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Re: Example of Street Drug as Therapeutic Agent

Posted by Cam W. on April 5, 2000, at 21:14:25

In reply to Let's not stereotype, posted by boB on April 5, 2000, at 19:48:48

When I was researching my paper on LSD for a psych class (pre-internet days) I found a number of studies (one using actually good research methods) on the use of LSD in chronic alcohol addiction. The LSD gave the alcoholics insight into their addiction and showed them the consequences thereof. Compared to standard treatments, the alcoholics who underwent LSD therapy were more likely to quit drinking altogether over a five year (I believe) follow-up. Believe it or not, I was trying to prove how harmful LSD really was, but I kept coming across success stories in its clinical use in several studies (many used poor scientific technique, though).

I too, like bob, am not advocating the uncontrolled use of regulated self medicants, but lets not throw away the baby with the bath water. Sure many of these drugs have a terrible downside when not used properly, but if used therapeutically in a controlled environment, they may be of some clinical value. Further research into their clinical uses needs to be done. - Cam W.




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