Recent studies on the efficacy of psychedelics as treatment for alcoholism are gaining increasing amounts of recognition within Western medicine.
via Psypress UK:
According to Dr Ben Sessa, a UK-based Consultant Psychiatrist for addictions: ‘It looks like mainstream bodies are certainly waking up to the possibilities of psychedelic medicine – and especially in the field of addictions.’
The study found that there was a significant increase in abstinence in participants post being administered psilocybin.
Psilocybin was used in conjunction with psychosocial treatments such as counselling and assessments, and these commenced four weeks prior psilocybin being introduced to the therapy. The study shows that for the first four weeks there was not a significant drop in drinking and it was only when psilocybin was introduced that drinking patterns markedly altered, as well as there being a change in attitude towards drinking, within the group.
‘Participants exhibited significant improvement in drinking, with large pre–post effect sizes, as well as significant changes in psychological measures relevant to drinking. Importantly, much of the improvement occurred following the administration of psilocybin, at which time participants had already received 4 weeks of psychosocial treatment and 4–6 hours of assessment.’