MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

A very powerful form of therapy is being developed for PTSD. It combines intensive somatic therapy with a medicine called MDMA.

Specialized treatment for trauma is a relatively young specialization.
EMDR was developed in the 1990s, and only started to become well known in the 2000s.
Peter Levine’s seminal book on trauma healing “Waking The Tiger” was first published in 1997.

While the past two decades have given us many incredible developments for trauma healing, this field is still in its infancy.
One exciting development for trauma therapy is MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy. In controlled research taking place since 2010, this therapy has achieved an astonishing 68% success rate in treating PTSD from people who have had chronic treatment-resistant PTSD for an average time of over 7 years.
To put it another way, MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy is working with the most difficult to treat persons with PTSD, yet despite this is achieving results far beyond any current trauma therapy that is available. This approach to PTSD therapy is an intensive brief therapy that combines regular therapy sessions with daylong sessions in which the person with PTSD takes a substance known as MDMA to help achieve maximal therapeutic effects.
MDMA is the pure form of the drug known as “ecstasy”. While most ecstasy bought from the street is cut with amphetamines and/or fentanyl, pure MDMA is safe with minimal side-effects at proper doses.
What makes MDMA a tremendous catalyst for healing is that it increases feelings of safety, interpersonal trust, decreases defensiveness, and increases a person’s compassion for self and others.

To learn more about the research on MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy, please visit
https://maps.org/research/mdma