Throughout history there have been cases of using one drug to alleviate the addiction of another. Long ago, cocaine was introduced as a cure for morphine addiction. Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) believes and suggests that LSD could be the next generation cure for alcoholism.
There is a hell of a story behind the concept of using LSD to counteract alcoholism.
Don Lattin, author of the new book Distilled Spirits, says this interesting trip begins about 20 years after Bill Wilson established AA in 1935. It was only then when Wilson started to preach his belief in using this new drug to find solace to end alcoholism and regain sobriety. In his own words, LSD helps “cynical alcoholics” with some level of “spiritual awakening” that redeem them from the addiction.
The concept of using LSD as a cure for alcoholism did not hit Bill’s mind at the very first use. In fact he was skeptical about using it and believing that it can alone be a reliable cure for the addiction. He mentions in a few letters and articles that this psychedelic drug could give medical experts insight in to the fact that a stronger drug can be used to control alcoholism among common drunkards and hard alcoholics. Wilson started his experiments with the drug in 1956 at the Los Angeles Veterans Administration where he realized that this powerful drug had the ability to provide someone a deep insight that transforms him to fight his addiction by stepping into a world of simulated insanity. In other words, using LSD can transform a person to discover a power greater than themselves.
However, he firmly believed in the fact that LSD treatment had to be consistent and continuous over a period of time in order to be effective. He once noted “I don’t believe LSD has any miraculous property of transforming spiritually and emotionally sick people into healthy ones overnight. It can set up a shining goal on the positive side, after all it is only a temporary ego-reducer.”