Feb. 23, 2021 – It’s thought that painful past experiences are frequently at the root of drinking problems. Professor David Nutt, lead author of the study, said: ‘This clinical study supports the practical experience of many leaders in psychiatry that psychedelic-assisted treatments, including MDMA for mental health disorders, have the potential to deliver significantly better outcomes for many patient groups.’  The study involved 14 patients who took part in ten psychotherapy sessions over eight weeks. During two of the sessions, on weeks three and seven, they were given a dose of 125mg of the drug, followed by another 62.4mg two hours later. Each session lasted between six and eight hours and took place in a hospital with a psychiatrist and a psychologist present. Those taking part were encouraged to talk and confront their past experiences, and then stay overnight before being telephoned every day for a week for check-ups.



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