A new clinical trial which will be conducted by doctors in Great Britain will be looking to study the effects and potential benefits of using MDMA in treating alcohol addiction.
MDMA or 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine is a synthetic drug which alters the user’s perception of their surroundings and moods. It is known to produce feelings of pleasure, emotional warmth, energy, and also a distorted time and sensory perception.
Small Doses of MDMA Used in Treating Alcoholism
This new study will be based on a combination of drugs and therapy. Namely, small doses of MDMA will be combined with hours of psychotherapy treatment. Together, they will be used to try and treat people with an alcohol addiction.
“We know that MDMA works really well in helping people who have suffered trauma and it helps to build empathy,” states Ben Sessa.
He is the clinical psychiatrist of the study and a senior research fellow part of the Imperial College London.
The clinical trial will involve 20 participants, all of them heavy drinkers that have also tried other treatment methods. These reportedly consume the equivalent of some five bottles of wine each day. This new research will nonetheless be quite difficult to conduct as MDMA is still listed as illegal and has a bad name due to its being used as a party drug.
Still, Sessa says that he has been and will continue working on trying to test the potentially beneficial effects of the drug. He will be looking to develop a “MDMA science”, one used in British neuroscience and medicine.
This is the first clinical trial to test the drug’s effects on alcohol addiction. However, another study, carried out in the United States in November 2016 tested its effects on dealing with PTSD. According to its results, some 67 percent of such patients treated with MDMA no longer presented effects.
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