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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  • Ronniedobbs

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

    • MoralDrift

      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

  • DeepCough

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

    • Doop

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

      • Zenc


        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.

  • Doop

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

  • Dskyjim

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

  • Lakota

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

  • Zenc

    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

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    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)