Have you or your loved one become addicted to LSD? According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), completed in 2007 there was an estimated 1.1 million people, ages 12 and older who had used a hallucinogen in the past year. LSD is one of the most potent hallucinogens out there today and provides no medical use. It typically takes the form of a tablet or capsule and just a single dose can take you on what is best described as a “trip” which can last approximately 12 hours. It can distort your sense of perception and create severe mood swings and emotional responses. It can prove to be dangerous and harmful to you and also those around you may be out in harms way due to the response.
While LSD is not considered to be an addictive drug, it is one’s tolerance for the drug, which becomes an addictive behavior and presents what could be very harmful situations. The drug presents itself as a psychological addiction much more so than a physical addiction. That being said, treatment for this drug is best done at a residential inpatient center for your safety and the safety of those around you.
Types of Treatment
You will have no recognizable physical symptoms of withdrawal; it is mainly psychological in the form of craving the drug. Users can have intense mood swings and can get depressed and panic as they respond to the amplification of sounds and sensations.
Behavior modification – A very important type of therapy, which will be done through the proper treatment facilities. It will assist you in finding other ways to relax and recognize the problem with the abuse of LSD. You and only you will make the decision to stop using LSD. Once that is decided you can rest assured that you will accept the modification in your behavior. It will also teach you the triggers and how to react to those triggers other than using LSD.
Therapy/Counseling – While some people use LSD as a form of self-medication to relieve depression others can become depressed from the use or lack of use of LSD. It is very important that you receive therapy to deal wit the depression, learning how to cope with life after LSD use can be trying but achievable.
Psychological treatment – Bearing in mind that LSD is a hallucinogen one must remember that an effect of the drug may be a sense of paranoid behavior. With this sense of paranoid behavior psychological treatment plays an important role as you recover. A long-term effect of LSD use is the recurrence of flashbacks; this has the potential to happen even after a single dose of LSD. As with any drug the way one’s body reacts to it can be very different, flashbacks can occur and make the person extremely paranoid and produce completely irrational fears. Again, reminding us of the importance of psychological treatment for this drug.