Can a Single Pill Change your Life?25 February 2011 | In Women | O, The Oprah Magazine March 2011 issue
Written by: Jessica WinterMDMA-the active ingredient in the party drug Ecstasy-has been reviled as a menace, a scourge, and even a killer. Now some therapists claim it can help light the way out of a traumatic past and beyond the painful feelings that keep us from the life we want. Jessica Winter reports.
Sarah lived in a basement for a few weeks when she was a child. But in a way, she lived there much of her life. Her father terrorized their family. He hit her, threw hot coffee at her, locked her in closets. Once, he held a gun to her sister's head. The winter Sarah was 11, she brought in the wrong wood for the fireplace, so her father locked her in the family's unfinished concrete basement. Her meals were brought to the top of the stairs. it was a freezing Christmas in Pennsylvania, more than 30 years ago.
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