Can a Psychedelic Drug From the Bark of an African Plant Cure Heroin Addiction?
Ah, ibogaine. It just so happens that ibogaine and I have a long history: though I never took it, I knew Howard Lotsof, the former heroin addict whose own recovery began in 1962, when he accidentally discovered that ibogaine can relieve heroin withdrawal. I wrote about ibogaine as a potential “alternative treatment” detox drug, in fact, in my first book, Recovery Options. As a fan of psychedelics who finds their therapeutic potential intriguing—and as someone who likes to see people in recovery advance the field—I’ve followed its highs and lows with great interest.