While LSD is not a drug that causes physical dependence or addiction, a user can develop tolerance and a psychological addiction. The dangers of maintaining a LSD addiction should not be underestimated. This drug can cause physical, psychological, social and economic consequences that can destroy an individual’s quality of life.Most individuals are aware of the short-term effects of LSD and that the following can be expected from a trip:[i]
- Distorted perceptions of reality
- Strange thoughts and feeling
Getting help for LSD addiction sooner rather than later can save an individual from suffering the painful, disastrous and even lethal consequences of using this drug.
Consequences of Long-Term LSD Addiction
It is difficult to use LSD and not become psychologically addicted. LSD is an incredibly powerful drug, and even small doses have a dramatic impact on the brain’s chemical makeup. Long-term use often will create permanent disruptions in the brain, affecting mood, perception and behavior. LSD addicts crave the drug and experience depression and other withdrawal symptoms when not using. The health consequences of long-term LSD addiction are severe and progressive, meaning they worsen over time. Major consequences of continued LSD abuse include the following:
- HPPD or hallucinogen persisting perception disorder – This disorder can develop and persist months or years after LSD use has stopped. HPPD causes repeated flashback episodes that involve hallucinations and intense visual disturbances.
- Psychosis – This is a disorder that affects the ability to think rationally and communicate with others. Psychosis from LSD can trigger behavioral problems or unpredictable mood swings, paranoia and violent behavior.
The disturbances of long-term LSD addiction can also cause paranoia, schizophrenia or delusional behavior. When not using individuals may experience depression, anxiety, fear, panic attacks, phobias and constant visualizations. These effects are only intensified with taking larger doses as many do after a while.[ii]
How Does LSD Addiction Change Your Life?
The health and behavioral changes caused by LSD addiction affect the user’s entire life. To maintain the addiction, many users isolate themselves from loved ones and lack the desire or ability to participate in work, school and hobbies. The side effects of LSD addiction, psychosis or HPPD will make it difficult for the user to have coherent relationships with others as their brains have a distorted sense or reality. The addiction also pulls the user away from loved ones because using becomes the number one priority. The consequences of long-term LSD addiction make it difficult for the user to hold a job, maintain relationships, control finances, take care of family and fulfill responsibilities. Unpredictable behavior can also cause legal trouble, accidents, injury and fatalities.
Put an End to Your LSD Addiction for Good
If you’re ready to put an end to your LSD addiction, we are here to help you succeed. Please call our toll-free helpline today to speak with a trained addiction counselor. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to assist you with all of your recovery questions and needs. We can provide addiction assessments, connect you with intervention services or help you find the best treatment and recovery options that specialize in your unique recovery needs. We can even check your insurance coverage to see what financial help may be available to you in your recover journey. We’re here to help, so please call today.