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I knew it could take weeks or even months for a drug user to regain their balance once they’d stopped, and so most addicts didn’t — they just kept using.
And yet, according to Mark, ibogaine had helped him to conquer fears and confront negative emotions.
Swallowing the medicine was just one part of an elaborate ritual that involved prayers, body paint and ceremonial objects such as woven mats, feathers and animal skins.
That first night at the coffee shop, Mark showed me You Tube videos of similar ceremonies, underwhelming displays of white men in what looked like an economy room at a Best Western dancing around in face paint waving feathers and playing drums. I didn’t know a lot about heroin but I knew that once you had a habit, you didn’t just quit.
A little over a month earlier, Mark told me, he had done his third and, he said, final treatment. By virtue of having ingested the medicine, Mark considered himself a part of a voodoo-like spiritual discipline originating in Gabon, a coastal country in Central Africa.