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Tom Kingsley Brown, Ph.D. Ibogaine Treatment for Drug Dependence:A Study of Quality of Life
The current study examines life narratives and changes in quality of life for patients receiving ibogaine treatment for drug dependence. The patients all received residential treatment at the Pangea Biomedics clinic in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. To assess changes in quality of life the generic version of the Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index is used; preliminary results are discussed. Using ethnographic interviews, the lives of patients prior to treatment, their motives for seeking ibogaine treatment, their experiences of the ibogaine treatment itself, and post-treatment outcomes are examined. Outcomes and methods for ibogaine treatment at the Pangea Biomedics clinic will be compared with outcomes at clinics using methadone or suboxone substitution treatment.
Biography of Presenter:
Tom Kingsley Brown, Ph.D., graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He received his M.S. in Chemistry from CalTech with research on the neurochemistry of learning and memory. While earning his doctorate from UCSD in Anthropology with an emphasis on psycho- logical anthropology, he studied altered states of consciousness and religious conversion. He has taught anthropology courses on religion, the environmental crisis, and mental illness and deviance. He currently lives with his partner and their two sons in San Diego. He runs a research program at UCSD and is studying the lives and experiences of patients undergoing ibogaine treatment at the Pangea Biomedics clinic in Baja California.
Date of original release: April 18, 2010
Termination date (date after which enduring material is no longer certified for credit): April 17, 2012
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