Can Psychedelics Help End Addictions with One Dose?

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Q13 Fox News discusses recent research giving psychedelics to people struggling with alcohol or cigarettes. David Nutt, an Imperial College London neuro-psychopharmacologist “thinks psilocybin could be a game-changer,” reports Fox, when “used as part of a therapeutic package where the mind-altering and confronting nature of psychedelics are combined with therapy to treat people within just one or two doses of treatment.”

“We’ve never had drugs before with an instant effect,” Nutt tells Fox. “This could create a paradigm shift to help people into a different state of thinking…”

“With psilocybin people feel reorganized [after therapy] and the nature of the reorganization is such that there are effects on attitudes towards addiction,” Roland Griffiths from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine tells Fox. Giffiths’ team has reported 80% success rates in people quitting smoking.

The Washington Post has also published a review of the book, Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal, and Salon has published an excerpt from the book. NPR‘s Diane Rehm Show will be airing a discussion of psychedelics and PTSD on October 2nd, which will also be available shortly afterwards online through the website of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.

Could ‘magic mushroom’ chemical free the mind of depression, addictions? (Q13 Fox News, September 17, 2014)

The colossal government failure that obstructed a potentially major medical breakthrough (Salon, September 21, 2014)

Book review: ‘Acid Test,’ on psychedelic drug therapy for PTSD, by Tom Shroder (The Washington Post, September 11, 2014)

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

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