Patient Before and After’s

A picture is worth a thousand words

Along with our patients not only experiencing amazing success with ibogaine treatment, here’s a glimpse at some of the incredible physical changes a number of our patients experienced in just a matter of days at the POI Institute.

In October of 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, Amy felt like she had run out of options and decided to come to the POI institute in hopes of finding some relief from the debilitating depression she had been suffering from for years.  Although Amy was scared to travel, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, she felt her fear of not getting help would be worse. She had spent years being misled by too many doctors and over-prescribed by so many others.  Amy was referred to POI for treatment for her depression and PTSD. 

Amy’s experience was amazing, and she left POI truly feeling like a new person.

To read more about Amy’s incredible experience, please read her testimonial under testimonials.

Jose came to the POI Institute for ibogaine treatment for alcohol.  In a number of days, Jose was not only sober, without any withdrawal, cravings or desire to drink, he felt like a brand-new person.  Way to go Jose!

Nick came to POI after years of battling an addiction to heroin and fentanyl.

After one week, Nick went home to his family looking and feeling like a new man.

David spent years suffering from PTSD and an addiction to opiates.  During his stay at POI, David was able to make peace with his past and leave with absolutely no desire or craving for opiates. David went home and decided to pursue a new career.  He is currently studying to take his real estate exam to become a licensed real estate agent.

After spending years self-medicating with alcohol and benzos to numb herself of both her physical and emotional pain, Deb came to POI for treatment for alcohol and depression after realizing that her self-medicating was no longer serving her. After a 10-day stay at POI, Deb left not only free of alcohol and benzo‘s, but happier than she has been in many, many years. At the recommendation of POI, Deb decided to seek professional help upon going back home to help her support and secure her sobriety. Way to go Deb!

Kurt spent the better part of 30 years struggling with addiction and was admitted to just about the same number of rehabs over the years. Finally, after decades of failed attempts to get Kurt clean and off crystal meth and IV heroin, his family contacted the POI Institute to inquire about ibogaine treatment. After several phone interviews with Kurt’s family and Kurt, POI accepted Kurt for treatment. The treatment goal was to help Kurt discover and/or uncover the underlying issues behind his years of abusing drugs as well as detox him off of the prescribed, long-acting opiate maintenance drug, Subutex. What we did know about Kurt when he arrived at POI was that he was no longer actively using crystal meth or shooting heroin, but what we did not know and what was not initially disclosed to POI prior to his arrival was that Kurt was abusing the Subutex and rather than taking it orally, he was actually shooting it. Upon arrival, Kurt was immediately put on short-acting morphine prescribed and monitored by POI’s doctor. Once the long-acting opiates were out of Kurt’s system, Kurt underwent his ibogaine “flood dosing” and several subsequent ibogaine “booster doses” during his stay. To say the least, Kurt’s ibogaine experience was incredibly transformative. He left POI with absolutely no desire to use and with a new sense of happiness, confidence, and satisfaction for life… something Kurt had not felt or experienced in a very long time.

Kurt has now been clean 90+ days… a first in nearly 3 decades! That in itself plus Kurt’s physical and emotional transformation, are more than he and his family could have ever imagined or hoped for.


Almost a decade after returning home from deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, Marine Corps Veteran, Jay A. found himself still struggling with PTSD and depression and was using alcohol to numb the pain.

After numerous failed attempts to get help, Jay came to The POI Institute. “My ibogaine experience at the POI institute was the most profound experience of my life! In just days, I was able to settle 10 years’ worth of trauma. Ibogaine allowed me to make amends with past experiences, say goodbye to friends I lost and cope with life in a healthier way.”

Along with physical changes that occurred in just 10 days after detoxing off of Opiates and Cocaine with no withdrawal or craving. With the help and advice of the POI institute, to help support Rafael’s new found sobriety, as part of his aftercare plan, Rafael transitioned into a in-patient treatment center after leaving POI in order to work on and address whatever underlying issues that may have led to his years of addiction.

Chris came to POI after years of battling between Heroin and Suboxone. Take a look at Chris’ dramatic physical transformation after his 10-day stay at POI.
With the help and encouragement of The POI Institute, Chris entered a 28- day treatment center to continue his aftercare, work on himself and whatever underlying issues that were uncovered during his Ibogaine journey that may have contributed and/or been the catalyst that lead to his years of addiction.

After a decade battling an addiction to heroin and cocaine, Chase underwent ibogaine treatment at the POi Institute. He was not only freed from his addiction(s), but was also able to conquer and let go of his demons. “I have been an addict on and off for most of the last decade. I couldn’t be more hopeful after my ibogaine treatment. My entire experience at POI was utterly fantastic!”
Ariel’s incredible transformation during his 7- day stay for a Heroin and Fentanyl Addiction
What a change for NavySEAL, Jamie Wall after coming to POI for ibogaine treatment after years of suffering from PTSD and depression.
After his 10-day stay at the POI Institute. Gene left looking and feeling like a new man.

“My ibogaine journey was amazing and the benefits of my treatment, well lets just say… incredible! I came to POI to detox from alcohol and a 4 year dependency on Ativan and left POI not only sober and off of Ativan, but free from PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks and claustrophobia! I am happier and healthier than I have been in years and truly on the ride of my life.”

Tommy came to POI to seek help for depression and the “self-medicating” behavior he had come to rely on to “feel okay”.   After an incredible week at POI, Tommy left feeling great with a renewed outlook on life.  “Ibogaine allowed him to feel self-love for the first time in his life.  This is the best thing I’ve ever done.”  

Ben came to POI for spiritual and emotional healing.  His ibogaine journey was just that.  Ben was left with an incredible sense of peace and a renewed understanding about his life and his place in the universe.  We are so very happy for you Ben.

After years of addiction to heroin and fentanyl and years of failed attempts to get off them.  Also, suffering from anxiety related to PTSD, Brooke decided it was time to try something different.  After being referred to POI by a trusted friend, she decided she had nothing to lose and hopefully everything to gain by undergoing ibogaine treatment.  She hoped that her ibogaine journey would not only break her addiction but reveal some answers with regard to her PTSD.  Brooke’s ibogaine journey left her free of addiction with no withdrawal of cravings.  It also allowed her to take a look into the past and get answers to some questions she had and to some she didn’t know she had.  “This week at POI truly changed my life!”

After several failed attempts at rehabs, Sean came to POI with the hope to get off of opiates and that’s exactly what he did.  Sean left POI after his one week stay, as he put it, “ I feel brand new and ready to take on a new life”.

After years of self-medicating and abusing oxycodone, Zach was prescribed Suboxone.

Little did Zach know (or was he ever told) that trying to detox off of the long-acting maintenance drugs like Suboxone was actually harder than trying to get off of the actual opiates he had been abusing. Six long  years later, Zach was still trying to get off the Suboxone.  He was able to taper down and reduce the amount of Suboxone, but every time he got to  2-4 mg, the withdrawal effects reared their evil head.  Zach came to POI, was put on short-acting by our doctor and within a few days underwent ibogaine treatment.  After his 10-day stay at POI, 

Zach went back to his wife (and young children) 100% clean and free of opiates for the first time in their relationship.

After years of struggling with addiction and numerous failed attempts to get clean, 34-year-old Hailey realized she was losing her battle with heroin. She contacted the POI Institute and within days was on a plane to Cabo for Ibogaine detox treatment. Hailey is not only free from years of addiction but feels better than she has in over 10 years. Eight days after her treatment, Hailey’s physical transformation shown here in her before and after photographs may be the most dramatic, we have ever seen.

With the encouragement of POI, Hailey decided it was not in her best interest to immediately return home to Maryland after her treatment. Hailey left POI and flew directly to her mom’s in Florida where she is currently in a 12-step program, working on herself and gathering some essential life tools while getting more “clean time” under her belt to support her sobriety. Way to go Hailey!

Take a look at Mason’s incredible transformation after just 10 days at the POI Institute. Mason came to POI to detox off of Suboxone, Klonopin and Xanax, which he had been addicted to for well over a decade. After leaving POI, Mason went home and entered a dual diagnosis IOP program and received a certificate of completion. “Thank you! The trip to POI changed my life and the lives of my boys.”
Here’s a peak at Navy SEAL, Jay Smith’s 1 week stay at POI for PTSD. “Being treated at the POI Institute was life-changing! I was a Navy SEAL for 24 years and suffered from PTSD. I decided to be treated not just for my PTSD, but also for my anger issues and aggressive behavior. Months later, my mind is still clear, I don’t feel any anger. I am calm, relaxed and haven’t felt this good in years.”
Julie’s arrival and departing photographs show the amazing physical changes that occurred during her 10-day stay at the POI institute after being treated for opiates and Suboxone addiction. What they don’t show are incredible emotional changes. Julie was trapped in her addiction for almost 6 years and was beginning to feel as though she had no way out. The drugs were crushing her spirit along with her will and desire to live. “Ibogaine saved my life. I am ever so grateful for the gift of a chance at a new beginning.”
“… thank you. You saved me and helped me save myself.” Quote from Ben D., who after a 12-day stay at the POI institute is finally free from a 10-year addiction to oxycodone and black tar heroin
“… Arriving at POI to detox off opiates and Suboxone, Mitchell described his ibogaine journey as “nothing short of mind-blowing”. Mitchell’s physical and emotional transformation was nothing short of the same!
After years of battling an addiction to alcohol and marijuana, Kevin F. came to The POI Institute desperate to get clean and sober. Kevin’s alcohol consumption was the catalyst that got him to POI.

Alcohol had taken a serious toll on Kevin’s health.

Just 10 days after being treated at the POI institute, Kevin left POI, not only 10 days sober, but also 10 days free of years of smoking marijuana and cigarettes!

Every individual is unique and so are there circumstances. After Kevin’s ibogaine treatment, while still in our care, POI staff worked together with Kevin and his family to find an aftercare program where Kevin could receive professional help to work through some of the underlying issues that came up during his ibogaine treatment, issues that indeed may have been the catalyst for his years of substance abuse. We are so happy Kevin took the steps needed to honor his ibogaine experience and support and secure his sobriety.

Congratulations Kevin! We are so proud of you. ?

Matt’s tremendous transformation during his 1 week stay for Crystal Meth Addiction

“Change is inevitable, but transformation is by conscious choice.”

– Heather Ash Amara