Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), a hallucinogenic and dissociative drug, is considered one of the most potent mood-altering chemicals available. It is ingested in liquid, tablet or capsule form. It is also found added to absorbent paper that is then divided into pieces known as “doses”. Family members and loved ones may notice LSD addicts participating in odd behaviors or mannerisms.
Hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD can create unstable, intense perceptual distortions in rapid succession. It is impossible to predict whether or not LSD will produce a safe and happy experience or a dark and scary one. Some users report terrifying visions, feelings of dying and fear of going insane. “Flashbacks” from “trips” that happened in the past can haunt LSD users for days, weeks, months or even years after their last use.
LSD is more widely known for the psychological effects and distress that it causes than the physical effects. Some will describe a “bad trip” having long lasting effects, even after the direct effects of the drug have worn off. Typically, those who use LSD also use other substances along with it. This needs to be taken into consideration when the addict is attempting to get sober.
The following is a list of symptoms that occur after LSD’s euphoria wears off:
LSD is a drug that changes brain chemistry and makes the user question reality. It is important that an LSD abuser enters inpatient drug rehab to be stabilized mentally before moving forward with residential treatment. Addicts who abuse LSD may abuse other substances, which can also be addressed in an inpatient medical detox facility.
An inpatient rehab program will help the abuser become educated about the permanent damage done by chronic LSD use. It can also help the addict resolve underlying of mental health issues and begin establishing a relapse prevention plan.