At the time, the research primarily focused on the effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), which seemed to help curb alcohol addiction, albeit not consistently.
In the paper, Johnson and colleagues present evidence that psychedelics can lead to a reduction — and sometimes complete cessation — of problematic alcohol use.
Out of those who took the drugs, 62 percent were looking for a spiritual experience or wanted to explore their psychological state.
After their drug experience, 83 percent of the participants no longer met the criteria for having alcohol use disorder.
In turn, 28 percent of the participants reported that their psychedelic experience was the reason they decided to change their lifestyle.
It’s the nature of the psychedelic experience that predicts long-term success when it comes to addiction, says Johnson.
Psychedelic drugs, he explains, have effects that are more similar to psychotherapy than to traditional medications for combatting alcohol addiction. »