One of the most serious health issues facing the world today is the scourge of addiction.

In the U.S., drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50 and currently exceeds the number of those who pass away from firearms, car accidents, homicides or HIV/AIDs.

More Americans died from a drug overdose in 2017 alone than died in the entire Vietnam War.

For nearly the past two years, I’ve had the great honor of doing medical intuitive readings for clients going to Costa Rica to work with the great healer and iboga facilitator Darin McBratney.

In this interview for the Natural Healing Show for UK Health Radio, Darin McBratney and I discuss the option of the plant medicine iboga for addiction withdrawal.

In the U.S., U.K., and many other countries around the world, the plant medicine iboga is illegal but the prescription medication ibogaine is not.

In my work as a medical intuitive healer for Darin McBratney, I do not work directly with the plant medicine iboga.

I do medical intuitive readings for the people coming to his retreats so that they have a better understanding of what is going on with themselves on the physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

I receive a short report from the individual with their ostensible complaints, dietary history, birth date and a few other pertinent details and from this information and a photograph I spend generally 1 1/2 hours writing an in-depth medical intuitive reading.

My readings discuss a person’s chi level, what’s going on with their physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual body and make general recommendations about environment, nutrition, natural healing remedies and complementary therapies that will be helpful.

Taking a holistic approach to wellness is, of course, what I have done for a living for the past 26 years.

Though his work with the Global Nurture Project, Darin McBratney has worked with clients recovering from addiction to alcohol, antidepressants, cigarettes, cocaine, heroin, LSD, opioids and many other deadly medications.

It takes tremendous courage for an individual to face their addictions and strong tools to work with them.

I have great respect for anyone who has the willingness to do the inner work necessary to free themselves from drug dependency.

And, as I discuss in my interview with Darin McBratney, many people are not aware of the incredibly damaging side effects of the drugs they may have been taking for years.

Just recently I’ve worked with a client here in Atlanta who has had to receive countless sessions of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as electric shock therapy, to cope with the neurological side effects of taking antidepressants to cope with a stressful transition in life.

Two of my nine books discuss how to heal depression without drugs.

Banish the Blues Now by Catherine Carrigan

Banish the Blues Now by Catherine Carrigan

You can read Banish the Blues Now or download it in audiobook format. An estimated 12.7 percent of Americans over the age of 12 take an antidepressant.

My book The Difference Between Pain and Suffering explains how to get out of pain naturally without drugs.

I wrote that book because aside from death through overdose, the side effects of opioids affect multiple organ systems in the body according to medical research and lead to depression, anxiety as well as dementia and cognitive decline.

Why get addicted to harmful drugs when so many highly effective natural healing remedies are available?

The Difference Between Pain and Suffering by Catherine Carrigan

The Difference Between Pain and Suffering by Catherine Carrigan

Although many people in the U.S. have heard of ayahuasca, a plant medicine often taken for spiritual insight, the most powerful plant medicine in the world, tabernanthe iboga, is less well known.

Iboga is part of the spiritual tradition of the Bwiti people of West-Central Africa, where it grows as a native plant in Gabon.

In another interview for the Natural Healing Show for UK Health Radio, I spoke with iboga facilitator Luis Makonza Da Silva of Canada who follows the Bwiti tradition in his work that you can learn more about at this link.


Darin McBratney has been cultivating iboga for years at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa outside of Nosara.

I had the privilege of visiting Darin McBratney in August 2018 to get a better understanding of his healing work and the comprehensive approach he takes with people from all over the world who come to work with him.

A person going to a healing retreat with the Global Nurture Project can expect to be treated with yoga, massage, breathwork, acupuncture, Reiki, sweat lodges, juices, meditation and/or many other complimentary therapies.

To learn more about Darin McBratney and his powerful work, please visit the Global Nurture Project.

To set up an appointment for a medical intuitive reading or healing work, please email catherine@catherinecarrigan or call 678-612-8816. If you are calling internationally, please call me at the same number through WhatsApp so I can return your call toll free!