We treat LSD addiction
LSD stands for Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. It is a hallucinogenic drug that takes the form of small squares of paper, often including patterns or pictures to make them more visually appealing.
Understanding LSD addiction
- It can also be sold as a liquid or in pellets known as micro-dots. The small pieces of paper that LSD is typically known for are also called ‘blotters’ or ‘tabs’. These are dissolved on the tongue. LSD pellets are swallowed.
- Liquid LSD has no smell or taste at all, and is consumed by either being dropped onto the tongue or mixed into food and drinks.
- People who take LSD often experience powerful hallucinations and a distorted view of the real world. This is known as a ‘trip’. Trips can last for up to several hours and can vary in their intensity.
- Some LSD users have good trips, while others have bad trips that feel like nightmares coming to life. There’s no exact way of determining how a user will feel when taking LSD. Once a trip begins, it is impossible to control where it will take the person under its influence.
- LSD is commonly known as ‘acid’. Other street names include Window Trips, Tripper, Tabs, Stars, Smilies, Rainbows, Paper Mushrooms, Dots, Micro Dot, Blotter and Lucy.
What are the effects of LSD abuse?
Every LSD trip is unique to the individual, and is affected by the amount of LSD taken, where the person is located and who they are with, how comfortable they feel, and their general mood. If the person taking the drug feels depressed, angry or generally in a bad mood, LSD will make these feelings more intense and much worse.
Common signs of LSD abuse are:
- Intense feelings of euphoria
- Laughing and giggling
- Feeling overwhelmed or in awe of people/objects close by
- Feeling excited and energetic
- Feeling suspicious
- Panic attacks
- Paranoia and fear
What are the warning signs of an LSD addiction?
A person can become tolerant to LSD within as little as three days. If the same amount is taken every day for three days, the user will feel that by the fourth day, they require more to feel a high. Regular abusers need more and more of the drug to achieve the same trip. There have been documented cases of prolonged, intense use, causing negative side effects such as paranoia or psychosis.
During a trip, the following can occur:
- Sensory enhancement
- Confused senses (synesthesia)
- Problems with vision and depth perception
- Low mood and depression
Warning signs of a tolerance/addiction to the effects of LSD include:
- Taking increasing amounts of LSD
- Mixing LSD with other drugs to get a stronger trip
- Spending money intended for other things on LSD
- Neglecting work, hobbies and family life as a result of LSD use
What are LSD withdrawal symptoms?
Withdrawal effects associated with LSD usage are very different to those that occur under the influence of stimulants or opioids. The withdrawal symptoms tend to be more psychological than physical. That said, psychological withdrawal can be just as challenging for a person to overcome, and support is needed.
Symptoms associated with this disorder include:
- Confusion and disorientation
- Mood swings
- Poor co-ordination
- Visualisations and hallucinations
How to support someone with LSD addiction
Frequent LSD use can greatly affect the way a person communicates, thinks, feels emotions and behaves.
If you or someone you love is struggling with LSD abuse or addiction, it is important to approach them in a way that will encourage them to seek help for their problem. Do your research, plan what you will say, and make sure that you have enough insight into the cause of their addiction. Many people who abuse drugs do not realise or will not accept that they have a problem, which can be the most difficult challenge to overcome. If you know someone who has a problem with LSD but will not seek help or refuses to quit, you may be able to stage an intervention with their other family and friends.
What is the treatment of LSD addiction?
Treatment for LSD addiction will depend on the severity of the individual’s symptoms.
Where there are other drugs being used in conjunction with LSD, a 28-day detox and treatment plan of cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling and group therapy might be necessary. Where LSD is the only substance being abused, in-patient or out-patient therapy may be required. Treatment will restrict access to LSD and other substances, and will enable professional medical staff to observe psychological effects of the LSD abuse during the early stages of abstinence. In cases where an individual is suffering from HPDD, medications can be administered to alleviate distressing and uncomfortable symptoms. Group and individual counselling sessions will enable the user to address the reasons behind their LSD addiction and their trigger points that make them crave the drug and take it.
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