A recent study from the Journal of Psychopathology has uncovered remarkable and controversial results that suggest LSD may help alcoholics give up drinking.
Data from more than 500 patients in six trials was studied and showed that significant LSD was a popular hallucinogenic drug in the 1960s and was used in studies during that time period before negative side effects were discovered. It remains a class A drug in many countries such as the United Kingdom, and is one of the most powerful types of drugs that can induce hallucinations. The mechanism of action involves a blockade of a neurotransmitter in the brain called serotonin, which controls many forms of behavior, including hunger and mood. Its beneficial effects on alcoholics were noted several months after a single dose of LSD.
Researchers have failed to identify any other sort of pharmacological intervention that helps alcoholics to abstain from drinking. The results with LSD are pretty surprising and generally encouraging. Many experts believe that a derivative may work just as well as long as it has a similar mechanism of action. The dramatic results with just a single dose also infer that longer effects may be achieved with regular doses over time.
One of the main effects of LSD appears to be the way it changes an individu
al’s self-esteem and the way they perceive themselves. Alcohol detox programs that have been shown to be effective, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, depend on large changes in an individual’s opinion of themselves and their ability to fight the addiction. The neurological changes that LSD elicits assists in this evolution.
It is the drug’s controversial and hippy side effects that has left the treatment largely overlooked until now. Researchers caution that more research and development will be needed before any lasting benefit can be established.