Humphry Osmond Begins Treating Alcoholics With LSD

Dr. Osmond treated over 2,000 alcoholic patients from 1954-1960 with a nearly 50% success rate.


Osmond knew LSD produced symptoms similar to delirium tremens. Many times, alcoholics attribute their ability to quit drinking to the horrific experience they have withdrawal and not wanting to go through it again. Osmond set out to dose the alcoholic patients with LSD hoping to scare them into changing their ways. He was astonished when the patients had interesting rather than frightening experiences on the drug. Also, 40-45% of those treated had stayed sober a year after their treatment.