The Psychodynamics of Opiate Addiction and Its Treatment with IbogaineA Multivalent Key to a Disorder ofMultidimensional Human Beings
Introduction• I am a qualitative researcher – Transparency is necessary to validation – I should make clear my values, assumptions and premises for your assessment• I am a Fourth Wave psychologist – I inhabit an ensouled universe; everyone and everything is made of spirit – Being is conscious, but only some entities in Becoming are self-reflectively so – As human beings, higher realms of consciousness are available to us – Humans are bipartite beings; our psyche and soma are coextensive, so that… – Our consciousness affects the state and function of our bodies• I was a heroin addict for 22 years and was on methadone for the last 6 years, also smoking tobacco for 30 years, so I have intimate knowledge of the characteristics of addiction – I undertook 14 standard treatment programs over 17 years, trying to escape• I was saved by ibogaine (my 15th addiction “treatment”) – I was a research subject for Dr. Mash on island of St. Kitts, W.I., 1997 (SKM17) – Ibogaine: addiction interrupter par excelence: I escaped my opiate addiction – Returned for a second dose there in 1998 (SKM 31), when I stopped tobacco – Helped form and participated in iboganaut integration circles after St. Kitts – Met and spoke with dozens of other iboganauts from later clinical rounds• My story can be found at http://adrianauler.tumblr.com/
Tonight I will NOT talk about:• A review of Sri Aurobindo’s scheme of the stages of the involution of Source to explicate the fundamental nature of human beings;• Rupert Sheldrake’s morphic fields as a lens for examining the energetic characteristics of human beings and our embedded relationship with Source, Nature, and other beings;• A hermeneutic comparison of Fourth Wave psychological theories and perspectives;• Medical anthropology’s comparison of the traditional practices of energy medicine: Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the shamanic healing traditions;• An anthropological discussion of culturally inherited factors that generate and maintain addictions;• The sociological consequences of addiction: comparing addiction to other disruptive social phenomena that have received more extensive and effective attention; or• The use of ibogaine in the Bwiti cult; or its research history in the West.
Actions of Ibogaine on the Elements of Addiction in the 1st QuadrantPersonal (within)•Detoxifying and healing the somatic;•Reviving and strengthening the will;•Softening and opening the heart; showing how to live with emotions andmake use of them;•Psychological clarification, reorientation, and illumination; and•(Re)Connection with the sacredSocial (without—horizontal)(Re)Connection with family, friends, tribe, nation, species, biosphereTranspersonal (without—vertical)•(Re)Connection with place, soil, ancestors (whose bones are in the ground),Mother Earth/Gaia; and•(Re)Connection to star people; gods; God; and one’s place within the cosmos
A Multidimensional Human BeingThe progressive disease of addiction ramifies like a cancer throughout the body’s energetic layers
Aurobindo’s Scheme for the Descent/Involution of the Divineinto Matter – Being into Becoming – the Elements of Psyche
Section Scheme• Introduction• Six perspectives on addiction• Thesis: addiction as a complex – Definition from Jungian depth psychology – Jung/Stein – Existential perspective – Frankl; Laing – Anthropological perspective – Bateson – Psychodynamic energetics of the addictive complex – Jung/Stein – Transpersonal, COEX Perspective - Grof – Mythic perspective: the Amfortas Wound – Haule – Archetypal element – Schoen’s view – Archetypal element – my suggested alternative: Abandonment• Entheogenic treatment of opiate addiction – Current misclassification of ibogaine by government – Description of the challenge faced by ibogaine in the addict – Revelec – The relevant abilities of ibogaine – Paicheler; Ravelec; Naranjo – My Experiences from St. Kitts• Conclusion