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Testimonials from patients

Testimonials from patients in First study of safety and tolerability of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in patients with alcohol use disorder: preliminary data (UK 2019) and other participants.

Patient’s perspective

MDMA-Assisted Therapy patient, Israel Trial participant: I felt like I went through 15 years of psychological therapy in one night.

New York University end-of-life study participant: …everyone deserved to have this experience… that if everyone did, no one could ever do harm to another again … wars would be impossible to wage.

New York University end-of-life study participant: I was being told (without words) not to worry about the cancer … it’s minor in the scheme of things … simply an imperfection of your humanity and that the more important matter … the real work to be done is before you. Again, love.

Joel Harrop, Veterans of War: “Trauma creates a prison in the mind, leaving countless Australians shackled by mental illness. While there are traditional therapies that provide a path to peace for some, scores languish in suffering. I believe psychedelic therapy, responsibly administered in a safe and supported environment, is the key to unlocking those prison doors. “Lest we forget” is a powerfully iconic statement steeped in tradition and honour. Yet, the nation does forget, every day, about those veterans who put their lives on the line for their country, only to be classified “treatment resistant” as they struggle to cope with the scars of war. Did you know 8% of Australian veterans in the year after discharge develop a full suicide plan? I was one of them. My personal journey is a fall from grace, followed by healing and redemption. After honourably discharging from Army in 2008 as an Officer, I went on to be the State Party Secretary of Australia’s largest political party, riding high on the tide of success as the scars of war seeped silently through the cracks. I could not run from my trauma for long. Ultimately, I became homeless, alone, attempting suicide, masking my pain in destructive fashion. My clinical diagnosis was PTSD, major depressive disorder with anxiety and substance abuse disorder. I was treatment resistant and the Department of Veterans Affairs wrote me off as a lost cause.
In desperation, from a place of abject hopelessness, I turned to safe and supported Ayahuasca psychedelic therapy. One week of intensive treatment provided transformational healing. I’m honoured to be an example of what is possible with guided psychedelic therapy, and it is my passion to help my brothers and sisters in arms find their own healing journey.

Tom Judd, Director, sharkeatsbear: As a fairly new person to psychedelics, when I discovered the power of LSD and psilocybin, it was as if something had awoken inside of me. My many years of battling chronic depression, anxiety and Complex PTSD, suddenly felt like it was coming to an end. My mind felt “defragged” and organised. I problem-solved strategies of how to change negative aspects of my life and I felt free to explore new things that would otherwise give me anxiety. It’s not so much a drug, as it is a medicine.

Ram Dass: “Psychedelics helped me to escape… albeit momentarily… from the prison of my mind. It over-rode the habit patterns of thought and I was able to taste innocence again. Looking at sensations freshly without the conceptual overlay was very profound.”

UK MDMA-Assisted Addiction Trial participant:It’s not about the drinking, the MDMA healed me inside and the drinking looks after itself … I’m seeing things anew, nature for the first time … I’m in control of my decisions, I’ve got control back … Life is just good!

UK MDMA-Assisted Addiction Trial participant:Better than other treatments, including inpatient detox … I enjoyed every moment of it. Thrilled to be part of the study … I feel energised … The treatment has worked for me, done me a lot of good. I’ve got a lot of confidence out of it. I’m calmer … It’s given me what I wanted; to be cured, to not have the cravings, to look at life differently. I’m not so angry at everything … Being under MDMA was beautiful. It showed me the real me; the me without alcohol.

UK MDMA-Assisted Addiction Trial participant:A weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I haven’t felt like that for a long time. There are no nagging doubts. I’m getting my life back on track … Everything is so much clearer. It’s like a smog has been removed. I can see myself moving forward … It makes me think: why was I drinking that rubbish? I was just being stupid, idiotic, killing myself. There’s no reason to be doing that … Taking part in this study has helped me focus more on life and my goals … An uplifting experience that I would recommend to anyone.

UK MDMA-Assisted Addiction Trial participant: I am so inspired by the potential use of these substances and very excited to help. I have made a promise to myself to help change the standard view after obtaining a deep understanding recently of psychedelics. I find it morally wrong that we don’t have easy access to such useful and life affirming tools in our society and want to help effect change. My husband and I have had incredible healing experiences with it, as has our 20 year old son, but are frustrated that we have to travel overseas to legally make use of such helpful medicines. Whatever I can do to help on a practical level with time and energy then count me in!

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