LSD Addiction Treatment
LSD is one of the most powerful hallucinogenic drugs available. The most sought-after effect of LSD is to have an experience inside the mind in which dancing shapes in a wide variety of colors and sizes appear.
These experiences are called trips. If a bad trip can be avoided, sensations of euphoria and enlightenment may also be experienced. During a bad trip, one suffers frightening visions and merciless mind games that seemingly have no end.
Due to its potency, each use of LSD has the potential for substantial risk of overdosing. Proper dosage varies from each batch to each individual so it becomes difficult to guess the amount needed for the proper effect. This could prove especially dangerous for those who don’t realize that it can take up to 90 minutes to begin feeling the effects of the drug.
Many times, even after a bad encounter with LSD, the pursuit of an ideal trip is irresistibly enticing, so the user continues without regard to the consequences of overdosing, or the potential for another negative experience. High doses of LSD have also been known to result in sensations that feel like hiccups in time. Time seems to speed up, slow down, or stop altogether, creating an uncomfortable disorientation.
Treatment for LSD abuse identifies underlying diagnoses that may have previously been unknown. Using LSD for the relief of persistent depression or debilitating anxiety is a common practice, but definitely not a viable solution, as LSD can cause significant damage to the brain. These and other underlying concerns will be addressed with the aim to remove as many deep-rooted cravings as possible.
What is LSD?
As a powerful hallucinogen, LSD has a high potential for addiction. There are currently no approved medicinal uses for LSD in the United States.
What is LSD’s origin?
LSD is created in secret labs in the United States.
What are LSD’s common street names?
Dots, Window Pane, Acid, Blotter Acid, Mellow Yellow
How is LSD abused?
LSD is taken orally.
What are LSD’s effects on the mind?
LSD causes extreme mood swings, visual changes, hallucinations, impaired perception of time and depth, impaired judgment, and distorted perception of shape, size, movement, colors, sound, touch, and body image.
What are LSD’s effects on the body?
LSD causes sweating, dry mouth, dilated pupils, increased heart rate, tremors, loss of appetite, higher body temperature, increased blood pressure, and sleeplessness.
What are LSD’s overdose effects?
An overdose of LSD can cause intense “tripping” episodes, psychosis, and even death.
Which drugs cause similar effects as LSD?
LSD shares similar characteristics as PCP, mescaline, peyote, and other hallucinogens.
What are the withdrawal effects of LSD?
When the user stops taking LSD, he/she could experience withdrawal symptoms such as dry mouth, numbness, dizziness, tremors, and loss of appetite.
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What is LSD?
LSD, also known as acid, is made from an acid found on grains with fungus present. The potency of LSD is so vigorous; a minimal amount could cause the effects to be present for 12 hours or more.
Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann first popularized LSD as a recreational hallucinogenic in 1938. It’s not addictive but its use is detrimental to the general public due to its characteristics of dependency, and the likelihood for it to be abused, therefore, it is a Schedule I drug.
LSD can be found in many forms; in the past, it was widely available on a sugar cube. More recently, though, it can be easily found as a liquid, paper tab, gel tab, and microdot form. All are consumed via dissolution on the tongue.
Habit-forming dependency on LSD often sneaks up on a user as tolerance to the drug builds quickly.
Common Behaviors Associated With LSD Addictions
One of the best-known characteristics of LSD is hallucinations. Hallucinations can be enlightening and playful, or they can be cruel and terrifying. Either way, these sensations beg to be interacted with and are near impossible to hide from. Someone in the middle of experiencing hallucinations could be reaching out into the air for something that’s not there, singing with music that can’t be heard or touching textures that are otherwise uninspiring.
Someone under the influence of LSD also tends to display overreactions to mundane things. Fragrances coming from a kitchen might seem overbearing; soft music playing could seem agitating, or artwork may seem extraordinary.
If a person is having a negative experience while on the drug, other behaviors become apparent. Expressing feelings of fear that someone is following them or violent tendencies are also behaviors to watch for.
Drug & Alcohol Interventions for LSD Abuse
A loved one may feel that you’re being overprotective at first, but if a group of respected friends and family members come together with the same concern, it creates an environment for the message to be taken more seriously. An intervention can encourage your loved one to take a sincere look at something they can no longer deny. The purpose of an intervention is to communicate a message of love and concern for the individual’s future. Many people who abuse drugs and alcohol experience a sense of denial for their growing substance abuse problems.
The family can share concerns and strategies to help their loved one, which allows the family to share the burden together. It is true, interventions are not easy. They can be emotional, heart-breaking, and unpredictable. A Better Today Recovery Services would like to help in any way that we can. We have developed a 7 step intervention guide that can help you get through this difficult time. Please let us know if there is any other way we can help you connect with your addicted love one to help open their eyes. This is their life we are talking about, if it means the world to you, it means the world to us too.
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Signs & Symptoms
LSD experiences are widely referred to as trips. If an LSD experience is not positive, it’s referred to as a bad trip. The signs and symptoms of someone on LSD can look very different, depending on the current trip. Look for these signs:
- Excessively carefree mindset
- Altered reality
- Excessive sweating
- Cotton mouth
Look for these signs in the case of a bad trip:
- Panic and/or anxiety attack
- Suicidal tendencies
- Aggressive behavior
- Fear of being lost in an alternate reality
LSD does not intrude on the brain’s chemical factory and insist on doing its job like opioids. It does not cause compelling cravings that are impossible to ignore. For these reasons, it does not induce drug-seeking activity and is not considered an addictive drug.
Instead of physical withdrawals, it creates a psychological dependency. Those unwittingly self-medicating with LSD often crave the euphoria they can’t seem to reach through anxiety or depression. For others, they may get into a habit of using it frequently in social situations. Psychological dependency is often habit-forming, which makes LSD easy to abuse and difficult to quit.
Medical Detox For Alcohol Abuse
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Similar to watching a pot of water boil, the anticipation of the hallucinogenic effects of LSD seems to last forever. Getting impatient the user will often take a bit more, out of fear that they didn’t take enough the first time.
The adverse effects that could take place when you overdose on LSD are diarrhea, excessive sweating, trembling, chills prickling feeling in the skin, and/or increased heart rate. In the case of a severe overdose, the following symptoms can appear:
- Halted breathing
- Bleeding complications (clotting issues, bleeding within cranium)
- Sometimes coma
Providing the Quality Treatment Needed for LSD Addictions
Although LSD hasn’t been comprehensively studied, we do know of a few things that can be attributed to prolonged LSD abuse for certain. Some of these include permanent vision changes, changes in brain chemical balances, and decreased coordination.
These very serious ramifications can be slowed with detox and treatment. A personally tailored treatment plan will uncover any underlying afflictions that contribute to LSD abuse. Sometimes, people are looking for relief from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or anxiety. Particularly, if undiagnosed, co-occurring disorders can make it seem as if LSD is the only way to get out of your own head. These co-occurring issues are also addressed during treatment.
A distinctive treatment strategy also includes an aftercare plan for tempting situations outside the treatment facility. This is designed to safeguard a new LSD-free life. A strategy for triggers, provoking social situations, and personal boundaries are constructed as a safety net for precarious moments you may unexpectedly find yourself in.
Through life coaching and focused therapy, treatment gives the addicted person the tools needed to lead a happy, fulfilling life. Mending important relationships, finding healthy activities to enjoy, and physical fitness become more meaningful. This rooted contentment is more fulfilling than the temporary, chemical euphoria of LSD. However, the addicted brain will shield this knowledge from your consciousness.
In treatment, when healing begins, the LSD curtain will begin to fall away, making yourself available for a genuine happiness that you have the power of sustaining in a long-term recovery.
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A strong foundation for recovery should be built upon knowledge that is impartial, not funded by organizations that could benefit from certain outcomes, and proven or tested to be effective for substance abuse treatment and aftercare. Below are the sources used to construct the content on our website and any and all written material from ABTRS. We will continue to provide you with reputable sources that are up to date and relevant.
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