Description: This article mainly talks about a story of a veteran who came back from Iraq and suffered from PTSD, and how he cured by using a MDMA drug.
PTSD leaves many veterans at a state of hopelessness, unfortunately therapy and medication does not help everyone. Now some researchers think a well-known party drug has the serious potential to help end the suffering. Nigel McCurry is going to tell us his story of trying to get out from the trauma of war in Iraq.
He owes his life to that survival mentality, but as many veterans have learned, it’s not easy to turn off for years, his personal life was in shambles. He felt his life was over, after years of having the feeling, he felt he couldn’t take it anymore, he was suffering with PTSD. After coming back from the war for about seven years, it went undiagnosed.
Nigel thought he found a lifeline that pulled him from despair, it brought him to a point where the defenses are lowered, this source of healing is called MDMA, this is the same drug that is known on the street as ecstasy, but this is a pure pharmaceutical form.
A few years ago, he took part in an experimental study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, the multidisciplinary Association for psychedelic studies conducted that research and Nigel says the treatment wasn’t some rave, it wasn’t like they gave him a bottle of ecstasy and said go home.
It was strictly in the therapeutic setting during the session. MDMA increases hormones, allowing patients to discuss memories openly while decreasing brain activity linked to fear and trauma claiming 83% of those in the study were no longer diagnosed with PTSD at their two-month follow-up.
Visit conflict between the inner and outter research keeps pointing to it being a really rich in that tool. Nigel says 5 therapeutic sessions had a lasting impact and that his PTSD symptoms are now manageable. It gave him such peace and some areas of his life, he’d struggled with not being able to sleep since he was in combat and with so many in the grips of a losing battle against PTSD.
He figured MDMA is worth a shot, especially after his dear friend who’s also a vet committed suicide after struggling with the stress, Nigel says that loss drives him, it’s hard pushing for wider acceptance of a drug that gave him a weapon in a seemingly hopeless fight.