Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Joris C. Verster,
Utrecht University Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Division of Pharmacology
The Netherlands


Studying the Effects of Classic Hallucinogens in the Treatment of Alcoholism: Rationale, Methodology, and Current Research with Psilocybin

Author(s): Michael P. Bogenschutz

Affiliation: Center for Psychiatric Research, MSC11 6035, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001, USA.


Recent developments in the study of classic hallucinogens, combined with a re-appraisal of the older literature, have led to a renewal of interest in possible therapeutic applications for these drugs, notably their application in the treatment of addictions. This article will first provide a brief review of the research literature providing direct and indirect support for the possible therapeutic effects of classic hallucinogens such as psilocybin and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in the treatment of addictions. Having provided a rationale for clinical investigation in this area, we discuss design issues in clinical trials using classic hallucinogens, some of which are unique to this class of drug. We then discuss the current status of this field of research and design considerations in future randomized trials.

Keywords: Addiction, alcohol dependence, alcoholism, clinical trials, drug abuse, hallucinogens, psilocybin, psychedelic drugs.

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Article Details

Page: [17 - 29]
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.2174/15733998113099990002