What if everything you ever thought about addiction was wrong? What if a heroin addiction isn't caused by heroin? New research on addiction ought to be changing the way that we treat addiction, but most of the world is still catching up! Join us at Sangfroid for a human-centred approach to addiction treatment!
At Sangfroid we work with Ibogaine Counselling for pre and post Ibogaine Counselling. Sessions are booked and paid directly with Ibogaine Counselling. Please see their contact details and services below. It makes a huge difference to a patient’s readiness and integration.
I was never addicted to one thing; I was addicted to filling a void within myself with things other than my own love” – Yung Pueblo
Pre and Post Ibogaine Counselling and Coaching
We help people use ibogaine as a tool to become more connected and comfortable in who they are, thereby removing the need to self-medicate and enabling them to modify the ways in which they navigate the world.
The process is therefore not about drugs per se. Rather, it’s about connecting to one’s authentic self and living a meaningful life – whatever that may be for each individual person – and, as a consequence, no longer feeling the compulsion to use drugs.
We instil this intentionality in our clients during the pre-treatment phase by awakening their curiosity in the unconscious processes that drive their behaviour, and inspiring a sense of integrity. In doing so, we ensure they arrive for their ibogaine treatment with a commitment to self-knowledge and self-actualisation rather than mere detoxification, and are therefore in the correct state of mind to achieve a positive outcome.
A fundamental aim of the pre-treatment phase is to enable clients to disassociate from their addiction, by becoming aware of the cognitive processes that underlie their addictive behaviours and understanding that these subconscious patterns do not define who they are.
We encourage and guide clients through this process of self-examination, helping them to identify the subconscious reservoir of pain – which Eckhart Tolle calls the Pain Body – that is repeatedly activated by day-to-day situations in order to compel certain behaviours. By exploring the scaffolding of culturally conditioned narratives that holds this Pain Body in place, we assist clients in becoming more fully aware of the ways in which the fears, insecurities and shame fostered upon them by society, culture and family have fooled them into suppressing vital aspects of their authentic self.
By introducing clients to a wide range of philosophical, psychotherapeutic and spiritual concepts, we enable them to identify new, life-affirming narratives that can support this burgeoning connection to the authentic self. Reframing one’s life history and identity in this way increases the congruence between what Carl Rogers calls the ‘perceived self’ and the ‘ideal self’, thus easing existential suffering and generating a greater sense of purpose, meaning and value in life.
Throughout this process, clients come to realise that the way out of addiction is through self-discovery, and that this, in turn, requires honesty. This new-found commitment to developing their awareness of and connection to their authentic self ensures that clients arrive for their ibogaine treatment with a profound respect and reverence for what they are about to experience: they no longer approach ibogaine as a ‘magic cure’ that will simply take away all their problems, but instead see it as something to help guide them on their journey of honest self-examination.
Creating the Right Environment For Integration
The post-ibogaine period is a critical stage in the recovery process, and spending time in an environment that is conducive to integration is of paramount importance. Throughout pre-treatment we assist clients in making arrangements to spend an extended period away from home immediately after their ibogaine treatment, giving them space to foster their new-found sense of connection to their authentic self by experiencing natural highs and taking part in rewarding activities, free from the stresses of everyday life.
It is equally essential to begin the process of amending clients’ home environment, ensuring they do not return to the same crises, frustrations and dead-ends that previously triggered and perpetuated their addiction. Financial struggles, dysfunctional relationships and a host of other issues contribute to this, and as clients become aware of how these situations play into the narratives underlying their addiction, they develop an appreciation of their responsibility to resolve such issues as an integral part of their recovery.
As well as helping clients connect to this sense of responsibility, we also offer assistance in resolving any dysfunctional areas of their lives, whether by talking with family members and loved ones in order to help them understand how their demands may be contributing to clients’ addictions, providing financial advice, or otherwise.
In the weeks and months after ibogaine treatment, we continue to work with clients by analysing their day-to-day experiences and behaviours, and examining how these represent opportunities to deepen their self-awareness, integrity and self-actualisation, thereby integrating the insights gained during pre-treatment and post.
Who We Are
Anders Beatty has over 25 years experience in the field of addiction and is a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist now working out of London to an international client base via Skype.
Anders specializes in Pre and Post Ibogaine Recovery Coaching and Counselling offering a support program that can help people integrate their experience and treatment into an affirming and life changing event. Anders provides one-on-one recovery coaching, family coaching, and preparation and integration before and after treatment, for both ibogaine and the recovery process in general.
Ben Taub is an anthropologist who has spent the past ten years researching the therapeutic uses of visionary plants. Having begun his academic career working with ayahuasca healers in Colombia and Peru, he later specialised in facilitating ibogaine treatments and providing pre and post treatment guidance. His experiences in the field formed the basis of his Masters thesis, which provides an in-depth examination of the essential factors that enable long-term recovery following ibogaine treatment, and he has spent the past several years helping others to put these into practise.
To learn more about how we can help your clients achieve the best possible outcome from their ibogaine treatment, please get in touch: