What Is LSD Addiction?
LSD has been abused for many decades, and as a result, LSD is one of the most commonly abused hallucinogens to date. LSD causes its users to hallucinate and completely detach from reality. Treating LSD use at its inception is critical to prevent addiction in the long run, and may circumvent LSD addiction treatment costs. LSD creates both a physical and mental dependence rapidly with continued use. LSD “trips” refer to when users actively engage in the drug. A single trip can last as long as 12 hours, impairing users for an exceptionally long period of time.
The effects of LSD vary from person to person, but many are attracted to the addictive substance because of the state of euphoria LSD creates by altering the normal output of serotonin and dopamine. The pleasant effects of LSD are short lived, and are quickly followed by acute paranoia, anxiety, and confusion which may border psychosis.
LSD is known for its ability to create alarming disassociations between sensory perceptions including touch, sound, taste, vision, and smell. Those who have used LSD on a long term basis report hearing tastes and tasting sounds. This is a marked behavior of disassociation. Many who use LSD negatively impact their ability to eat, and experience concerning losses in appetite. LSD has a way of creeping back into user’s lives, even when users are not engaged with drug use. Troublesome flashbacks are common after abusing LSD.
Many who leave LSD addiction untreated eventually develop schizophrenia like disorders, manic depressive states, and chronic anxiety. Those with untreated LSD addictions are at risk for injuring themselves and others with frequent hallucinations and disassociations which may spill over from recent drug use. There is no way to accurately predict flashbacks. Meaning they may strike while operating a vehicle, in a professional environment, or academic setting.
LSD is common among younger crowds and bustling club scenes, but is also abused by adults. PCP use is also common among LSD users, and requires PCP addiction treatment. Mood swings are common and often change the way a person acts. Those with an addiction to LSD may cease participating in the things they used to love in order to take more LSD.
LSD Side Effects
Although the hallucinogen foments varied symptoms in different users, there are few staples of LSD use (which may spill into symptoms of other hallucinogens):
- Visual and Auditory Hallucinations
- Acute Anxiety
- Sensations of Seeing Sounds & Hearing Colors
Because LSD interferes with normal serotonin output extended use of the drug can cause permanent damage which may impair normal, everyday behavior for the rest of your life. Getting treatment is critical to preventing long term damage outside of the realm of drug use. Many users don’t realize LSD’s effects are far reaching and permeate well beyond the confines of the club scene.
LSD Dissociation and Psychosis Explained
Because of the influence LSD has on the brain, those taking LSD (and other hallucinogens) are subject to bouts of dissociation. These departures from reality often mirror -if they are not full blown cases of- psychosis.
Psychosis is the state in which those suffering from LSD drug use are unable to discern hallucination from reality. Many become hostile, frightened, and paranoid- as many believe they are being chased. Psychosis also occurs among other addictive substances.
Treatment for dissociation and psychosis is only safe in the confines of a medical treatment center, as LSD inhibits one’s ability to feel pain. As a result, many injure themselves during their episodes of dissociation. Additionally, because of the intense psychological effects of LSD, users are particularly vulnerable to suicide while suffering from dissociative lapses.
Because LSD is not directly physically addictive, patients do not typically need to remain in detoxification long. The brunt of treatment involves extensive therapy to rewire the way recovering addicts think and respond to stimulus. During inpatient rehabilitation LSD addiction treatment users will work closely with addiction counselors to come up with effective strategies in avoiding drug use.
To successfully remain sober, recovering patients will directly confront the underlying causes of addiction and work tirelessly to overcome the laden feelings precipitating LSD abuse and addiction. Many begin using LSD to relax among peers. Some use LSD to feel at ease under the stress of untreated anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, LSD use typically exacerbates anxiety and depressive disorders.
Recovering LSD users will receive treatment for underlying causes of depression and anxiety caused by the lingering effects of LSD. Developing recovery strategies for graduation from LSD rehabilitation is critical, because although the substance does not cause physical addiction, LSD does build up a tolerance within the body. Relapsing after treatment may result in a potentially fatal overdose, as tolerance levels are quickly depleted after periods of non-use.
Treatment Options for LSD
Akin to most addiction treatment solutions, LSD addiction treatment follows much of the same outline, and is very similar to it’s related cousin’s ketamine addiction treatment. Recovering users typically create individualized treatment plans with Harbor Village’s specialized addiction counselors to redress combination addiction disorders and special conditions. Before undergoing LSD detox, some users may have to go through an initial program to stabilize dissociation and psychosis. Shortly after the detoxification process patients will enroll into residential, or inpatient, LSD addiction treatment followed by outpatient rehabilitation. Below is a breakdown of mostly commonly available treatment options:
LSD Detox: The initial purge of LSD and other addictive substances from the body, patients typically undergo a 10 day detox period to adjust to not using addictive substances and to combat withdrawal symptoms with the help of medically assisted drug treatment. Recovering users begin therapeutic treatment and start exploring the undering causes of addiction.
LSD Inpatient Rehabilitation: Intensive rehabilitation is conducted in a 24 hour medically monitored facility, and provides patients with continual support and a safe environment to begin transitioning their lives from what may have included excessive drug use, to sobriety. During the brunt of inpatient rehabilitation, recovering addicts work closely with addiction counselors to discover what the hidden reasons behind addiction are, in order to rectify them entirely.
Without successfully resolving the underlying reasons of addiction, relapse is almost guaranteed. To prevent this, addiction specialists may try combination therapy, medically assisted drug treatment, and holistic healing for complete wellness.
LSD Outpatient Rehabilitation: Less hand-on and intens