what most people are running away from. Its not the bogeyman it once was for me. I guess in someone who is running away from theirs this kind of openness can cause an angry reaction.
I looked up the definition of hubris:
"An arrogance due to excessive pride and an insolence toward others."
Love & Light,

Lorenzo <lorenzo-aguila at excite.com> wrote:

With all due respect I think you enjoy iboga because it offers you the chance for endless navel gazing. That's good for you and all but there would be many addicts and doctors who disagree with your opinions. There are many who smoke pot for the same reason.

To put it into perspective there are countless people who have stopped smoking without doing ibogaine 50 times or writing 100 messages about their pain every time they stub a toe. They decided to stop smoking, that was all.

I think all these things give you something to do, but projecting it all over all others is hubris.

"The way I look at addiction" is with a lot of hubris, ego and little understanding.


--- On Sat 01/01, Lee Albert < myeboga at yahoo.co.uk > wrote:
From: Lee Albert [mailto: myeboga at yahoo.co.uk]
To: ibogaine at mindvox.com
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 15:23:35 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Re: [Ibogaine] early Dole/Nyswander paper - Addiction: A positive experience?

Thanks for posting those links.
I had a read through the pdf and if I am not mistaken it argues that 
addiction is more a question of nuerological vulnerability rather than 
a particular personality type.
The way I look on addiction is this:
We take a substance which removes the need to exert ego/emotional 
control over our inner baggage, problems, as it replaces the bad 
emotional states those repressed problems exert nuerologically 
speaking, with good feelings. In other words our defenses come down but 
we cannot put them back up after the substance has worn off and hence 
the addiction. Maybe its more a question of the persons overall psychic 
state prior to taking the substance. This could be termed an addictive 
personality but I think that is misleading as I imagine we are all 
capable of such character traits in dealing with the pain of baggage 
that is opened.
Addiction is a symptom of the need to resolve inner problems imo.
I just came back from Ireland and when I got home after a few days I 
became aware of my Shadow self and a particular demon I have been 
avoiding. My urge was to smoke. When I was surrounded by friends the 
good inner feelings i have started to become accustomed to, due to the 
healing work I have done with eboga, returned and the urge to smoke 
practically disappeared.
Another perspective on addiction I would like to consider is this:
1. What lessons has the period of addiction taught?
2. What effect does it have on the soul of the person who fights the 
I think there is a very positive side to addiction worth exploring and 
one which, as one heals the causes, one can then as part of the healing 
tap into as giving one the sense that it was not senseless and actually 
led someone to where their soul wanted them to go.
Love & Light,

HSLotsof at aol.com wrote:
Dear list,

More than twenty years ago when I was performing literature searches on
ibogaine and opioid and stimulant pharmacology to support proposed 
ibogaine patents
I obtained a copy of Heroin Addiction - A Metabolic Disease by Drs. 
Dole and
Nyswander, the developers of methadone maintenance therapy. The paper
remained in my files unvisited for twenty years when I rediscovered it 
and provided
it in a brochure presented at the American Association for the 
Treatment of
Opioid Dependence (AATOD) conference held in Washington, DC in April 
. Most of the papers except for the
Dole/Nyswander paper were presented in electronic form on the Dora 
Weiner Foundation
web page following the conference. There was no PDF file of the Dole 
available and I did not have the knowledge or time to provide such 
then. It is
an amazingly original paper and encouraging to any methadone patient who
might read it and to any ibogaine researcher who wished to be accorded 
the respect
in the ibogaine world that Dole was accorded in the methadone world.

All that being said, Heroin Addiction - A Metabolic Disease is 
available as a
downloadable PDF file from 


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