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Kurland, Albert A.
“The therapeutic potential of LSD: its adjunctive use in psychotherapy.”.
Med.Trib.med.News (N.Y.). 1970;11(37):l5.
The unique potency an dramatic psychotropic effects of LSD have resulted in numerous investigations attempting to delineate their specific characteristics and possible application in treatment. Investigative endeavors seeking to apply these in the psychotherapeutic setting have resulted in the structuring of 3 differential techniques: psycholeptic psychotherapy, uncovering the unconscious material that can be psychodynamically analyzed with much time devoted to psychotherapy before, during, and after actual drug sessions; psychedelic chemotherapy, placing its major emphasis on the drug sessions itself during which psychotherapy may or may not be carried out; and psychedelic - peak therapy, achieving of a peak or transcen - dental experience after which careful attention is paid to integrating the experiences gleaned from emerging insights. The latter technique has been under intensive scrutiny in clinical studies being conducted with alcoholics, neurotics, character disorders, narcotic addicts, and in terminal cancer patients. Future research might produce new sub - stances having brief or longer periods of activity as compared to LSD as well as yielding psychotropic effects. These substances and the in - tense emotional states they elicit may be useful in resolving depression, overcoming a sense of iner - tie or apathy, or providing aging individuals with increased sense of comfort, zest, or fulfillment.
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