The Nature article, "LSD helps to treat alcoholism" reports on the
That's ONE dose. Wow. I suspect these are old trials from the 50's or so, the days of Grof and others."first-ever quantitative meta-analysis of LSD–alcoholism clinical trials. The researchers sifted through thousands of records to collect data from randomized, double-blind trials that compared one dose of LSD to a placebo. Of 536 participants in six trials, 59% of people receiving LSD reported lower levels of alcohol misuse, compared to 38% of people who received a placebo. “We were surprised that the effect was so clear and consistent,” says Krebs.
I would guess that few alcoholics are familiar with the fact that Bill W, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, was greatly changed by an LSD experience.
My take is that psychedelics can help one gain insight and let go of troublesome ego based patterns.