The surest way to keep people from driving drunk is to keep them from getting drunk in the first place. This is sometimes no small feat, especially when the person in question is an alcoholic. A new study shows that LSD can be very effective in treating alcoholism.
As reported on Indian Country Today Media Network, LSD may help alcoholics recover.
Norwegian researchers examined six studies conducted in the United States and Canada between 1966 and 1970 in which LSD was used to help people overcome alcoholism. Analyzing data of 536 patients, scientists noted a single dose of LSD helped heavy alcoholics quit drinking and reduced their risk of relapsing.
“It was rather common for patients to claim significant insights into their problems, to feel that they had been given a new lease on life, and to make a strong resolution to discontinue their drinking,” explained researchers in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE online on March 8.
According to Fox News:
The data featured results from 536 volunteers who took either a full dose of LSD, a lower dose, a stimulant drug, or a placebo.
The researchers found that 12 months after taking a full dose of LSD, 59 percent showed a “clear improvement” in their condition, compared to 38 percent in the other test groups, according to the results published in the Journal of Psychopharmacy.
However, the effects of the drug gradually wore off after the first few months, leading researchers to conclude that LSD doses should be taken periodically alongside conventional treatment.
And according to Time Magazine:
The treatment of alcoholism using LSD is not as unconventional as it may appear to the unitiated. In fact, AA co-founder Bill Wilson was an early advocate of acid treatment for alcohol abuse; unlike some of his followers, Wilson never believed that AA was the only way to deal with alcoholism. He took LSD himself, finding that the mind-expanding substance facilitated a similar spiritual state to the one that had helped him stop drinking in the first place. In his official AA biography, Pass It On, he’s quoted as saying:
It is a generally acknowledged fact in spiritual development that ego reduction makes the influx of God’s grace possible. … I consider LSD to be of some value to some people, and practically no damage to anyone. It will never take the place of any of the existing means by which we can reduce the ego, and keep it reduced.
Similarly, the rationale for the treatment regimen used in some of the early LSD trials was that the powerful drug would “break down” alcoholics’ egos and thereby create a spiritual awakening. This was not supposed to be a fun or mellow trip.
Before you know it there may be a 13th step: drop acid. And after that, a new condition of drunk driving probation: drop acid at least once every six months.
Patrick T. Barone
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