Psychology

Can MDMA treat alcoholism? Scientists begin first trials.

Sessa told TalkingDrugs that the similarities between alcoholism and PTSD suggest that the treatment could also work for both conditions. “Alcoholism is PTSD as far as I’m concerned,” Sessa told TalkingDrugs. “The vast majority of my patients with alcohol and other addictions are essentially ‘PTSD plus.’” -Dr. Ben Sessa, a consultant child psychiatrist and senior research fellow at ICL, who is working on the trials, the drug is able to break down many of the fear barriers that individuals may experience during therapy,

Alcohol disorder is not the first mental health condition that researchers have suggested MDMA may help with. For example, in 2016, the FDA approved several trials to use MDMA as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, the drug has also been tested for its potential in treating depression and anxiety, SF Gate reported.

From the Article (Newsweek):
Can MDMA treat alcoholism? Scientists begin first trials.
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