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What Happens in a Bad LSD Trip

A bad LSD trip is characterized by nightmarish hallucinations that can lead to long term psychological damage.

LSD was discovered by accident while scientists were trying to find a respiratory stimulant. Now it is both, being studied as a treatment for mood disorders, and being studied recreationally. Although many people enjoy the effects of LSD, the side effects and the psychological addiction gives way to a darker side of LSD. This darker side is also known as a bad trip.

What Exactly is a Bad Trip?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a bad trip is when the hallucinations caused by the LSD are unpleasant. There are no known causes for bad trips. Some people believe that they are a byproduct of what is already in your mind. Others believe that it is the state of mind during the trip and still others believe that it is something outside that triggers it.

There are many LSD users that decide that they need treatment after experiencing a bad trip. Although a bad trip is not a sign of addiction and can happen to anyone, many do not want to go through the experience again. To find treatment for LSD addiction call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) . We can help you deal with the ramifications of a bad trip.

What Happens During a Bad Trip?

Bad LSD Trip

During a bad LSD trip, people are often faced with their biggest fears.

During a bad trip you are exposed to a nightmarish world of hallucinations that you cannot control. Some of the popular things that people claim they see are:

  • bugs under their skin
  • bugs on their skin
  • spiders everywhere
  • demons
  • ghosts
  • evil spirits
  • people that have harmed them
  • other things from their nightmares

Essentially during a bad trip you often see what scares you the most. Most people who have issues with bad trips wind up with lasting psychological damage. Some people cannot handle what they see and it scars them psychologically. This can create mood disorders and other psychological disturbances depending on the individual.

Hallucinogenic Persistent Perception Disorder, has been linked to having multiple bad trips. According to the National Library of Medicine, Hallucinogenic Persistent Perception Disorder is a disorder that is associated with LSD use. Most people do not experience it, but in rare cases it can cause permanent hallucinations. These hallucinations are treatable but not curable.

Having a Bad Trip on Psychedelics

How do you Stop a Bad Trip?

Sometimes you need to seek treatment in order to stop a bad trip, but in some cases, the very fact that you are in a highly suggestible state can help pull you out of a bad trip. If the thought of going to a hospital is objectionable, you can try to help someone going through a bad trip by suggesting alternatives.

The “Bicycle Trip,” is a written incident of a man who had a bad trip and friends were able to offer suggestions that caused him to come out of it.

Although a bad trip does not immediately indicate the need for addiction treatment, it does show that you might need it. In order to find the addiction treatment you have call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) . We can help.

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