Personal responsibility is important for ending any addiction, including a psychological addiction to LSD. Someone who relies on LSD as a way to escape reality or enhance creativity experiences many unwanted negative experiences. Under the drug’s influence, a person is unable to function normally and susceptible to dangerous or violent outbursts. While ending LSD use is challenging for some, it’s easier to make it day after day when supportive people are part of the process.
Dangers of LSD Use
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a powerful psychedelic that produces a mind-altering trip for up to 12 hours per dose. Also known as “acid,” this drug impacts users in any of the following ways:
- Vivid and scary hallucinations
- Anxiety, panic, paranoia and erratic behavior
- Disoriented states marked by confusion and rambling speech
- Tremors, chills, heart palpitations and body temperature changes
- Spikes in heart rate and/or blood pressure
People take LSD for its hallucinatory effects, but unlike other drugs, LSD side effects occur months after use in the form of flashbacks or other psychological disorders. Although LSD users do not experience physical addiction and compulsive drug-seeking behavior, they develop psychological addictions that bring on desires to use the drug as a way to escape reality and experience out-of-body sensations. Since LSD brings on serious psychological symptoms, many people need addiction treatment to overcome mental health disorders and manage other struggles to end drug use. As with treatment for any addiction, accountability is a valuable asset for recovery.
LSD Addiction Accountability and Recovery
Accountability is the act of taking responsibility for personal actions. When someone is fighting an addiction, it’s tough to consistently make good decisions every day. By forming a relationship with another person and asking him or her to be supportive, an LSD user gets needed help. Being accountable to another person is an important part of recovery and key step in the addiction treatment process.
At first, it might be difficult to find an appropriate, supportive person. LSD users who go through addiction treatment often develop contacts by attending support group meetings or a 12-step program. Treatment centers encourage recovering addicts to set up accountability with the following types of people:
- Sponsor—a recovering addict with more experience and maturity in her sobriety; a sponsor acts as a recovery mentor and coach
- Recovery partner—viewed more as a teammate than a coach; a recovery partner is a trusted friend, addiction counselor or fellow rehab patient who provides general support
Many people find sponsors and recovery partners in a local support group, which is another crucial cornerstone to accountability. These people provide the following benefits:
- Support and encouragement during difficult moments
- Help with troubling behaviors and issues
- Blunt honesty, as needed, in a caring way
- Guidance through setbacks and struggles
- Help with sticking to the post-treatment plan
- Regular encouragement
- Assistance in making amends to others3
Accountability is especially important should the individual relapse and need to reenter rehab.
LSD Abuse Treatment
When it comes to LSD abuse treatment, there is no need for physical detox. Instead patients go through an intake process to set treatment goals with a counselor and then spend most of their time in counseling. Addiction treatment centers that offer the best care and scientifically proven treatments begin with an integrated treatment plan that treats a person’s addiction at the same time as any co-occurring conditions, such as depression or anxiety. It’s common for a person with a psychological addiction to LSD to also suffer with another disorder. Treating all conditions at the same time gives a person the best chance for success.
It’s also important for patients to go through behavioral counseling to learn skills for managing difficult situations in life and techniques for monitoring thoughts and behavior. Counseling protocols such as cognitive behavioral therapy give patients the ability to learn these skills and practice them. They also learn how to identify future negative thought patterns, which indicate a person is at risk of relapsing.
On the whole, evidence-based treatment includes the following methods:
- Mental health screenings to identify mood disorders and emotional problems
- Education about ways to fight LSD-use triggers and temptations
- Behavioral therapies to improve one’s outlook, attitude and emotional responses
- Examination of any relapse triggers
- Group therapy to learn from and support others
Treatment centers also provide aftercare counseling as a form of accountability, but the best support comes from local groups, sponsors and partners.3
LSD Abuse Help
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