The experiments showed that one small dose of LSD could have a profound effect on participants’ addictions to alcohol, even many months after taking it.
Researchers found that the dose had a lasting effect on the participants, and in some cases lasted for over a year.
All participants were on an alcohol treatment programme. Some were given a dose of LSD and some were not. 59% of the LSD group noticed a significant reduction in their misuse of alcohol in the following months, compared to only 38% of the non-LSD group.
Professor David Nutt, the sacked UK government’s drug adviser, said: “Curing alcohol dependency requires huge changes in the way you see yourself. That’s what LSD does. Overall there is a big effect, show me another treatment with results as good; we’ve missed a trick here.”
Prof Nutt was sacked just days after claiming that LSD and ecstasy were less dangerous than alcohol.
Of course, many health experts will argue that the dangers of taking such powerful drugs far out-weight the benefits. The dangers of taking LSD include:
- severe anxiety and panic attacks
- horrible flashbacks months after the trip
- psychotic illness (some people remain in a state of psychosis long after the drug has worn off.)
- putting yourself in danger while on a trip e.g. thinking you can fly and hurling yourself from a building.
There are safer ways to fight alcohol addiction that don’t involve taking illegal drugs. Hypnotherapy is one increasingly popular and effective method. To find out more about how hypnotherapy can help, please visit our page on Alcohol Abuse.
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