The first ever clinical trials into MDMA as a treatment for alcoholism are set to begin.
The trials, led by Imperial College London scientists, will see 20 patients – heavy drinkers and relapsed alcoholics – take 99.9% pure MDMA in capsule form as a way to battle alcoholic addiciton.
Clinical psychiatrist Ben Sessa – one of the people behind it all – has high hopes for the trials with the belief MDMA will be just as helpful for alcoholics as it can be for those suffering from trauma.
During a speech at Breaking Convention in London, Sessa said: “We know that MDMA works really well in helping people who have suffered trauma and it helps to build empathy. Many of my patients who are alcoholics have suffered some sort of trauma in their past and this plays a role in their addiction.
“After 100 years of modern psychiatry our treatments are really poor. The chances of relapse for these patients are really high – 90 per cent at three years. No one has ever given MDMA to treat alcoholism before.”
The trials are said to begin in the next 2-months. Sessa has confirmed that the trials are not so much focused on MDMA but more-so building a connection between the doctors and the patients in able to get to the base of the patient’s problems.
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