"American and British ingenuity together soon turned penicillin from an obscure research project into a mass-produced here-and-now means of saving lives." -History.com




187 people die every day from opioid overdose, an unnecessary catastrophe because there is a way to interrupt and end opioid addiction.

It’s a medicine called Iboga or Ibogaine that comes from the root bark of the Iboga Tabernathe tree. Thousands of people have been freed from opioid addiction in a single dose with no withdrawal symptoms. Iboga treatment is not an over-the-counter affair or a recreational drug. It’s a 12-36 hour journey that powerfully affects the body, mind, and spirit. It requires a therapeutic environment and someone to monitor heart-rate, nausea index, as well as the psychic well-being of the patient. A 3-6 month integration period and plan is recommended.

Few people know about Iboga and we are in an epidemic.

To remedy this, Lakshmi Narayan of Awake Media, and Eric Thiermann of Impact Creative have joined forces to create an educational campaign for social and legal change called Iboga Saves.  VIEW ON GO FUND ME.

Addiction, neither disease nor choice,

is a condition that impacts body, mind and spirit. It comes from the Latin word ‘Addictus,’ meaning ‘to say’ and is used in the sense of ‘a debt slave; a person who has been bound as a slave to his creditor’. Many people have described themselves as “enslaved” by their opioid addiction. Addiction cannot be healed by pills and detox alone because they do not address the underlying root cause, which, according to addiction expert Dr. Gabor Mate, is always trauma.



Ibogaine, the addiction interruptor

Ibogaine is a natural medicine for addiction that comes from the root bark of the Iboga Tabernathe tree. It not only interrupts addiction and eliminates withdrawals, it also repairs brain tissue damaged by prolonged opioid use. On a human level, an ibogaine treatment, combined with an integration plan brings back a sense of wholeness and purpose to a person suffering from opioid addiction, and offers them a real second chance at reclaiming life. Plant medicines like Iboga Tabernathe act as chemical doorways to direct experience. They are instrumental in us being able to deal with the shadows and traumas of life on the psychological and spiritual level, where the wound originates.The Ibogaine experience is a return to the root, not just the root cause of one’s problems, but the root source of one’s strength. This makes it a gift to humanity, especially during an opioid epidemic.


are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®, hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, and many others.

Fentanyl is an elephant tranquilizer that is often used to adulterate street heroin thus dramatically increasing the overdose death rate.

Tragically, illegal in the country that most needs it.

map showing legal status of ibogaine around the world

Map courtesy of Crossroadsibogaine.com

The tragedy of parents losing a child to overdose, kids on anti-psychotics, rising levels of psychological distress, moral depravity and cultural destruction can all be attributed to this one thing– lack of legal access to the plants that are organic chemical cocktails designed by nature to put you directly in touch with your subconscious and superconscious. Just like food gives you nutrition for your body, entheogenic plants give you nutrition for your mind and spirit.

We are dealing with 2,000 years of cultural prohibition, compounded by a set of antiquated U.S. laws made in the late ’60s which made no distinction between shamanic substances with a long history of religious and medicinal use (like Iboga Tabernathe) with harmful narcotics like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines into a category defined by the DEA as a Schedule I drugs, “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” with severe criminal consequences for their possession, ingestion and sale. Iboga is clearly mistakenly classified in this category. Iboga is not a recreational drug, it is a powerful medicine. Iboga saves lives! It should be made legal as soon as possible.

Iboga Saves Lives: Ending the Opioid Epidemic

a four-part public service campaign by Awake Media & Impact Creative

A documentary: Root to Liberation

Academy award nominated cinematographer Eric Thiermann of Impact Creative has joined forces with Lakshmi Narayan of Awake Media to produce a documentary Root to Liberation: Ibogaine, Addiction & the Law.  We will follow the profound transformational recovery of opioid addicts being treated with Ibogaine and Iboga in a therapeutic setting, both clinical and ceremonial, at different locations worldwide, while also shedding light on the social, political and spiritual situation that impacts Iboga’s use for addiction recovery. ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS





Web Directory of Treatment Providers

We’ve started an iboga blog and web directory of treatment providers worldwide here on awake.net. If you are a treatment provider or integration coach/therapist and would like to be included apply here.



100,000 signatures in 30 days

Stay tuned for our petition to the White House to Reschedule Ibogaine so that those who need it can access treatment in the United States.

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4. Social Media Awareness Campaign

An educational weekly blog and video social media campaign to inform and educate about the benefits of Iboga for opioid addiction. GET IT IN YOUR MAILBOX