LSD Gets Another Look As Alcoholism Treatment

LSDScott Hensley reports on NPR:

You might be tempted to chuckle about some Norwegian researchers peering back at experiments done during the ’60s and ’70s with LSD as a treatment for alcoholism.

But don’t.

Their rigorous analysis, combining data from six different studies, concludes that one dose of the hallucinogenic drug might just help.

The past studies randomly assigned patients to get a strong dose of LSD or something else (another drug, such as amphetamine, a low dose of LSD or nothing special). And the results provide evidence for a beneficial effect on abstinence from alcohol.

For what it’s worth, the analysis, just published online by the Journal of Psychopharmacology, was funded by the Research Council of Norway, not exactly a fringe outfit …

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10 Comments on "LSD Gets Another Look As Alcoholism Treatment"

  1. Ronniedobbs | Mar 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm |

    no officer i haven’t been drinking, i am just tripping balls to stop my alcoholism.  yeah that should work

    • MoralDrift | Mar 12, 2012 at 2:03 am |

      actually in a controlled environment, like a psychotherapists office, it would work. Just that mental health “professionals” would have to do the difficult task of guiding someone through their psyche (go figure) and could not simply dispense pills and collect payment

  2. DeepCough | Mar 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm |

    During the age of the patent medicine, heroin was used to treat alcoholism. Funny how that worked out.

    •  They give benzos to them now, there’s not much difference.

      • Yep.

        Benzos can cause severe (potentially deadly) seizures if you attempt to quit them without medical supervision.

        Many places which are completely comfortable treating oxycontin and heroin addicts turn away benzo users because of the risks associated with withdrawal.

        Typically the major concerns of alcohol and opioid withdrawal are simple nausea and dehydration – along with the psychic and somatic agony attendant to overcoming any pharmacological addiction. 

        Benzos are even worse.

  3. When I used acid at the height of an addiction to one of the naughtier drugs, I quit for 2 months.

  4. WHAT? No warnings about flashbacks? I’m STILL waiting for mine ! Another govt. lie.

  5. It is medicine after all. Like a Bitt Torrent for your brain 😉

  6. The anecdotal literature is replete with stories of hallucinogens assisting with the correction of addiction or other self destructive behaviors.

    I’ve personally seen LSD, Psilocybin, and MDMA, help people with a range of mild to moderate mental health problems.

    There seems to be a profound synergy between the “psychedelic” and the “dissociative” properties which can frequently lead to useful insight.

    However, sometimes things go wrong and the use of hallucinogens should never be undertaken lightly or without considerable research.

    A good place to start that research might be Erowid.org

  7. Monkey See Monkey Do | Mar 13, 2012 at 8:22 am |

    LSD has already been used to treat alcoholism and drug addiction in the 60’s and 70’s, It had a 50% success rate. (The highest rate of any known method)

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