Drug use has negative consequences. These consequences aren’t the reasons individuals use drug like LSD. Recent studies promise mental health benefits to LSD use. New York Magazine reports LSD and other hallucinogens have, “apparent potential to treat anxiety and depression in both patients with terminal illness and the general population.” These potential benefits have been recorded in small, controlled trial situations. LSD is not a “cure” for mental health issues. Negative results can occur even within controlled medical settings. However a person struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD or other mental health issue may only take away the message of possible good rather than probable harm. They want to feel better. They want to be better people. They may use LSD to try to relieve mental health symptoms. They may have their mental health and the happiness of loved ones in mind. They want to be better, healthier, more stable individuals. They often want this because they see the impact their mental health has on those they love. They do not use LSD with the intention to harm themselves much less friends or family members.
Individuals without preexisting mental health issues may still take LSD with the misguided intention of becoming better people. They may want to experience more of the world and deepen their connection to others. Unfortunately LSD will not provide any of these results. Drug abuse and addiction have serious, negative consequences no matter the intentions with which they begin. The fact that addiction occurs at all is proof of this. No one takes a drug with the intention of becoming addicted. They take a drug to self-medicate, to “have fun,” to fit in with a social crowd or for one of many other reasons. Most of these reasons seem “good,” or at least not “bad,” at the time. None of these reasons include harming others physically or emotionally.
Addiction Changes How People Think and Act
Drugs change how the brain functions. Once an individual becomes addicted, he or she is no longer in control of his or her thoughts, words and actions. A loved one may say or do things no “good person” ever would. This same loved one truly wants nothing more than to not do those things, to not hurt others and themselves. Addiction makes this impossible. The DANA Foundation explains, “Addiction is an overwhelming compulsion, based in alteration of brain circuits that normally regulate our ability to guide our actions to achieve goals. It overrides our ordinary, unaffected judgment. Addiction leads to the continued use of a substance or continuation of a behavior despite extremely negative consequences. An addict will choose the drug or behavior over family, the normal activities of life, employment, and at times even basic survival.” Addicts are not bad people. They are people fighting a serious disease every day. They are people losing to this disease. They do not lack willpower. They are not bad people. They are struggling with a mental health disease that changes how they think and act. They want to be loving and trustworthy. They want to be free from this disease just as you want them to be free.
Helping a Loved One Be Better
Addiction throws up excuses, roadblocks and reasons to avoid treatment. It changes how the brain works. This makes it difficult if not impossible for your loved one to see past this disease. Understanding the complexities of addiction and the individuals struggling with it leads to greater understanding of how to move forward. Addiction is not simple, black or white, good or bad. Recovery cannot be either. Anyone struggling with LSD addiction can become a good, sober person. He or she cannot do it alone. The DANA Foundation shares, “There will never be a simple pill to regulate such a complicated disease as addiction. The most important contribution that anyone dealing with addicted individuals can make is to recognize that reversing addiction is not just a matter of giving up something pleasurable but of accepting that addicted individuals have undergone a formidable reorganization of their brains. Treating an addict requires dealing with every aspect of this reorganization.” This emphasizes the importance of integrated addiction treatment. Recovery is more than withdrawal. It is more than not using a drug or completing twelve steps. Addiction treatment next to be complex and comprehensive. It needs to be customized and customizable. Effective treatment combines medical science with proven therapy methods, social support and supplemental practices. It gives people the tools to fight back. It helps loved ones regain control and reroute their brain circuits. It helps them be the good people they already are.
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 http://www.dana.org/Cerebrum/Default.aspx?id=39147. “How Addiction Hijacks Our Reward System.” DANA Foundation. 1 Apr 2005. Web. 19 Sep 2016.