Psychedelic assisted psychotherapy is a growing field of research that has gained increasing attention in recent years. This innovative approach to mental health treatment involves the use of psychedelic substances, such as psilocybin and MDMA, as a tool for assisting in the therapeutic process.
Recent studies have shown promising results for the use of psychedelics in the treatment of a variety of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. These substances are believed to work by increasing neural plasticity and facilitating new connections in the brain, leading to increased introspection and personal growth.
One of the most significant recent studies in the field of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The study involved the use of psilocybin in the treatment of depression, and the results were groundbreaking. Participants who received psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy experienced significant reductions in depressive symptoms, and the effects were still present six months later.
Another study conducted at Imperial College London explored the use of MDMA in the treatment of PTSD. Participants who received MDMA-assisted psychotherapy experienced significant reductions in PTSD symptoms, and the effects were still present a year later. This study has led to the FDA granting “breakthrough therapy” status to MDMA for the treatment of PTSD.
The use of psychedelics in psychotherapy is not without its risks, however. These substances can induce powerful and sometimes overwhelming experiences, which can be challenging to navigate without the support of a trained therapist. Furthermore, the use of psychedelics is still illegal in many parts of the world, making it difficult for researchers to conduct studies and for patients to access treatment.
Despite these challenges, the field of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy is rapidly advancing, with more and more research being conducted each year. The potential benefits of these substances in the treatment of mental health disorders are significant, and with continued research and advocacy, it is possible that psychedelic assisted psychotherapy could become a mainstream treatment option in the not-too-distant future.
Thrive Counseling Services, LLC in Gilbert and Scottsdale do not yet provide psychedelic assisted psychotherapy as it is not yet FDA approved.