Psychedelics assisted psychotherapy in Alabama

Professional counselors are more likely to remember psychedelic medications by their recreational or street names — acid, magic mushrooms, ecstasy — and to regard them as potentially hazardous substances for our clients. Since the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970 categorized all psychedelic drugs as Schedule I, meaning that they have a high potential for violence, have no purposeful medicinal use, and are extremely dangerous, this has been the narrative.

In the early 2000s, psychedelic studies resurfaced to look at the safety and applications of psychedelic drugs in substance abuse and mental health care. MDMA, LSD, psilocybin (the active compound in magic mushrooms), ibogaine (a compound contained in the iboga root), and ayahuasca are some of the psychedelic substances that are currently being investigated or used as therapies (a brew of numerous psychoactive plants containing DMT).

Alabama’s criminal code lays out the criminal classifications and penalties associated with all drugs within the state.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths in Alabama increased in the first half of 2020.  The state was shut down and the country reached an all-time high for drug-related deaths. Between June 1, 2019 and May 30, 2020, 81,230 people died from opioid overdoses across the country. According to a CDC health advisory, this is the highest number ever reported for any 12-month period, and it represents a significant improvement over the previous 12-month period. The most significant rises occurred between March and May 2020, during the pandemic’s initial lockdown.