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Do I Need Treatment Because I Use LSD?

The potential side effects and reasoning behind using LSD may require professional attention and treatment.

LSD is a type of psychedelic drug used to produce hallucinations.  Users experience euphoria and feel as if they are accessing an alternate reality.  The drug became popular in the 60’s and has been a steady choice of users seeking relief from their own life experience.

If you or a loved one abuses LSD, call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) today to find a treatment program in your area. 

What is LSD?

LSD stands for lysergic acid diethylamide.  On the street it is known by many names:

  • Acid
  • Blotter
  • Dots
  • Heavenly Blue
  • Stamp
  • Yellow Sunshine
  • Window Pane

It is a potent hallucinogenic.

How Does LSD Work?


Most LSD users are looking to disconnect from reality.

LSD is usually ingested by placing an acid-laced paper on the tongue.  The drug is absorbed through the tissues and enters the blood stream where is meanders its way into the brain.  Once lysergic acid diethylamide enters the brain, it works in mysterious ways to create changes in the neural pathways, thereby altering a user’s perception of the world.

The Brain on LSD

Research is limited with regard to precisely how LSD works in the brain, since the drug was outlawed in the late 60’s.  However, studies reveal the 5HT2A receptors are affected, and binding with glutamate is hindered.  Glutamate is a neurotransmitter responsible for regulation of excitatory signals.  Thus, a human brain on LSD functions in a wildly unpredictable manner.

Is LSD Addictive?

Acid is not generally considered addictive, due to the fact that it does not trigger to “drug seeking” centers in the brain.  However, regular users of LSD develop a tolerance and require more of the drug to produce the desired effect.  Because addiction deals with mental and emotional factors, as well, a cautionary view of the drug’s non-addictive identification should be taken.

The Problem with LSD and Addiction

The problem in labeling LSD as a safe, non-addictive substance is that many users of LSD also use other drugs, as well.  Because of the manner in which the drug is taken, users are seeking to disconnect from reality.  This thought process is the mindset of an addict.  Tom Catton, in his book The Mindful Addict remembers his days of LSD use, “…I can see I was searching for something else.”

A Pathway to a Spiritual Experience?

Many LSD users cite a desire to connect with Spirit or experience another reality.  The effects vary from person to person and can produce feelings of openness and being one with the Universe.  However, there are also risks of a “bad trip” in which hallucinations evoke fearful, anxiety-ridden experiences.  In seeking a different reality, LSD users can never be certain whether the altered reality will be one of delight or one of doom.

Treatment for Psychedelic Abuse and Comorbid Disorders

Do I Need Treatment?

This question is intensely personal and can only be answered by the one who is asking it.  An LSD user may not be physically addicted to the substance, but it is clear that some sort of drive is present urging the user to seek an escape from reality.  By working with a therapist or medical professional and honestly assessing substance use and abuse, an LSD user will be able to determine the best course to take.

Treatment Options

Numerous treatment options are available for those seeking to free themselves of LSD use.  Finding the best course will benefit lasting recovery.  For those seeking to stop using LSD or any other substance, consider the following options:

  • Medical consultation
  • Holistic therapy
  • Outpatient counseling
  • Outpatient substance abuse counseling
  • Inpatient substance abuse therapy

It is possible to find a fulfilling reality without the use of LSD or any other chemical substance. Call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) today to begin your recovery from LSD abuse.


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Gasser, P., Holstein, D., Michel, Y., Doblin, R., et al. (2014). Safety and efficacy of lysergic acid diethylamide- assisted psychotherapy for anxiety associated with life-threatening diseases. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 202(7). 513-520. Retrieved from:

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