Scott Disick voluntarily checked himself into a rehab clinic in Costa Rica for his addiction issues where he was treated with a controversial drug called Ibogaine.
But will it work?
Dr. Walter Thomas, the consulting medical expert for The Discovery House Treatment Center in Los Angeles explained what Ibogaine is and the dangers of treating addition with another addictive drug.
“Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in plants of the Apocynaceae family and has been banned in the United States since 1960,” he tells the DailyCandidNews.
Dr. Thomas goes on to explain that, “various other psychedelic treatments have been tried for addiction and are being studied. However, it is important to understand the real and significant issues in the science of addiction and treatment.
“Firstly, we would always want to avoid medication that has addiction potential in the treatment of addiction because of the physiological impairment in the Dopaminergic Mesolyombic system, an example of this is when Dr Sigmund Freud used cocaine to treat opioid addiction with disastrous result. Remember, what drives addiction is a biological and inherited brain disease(broken pleasure center). Secondly, the search for Hedonic tone, in other words emotional well-being that is not normally present with addictive illness.
When treatment professionals turn away from addictive science they inadvertently become codependent professionals in treating mental illnesses with addictive substances as is happening in this center in Costa Rica and elsewhere.
Principle of recovery treatment is to release natural reward systems in the brain through non-chemical means, in other words recovery behavior and spiritual emotional growth.
In recovery you develop a menu of natural safe and reliable sources of normal emotional well-being, unlike the disease of addiction where you go from lows to highs through the artificial release of massive doses of neurotransmitter resulting in highs that are not sustainable, insatiable and create the vicious addictive cycle with progression of the addictive brain chemistry”