A few studies conducted in the 1960s and 1970s appear to indicate that LSD-assisted psychotherapy leads to greater recovery rates from addiction than more conventional forms of rehab, although there have been no large-scale, controlled trials to confirm this. However, given what we know about the action of LSD on the brain, it is likely that, when used in the correct way, it could help to bring about recovery from addiction.


Brain scans of people under the effects of LSD have shown that the drug disrupts connectivity in a brain network called the default mode network (DMN), which controls our everyday consciousness. As such, the DMN is responsible for generating the thought patterns that define our experience of day-to-day life, setting the tone of our mood and determining the nature of our internal narrative.

As activity decreases in the DMN, connectivity simultaneously increases throughout the brain, with brain regions that don’t normally communicate with one another suddenly connecting. This generates a more fluid pattern of cognition that can lead to new insights and ways of thinking, which may have the power to completely transform the way one views one’s self and one’s place in the world.

If ingested under the right conditions (or set and setting), LSD can facilitate a transformation of the mental narratives that compel people to self-medicate, thereby offering a way out of addiction. Like other psychedelics, therefore, LSD should not be seen as a cure for addiction, but as a tool to connect to a greater sense of meaning, purpose and self-worth, all of which can facilitate the removal of the need to use drugs.

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