Taking MDMA could help to treat alcoholism

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Once I started taking ‘shrooms, weed, blow & E, my alcohol drinking went down too.

Senepicmar

Since nobody read the article: this is not just letting people take as much MDMA as they want and go about their day. This is a specific protocol where the patient takes the drug to facilitate an extended psychotherapy session.

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Ok but where do I sign up for the depression study? I’d be down for taking E and talking about why I hate myself.

CodenameBuckwin

I heard a while back that MDMA showed huge promise in treating PTSD, and more recently a small study using MDMA in marriage therapy. So much promise!

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[1] The world’s first study into whether the rave drug MDMA can be used to treat alcohol addiction has produced “incredibly exciting” results, British researchers said today. During a trial held in Bristol people with alcoholism were given controlled doses of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, during two psychotherapy sessions. In the months that followed they were dramatically more successful in limiting their drinking, compared with patients who received more traditional treatments. Nine months after the sessions, 21 per cent of those who took part in the MDMA therapy were consuming more than 14 units of alcohol a week, compared with 75 per cent for a group who had undergone standard NHS care. Before their therapy, they had been drinking an average of about 130 units a week. The study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, is part of a broader reassessment of whether “street drugs” long overlooked by the medical profession can be combined with talking therapies to treat mental health conditions. Researchers in the United States have carried out similar trials to look at whether MDMA can be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Other studies have looked at whether the hallucinogen psilocybin might help patients with terminal cancer cope with the “existential distress”. MDMA, which is a Class A drug with possession punishable by up to seven years in prison, is thought to suppress a region of the brain known as the amygdala. This seems to allow patients to confront painful incidents from their past, which the authors of the new study believe are frequently at the root of problem drinking, without becoming overwhelmed. “It turns off the fear centre in the brain,” Dr Ben Sessa of Imperial College, who led the study, said. “That allows the patient to reflect upon painful, traumatic memories that they would normally avoid. It allows you, basically, to carry out the psychotherapy that you wouldn’t normally be able to do.”

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