Because of how psychedelics have been portrayed in the media and lumped in with addictive drugs by law enforcement, it can seem paradoxical to most people that you could use psychedelics to treat addiction. But they are remarkably effective.
The power that psychedelics have to heal alcoholism and narcotic addiction is well established and was one of earliest focuses of psychedelic research. A recently published meta-analysis of randomized trials concluded, “A single dose of LSD, in the context of various alcoholism treatment programs, is associated with a decrease in alcohol misuse.”
In fact, Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous conducted experiments with LSD and said:
It is a generally acknowledged fact in spiritual development that ego reduction makes the influx of God’s grace possible. If, therefore, under LSD we can have a temporary reduction, so that we can better see what we are and where we are going — well, that might be of some help. The goal might become clearer. So I consider LSD to be of some value to some people, and practically no damage to anyone.Bill Wilson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_W.#cite_note-31