Thursday, October 12, 2006
LSD treatment had AA support
A set of experiments in which alcoholics were treated with LSD in the 1950s "gained support from the provincial government, local chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Bureau of alcoholism," according to Dr Erika Dyck, professor of the history of medicine at the University of Alberta, Canada. Source. And not only local groups. Bill Wilson, co-founder of AA, experimented with LSD himself. (So did Chuck Dederich, founder of Synanon). See Wm. White, Slaying the Dragon, p. 229. ABC News quotes sources saying that Wilson and other AA members felt that LSD was useful in getting people to accept the "higher power" concept. Source.