Hypnodelic Therapy

Publication Year: 
1976

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The word hypnodelic represents a condensation of the words hypnosis and psychedlic and was first coined by Ludwig and Levine (1965). The incorporation of hypnosis into what is basically a form of psychedelic therapy was seen as valuable in that it served to modulate and modify the character and course the LSD reaction. Hypnodelic therapy was initially used in a pilot study with narcotic drug-addicted patients (Levine, Ludwig, and Lyle 1963), many of whom made powerful claims of therapeutic benefit including improved functioning, marked symptom relief, and a radically altered Weltanschauung. Following this study, a controlled investigation was designed and carried out in which seventy addicts were randomly assigned to five brief treatment techniques employing LSD, psychotherapy, and hypnosis. The results indicated that those patients treated with the hypnodelic technique (LSD, hypnosis, and psychotherapy) for a single session showed more improvement than those treated with (1) LSD and psychotherapy, (2) LSD alone, (3) psychotherapy, and (4) hypnotherapy, when evaluated both two weeks and two months following treatment (Ludwig and Levine 1965).

Excerpt from page 212 of Consciousness East and West by Kenneth R. Pelletier & Charles Garfield

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