Andrew Feldmár on Psychotherapy & Psychedelics

From the Guardian:

Sandoz began to market LSD in 1947 as a psychiatric panacea, the cure for everything from schizophrenia to criminal behaviour, sexual perversions, alcoholism, and other addictions. During a 15-year period beginning in 1950, research on LSD and other hallucinogens generated over 1,000 scientific papers, several dozen books and six international conferences, and LSD was prescribed as an adjunct of psychotherapy to over 40,000 patients. The current research using psychedelics heralds a reawakening to the magnificent healing possibilities of these now prohibited substances. After over 40 years of repression or oppression, Rick Doblin of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (Maps), and others are spearheading a more enlightened, less hysterical and terrified approach to the use of these substances. I am participating in what hopefully will be Canada’s first government approved clinical trials in 40 years, sponsored and organised by Maps, evaluating MDMA (Ecstasy)-assisted psychotherapy for subjects with treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder.

If you are thinking this in the realms of quackery, you’d be wrong. There is plenty of very good evidence that the right combination of therapist and psychedelic experience can work to alleviate seemingly entrenched pathologies.

After three LSD sessions, a patient emerged from what was labelled chronic psychotic depression (she had attempted suicide three times, had been hospitalised, and given several courses of ECT, major antipsychotics and antidepressants), and was able to hold a job, derive pleasure from her days, and look forward to cultivating a varied garden of delights. She moved from cursing me for not letting her die to blessing me for the surprising freedom that opened up for her as a result of her LSD experiences. Psychotherapy, without LSD, would not have been enough, I’m afraid.

You can find more information at the following links: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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