Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort claims that the illegal psychedelic ibogaine cured his addiction and cravings for opiates in ONE DAY

Real-life Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort has claimed that an illegal psychedelic drug cured him of his addiction and could be the answer to the opioid crisis.

The 61-year-old told New York post that he recently took an ibogaine trip that cured him of his vices.

“When I woke up from the trip, I no longer had any cravings for opiates. “I no longer had a physical addiction,” he said.

Earlier this year, Belfort, who spent 22 months in prison for a pump-and-dump stock fraud, was treated at a clinic outside Cancun, Mexico, earlier this year.

Ibogaine is a psychoactive drug that occurs naturally in some plants and has psychedelic and dissociative properties.

It is known that Belfort was once addicted to cocaine, a habit he claimed about 25 years ago. However, he now admits that wasn’t the whole truth.

“I got sober in 1997. Then I had six surgeries over a two-year period…I was on Vicodin and I was at the point where I thought, ‘If this goes on much longer, I’m going to get addicted,'” he said.

“I’m calling my doctors [and they said]“Oh, you should take Suboxone – you can stop taking more opiates and it won’t get you high.”

‘[They] I didn’t tell myself how impossible it would be to get away from it! So I took Suboxone for 10 years. “I didn’t abuse Suboxone, but I couldn’t stop taking it,” he concluded.

Belfort said he had tried to quit Suboxone many times over the years, but the withdrawal symptoms were always too terrible to sustain the effort. He described his recent attempt to set up a rapid detoxification center this year as a “total disaster.”

He admits that he initially had doubts about the healing properties of the psychedelic.

“I grew up in a time where psychedelics were really demonized: ‘If you take a hit of LSD, you’ll jump out the window and you’ll never be the same,'” he said.

“I stayed away from psychedelics. Ironically, some of these psychedelics are incredibly powerful as a healing mechanism, especially when administered correctly.”

Belfort traveled to Mexico on the recommendation of Mike “Zappy” Zapolin, who describes himself as a “psychedelic concierge to the stars.”

Beond, the Mexican clinic, is a resort-style rehab that focuses exclusively on Ibogaine therapy treatments.

Jordan Belfort and his current wife Cristina Invernizzi. Belfort believes that tightly controlled use of ibogaine could transform the lives of many Americans affected by the opioid crisis

Jordan Belfort and his current wife Cristina Invernizzi. Belfort believes that tightly controlled use of ibogaine could transform the lives of many Americans affected by the opioid crisis

Like any other resort, amenities include massages, world-class dining and other spa treatments, as well as on-call therapists and doctors.

A one to two week stay in Beond costs between $10,000 and $15,000.

During treatment, guests’ vital signs, including heart and blood pressure, are constantly monitored, putting them at risk of a heart attack or seizure.

“Ibogaine can cause changes in heart rhythm, which is why thorough cardiac examination and monitoring during experiences is essential.” “When ibogaine is combined with certain medications, it can cause fatal heart rhythm problems,” said Dr. Martin Polanco, an addiction doctor who has worked at the clinic for 23 years.

Belfort said he was under medical supervision throughout his 12-hour experience with the drug.

“Ibogaine is not something you take for fun.” “I couldn’t imagine doing it for fun…I felt it working…burning through my body,” he recalled.

“You know, some people did [visions] very intensive. “I saw some visions, but didn’t go so far as to have a conversation with my late father,” he said, adding that he felt he came away with a “deeper understanding of myself.”

Critically, Belfort says he has been off Suboxone since his treatment.

Polanco said the drug — derived from an alkaloid found in the roots of Tabernanthe iboga, a shrub native to West Africa — is believed to work in a variety of ways, including relieving some PTSD, depression and addiction.

Jordan Belfort inspired the hit film “Wolf of Wall Street.” His character was played by Leonardo DiCaprio

Jordan Belfort inspired the hit film “Wolf of Wall Street.” His character was played by Leonardo DiCaprio

While the science behind ibogaine is largely unproven at this point, some research conducted on rats suggests that the drug is able to reset reward pathways in the brain, reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Although psychedelic drugs have not yet gained widespread acceptance as a cure for a variety of mental illnesses, a growing number of advocates in government are pushing for funding to explore the field.

Conservative Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is currently running for governor of the state, announced $42 million in funding for treating opioid addiction with ibogaine. The funding is the result of the settlement the state received as a result of the numerous, enormous lawsuits against companies that sparked the opioid epidemic.

Several Republican congressmen have also joined with progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to co-sponsor a bill that expands psychedelic research and medical use.

Belfort says he is amazed that the drug, currently classified as a Schedule I substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency, is illegal in the United States.

“It should be strictly controlled,” he said. “It would save so many lives and help so many families.”

Bradford Betz

Bradford Betz is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Bradford Betz joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: betz@ustimespost.com.

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