Sunday, March 11, 2012

LSD Can Help In Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation

The Journal of Psychopharmacology has recently presented a study that shows that the hallucinogenic drug LSD can be used to help alcoholics in their rehabilitation of their addiction.

The study goes all the way back to the 1960s and involves six trials and 500 patients who showed significant improvements in decreasing their alcoholism after the drug was taken.

LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is a powerful hallucinogen that affects serotonin levels in the brain, a chemical that controls an individual's behavior and perception. When taken, a person will have vivid dreams called "trips".

The drug is currently controlled and illegal to manufacture, sell, buy or trade almost everywhere in the world. The reason for this is because people who take LSD can put themselves in danger while on a trip, such as jumping off a building because they think they could fly.

At present, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology took a second look at the studies conducted back in the late 60s and saw that LSD has helped people with problems of alcohol abuse in abstaining from drinking.

According to Professor David Nutt, a previous UK government advisor, "Curing alcohol dependency requires huge changes in the way you see yourself. That's what LSD does."

With these findings finally presented to the medical community, is there a possibility that LSD will become an accepted alternative to treat alcohol dependency? The answer is probably not in the near future, but this certainly needs to be taken into further study in our opinion.