Everyone has a Story… and every Story Matters.
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
“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
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.
~ Ariel L, Brooklyn, NY
“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
“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
“I can’t thank you guys enough for the Ibogaine treatment, it really does work wonders!”
~ Kevin N., Middle River, Maryland
“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!
“I can’t thank you guys enough for the Ibogaine treatment, it really does work wonders!”
~ Kevin N., Middle River, Maryland
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 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
“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 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’m 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.
“ 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.
For anyone who would like to speak to me (or my husband) about the POI institute or both of our experiences with
ibogaine, please feel free to contact me at: email@example.com Both my husband and I would be happy to
share both of our experience(s) and answer any questions you may have.
~ Deborah T., Carlton, WA
“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
“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:
~ Patrick C., Fairfax, Virginia
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 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
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
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
“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
We are the writers to our own destiny. If WE truly want to, we can and are the 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
“It always seems impossible until it’s done”
– Nelson Mandela