LSD Abuse & Addiction Treatment

LSD Abuse & Addiction Treatment

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health
Published: March 17, 2016

What is LSD Addiction?

Hallucinogenic drugs create unstable, intense perceptual distortions. It is impossible to predict whether LSD will produce a happy experience or a dark, scary one.

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 Withdrawal Symptoms

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. These polysubstance addictions must 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:

Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Perceptual Disorders
  • Confusion
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicidal Thoughts

LSD Detox

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 a substance abuse treatment program.

Addiction Treatment for LSD Abuse

A drug addiction treatment center 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.