Some people don’t understand the seriousness of LSD use, but it’s important to know the drug causes psychological damage and personal hardships. Many LSD users suffer debilitating mood swings and disabling drug-like episodes, even when they aren’t taking the drug. Others are at risk of violence or injury while hallucinating, putting them in emergency rooms or in the justice system.
In addition, it’s rare for a LSD user to limit himself to the powerful hallucinogen. Commonly, people use multiple substances, putting them at risk of dangerous drug interactions, developing serious physical and psychological disorders and experiencing a more serious addiction. In addition, mixing LSD with any other drugs, including alcohol or over-the-counter medications, results in severe impaired judgment. People under the influence of multiple substances exhibit extremely high-risk behavior.,
There are many reasons to begin a healthier, happier life by ending LSD use. For a head start on motivation to get clean, consider the following five advantages to a sober life:
Recovery from LSD Addiction Doesn’t Require Painful Withdrawal Symptoms
LSD is not considered physically addictive, because the body does not develop a physical dependence on it. Instead, users become psychologically dependent, relying on the drug to make it through the day or cope with personal problems. The drug also creates tolerance, so users require more and more of the drug to get the same effect.Since there are no physical withdrawal symptoms to work through when a person stops the drug, psychological addiction treatment begins right away. Counselors and therapists help patients deal with the emotional and social issues behind drug use without first waiting for severe physical discomfort to pass.1
Staying Clean from LSD Keeps People Safe
LSD use is dangerous for many reasons, but an important reason is the drug’s association with high-risk behavior. People under LSD’s influence make irrational decisions, develop paranoid beliefs and may easily put themselves or others in danger. Someone who takes LSD must expect the drug to last for 8 to 10 hours; a long period of time to experience unpredictable and out of ordinary sensations. The best way for someone to ensure he won’t do something to harm himself or others is to live a drug-free lifestyle. The unpredictable outcomes of LSD use make it likely users will experience a bad trip, especially those who use the drug on a regular basis.
People Living in Recovery Have Deeper, More Meaningful Relationships
LSD users often congregate together, dropping acid in social situations. The highs may last for hours, but true, meaningful relationships must be built over time through a process of give and take. When a person relies on LSD as a way to find and make friends, the end result is often loneliness and depression. These feelings fuel the desire for escape through substance abuse, making a person’s addiction more destructive and serious. However, when users get clean from LSD, real friendships, having nothing to do with drugs and “tripping” develop. These kinds of relationships sustain people during life’s hardest times without putting a person’s physical or emotional health in jeopardy.
Getting Off LSD Keeps a Person Out of Legal Troubles
LSD is a Schedule 1 drug, according to the classification system of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Schedule 1 drugs are illegal to possess and illegal to use. Possession alone leads to a jail sentence of 1 to 5 years, depending on the amount of LSD found. A conviction also seriously impacts a person’s future. Jobs in many career fields, such as healthcare, are limited by drug convictions. Such legal troubles may prevent a person from qualifying to rent or own a home.
Living a Sober Lifestyle is Fulfilling
People living in recovery often find a richer, more fulfilling life. The skills learned during addiction treatment give a person better ways to analyze her thoughts and healthier methods for handling stress. This ability to cope with problems effectively transforms a person’s life, improving her self-esteem and giving her closer relationships, better career opportunities and improved health. In addition, a person who makes time each day to recognize the seriousness of addiction and the worth of staying sober, increases her feelings of motivation. This also helps a person avoid relapse by becoming aware of unique triggers for substance use. In addition, many people find the best way to avoid self-defeating thoughts and improve the quality of their lives is by helping others through community service or volunteering. The act of doing something for someone else improves self-esteem and gives a person a strong sense of self worth.
Help Getting Clean from LSD Is Available
There is a level of enjoyment in life only found through sobriety. If you or a loved one needs help getting off LSD, our admissions coordinators can help. We offer advice and information about treatment options, including information about health insurance options. Take the first step and call us. Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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