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Shock the Junkie: A Visual Trip 

This week's feature story, Shock the Junkie, examines a controversial addiction cure called ibogaine. A potent hallucinogen, the substance is illegal in the United States but unregulated in many countries, including Canada and Mexico. Our story features several scenes at Pangea Biomedics, a rehab clinic in Tijuana that specializes in ibogaine therapy. Here's a photo tour of the facility, courtesy of writer/photographer Keegan Hamilton.
Pangea Biomedics is located in a lavish four-bedroom home in Tijuana's upscale Playas neighborhood.
Pangea owner Clare Wilkinson says tripping on ibogaine helped her overcome an opiate addiction: "My sense of shame about my addiction was washed away without having to practice with a therapist and talk, talk, talk."
The view of the Playas neighborhood and the Pacific ocean from the clinic's veranda.
Inside the clinic: four bedrooms are upstairs; the kitchen is off to the right.
A small weight room doubles as a yoga space.
The living room, with the veranda ahead through the sliding glass door.
The upper level of the terraced patio features a hot tub and panoramic views.
Wilkins adopted a dog off the streets of Tijuana; hence his name: Calle.
Sandi, pictured with a golden retriever named Yuppy, operates an "aftercare" facility. Patients who aren't ready to return home after ten days of rehab at Pangea Biomedics come to Sandi for "booster doses" of ibogaine and additional therapy.
The vitamin and supplement stash at Pangea Biomedics.
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Pangea Biomedics is located in a lavish four-bedroom home in Tijuana's upscale Playas neighborhood.
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