Connecting Vets: VetStory: Is Ecstasy the Cure for PTSD?

Summary: In an interview with Connecting Vets, veteran Jonathan Lubecky shares his experience in the military, living with PTSD, his past suicide attempt, and how he overcame PTSD after participating in a MAPS-sponsored MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trial.

Originally appearing here.

“I was blown off a porta-john…had I been standing up, I’d be dead,” said Jonathan Lubecky.

The former Army marksman laughs about it now, but for years the injuries related to his service in Iraq made life after the military unbearable.

“When I came home, I started having problems,” Lubecky explained. As our conversation revealed, that was an understatement. 

In this episode of VetStory, “Is Ecstasy the cure for MDMA? (Part 1)” we’ll hear about his service, his suicide attempts and a chance encounter that led him to the MDMA therapy- which he credits with saving his life.

We’ll also hear from Brad Burge, from the Multi-Disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) about how MDMA clinical trials are showing incredible promise for veterans and others suffering the effects of severe PTSD.

In this week’s VetStory:

  • Could MDMA really be used to treat PTSD?
  • Jonathan Lubecky–US Army veteran and Designated Marksman on overwatch detail
  • Blown off a porta john
  • The chance encounter that changed his life
  • The clinical trial