LSD Addiction and Dependence
Understanding LSD addiction and dependence is a critical part of helping people break free from dependence to this potentially dangerous drug. LSD is an acronym for lysergic acid diethylamide. The drug is a hallucinogen manufactured from lysergic acid which in turn springs from a certain fungus. It is distributed soaked in sugar cubes, tablets, formed into wafers of gelatin squares or placed on blotter paper. It is considered to have no legitimate uses so all uses are considered illegal.
It ranks just above cannabis regarding its addictiveness. So, it is not thought to be a highly addictive drug. That’s mainly because it does not produce the physical cravings usually associated with addictive drugs. Its dependence is usually psychological. Individuals who take LSD make it a habit by using it with certain people or when they’re in particular social situations.
This makes it difficult to stop taking the drug because stopping may mean the user would have to stop associating with friends who use the drug. Also as with most drugs, the user’s tolerance increases. This means that they need more and more of the drug each time they use it to get the same effect as when they first started.
The way LSD affects a user depends on the dosage and his/her individual body chemistry. In fact, it’s so unpredictable that the same person may feel differently each time it’s taken. Most people experience a mood change when they take LSD. The moods can range from euphoria to depression to anxiety to a feeling of peacefulness.
A high dose of the drug can produce delusional feelings, hallucinations and even changes in the way sound, colors, movement and touch are perceived. Users have reported being in a state where the senses felt rewired. For example, color became sound or taste. Feelings of panic or terror occur, also.
Physically, effects include dilated pupils, a rise in blood sugar, an increased heart rate and blood pressure, insomnia and dry mouth.
Withdrawing from LSD does not mean physical withdrawal symptoms happen. In fact, because there are not physical withdrawals it’s relatively easy to stop using LSD without experiencing any adverse physical effects like cravings or other physical discomfort. However, the psychological addiction may make the users feel depressed or unhappy when they do stop using.
Treatment for LSD abuse usually involves getting behind the social and psychological factors that helped start the individual using drugs in the first place. Without a physical addiction, no period of detoxification is necessary. The treatment can be completed as an inpatient or outpatient. Components of the treatment might include some combination of behavioral therapy, family and individual counseling.
Treatment to help a person stop using LSD is more psychological than physical. Still, to effectively stop using the drug, intervention of an experienced drug addiction staff is necessary. Call the trained addiction professionals at Recovery First if you need help getting off of LSD. We will help develop a drug treatment program that will get you safely and completely off of the drug and on the road to recovery. Call us now, or simply fill out our easy verification form to the right of every page to check your drug rehab insurance.