Kevin, a 24-year-old opiate addict tried many standard treatments like rehab and Suboxone. They didn't work for him so he enrolled in an unorthodox study on the properties of ibogaine, specifically in treating opiate addiction. Of the thirty people enrolled in the study, only twelve made it to the end, partly because most lost contact with the researchers after being given the treatment. Preliminary data showed relapses but that could be attributed to lack of support networks. One similar study conducted in New Zealand resulted in eleven out of fourteen patients staying off of opiates for one year after the treatment. The full article is on Verge.com It seems that treating addiction is often a matter of choosing the lesser evil, but it's still nice to see more novel and potentially more effective options being considered.