Veteran: Ecstasy Drug Saved Me From My Battle With PTSD

Business Insider shares questions and answers from MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study participant and U.S. Army veteran Tony Macie’s reddit “Ask Me Anything” session. Macie’s AMA thread became the top story on the front page of reddit, generating over 1,800 questions and comments about healing trauma. The article shares Macie’s answers about his experience serving in the military, being diagnosed with PTSD, and how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy was the first treatment to help him effectively adjust his relationship with PTSD. “I remember when the MDMA kicked in saying out loud that this feeling of relaxation and peace had been what I had been seeking since I returned from the war,” explains Macie.

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Tony Macie, a retired Sergeant of the U.S. Army, had a 15-month tour in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, during the so-called surge in that war zone.
Macie was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after his return, and he eventually tried the alternative treatment MDMA after his PTSD was deemed “treatment-resistant,” he writes in a Reddit AMA thread.

MDMA is the main ingredient in the party drug ecstasy, and Macie was able to take it as part of a psychotherapy trial. Such trials have been approved by federal authorities to determine whether MDMA could help patients with PTSD because it increases serotonin and oxytocin in the brain. (Serotonin is associated with happiness, while oxytocin is known as the “love hormone.”)

The trials worked to such a degree that Macie has since stopped taking all medication and has begun to lead a life no longer affected by PTSD.

We have highlighted some of they key questions and responses from Sgt. Macie’s AMA below.

Macie explains how MDMA and guided therapy allowed him to confront his traumatic memories directly while still allowing him to feel secure and safe.

Unlike what Macie expected, MDMA was not like alcohol; it allowed him to constructively face each feeling and thought.

Macie’s dose was 75 milligrams.

The entire experience felt to Macie like a series of “aha!” moments during which it became clear how to best handle his previous trauma.

Despite the success of the trial, Sgt. Macie did not endorse people recreationally using MDMA. Instead, he believes that the drug should only be administered in measured doses by health-care professionals.