Anthro Health #20 - Dr. Peter Hendricks & Dr. Sara Lappan - Psilocybin Treatment for Addiction

Dr. Peter Hendricks, Associate Professor and Dr. Sara Lappan, adjunct professor both of UAB join me on today's show to discuss their research which is exploring the use of psilocybin to treat cocaine addiction. The conversation ranges from...

  • The history of psychedelic research in America
  • Why some of the current dogmas exist surrounding classic psychedelics.
  • The wide ranging uses for psychedelics in the clinical setting. 
  • What is really happening/changing during these mystical experiences?
  • How these substances may be able to help society at large.

Dr. Hendricks received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida and completed a post-doctoral Fellowship in Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Research at the University of California, San Francisco. His research centers on the development of novel and potentially more effective treatments for substance dependence, with specific areas of focus on tobacco, cocaine, and polysubstance dependence in vulnerable populations.

Dr. Lappan completed her doctorate in the department of Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Couple and Family Therapy at Michigan State University. She is interested in health behavior and its effects on the family unit. More specifically, she is interested in creating/adapting family programs aimed at reducing rates of obesity as well as clinical applications of psychedelics for survivors of sexual assault experiencing symptoms of PTSD. She was also the principal investigator for an exploratory qualitative study investigating risk and protective familial factors influencing children placed at risk for overweight and obesity in low-income, single female primary caregiver households. Sara’s clinical experience includes providing family, couple, and individual therapy working in the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program at Borgess Medical Center, at Western Michigan University’s Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, Michigan State University’s Couple and Family Therapy Clinic, and Perspectives Therapy Services. She also has teaching experience as a teaching assistant and instructor of record for courses in Interdisciplinary Studies at Michigan State University as well as an adjunct professor for a supervision course, Relationships and Human Sexuality, and Couples Counseling courses at UAB. She is currently involved as a postdoctoral scholar investigating the time course and clinical significance of early e-cigarette withdrawal effects as well as a co-principle investigator exploring the efficacy of a psychedelic-assisted cognitive behavioral treatment program for treating cocaine addiction. 

Show Notes

https://www.cbs42.com/news/local/uab-researchers-seeking-active-cocaine-users-to-determine-hallucinogen-s-effects-on-addiction/1295533732

https://www.naturalblaze.com/2018/07/psilocybin-cocaine-addiction.html

https://weldbham.com/blog/2016/07/19/uab-professor-wants-to-fight-dependence-with-psychedelics/

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/06/live-like-youre-on-mushrooms/487286/?utm_source=atlfb

http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/05/19/44153/psychedelic-science-researches-enlist-psilocybin-t/

https://herb.co/marijuana/news/psilocybin-psychedelic-mushrooms-cocaine-addiction/