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Psychedelic therapy as a complementary treatment approach for alcohol use disorders

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Abstract

Background

Traditional treatment interventions for alcohol use disorders (AUD) have produced mixed outcomes and the global increase in AUDs demands novel and innovative approaches to addiction treatment. Psychedelic substances have been reintroduced into the Western medical community as a potential intervention to complement the treatment of AUDs.

Objectives

This paper will discuss the implications of using psychedelic substances as a complementary approach within the treatment of AUDs.

Methods

A thorough review of pertinent research focused on the use of psychedelics in relation to the affective, cognitive, social, legal, and spiritual issues commonly associated with AUDs.

Results

Research suggests the clinical efficacy and safety of psychedelic therapy as a complementary treatment for AUDs.

Conclusion

Future directions and implications to AUD treatment are provided.

Eischens, P., & Atherton, W. L. (2018). Psychedelic therapy as a complementary treatment approach for alcohol use disorders. Journal of Psychedelic Studies, 1-9. 10.1556/2054.2018.005
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