Abstract: Retrospective Outcomes of Psychedelic Therapy Among US Special Operations Forces Veterans (Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference - Social Work Science and Complex Problems: Battling Inequities + Building Solutions)

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Retrospective Outcomes of Psychedelic Therapy Among US Special Operations Forces Veterans

Friday, January 13, 2023
Desert Sky, 3rd Level (Sheraton Phoenix Downtown)
* noted as presenting author
Nathan Sepeda, BS, Research Assistant, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Special Operations Forces Veterans completed an anonymous survey in which they retrospectively reported on mental health, cognitive functioning, and alcohol use in the 30 days before and 30 days after receiving psychedelic treatment. A total of 65 SOFV completed treatment, and 51 (78%) completed the survey (mean age = 40; male = 96%; married = 55%; Caucasian/White = 92%). Results indicated significant and very large reductions in suicidal ideation (p < .001; d = -1.9), cognitive impairment (p < .001; d = -2.8), alcohol use (p < .001; d = -2.4), and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (p < .001; d = -3.6), depression (p < .001; d = -3.7), and anxiety (p < .001; d = -3.1) from before-to-after treatment. Results also showed a significant and large increase in psychological flexibility (p < .001; d = 2.9), which was strongly associated with reductions in alcohol use and PTSD symptoms (rs range .38-.90; ps < .05). Additionally, most SOFV (84%) rated the psychedelic experiences among the top five personally meaningful experiences of their lives. Psychedelic treatment with ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT may hold promise for treating the sequela of problems associated with repeated trauma exposure among SOFV.