Cultural Issues Related to LSD Addiction

Cultural Issues Related to LSD Addiction

One aspect of culture closely related to drug use is popular culture. American popular culture embraced and glorified LSD use in the 1960s. LSD entered song lyrics, was found at festivals and events and become a common recreational drug. Its surge in use and popularity led to the first laws banning its use. This ban was as influenced by culture as LSD use itself. The Psychedelic Policy Quagmire[1] explains, “LSD was banned in 1966…LSD and other psychedelic drugs became demonized in the wake of the 1960s’ cultural drug explosion. The ban…did nothing, of course, to prevent a continued increase in recreational use.” LSD use was tied to counter-culture culture. Banning the drug may have made it even more appealing to those seeking to establish an identity separate from the status quo. It tied the drug even more closely to culture many young adults were a part of or wanting to be a part of.

LSD has remained illegal since the 1960s. As popular culture shifted over the decades, the drug was used less and less often. New drugs became available including a slew of potentially addictive prescription medications. These took center stage both as the drugs young adults were experimenting with and as drugs featured both positively and negatively in popular culture. However recently there has been a return to hippie culture, and with it, a return to its associated LSD use. The Tab[2] explains, “Statistics from the Crime Survey of England and Wales show a jump in the use of acid in the past few years. In just two years, the amount of young people taking LSD has tripled, from 0.4 per cent to 1.2.” A change in popular culture is changing drug use patterns. LSD is entering the public eye once more.

Your Culture Changes How You Experience Drug Use and Addiction

The culture around you influences what drugs you use. The culture within has a similar influence on abuse and addiction. Who you are, where you come from, and where you are now changes how you experience drug use and addiction. The consequences of addiction change by culture, race, sex and more. For example Drug and Alcohol Dependence[3] explains that women are more vulnerable, “to the adverse medical and social consequences of substance use, abuse, and dependence.” Culturally relative and individualized treatment will recognize this. They may do a more thorough physical health exam and be prepared to offer more health care services. Treatment may offer women-specific life skills or parenting skills classes. They will work to restore a person’s social health in addition to their physical and mental health. Drug and Alcohol Dependence also share that, “Females advance more rapidly from use to regular use to first treatment episode than do their male counterparts.” Men may experience more consequences of drug use as a result. Each consequence may be less severe, but the accumulation may create different hurdles men must overcome. Gender is just one aspect of any culture. These facts show how demographics influence addiction experiences. A category as broad as gender has this much of an impact on individuals. Consider how much more influence specific cultural experiences can have on a person and his or her LSD use and recovery.

Why Is Understanding Cultural Issues Important?

Culture cannot be ignored. Understanding popular culture helps role models and community leaders tailor messages of abstinence and safety. It helps researchers push forward in specific directions. It helps treatment providers stay on top of current research and offer the most up-to-date, effective and medically sound care. Understanding personal culture means understanding why a person struggles with LSD or their drug of choice. It helps professionals develop the best tailored treatment plan by choosing the most applicable of the many evidence-based treatment options available. The National Institute on Drug Abuse[4] explains, “Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse. To be effective, treatment must address the individual’s drug abuse and any associated medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal problems. It is also important that treatment be appropriate to the individual’s age, gender, ethnicity, and culture.” Professionals who understand culture and how it relates to LSD use and addiction understand how to connect with their patients. Patients who understand the role culture plays in their addiction are better able to counter its influence and find recovery.

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[1]    https://books.google.com/books?id=FK1mCgAAQBAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s. The Psychedelic Policy Quagmire: Health, Law, Freedom, and Society. Ellens, Harold J and Roberts, Thomas B. 18 Aug 2015. Web. 30 Jun 2016.

[2]    http://thetab.com/2015/07/30/a-new-summer-of-love-lsd-use-hits-record-high-for-15-years-47199. “How LSD Became the Drug of Summer 2015.” The Tab. July 2015. Web. 29 Jun 2016.

[3]    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3532875/. “Substance Abuse Treatment, Entry, Retention and Outcome in Women: A Review of the Literature.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2007. Web. 29 Jun 2016.

[4]    https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment. “Principles of Effective Treatment.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dec 2012. Web. 28 Jun 2016.