Study: LSD Could Treat Alcoholism

March 13, 2012 by staff 

Study: LSD Could Treat Alcoholism, Is dropping acid a reasonable way to deal with a drinking problem? Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s department of neuroscience think there’s some merit to the idea. They’ve gone through data from experiments conducted in the 1960s and 1970s, and say there is evidence that subjects given LSD were more likely to make progress in dealing with a harmful alcohol habit.

Their paper, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, took a broad look at six different experimental trials – including one in Canada in 1966 – involving 536 subjects being treated for alcohol problems.

A key finding in thisanlysis was that, in the trials, 59 per cent of subjects administered a single dose of LSD showed improvements in their alcohol habits in followup assessments months after treatment, compared with 38 per cent of people who did not take the drug.

It’s unclear why LSD might have helped people dealing with their drinking, but one of the study’s authors, Pal-Orjan Johansen, had this to say: “Many patients claim that they get significant insights into their problems, that they get a new perspective on their problems and motivation to solve them.”

He added: “It also seems that some people are prepared to be more self-accepting and able to see negative consequences and happenings in their own lives.”

The study found evidence that LSD had a positive influence on the alcohol habits of people out of treatment for as much as six months, but not on those who had been away from a program as long as one year.

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