Testimonials from patients

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.

34 year old school teacher healed from trauma and anxiety: MDMA has helped me learn how to empathise with others and helped me work through relationship challenges by opening up and expressing my feelings without fear. Psilocybin has deepened my connection with nature and has taken me to a place of deep peace.”

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.

Deborah Coulthard, Psychotherapist in regional Victoria, Australia: I have been working as a psychotherapist for thirty-five years and have never seen a more effective medicine. Most of the anti-depressants have my patients feel frustrated with side effects and lack of efficacy. Patients report feeling so much more alive after psilocybin whereas they feel “dead” or “numbed” by current pharmacology. The results I have witnessed over the past couple of years have me very excited by this medicine as the benefits have been sustained and have freed the patients for our therapy to be of much more use. Importantly, it has saved years of time. It does seem that the work achieved in one day with psilocybin can be equated with several years of psychotherapy.”

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.”

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.

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!

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!

Jeremy, participant: The breakthroughs I’ve achieved through this work cannot be overestimated – in as little as one session, I’ve managed to reverse trends and habits that were formed over several years. Particularly around alcohol, I was someone who drank 1-2 / night, and drank like a legend on the weekends. Since starting this work, I haven’t had a drink in over 5 months – truly an incredible achievement, and one that would’ve been near impossible with the help of this medicine.

37-year-old male researcher with alcohol problem: It is because of my exploration and integration of these life changing medicines and experiences that I have drastically improved personal relationships with my family and friends, realised the importance of my health, embraced death, become more self aware than I have ever been and have stopped using alcohol as something that was needed in order for me to socially interact and be comfortable in social settings. Recreational synthetic drugs are completely a thing of the past for me now. I don’t want them in my body or in my mind.

It has also definitely brought me closer to nature and given me a deep and profound appreciation for our environment and how we treat it. Additional to this, I have had the privilege of witnessing incredible transformations and shifts in people who are close to me. The ability to reconcile people with their traumas and work through it and thrive has been nothing short of inspiring and beautiful to witness the power of such important teachers/tools.”

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