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Psychedelics lessen violent behavior in men by improving emotional regulation, says study
06-08-18 Category: Addiction

Psychedelics lessen violent behavior in men by improving emotional regulation, says study

Men with prior experience with psychedelic drugs have a lower probability of engaging in violent activities towards their intimate partners said a recent study, published in in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in May 2018. Though, the use of drugs, like methamphetamine or cocaine, was linked with greater aggression and intimate partner violence (IPV), the researchers found that psychedelics had the opposite effect.

According to lead author Michelle Thiessen, a student of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, people who consumed psychedelic drugs like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), magic mushrooms, mescaline or dimethyltryptamine (DMT), at least one or more times had 50 percent less chances of being violent. Psychedelic drugs are known to initiate changes in perception, cognition, sense of self and emotion.

Past research indicates link between psychedelic use and intimate partner violence

Past research had established a relationship between psychedelic drugs and reduced IPV but details were unclear. Theissen and her team demonstrated that the improved ability to tackle negative feelings may have helped explain the less violent behavior in the hallucinogens users.

Theissen surveyed around 1,266 people, recruited online from different universities across the nation. They were selected through various social media platforms like Reddit. The participants revealed information about their consumption of mushrooms and LSD and answered questions pertaining to the regulation of their emotions, substance use and violence against partner. Though the current set of rules prohibit the researchers from undertaking any large scale studies, the “significant” findings can result in novel treatment therapies to decrease domestic violence, said Theissen.

How does LSD affect a person

The effects of LSD can be observed in the spinal cord and the brain. It modifies a person’s perception about reality that leads him/her to hear sounds, see images, and feel sensations outside the ordinary range of perception. This changed state of consciousness happens when LSD or acid disturbs the relationship between the neurotransmitters and the nerve cells. The hallucinations can be frightening and cause severe anxiety. LSD users can also suffer from flashbacks. Moreover, acid can trigger debilitating mental disorders like depression and schizophrenia.

LSD dependence is more psychological than physical. Users usually link its consumption with a specific circumstance or people and use it in social situations. It becomes difficult to quit as with continued use, the user becomes tolerant to a particular amount and needs more and more to achieve a similar effect. Higher doses have an increased risk of side effects and can be dangerous.

Treatment and recovery

There are various treatment options to treat addiction to LSD. The inpatient treatment is useful in the case of acute panic disorder triggered by LSD use. It is also helpful when a person is struggling with dual diagnosis like addiction to LSD and a mental disorder like anxiety or mood disorder. The outpatient program is a combination of individual or group counselling sessions conducted 1-3 times a week. Also, these programs include contingency management that offers rewards for abstaining from drugs. Group counselling helps in recovery by providing peer support.

If you or your loved one is struggling with an addiction to psychedelic drugs such as LSD and is looking for LSD addiction treatment, Sovereign Health’s LSD rehab centers can help. Tailor-made to suit individual requirement, our comprehensive treatment programs may combine supervised detox with behavioral and experiential therapies to offer lasting recovery. For more details on our treatment therapies or to locate our state-of the-art LSD rehab centers, call our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with our team member.

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