After Ibogaine: Overview of HPL's ibogaine aftercare residence

Imagine making new friends and living with purpose. There is a vibrant community at Higher Path Living waiting to support you.

Higher Path Living is  an innovative recovery experience after Ibogaine treatment. At HPL we help the individual heal the root causes of addictive behavior with a holistic body, mind and spirit approach building on the unique experience of ibogaine detox and healing.

Our positive family-like environment offers custom recovery options ranging from the latest evidence-based scientific breakthroughs to time-honored practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Our mission is to give our guests back their personal power over substances and aid them in the transition into a happy, sober life.

The Higher Path Living Difference

The team at HPL actively engages with each guest to understand their history of addictive behaviors, and we work with the individual to create a recovery plan that resonates with them. Since no two people are the same, there is no single avenue to long-lasting sobriety and a life that is addiction-free. HPL’s compassionate approach paves the way towards happiness and provides fertile ground in which to appreciate, explore, and expand on the strengths you already possess – to flourish – and to fulfill your greatest potential.

Focusing on the “Whole Person” 

Substance abuse and other addictive behaviors are not an easy behavior to overcome because of the many emotional, mental and physical effects of the disorder. HPL has a “holistic” approach to recovery after Ibogaine healing – focusing on the mind, body and spirit. We don’t use the term “addict” or “alcoholic” when referring to ourselves or guests. We are people who have the issue of addiction, and separate out “addictive behavior” from who we truly are as a person. You can check out a landmark study about the “Root Causes of Addiction” by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanete.

Importance of Ibogaine aftercare

After going through an Ibogaine detox, the importance of finding quality aftercare that is both complimentary to the Ibogaine experience and highly personalized cannot be overstated. Most people are very open to change the first month or two after Ibogaine. This is a crucial window of opportunity to develop healthy behaviors which will deepen and expand upon the Ibogaine experience.

Ibogaine does a lot of wonderful things besides acting as a detox agent such as restoring the brain’s dopamine and serotonin levels and helping to resolve long established traumas. What Ibogaine doesn’t do is erase the memories that are conditioned to drug use. These are the so-called “people, places and things”. Aftercare at a location that isn’t associated with previous drug use gives someone a reprieve for their triggers until they can develop the internal controls to deal with them.

In addition, Ibogaine doesn’t undo years of avoiding life’s responsibilities. Those skills have to be learned or re-learned depending on the severity of one’s addiction. And lastly, Ibogaine aftercare is important because many of the old self-defeating thoughts and behaviors associated with addictive drug use are still there in one form or another.

HPL uses an integrative approach after Ibogaine. This involves consideration of the individual’s personality and needs – helping to integrate the emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and physiological systems within one person, as well as addressing social and spiritual aspects of recovery. To put it simply, we place a great deal of importance on recognizing who you are and tailoring a recovery program that’s going to work for you. Though there are often similarities among people with addictions, no two humans are exactly alike.  Finding your recovery path is a collaborative effort and a process that unfolds over time.

During the first month at HPL, clients experience a wide variety of treatment modalities and treatment is directive – meaning that their participation is required. Try it, you might like it. However, as the person continues with HPL, they are given much more latitude to decide what to focus on in their recovery.  It’s a gradual process through which the client takes responsibility for their recovery, and ultimately their lives.

Be sure to check out “Life After Ibogaine” written by Austin C. – an HPL graduate with over a year’s sobriety, who underwent three Ibogaine treatments before adding aftercare – and his success story.

Aftercare at HPL generally falls into the following categories:

Individual Counseling: We employ experienced Master’s level professionals who use a multi-disciplinary approach. We primarily utilize cognitive/behavioral therapy, SMART Recovery, Refuge Recovery and Relapse Prevention. But there are also aspects of client-centered therapy, experiential therapy, and exposure therapy that are often utilized. We encourage clients to view addiction and themselves from a variety of perspectives. For example, we suggest that our clients view themselves as “human beings” who have addictive behavior, rather than “addicts” who are defective.

Ibogaine often reveals traumatic events in dramatic and highly personalized ways. Making sense of the trauma revelations and then working though them is often an important part of individual therapy. Drug addiction in and of itself can be seen a traumatic event. The history of addictive behavior often creates feelings of intense shame & guilt cycle that must be addressed to prevent relapse.

Small groups: Groups are limited to 4-6 people and often cover a wide range of topics. Sometimes the group therapy work centers around addiction, sometimes it is more about creating the life you want, and sometimes the groups are about the joy of living. For instance, one of the videos we show is of actor Christopher Walkin dancing in various movie roles.

SMART Recovery and Refuge Recovery: These are self-help groups that are radically different from the 12-Step groups. SMART Recovery is a cognitive/behavioral approach that is science based and views addiction as a complex learned behavior.  Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process.

Emotional

Research studies and anecdotal evidence have long shown that addictions infer with and retard healthy emotional development.

This makes sense given people with additive behavior have often been medicating their feelings for years. At HPL we help our clients recognize what their feelings, gauge the level of stress created by these emotions, and then identify the automatic thoughts that may be flaming the emotional response. A very important aspect of HPL is developing emotional equilibrium.

Physical

One of the most important aspects after Ibogaine is the use of modalities that affect the body. We call this “working from the neck down”. Physical exercise is by far the most important of these interventions and this is reflected in the HPL weekly schedule. Clients are encouraged to exercise five days a week, usually first thing in the morning. We aren’t trying to develop tri-athletes. Our clients go at their own pace, often discovering the types of exercise and the level of fitness that suits them.

There are many other types of physical therapeutic support activities at HPL such as Yoga, Cryo Therapy, Reiki Healing, etc. The combined effect of the physical treatment is a rapid restoration of brain function and a feeling of wellbeing. For more information, click here.

Social

Aftercare at HPL is enjoyable with a variety of leisure activities.  If the Aftercare experience isn’t fun then someone’s recovery becomes just avoiding drug use…and spending their time ruminating about the past or worrying about the future.

Most of the social activities take place outside of HPL. We go to the movies, go hiking in Red Rock National Park, go to the Neon Museum, visit the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, check out a Drum Circle, look at classic muscle cars at the Carroll Shelby Museum, ride the roller coaster or Ferris wheel near The Strip, etc., etc.

We also believe that it’s important to interact with people who haven’t struggled with addiction. If you only socialize with other recovering addicts, you will have a limited existence.

Spiritual

Discussing things spiritual is a little like talking about the wind – you know it’s there but it not visible. More difficult are discussions about the soul. We believe that each person has an innate spiritual life that can be expressed or followed according to their wishes.

After Ibogaine most every person reports after I that they encountered a divine presence or had an other-worldly experience.  This is referred to as a psycho-spiritual experience and it has profound reverberations that are emotionally powerful, deeply personal and life altering. The visions and realizations that come during an Ibogaine experience allow for a powerful shift in perspective and a reevaluation of what the person thought was true.  The visions that occurred during Ibogaine detox develop further meaning during the aftercare phase. And some of what is experienced cannot even be explained in terms of meaning because it is divine and unknowable.

Meaning & Purpose

Do you want to view yourself as a defective addict, living in fear of relapse? I doubt it. How about seeing yourself as a human being who has had issues with addictive behaviors but is creating a meaningful life. Sounds a lot more attractive doesn’t it?

At HPL, we want you to be much more than drug-free. Finding purpose and meaning in life is one of the best ways to avoid a return to active drug use. Some people in recovery have little difficulty recognizing their purpose – it’s something they’ve known for a long time and only needed to shed the addiction to pursue it. Others need time to discover what that thing is and their realization happens organically as they progress through recovery. Read HPL’s “Guest Reviews” about their experience in recovery.

Realistic Pace

After Ibogaine, the Pace of HPL is relaxed and reality based. You will not be doing activities all day, from the moment you wake-up to when you go to bed. That’s not the way your recovery is going to be when you leave us, so we don’t want you to rush through the day. There is plenty of time throughout the day for reflection and relaxed interactions with the other clients. Or you can spend your spare time reading, going online, watching TV or listening to music. Here is a typical weekly schedule.

Higher Path Living is a safe and caring environment where you will develop your own holistic approach to recovery. We are dedicated to providing aftercare that is highly professional, ethical and life changing.  At HPL you will become the person you always wanted to be.

Reference: Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) 2003. Full text in PDF

After Higher Path Living

After Ibogaine healing, most guests stay at the HPL residence anywhere from three to 12 months, and lovingly refer to it as their “home for now”. Guests of HPL and graduates meet up at the residence, often with their families, for dinner and socializing. Many former guests keep in touch and participate in outings, recovery support meetings and other activities.

Step Down Independent Living Community

If the individual has remained sober and would like to join HPL’s Independent Living Community Living (ILC) after their first four months, they are eligible to join this community of HPL graduates. Generally there are 4-5 people in HPL’s ILC residence at a time. Most have 12+ months of sobriety, are working and have peer-to-peer support as well access from HPL’s professional team as needed.

Our commitment is to support your journey to a full and lasting recovery!