Shock the Junkie

Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?

That first time, Price took a "flood dose," enough to keep him tripping for hours on end. During this stay, Wilkins started him off with a tiny dose and gradually increased the amount he ingested each day. At the same time, she was weaning him off OxyContin.

"We reduced your Oxy dose from 240 milligrams to 120 milligrams, in what, two weeks? That's rock and roll!" she says encouragingly.

"He was fantastic," she adds proudly. "He developed a routine in his day. He was getting up and watering the garden, and not staying in bed and watching TV. He was walking the dog and wanting to go out — he was eager to go home, not scared."

Clare Wilkins founded Pangea Biomedics, a rehab clinic in Tijuana that administers ibogaine to drug addicts.
Keegan Hamilton
Clare Wilkins founded Pangea Biomedics, a rehab clinic in Tijuana that administers ibogaine to drug addicts.
Healthy diets, plus vitamins and supplements, are part of the Pangea plan.
Keegan Hamilton
Healthy diets, plus vitamins and supplements, are part of the Pangea plan.

Now, seated at Pangea's kitchen table, Price reflects on what has been most helpful during his time in Mexico. The ibogaine lessened his cravings for drugs and alcohol, he says, but eventually the effect will wear off.

"It's no magic thing," he says pensively. "It's creating good habits and creating a support system. Ibogaine just strips you of the cells and walls you build up for yourself. It allows you to go to AA meetings — which I'll do when I get home. It at least gives you a fighting chance to make your own decision."

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