'Strengthening the Moral Compass': The Effects of MDMA ('Ecstasy') Therapy on Moral and Spiritual Development

This paper argues that therapy with the drug MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) can have positive results in pain reduction for post-traumatic stress disorder and can also encourage moral development and the growth of compassion as well as religious and spiritual insight. Today, small-scale drug trials of...

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Published in:Pastoral psychology
Main Author: McDaniel, June
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2017]
In:Pastoral psychology
Year: 2017, Volume: 66, Issue: 6, Pages: 721-741
Further subjects:B Ecstasy
B PTSD
B Spirituality
B PAIN management
B Post-traumatic stress disorder
B Spiritual Development
B Compassion
B ECSTASY (Drug)
B Moral development
B Trauma
B MDMA
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Summary:This paper argues that therapy with the drug MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) can have positive results in pain reduction for post-traumatic stress disorder and can also encourage moral development and the growth of compassion as well as religious and spiritual insight. Today, small-scale drug trials of MDMA are being performed in a highly controlled clinical environment without any spiritual or moral interpretative framework to help the subjects understand their experiences. Such a framework could help patients integrate and find meaning in the intense, traumatic experiences they have undergone. Pastoral counselors, psychologists, and religious professionals might find it useful to explore this form of therapy further.
ISSN:1573-6679
Contains:Enthalten in: Pastoral psychology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11089-017-0789-6