POI Testimonials

Everyone has a Story… and every Story Matters.

Amy’s Testimonial…


“I never imagined what a life-changing experience could feel like because I had completely given up all hope that from the depths of depression.  Diane and George embraced me without judgment.  Their genuine love, care, and concern for my well-being surpassed my expectations, and the experience I had under their care truly SAVED MY LIFE! My family and I are forever indebted!  God Bless You, Diane & George.”

~ Amy Wade, Boston, MA.

Mitchell’s Testimonial…

“Ibogaine is serious stuff. I am eternally grateful for what it has done for me. I think what is the most mind blowing development in my journey is that the day after my dosing, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt and had no craving or desire to use. George and Diane could not have made me feel more welcome… from the time they picked me up at the airport to the time they dropped me back off. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everything and Thank God for this experience.”

~ Mitchell G.

Tom’s Testimonial…

“I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety through my adolescent and teenage years. Doctors always wanted to put me on medications that had bad side effects and never really worked for me.  So, I started experimenting with different kinds of drugs and eventually became addicted to how “my experiments” made me feel.  The problem was the drugs temporarily made me feel good, but they never fixed my depression or anxiety. After my ibogaine experience, I felt so much clarity and peace.  something I never really felt before.  I no longer feel like there is a bottomless pit in my stomach and I am happy.  Choosing to do ibogaine treatment was the best decision ever made.”

Tom S.

My Son’s Story…

“Depression is real. Seeing my son suffer and not to feel like living is something no mother wants to see. Doctors and Big Pharma, all they want to do is put you on pills. My son was diagnosed with ADHD in his early years and has been prescribed medicine ever since elementary school. Drugs have horrible side effects. THIS IS NO WAY TO LIVE!

Diane and George are so welcoming and warm and know exactly what patients need and how to care for them. And, Maria is an amazing peaceful person. What a great team. The patients at POI feel so taken care of. Thank you all for caring and for helping so many people like my son to have a better life. I look forward to seeing his progress and how he grows from the experience.”

~ Penny S.

Navy SEAL, Jamie Wall’s Testimonial…

“Ibogaine has really helped to reset my mind. The clarity I have will really help me to move forward. Thanks to POI and Diane and George for making this such a life-changing experience.”

~ Jamie

Jason’s Story…

“I’ve spent years of my life either in the fog of depression, drugs, and alcohol addiction. Always hiding, always worrying, and never content. Relationships suffered as did my relationship with family and friends. It’s a very selfish and lonely existence. By focusing on what’s next I never enjoyed the moment. I recently “woke up” and realized my body and mind could not take much more of the poison I was ingesting all day, every day for years. I had to try something new. Withdrawals were not an option… “Who has the time?” By opening my eyes to all possibilities, I found the POI Institute. Diane and George and Maria were amazing! My Ibogaine treatment changed my life. I’m excited to live with this weight off my shoulders. I am writing this with the hope that reading my story will help others who are lost.”

~ Jason

Sean’s Testimonial…

” Thanks to Diane, George, and Maria for really clearing my head space and having me feel ready to take on a brand new life. This week did wonders for me. I would definitely recommend the POI Institute and ibogaine treatment for any addict struggling to get clean. I feel brand new.”

~ Sean H.

C. Elizabeth’s Story…

“This was a journey of a lifetime. It has been years and years of feeling tired, sad, lonely… Just so tired of being tired. I felt numb and lost for so long it became the norm to truly be absent in a crowd. My journey here at the POI Institute with the guidance and compassionate care of Diane, George, and Maria has taken the blanket off my head. I intend to follow up living in the now I finally enjoy waking up 🙂
Can never thank you enough.”

~ C. E.

Jose’s Testimonial…

“I am amazed at my transformation this week. What a magical time. Diane George and Maria were so welcoming. I did not know what to expect, but I was glad I trusted the process from day one. I felt safe, loved, and am finally on the right track to recovery and securing my sobriety.”

~ Jose

Ben’s Spiritual Healing Testimonial…

“Just say God works in mysterious ways. This experience was eye-opening…far beyond the literal sense. Through focusing on my life and digging into traumas from the past, I received affirmations and a renewed understanding about my life and my place in the universe. I am now encompassed with an incredible sense of peace and overwhelming awe. Thank you George, Diane, and Maria for your love and support in my journey for emotional and spiritual healing. I owe my renewed lease on life to you, the work you do, and the POI institute.”

~ Ben S.

Brooke’s Story…

“Before going to the POI Institute I was in a fog. My years of addiction had taken my freedom from me. I was also suffering from anxiety related to my PTSD. The week I spent at POI truly changed my life! I feel like a new person! George Diane and Maria are amazing. They took care of me through the treatment and my entire stay and made me feel safe and cared for when I needed it the most. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

~ Brooke

Holly’s Testimonial…

“… I truly feel lighter and more at peace than ever before. I feel like a weight has been lifted off me and I can now have a full, beautiful life without drugs and alcohol. I feel like all the pain I was masking with drugs and alcohol is gone. Thank you POI for such a life-changing experience.”

~ Holly M.

Julie S. Story…


“My journey has been nothing short of amazing!!! Coming here not sure what to expect or even if this treatment would work was a little scary. The care and kindness of Diane, George and Alex was something I honestly haven’t ever experienced in my lifetime! They took better care of me than my own parents… My every need was met… My every question answered. I was trapped with my addiction to opiates and then Suboxone for over five years with no way out in sight. It was crushing my spirit and will to live. Ibogaine saved my life. I am ever so grateful for the gift of a chance at a new beginning. I am going to make sure to spread the word to as many people as I can about the POI Institute and Ibogaine with the hope that others can get the help they need with this life-changing treatment and have a second chance at life too. Diane, George and Alex are incredible… I believe they are angels that have been put here to make a difference and save and change people’s lives… just as they did for me and I am forever grateful.”

~ Julie S., Prosper, Texas

Ariel’s Story

 “Everyone’s recovery is unique in its own way. But, the end result for all of us can be the same if you believe and trust the process. We can pay the price now or pay the price later but at some point, we all pay the price. My god, if I had only known before half of what I discovered through Ibogaine, so much damage to myself and my loved ones could have been prevented.

To anyone reading this, words can never explain the amazing experience you will embark on through Ibogaine at the POI Institute.

I don’t know how to begin to thank everyone at the POI institute for providing me with the safest and best care during my stay. Thank you, Diane and George, for going above and beyond. Your 24/7 presence and the sincere care and support you show patients during and after their stay is over the top and appreciated more than you know.

For anyone interested in hearing more about my Ibogaine experience at the POI institute feel free to ask POI for my contact information. I wish you safe travels with Ibogaine.

Trust the process… the end result will be truly amazing! Get ready to meet the best, new version of YOU. It is an incredible gift for you and your loved ones. It is truly blissful. God Bless.”

~ Ariel L, Brooklyn, NY

Lindsay’s Story…

“I had done my fair share of drugs starting from the age of 14. Mostly I had just smoked pot and took antidepressants and benzo’s because I always struggled with depression and anxiety. Then when I was 18, I had a car accident and lost my brother. That’s when my battle with pain pills kind of started, more specifically OxyContin. For the next few years I snorted between 2 and 3, 80 mg tablets per day. In 2007, I was prescribed Suboxone to help detox and get off of the OxyContin. I felt somewhat stable on it and at the time, me, my husband, my family and the outside world thought it was a miracle cure for my addiction. But,10 years later, that was not the case. My “shunned” addiction to short acting opioids was just replaced by acceptable “doctor prescribed” long-acting opioids!!! Although I was stable on the Suboxone, after 10 years, I began to feel the side effects of the drug and was tired of being tied to having to take medication every day and see the doctor every month. I felt trapped in my own body and was just over it. That’s when I had nothing to lose and decided to do Ibogaine. When I spoke with my doctor about going to Mexico for Ibogaine treatment, he said it wouldn’t work and he would see me next month. Thank goodness he was wrong. I have been clean for over 2 years and have never looked back.”

~ Lindsay P., Rising Sun, Indiana

Matt’s Testimonial…

“Like so many choices we make daily we forget that we are a choice. We falter on. our values at times. It’s the people who love us that pull us from the edges. So begins my story with ibogaine. Thank you for all the care and love I received Diane and George… you gave me a second chance.”

~ Matt T., NYC.

Navy SEAL Jay S.’s Story…

“Thank you so much Diane, George and Alex… The POI Institute has been truly life-changing! First, I need to thank you for giving me my wife back. She was addicted to opiates and then Suboxone for 6 years and there was nothing we tried that worked getting her off of them. The drugs were destroying her from the inside out. After 10 days at the POI Institute, she was addiction free… I had my wife back and my son had his mother.

After my wife’s treatment, I decided to get treated myself. I was a Navy SEAL for 24 years and suffer from PTSD. I did not want to screw up my wife’s treatment and recovery, so I decided to be treated for my PTSD to help with my anger issues and aggressive personality

My 6-day stay was life-changing. My mind is clear, I don’t feel any anger and feel calm and relaxed. My only regret is not doing this years ago. If only we knew this existed. On top of feeling incredible, Diane, George and Alex met all my needs, answered every question I asked and treated me like family. I will 100% be recommending POI and ibogaine treatment to all my military brothers and sisters and anyone else suffering from PTSD, depression or addiction. Thanks for the new start, new brain and second chance.”

~ Jay S., Prosper, Texas

Kevin’s Testimonial…

“I can’t thank you guys enough for the Ibogaine treatment, it really does work wonders!”

~ Kevin N., Middle River, Maryland

Liz’s Story…

“POI has been an amazing experience that everyone should have the fortune of experiencing in their lifetime. I came in with hope of being able to live my life without the horrors of withdrawals from Xanax and other benzo’s. I honestly wasn’t sure I would ever be able to get clean from the prescription drugs, but not only did Ibogaine immediately alleviate my withdrawals, it also left me way less anxious with the hope that I may never need my depression or anxiety medications again. I am so grateful to Diane and George for giving me a fresh chance at a clearer and less stress filled life. Before I came here my life and relationships were crumbling before my eyes and I’m now so excited to get home so everyone can see what a miracle this place is!

Diane and George are truly special people with huge hearts and Alex is awesome. I could never have been in better hands! All you need to succeed as an open mind. The possibilities at a better life are endless as long as you are willing to do the work and truly WANT to improve! P.S. I have been stressing all year about turning 30 and not being ready to start the new chapter of my life and now I am so EXCITED to leave my 20s behind and move onto bigger and better years ahead. TY Diane & George and everyone at POI.”

~ Liz, Brooklyn, NY

Julie B.’s Testimonial…

“My week at the POI Institute was been incredible. I feel light brand-new person with a positive outlook on life. Thanks
to Ibogaine and the amazing staff at POI for their care and support during my spiritual and personal transformation.”

~ Julie B., Northern California

Richard’s Story…

Richard was able to see and appreciate life in a whole new way after his spiritual journey at the POI Institute. During his stay, Richard underwent an intensive ibogaine treatment, as well as a private DMT ceremony, performed by Shaman/medicine man Oscar & his wife Teresa on a beautiful, private beach tucked away at the Sea of Cortez.

“My spiritual journey with both ibogaine and DMT was not only one of the most amazing experiences of my life, but it was life-changing! Although very different, each was extremely significant. They both have allowed me to realize and appreciate my own self-worth and remind me of all the wonderful things life truly has to offer!

– Richard J., Baltimore, MD

Josh’s Story…

“After years of being addicted to heroin, I found myself homeless and unable to find work. Every day was the same… kicked out of the homeless shelter at 6am, walk to the methadone clinic to stand in line for my methadone and then walk to the public library where I would look for jobs on the internet before having to leave to be back at the homeless shelter to get in line to hopefully secure a bed for the night.

In January of 2017, after over 5 years of living on the street, addicted to methadone and unable to find work, my New Year’s resolution was to give myself a deadline. If I could not find a job and a way out of the hell I was living by that spring, I was going end my life (which was no life) by hanging myself in a downtown hotel. I had done so much wrong to myself, my family and so many others, I was beginning to think that suicide was my only way out. Then, somehow, by the grace of God, I received a call from my dad asking me if I had ever heard of Ibogaine? Funny thing was, I had. I had read quite a lot about it on-line at the library about its success treating addiction, but never in a million years did I think that I would have the opportunity to do it. My dad and stepmom proceeded to share a story of a friend of theirs who had been addicted to drugs for many years, went to Mexico for Ibogaine treatment and had been clean ever since. They asked me if I would want to go if they could make it happen? I could not believe they wanted to do this for me, especially after all the wrong I had done over the years. Three weeks later, I was picked up at the homeless shelter, taken for what would be my last methadone treatment and was in Mexico that afternoon. The next day I received my Ibogaine detox and spent 10 days recovering and getting reacclimated to life without drugs, withdrawal or cravings. Instead of moving forward with my New Year’s resolution to end my life, I was blessed to be given a second chance to change my life.

It has been a little over 3 years since my ibogaine experience. I am not only still clean (and never going back), but my “second chance” at life has been pretty amazing. I became father, have recently been promoted to a management position for a car dealership and went from once being homeless on the streets of Baltimore to now purchasing my first home there. Pretty amazing, right? Thank you, George and Diane, for everything you did for me. Most importantly, thank you to my dad and stepmom for giving me the gift of Ibogaine and helping and believing in me enough to give me a second chance. Ibogaine truly saved my life.”

~ Josh., Baltimore, Maryland

Ben’s Story…

Ben is a really nice guy that had a really bad habit. Below Ben shares his 10-year battle with pills and heroin and how his Ibogaine treatment and the POI Institute helped save him and helped him save himself.

“My name is Ben Doyle I am 34 years old and have been battling my addiction to oxycodone and black tar heroin for 10 years. Over the past 3 years I attempted to stop 3 times without success. I realize how lucky I am that I never overdosed did not lose my wife or family due to my addiction. After years of trying to juggle life and my addiction, I think the final straw was when I was caught red-handed using fake urine for a drug test at work. It was as if the universe and everyone in my entire life (including me) decided it had been long enough… enough was enough… I needed to be done.

On Saturday, July 27, 2019, I found myself smoking my last hit of black tar heroin and getting on a flight to Cabo San Lucas to be treated at POI Instituted by the wonderful George and Diane! After 2 days of stabilizing me with morphine, on Monday, July 29th I received my Ibogaine flood dose and Ibogaine boosters every other day thereafter. I am writing this on Thursday, August 8th. I am 11 days clean and feel like a new person. I am blessed to have the love and support of my wife and family. Thankfully they understand how addiction can happen. I am going home healthier and happier than I have been in a very long time. I’m ready to do the work I need to so I can finally be the best version of myself.

There is a spirit and a soul in all of us. There’s also a spirit in Ibogaine. You don’t need a shamanic setting or Shaman or any kind of voodoo doctor in Africa. You just need to let go of your fears and your mistakes and never look back.

I will never be able to thank George and Diane enough for the unbelievable treatment I received during my stay. The care, compassion, food, amenities, and hospitality I received was beyond anything I could’ve ever expected. They really care about each and every patient. POI saved me and helped me save myself. Thank you, George and Diane.”

~ Ben M., Deer Park, WA.

Deborah’s Testimonial…

“ I arrived in Cabo in April 2019 to be greeted by the smiling face of Diane at the airport and shortly thereafter George. This couple’s love for ibogaine is deeply apparent. Upon arrival, my blood work was done in preparation for my spiritual journey with Ibogaine. From the moment George and Diane picked me up, I felt that I was their number one priority. The facility itself is just magnificent! What an amazing place to be treated and a wonderful setting to heal. The day after I arrived my journey began…
All I can say is that my ibogaine journey was nothing shy of amazing! It not only allowed me to revisit some very personal issues from my past, but also gave me the ability and power to let go and make peace with them. What a wonderful gift. Thank you everyone at POI for the care and attention you showed me during my journey and entire stay.

If you suffer from addiction, anxiety or depression, PTSD, or feel you are just in need of spiritual awakening or healing, should absolutely reach out to the POI Institute. Their professional care, treatment and their first-class amenities exceeded all of my expectations. In my opinion, there is no better place to begin your journey to freedom.

~ Deborah T., Carlton, WA

Mason’s Story…

“I started drinking with my buddies in my teens and even experimented with mind-altering drugs, like mushrooms. But my real problems began when I was started taking pain pills to manage my pain from back injuries, I sustained playing football in high school. Through most of my 20’s and 30’s, I abused the pain pills that ultimately turned into a 14-year addiction to opiates. They helped me with the pain, but I also liked the “good feeling” they gave me. I mostly took pills like Percocet, but truth be told, sometimes I took whatever I could get my hands on. I was no longer taking the pills to get high, but to make it through the day. Back then I didn’t get that I was using them to avoid dealing with stuff that bothered me or made me uncomfortable. After years of failed attempts to get off of the opiates, in 2012, I sought professional help for my addiction. I was prescribed Suboxone, Klonopin, Xanax. Unfortunately, I was never told how highly addictive these medications were and just ended up replacing one highly addictive substance for several others. I was told that the Suboxone was being prescribed to me as a “maintenance drug” to help get me off the opiates, but that did not happen. Instead, I found myself addicted to this long-acting opiate, which I came to find out was just as harmful, if not more so than the short-acting opiates I was originally addicted to and even harder to get off of. I also began abusing the Klonopin and Xanax that I was prescribed for my “depression and anxiety”, which for all I know was caused from the opiates?

For years every month looked the same… I would go to the doctor and get my prescriptions of Suboxone, Klonopin and Xanax. They all of left me with no feeling, no energy and no emotion. For years every day was the same… get up, go to work, come home and back to bed. I was like a robot just going through the motions. I was no good to myself and definitely no good to my family. The Suboxone and benzos were slowly destroying me, both physically and mentally. They stripped me of every emotion, robbing my wife of a husband and my boys of a father. Over the years I tried several times to get off Suboxone and the Benzo’s myself, but the withdrawal was horrible. Someone recommended The POI Institute to me and with my family’s help and support I decided to there for Ibogaine detox treatment. For the first time in almost 25 years I am clean of all drugs. During my stay the personal care and attention I received was unbelievable. It felt like home away from home: from the family dinners, to sitting and talking on the patio, pool or in the hot tub to walks on the beach, Diane and George make you feel like family. They strongly recommended that after my Ibogaine treatment I continued with some sort of therapy and/or aftercare. I am happy to say that I went home and completed an IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) and am doing great! Making the decision to come to POI changed my life for me and my boys!”

~ Mason M., Linden, California

Patrick’s Story…

“Ibogaine gave me back my mind and soul after years of dependency to Suboxone, Adderall, Klonopin and other prescription drugs I really had no business being on. I can’t thank the POI institute enough for the incredible care and attention I received before, during and after my Ibogaine treatment. The vicious cycle of monthly refills at the pharmacy was slowly killing me. There is no “Detox” in the USA that could have successfully taken me off Suboxone and the other drugs I was taking. I’m grateful for finding the POI Institute, as I was losing hope. I had tried another detox place and was unsuccessful. Thankfully, the treatment and everything about the POI institute was very different than the other place I went. Great Care, great staff, great food and amenities. Nothing like I have never seen at a detox center. The entire staff at POI treated me and all the patients like family. My decision to go to POI saved my life. No more burying my head in the sand. Lots of work to do that I have now taken on with a clear mind and conscience, knowing the rewards are endless. The “mask” is coming off… thanks to Ibogaine and the POI Institute I am back to who I was meant to be… my true self. If anyone would like to speak with me regarding my experience at the POI Institute, you can email me at: patrickcrawford@gmail.com

~ Patrick C., Fairfax, Virginia

Raphael’s Story…

After years of using and abusing drugs and numerous failed attempts at getting and staying clean, Rafael came to the POI Institute for a 10 stay to detox off of cocaine and opiates.

“Ibogaine truly saved my life! I am so happy to be sober thanks to Diane and George and the POI Institute. My story is probably like so many others… using and abusing drugs to “make me feel good” and numbing my physical and emotional pain. My drugs of choice were cocaine, 30 mg oxy’s, benzo’s, and weed. I didn’t even realize that I was slowly killing myself. In my opinion, the U.S. is adding to the opiate crisis. They put you on Suboxone, Subutex or Methadone to detox, but all they are doing is getting us addicted to long-acting opiates and making it impossible for us to ever get off them. I went to the POI institute and within hours ibogaine literally broke my addiction. It’s hard to believe but it’s true. In my opinion, ibogaine is really the only way to successfully detox and be clean of ALL drugs by immediately interrupting your addiction and leaving you with no craving to use.

Not gonna lie, I was nervous before my Ibogaine treatment. But, after my flood dose everything changed. I had no withdrawal and no craving or desire to use. The first few days I was weak, but after that I was just so happy being sober. It honestly is the best thing ever! I left the POI Institute after 10 days and with their recommendation entered into a 28-day program for additional help to support by sobriety. Although it may not for everyone, the 12-step program has really helped me. My goal is to be able to pay it forward and help others who are suffering from this disease of addiction. I 100% believe that Ibogaine saved me. I hope my story, will give others hope. Ibogaine gives you the gift of being able to see and deal with all your sh__ without withdrawal or being consumed with the thought of wanting to do drugs. I realized that I always turned to drugs to numb my pain, which always came back… Ibogaine helped me realize a lot of things about myself and opened up my mind… it’s really crazy how it works. I’m so happy and I don’t want to live the way I did anymore. I honestly think if I was still using, it would be a matter of time before I overdosed. Seriously… No joke. I’m done hurting myself and my family. My family has already gone through so much because of my addiction and all the bad choices and decisions I made. I’m just done!

I learned and saw so much from my ibogaine experience and have no desire to ever pick up any kind of drug again. I highly recommend anyone struggling with addiction to go to the POI Institute for ibogaine detox. I’ve been sober since April 23, 2019 and I am happier than I have ever been.

~ Rafael Y., Queens, N.Y

Kami’s Story…

Kami’s incredible 3800-mile drive from Connecticut to the POI institute in Cabo San Lucas to get clean and regain her life may possibly be one of the best examples of The Power of I (the power of oneself & the power of Ibogaine) we’ve ever seen! With so many convenient flights from everywhere to Cabo there is really no reason for anyone to drive thousands of miles to get to the POI institute. But, for this amazing mother of 2, it’s what she felt she needed to do after returning home to Connecticut in withdrawal after a failed detox. Completely desperate and not wanting her children to see her this way, Kami felt she had no other option but to immediately leave to go search for help. She got in her car and just started driving. Four days later, she found herself less than 100 miles from the Tajuana border. Kami was referred to Diane at the POI institute. In shock that Kami had not only driven across the country alone but had done so while withdrawing from pain pills, Diane suggested Kami leave her car San Diego and offered to fly there and accompany Kami on a flight back to Cabo. That gesture was just one of many reasons Kami knew that POI was where she needed to be. She declined Diane’s offer as she felt that the driving kept her mind focused on the road and not on her withdrawal. With over 2800 miles under her belt, Kami crossed the San Diego/Tijuana border and began her 1000-mile journey down the California Baja Sur to Cabo. Five days and 3800 miles after leaving her home in
Connecticut, she arrived at the POI Institute. Kami’s ibogaine treatment was everything she had hoped and needed it it to be. Ten days after arriving at POI, Kami was a new person and ready to take on the world and another 1000 mile drive up the Baja J This time, stopping in San Diego where she shipped her car back to Connecticut and flew home to her family, thrilled to be drug-free and pain-free for the first time in a decade! We are so happy for Kami and the wonderful results she received from her ibogaine treatment. Hats off to this incredible woman for her amazing effort getting to the POI institute to regain her life.

In her own words…

“It is hard to put into words…
I don’t know how to begin to thank the wonderful people at the POI Institute.
They were so caring and showed me such an enormous amount of compassion. All I can say
is thank you for everything you did for me and for making me feel safe. I feel so fortunate
that I was able to come to such a hands-on, professional facility and experience this medicine
in such a wonderful and beautiful setting.
Not only do I no longer need pain pills, I am pain free for the first time in 10 years.
Iboga has so many healing effects for the mind, body and soul.
Thank you, POI, for giving me my life back!”

~ Kami P., Connecticut


Joseph’s Testimonial…

A note from Joseph…

After years of failed attempts to get off of Suboxone, Joseph came to the POI Institute to detox off the long-acting opiate. Clean after years of battling addiction, Joseph left a note in POI’s patients’ stories book. It is our hope that his words will help other incoming patients feel as comfortable and safe as Joseph did as they embark on their Ibogaine journey and discover the true Power of I.

“Having not done much research on ibogaine or the POI Institute, I was advised by an acquaintance from home and former POI patient of the benefits of ibogaine and the quality of care I would receive from both Diane and George at the POI institute.

The truth is, my experience at POI far exceeded all of my expectations! You are in great hands! From the hands-on service, the care, the food, the property and all-around love and support not only made my experience that much better but made my 10-day stay fly by. Saving a life by giving others a second a chance is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow on someone. To Diane and George may G-d bless you with all of your heart’s desires, health and happiness. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

~ Joseph S., Brooklyn, NY

George’s Story…

“I was originally prescribed painkillers to manage my pain from a weight-lifting injury, but soon found myself addicted to them. I was a functioning addict, never missing a day’s work, but after years of denial (mostly to myself), and thinking I was taking them just to control my pain, I realized the pills had taken control of me. I found myself consumed with making sure I had enough pills to get through the day. After years of using, I realized I wasn’t using the pills for just my physical pain, I was using them to escape from life. I was no longer taking the pills for pain or to get high; I was taking them to just get by. My addiction took a front row seat to my life. It came before anything and everything, causing me to continuously make some really bad decisions, many that came with some really bad consequences. After over a decade of putting up with me and my addictive behaviors my girlfriend could no longer watch me ruin my life and continue to choose my addiction over her. She had heard about ibogaine from a friend who had shared his struggle and triumph over addiction with her. He told her we could go Mexico, take this plant-based medicine called Ibogaine and in a number of days I would be free of my addiction with relatively no withdrawal and no cravings. When my girlfriend first told me about it, my initial reaction was it sounded too good to be true and if there was such a thing, why couldn’t I do it in the U.S., which is a whole other issue and subject for another time. My girlfriend spent months doing her own research about Ibogaine and actually became very knowledgeable and passionate about it. And, although I still was not convinced that a trip to Mexico and a 1-time treatment of some plant-based medicine from some African bush could have the power to end decades of addiction? I did however believe and trust in my girlfriends love and intentions and was actually at a point in my life where I had way more to lose if I didn’t get clean… including her.

My 10 days in Mexico was nothing short of a miracle. Literally right after treatment I couldn’t believe I had no cravings. For days after treatment I waited for those horrible withdrawal symptoms to appear, but they never did. Fast forward years later… I am still clean and sharing my experience with others suffering from addiction… all because someone else did the same, which changed my life forever.

If you struggle with addiction and are reading this, like so many others that have experienced the miracle of Ibogaine, I am proof it really works! I spent years struggling with addiction and thanks to someone sharing his story and learning about ibogaine, I got a second chance at life. I hope by sharing my story, it will help someone else have a chance to do the same.

~ George B., Towson, Maryland

A Marine Corps Veteran’s Story…

Years after returning from two deployments in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, Marine Corps Vet Jay S. found himself still struggling with severe PTSD and survivors’ guilt and using alcohol to numb the pain. After numerous failed attempts to get help, Jay came to The POI Institute. Here are Jay’s words post-treatment.

“My experience at POI was incredible! From the moment I stepped off of the plane George and Diane made welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like family. Each day I was here they made sure all of my needs were met so I could immerse myself in the experience. Prior to coming to POI, I struggled with PTSD for 10 years and used alcohol to numb the pain. During that time, my behavior deeply reduced my relationship with my family. I tried every form of therapy I could, but nothing would alleviate the guilt and depression I was experiencing. After finally hitting a breaking point, my family reached out to a fellow veteran who had undergone ibogaine treatment and he referred us to the POI Institute. My I begin experience has helped me more than I can even explain. In seven 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. Leaving the POI Institute, I feel happier than I can ever remember feeling. I wish I would’ve found POI sooner. Thank you, POI, for everything and most of all for giving me my life back.”

– Jay S. (U.S. Marine Corps.)

A Wife’s Heartfelt Thanks…

“It is difficult to put into words the change that I see in my husband since his ibogaine treatment at the POI Institute for PTSD, depression and alcohol abuse. I had lost hope and was on the verge of giving up. I no longer saw the man I loved and was living in fear for his life.

His eyes were empty, and our lives were crumbling in front of mine. POI was our last hope. From the moment we arrived, George and Diane welcomed us with open arms. We felt like we were home. What was so absolutely incredible was that almost immediately after my husband’s ibogaine treatment he started feeling better. As his long-lost smile reached the contours of his eyes, it was as if the light switch which had been turned off for so long had been turned back on and the light and life returned to his eyes. I could see the man I knew and loved again. Every day the change was greater and greater. Some days I just can’t believe that it was real…that this actually happened and that my deepest prayers were truly answered. I look at him today and cannot believe how profound the change is. The dark circles are gone, the worry is gone, the sadness erased from his beautiful face and that the man I once knew, who made me smile is finally smiling back at me. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to George and Diane for truly saving the life of the man I love. I am forever grateful to go back to our girls and start living our lives again. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

~ Angela

Hailey’s Story…

We are the writers to our own destiny. If WE truly want to, we can and are able to turn our lives around. If you are already considering this treatment, chances or this is your rock-bottom. When addicts want something… we want it NOW… the need for immediate gratification. We want our drugs NOW and when and if we are ready, we want to get clean NOW!

Deciding to fly out to the country to get clean was honestly one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. And, now, eight days later I can tell you that coming to Cabo and POI was by far the best decision of my life! George, Diane and Alex treated me with respect and stern love, which is exactly what I needed. And, whether an addict believes that’s what they need, they do… we all do! We can recover, but we can’t do it alone. It is hard to believe that after so many years of Battling an addiction to heroin, I am really clean…with no cravings or withdrawal! I haven’t felt this good in over 10 years.

Thank you ibogaine and POI. I am forever grateful!

~ Hailey H., Baltimore, Maryland

A Wife’s Testimonial…

“My husband is an alcoholic. He is many things: a son, a brother, a friend, and a husband. First and foremost, he is an alcoholic. If you are reading this, then you too are struggling with a loved one who may be an addict or alcoholic! Perhaps you, yourself, are an addict or alcoholic? If so, keep reading because there is hope. I was at my wits end, contemplating divorce, struggling to survive under my husband’s battle with alcoholism. I feared for his life and mine. Then came the recommendation of the POI Ibogaine Institute. This idea was proposed by a family friend and my first instinct was “no way.” How am I supposed to send my alcoholic husband, who can barely get out of bed and who is suffering mentally and physically to this alternative, holistic treatment in Mexico? Well with a little encouragement and naturally, some arguing, my husband, Kevin agreed. I knew Kevin deep down wanted help but was overwhelmed by the thought of getting it. Diane and George eased his anxiety with the prospect of relieving Kevin of his need and desire of alcohol that at this point, were causing seizures and severe liver damage. The arrangements were made and Kevin landed in Mexico and the transformation began. One by one his habits disappeared. His diet for the first time was customized to his specific health needs. Surrounded by love and beauty he could finally feel the weight of his alcoholism lifting. He felt good! Kevin’s entire demeanor changed, he no longer was defensive and combative. He realized his actions had consequences that not only affected himself but also those around him. The Ibogaine treatment took Kevin on a journey in a dream-like state where he confronted trauma that plagued him, loss that he needed to grieve, questions he could not answer, and love he thought was lost. I was updated the entire time as to his progress and I anxiously waited for his call. When the call came, it was like a dream. I could hear the difference in him! He appeared to be the man I had fallen in love with and the son his parents so longed for. I can’t say enough for all that Diane and George and the staff at POI did for my husband, for myself, and my in-laws. As the wife of an alcoholic, I highly recommend Ibogaine treatment at the POI Institute. I have my husband back and he has taken his next step in continuing his sobriety journey. ”

~ Selena F.

A Mother’s Testimonial…

“My beautiful son is an alcoholic.  Over the past few years he had done so much damage to his liver that we knew it was only a matter of time before he would have died.  No parent should ever have to bury a child… especially when the cause of death is something that could have been prevented.  The decision to send him to the POI institute was a family decision.  POI’s environment was not only medically prepared to deal with our son, but was extremely loving and caring, which is exactly what he needed.  Without the POI Institute and Ibogaine, my son would still be on his downward spiral.  We truly believe that the POI Institute saved my family and my son’s life!  His mind is now clear and he knows the possibilities that lie ahead for him. We are so thankful.”


~ Carol F.

Chase’s Story…

Where do I even start? I came into this knowing a lot about drugs in general… maybe too much for my own good ?. The chemistry, the bio-availability, either use his medicine or qualities. I knew the damage I was causing myself as well as all the people I was hurting. I searched for answers in all the wrong places, choosing drugs over everything… including love, and using them to help feel pleasure over pain. And, it was only by chance that I heard of this place, the POI Institute. I was initially skeptical of ibogaine’s success. I had heard about it and knew it was being used to treat addiction, but oh boy, did I underestimate what it would do for me! I can say without a shadow of a doubt that my life will be changed forever because of this wonderful place. Thank you so much, Diane and George.  These two people have been a blessing to me… that cannot be understated! It is truly because of both of them that I am actually excited for my future. If you decide to come to the POI Institute, listen to Diane and George and what they have to say and be willing to be part of your healing and recovery process. You won’t be sorry… I know I’m not.

~ Chase

Words from a mom…
“OMGosh, OMGosh, OMGosh!  I am crying tears of joy!

I have my sweet boy back… more than back.  His eyes are clear and they have life back in them!  I cannot thank POi and Diane and George enough… “sometimes angels are just ordinary people that help us believe in miracles again.” Thank you for giving us our son back.”


~ Lynn S.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”

– Nelson Mandela