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Psychoactive experiences can help reduce alcohol use

This study looks at the effect of using psychoactive substances for treatment of substance use and mental health disorders in non-clinical settings. Researchers surveyed people with alcohol use problems who also took psychedelics about their experiences and drinking behaviors before and after. They found that most reduced their drinking after the experience and many no longer qualified for alcohol use disorder. Higher psychoactive doses and personally meaningful or mystical experiences were associated with greater reduction in alcohol use. The Study, “Cessation and reduction in alcohol consumption and misuse after psychedelic use,” was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31084460/