Located in the popular vacation destination of Cancun, Mexico, Clear Sky Recovery is a unique behavioral health facility that provides medical detox from opiates and alcohol using the naturally occurring psychoactive alkaloid called ibogaine. In this setting, the ibogaine is used in a highly-supervised treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. The facility’s founders are the only researchers who have FDA approval for clinical testing of ibogaine on drug-dependent clients. All programs are individualized and are akin to a residential detox, typically lasting for seven days.
Accommodations and Food
The Clear Sky facility has eight private bedrooms available for residents in an oceanfront villa on Playa Mujeres, a resort area in Cancun. The facility is essentially a small, private hospital with luxurious amenities. Each bedroom comes with a queen bed, dresser and comfortable decor. Each room also comes outfitted with all the necessary medical equipment to make sure all clients are stable and comfortable throughout the detox process.
In addition to the bedrooms, the facility also has an outdoor pool, shared lounge areas with comfortable furniture, outdoor lounge chairs, a nearby dock with a boat, high-speed WiFi throughout and in-room video and audio. Throughout their stay, clients are served three meals a day. Food is created by a team of on-staff chefs with plenty of options for personal preferences and support for dietary restrictions whenever necessary.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning a program, all clients go through an intake and assessment process to help staff members determine each person’s medical history and care plans. Unlike other detox facilities, Clear Sky Recovery uses a naturally-occurring, plant-based medicine called ibogaine to manage withdrawal symptoms. The drug itself is a psychedelic which has dissociative properties, allowing residents to “trip” or enter a dreamlike state with visions under professional supervision. Once the visioning period is over, clients return to baseline and can process the emotions and the things they’ve seen. The philosophy of Clear Sky is that the process both manages withdrawal symptoms and facilitates mental and spiritual healing.
As the majority of the program is dedicated to creating a safe and stable environment for the ibogaine experience, the first two days are dedicated to orientation and medical and psychological testing. Ibogaine treatment lasts for the majority of the third day, after which clients work with on-staff therapists to process what they’ve seen and experienced. On day five, residents get an ibogaine “booster,” a sub-threshold dose to slightly alter clients’ consciousness without a full trip. Day six is dedicated to aftercare planning, with one final dose of ibogaine on the last day before discharge. Because the facility offers concierge care, the specifics of therapy may vary. Treatment can include relaxation therapy, massage, psychotherapy, holistic approaches and nutritional counseling whenever necessary.
The staff at Clear Sky Recovery consists of doctors, nurses, PhD-level psychologists, holistic therapists and additional support staff.
While ibogaine remains an experimental therapy with little (if any) availability within the United States, the initial results of medical ibogaine trials are very promising and show impressive success rates—particularly for residents struggling with addictions that have been treatment-resistant in other settings. As mentioned, the organization approaches treatment with a concierge approach, which lets clients design their own relaxation and treatment plans. As ibogaine is not considered a “cure,” staff members also stress that alums get intensive aftercare treatment as well.
Overall, Clear Sky Recovery is a unique organization which shows impressive results for treating serious addictions. Treatment includes medical oversight, psychotherapy and relaxation therapy. The staff is well-qualified and includes many doctors, nurses and psychologists. While this remains something of an experimental approach, Clear Sky Recovery may be an option worth considering for those who have already tried more conventional therapy options.
Clear Sky Recovery
Casa del Mar, kilometro 4 numero
Carretera a Punta Sam
Cancún, QR, Mexico
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