The clinical use of psychedelic drugs lowers defenses and helps in the accessing of memories of early traumas. At the present time, all use of psychedelic drugs is illegal. Some psychedelics have more of an ability to potentiate access to repressed memories than others. These include LSD, ibogaine, psilocybin, DMT, and MDMA (ecstasy). |
These psychedelics are currently being studied by various governmental and private institutions for efficacy and safety. Hopefully, some will be approved for psycho-therapeutic use in the future. (See the "MAPS" link below.)
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Material about the use of LSD in psychotherapy:
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The listings below are linked to the Psychedelics and Psychotherapy Section of The Psychedelic Library:
Material From Dr. Stanislav Grof's books:
- Preface to Dr. Stanislav Grof's LSD Psychotherapy (1994 edition)
- Appendix I from Dr. Stanislav Grof's LSD Psychotherapy (1994 edition) Crisis Intervention in Situations Related to Unsupervised Use of Psychedelics
- Appendix II from Dr. Stanislav Grof's LSD Psychotherapy (1994 edition) The Effects of LSD on Chromosomes, Genetic Mutation, Fetal Development and Malignancy ©1980, 1994 by Stanislav Grof.
- Chapter 8 of LSD Psychotherapy by Stanislav Grof, M.D. - Non-Therapeutic Uses of LSD
©1980, 1994 by Stanislav Grof.
- Epilogue from Dr. Grof's LSD Psychotherapy, (1994) entitled The Future of LSD Psychotherapy
- Chapter 1 of LSD Psychotherapy History of LSD Therapy by Stanislav Grof, M.D. , ©1980, 1994 by Stanislav Grof.
- LSD Psychotherapy and Addictions Chapter from: The Human Encounter With Death, by Dr Stanislav Grof and Joan Halifax (1977).
- Chapter 5 of Dr. Stanislav Grof's Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death and Transcendence in Psychotherapy,Dilemmas and Controversies of Traditional Psychiatry .
- Preface from Realms of the Human Unconscious by Stanislav Grof, M.D. in which he describes his arrival in the United States in the mid-1960s to join the research activities of the Research Unit of Spring Grove State Hospital in Maryland.
- An excerpt from Chapter 1 of Realms of the Human Unconscious -- Heuristic Value of LSD Research by Stanislav Grof, M.D. ©1975 Stanislav and Joan Halifax Grof.
- Chapter 2 from The Human Encounter With Death, The History of Psychedelic Therapy with the Dying, By Dr. Stanislav Grof & Joan Halifax, 1977.
Other Links to The Psychedelic Library:
- The Door in the Wall - Part I & II - An excellent history of psychedelics in the United States during the 1950s, including biographical details of some of the major figures of the psychedelic rediscovery. Excerpted from Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream by Jay Stevens. ©1987 by Jay Stevens.
- Can Drugs Be Used to Enhance the Psychotherapeutic Process? by Lester Grinspoon, M.D., and James B. Bakalar, American Journal Of Psychotherapy, Vol. XL, No. 3, July 1986.
- Therapeutic Applications of LSD and Related Drugs from: Toward an Individual Psychedelic Psychotherapy; Masters ; Houston, in PSYCHEDELICS, edited by Bernard Aaronson and Humphry Osmond, 1970.
- Treatment of Alcoholism with Psychedelic Therapy by: Abram Hoffer (excerpt) from: PSYCHEDELICS, edited by Aaronson and Osmond, 1970.
- Successful Outcome of a Single LSD Treatment in a Chronically Dysfunctional Man by Gary Fisher, Ph.D. From the website of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies - MAPS Bulletin Volume IX, Nr 2, July 1999.
- The Use of Psychedelic Agents with Autistic Schizophrenic Children by Robert E. Mogar & Robert W. Aldrich, PSYCHEDELIC REVIEW, Number 10, 1969.
- Introduction: LSD, Transcendence, and the New Beginning. Proceedings of the January 1960 symposium on LSD at the Napa State Hospital, Imola, California from: LSD, The Consciousness-Expanding Drug, by David Solomon
- The Nature of the LSD Experience by James Terrill, Ph.D.
- LSD, Alcoholism and Transcendence by Charles Savage, M.D.
- LSD and the New Beginning by Donald D. Jackson, M.D.
- Mescaline, LSD, Psilocybin, and Personality Change by Sanford M. Unger, Psychiatry, Volume 26, No. 2, May 1963.
- The Psychotomimetic Drugs: An Overview by: Jonathan O. Cole & Martin M. Katz, JAMA187 No. 10, 1964.
- Criticisms of LSD Therapy and Rebuttal from: The Hallucinogens, by Abram Hoffer & Humphry Osmond, 1967.
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An interesting web site is the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) from which back articles from past issues of MAPS bulletins are available.
From the MAPS website is a fascinating article about the treatment of childhood schizophrenia with psychedelics by Gary Fisher, Ph.D.
Also from the MAPS website, Stanislav Grof Interviews Dr. Albert Hofmann, Discoverer of LSD (1984)
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An internet web site is currently making available the book, E Is For Ecstasy authored by Nicholas Saunders. I particularly recommend Chapter 9 which discusses regression therapy using ecstasy.
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A book about the psychedelic, ibogaine, sub-titled The Ibogaine Story, can also be read or downloaded from the web. Of similar interest is an article which appeared in the Winter 1995/1996 issue of the Primal Feelings Newsletter: Ibogaine: Does This Psychedelic Portend the End of Primal Therapy? by John A. Speyrer
Other sources of information about ibogaine include: