The medicinal psychedelic revolution is in full swing and the early reports are extremely promising. A recent Johns Hopkins study found psilocybin mushrooms an effective treatment for depression while researchers at the University of California have found MDMA an effective PTSD treatment. With Johns Hopkins creating the first endowed psychedelic professorship on the planet, it’s easy to imagine more and more positive research coming to fruition over the coming years. With depression, drug overdoses, and suicide plaguing far too many people in our nation, we can expect more people to seek out psychedelics as more scientific advancements are made and the general public is made aware of psychedelics’ efficacy. Psychedelics in Recovery (PIR) co-founded by Dimitri M. and based upon the 12-step tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous has exploded in popularity during COVID times, providing those seeking to end their harmful drug use, a community of like-minded folks that considers psychedelic treatments as acceptable, as Rolling Stone reported:
People from across the world began showing up, people in all stages of life and recovery, some even joining from treatment facilities. At the beginning of 2020, PIR consisted of a single weekly online meeting and occasional in-person meetings in New York or San Diego. By the summer of 2020 it had grown to 17 meetings per week with as many as 40 people in a single group.
An average meeting can veer into how a DMT trip might inspire a member to realize the existence of a higher power, or how a Peyote experience may remind a member of the people they hurt during active addiction. Dimitri believes that this is no accident, that psychedelic treatment and the 12 steps were meant to be used in tandem. He says the purpose of both is the pursuit of becoming “a mensch.”
With over 20 veteran suicides everyday, and states tragically breaking overdose records, it is imperative that we seek out all safe treatments for addiction and all mental health issues. Unfortunately, the Drug War has stigmatized psychedelic treatments, denying people from beneficial medical treatments for far too long. Thankfully, the truth is setting psychedelics free, step by step.