Schedule Drugs and Schedule 1 Drugs What is post Tramatic Stress Syndrome PTSS is Addictive drugs for the treatment of post tramatic stress syndrome PTSS Explain the use of MDMA Methylenedioxymethetamine for returning Iraqi Veterans What ethical Issues are involved in using addictive drugs for PTSS provide personal viewpoint regarding the use of addictive drugs for treating people in our armed forces

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In some patients, the disorder is responsive to traditional psychotherapy and pharmacological intervention; however, in other patients the symptoms of PTSD are unresponsive to traditional therapeutic modalities and are, therefore, intractable (Mithoefer, Wagner, Mithoefer, et al., 2010).

Several alternative and adjunctive approaches developed in the last decade that have been used to treat PTSD patients whose symptoms were not resolved by traditional intervention. Among the most promising is based on specific patterns of exposure to various types and intensities of light in a process called Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). The EMDR technique is used in conjunction with psychotherapy and it has proven very effective for statistically significant numbers of patients in controlled studies (Breslau, Lucia, & Alvarado, 2006; Gerrig & Zimbardo, 2008).

Ethical Issues in Treating PTSD in Returning Combat Veterans with MDMA

A much more ethically controversial approach involves the use of low doses of MDMA in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy. That is because MDMA is an illicit drug with a very well-deserved reputation for being notoriously popular with recreational users and addiction. While their may be beneficial therapeutic uses of MDMA in certain patients, the population of U.S. armed services veterans suffering from PTSD are also, demographically and psychologically, at the greatest risk of drug addiction and to mental instability that could be worsened by non-therapeutic use of consciousness-altering substances, particularly in connection with unauthorized and unmonitored or controlled use.

It is not necessarily never appropriate to treat PTSD with MDMA after all other therapeutic modalities have been exhausted unsuccessfully. However, it behooves all stakeholders to limit that use of MDMA by criteria that are sufficiently strict to exclude those prospective patients whose other risk factors for negative responses to MDMA treatment may preclude that approach. It is appropriate that the potential benefits of MDMA in this application are being examined critically; likewise, it is appropriate to limit any approved use of this nature to patients receiving intensive monitoring and concurrent psychotherapy. In that regard, there is a strong argument against prescribing MDMA for any patients with any prior history of illicit drug use, or dependence…[continue]



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