Finding New Ways to Cope after LSD Addiction

Finding New Ways to Cope after LSD Addiction

Living in recovery from LSD abuse takes tried-and-true coping skills matched to a person’s unique needs. While one person benefits from writing daily in a journal to keep thoughts organized, another person needs a daily walk to feel energetic and strong enough to fight drug urges.

Overcoming Thoughts to Use LSD

People aren’t born knowing how to cope with serious problems like addiction. Dealing with the symptoms of drug abuse requires a person to be aware of the reasons he uses drugs. A hallucinogenic drug like LSD brings on significant changes in a person’s sensory perceptions and awareness of reality. Users call their experience a “trip” and negative feelings and sensations are known as a “bad trip.” Some people use LSD as relief from the stress and overwhelming emotions that come with life, others may use it out of curiosity.[1]

Many people believe LSD abuse is relatively benign, possibly due to the way the drug interacts with a person’s body. LSD does not produce withdrawal symptoms when it wears off and it is not physically addictive. While some drugs devastate the health of a user, long-term effects of LSD are more psychological and less painful physically. However, the serious dangers of LSD abuse come from the altered mental states the drug creates, especially when people take this drug in combination with other dangerous drugs. The way LSD abuse distorts a user’s perceptions can include hallucinations that could lead to injury or even death. Furthermore, the sensations of LSD abuse can become addictive for people who want to escape the realities with which they cannot cope. Therefore, although they may not feel physically addicted to LSD, users develop a psychological addiction to the drug that may require professional treatment to overcome.[2]

How to Cope with Problems after LSD Addiction

Some of us do not learn to cope with problems in healthy ways, especially as children. Coping skills help people handle problems in relationships, work, school and family. Unfortunately, people who endure abuse, assault or other types of trauma are at risk of developing poor coping skills or no coping skills. A person with little ability to cope with stress or even boredom may turn to drugs like LSD as a way to feel excitement or escape from reality.[3]

Depending on LSD and other drugs as a way to feel better eventually leaves people feeling worse than before. Drug abuse consumes a person’s life; destroying his relationships and creating financial and legal troubles. There is plenty of hope, however, for anyone who wants to learn better stress management and social skills. First, LSD users must break away from drug use through psychological counseling that addresses the reasons they started using drugs in the first place.[4]

Recovery doesn’t end once a person completes addiction treatment and counseling sessions. The day-to-day challenges of life are the real barrier to complete sobriety. One valuable coping skill is to feel in control of one’s life. A person who feels other people or things control his life–such as lack of money, childcare responsibilities or a disability—regains control by setting small, achievable goals. If money is a problem, take a money-management course or research ways to make extra money. The act of taking control of personal issues gives a person the confidence to make other important changes, such as living a sober lifestyle.3

As part of recovery, it’s important for former LSD users to transform social connections and hobbies to have drug-free friends and fun, healthy activities. Work with therapists and health coaches to break out of old habits. Focus on doing enjoyable things, such as seeing movies, listening to music or taking nature hikes. Make stress-free activities a priority, because it’s easier to relapse when feeling overwhelmed. When daily responsibilities take over, find a friend to help or take a few moments of every hour to breathe deeply and remember success meeting goals.3

LSD Addiction Help

If you or a loved one struggles with LSD abuse, you’re familiar with its impact on your mental state. With the right coping skills, it’s possible to face the underlying issues that lead to relapse and avoid further drug use. Our admissions coordinators offer information and advice on finding the right treatment facility and navigating health insurance issues. Don’t wait another day to get started on the path to recovery. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now.


[1] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Substance Use Disorders. Retrieved Aug. 15, 2016 from http://www.samhsa.gov/disorders/substance-use.

[2] National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). What are hallucinogens? Drug Facts. Retrieved Aug. 15, 2016 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/hallucinogens.

[3] Copeland, Mary Ellen. (2002). Recovery and Wellness Lifestyle—A Self-Help Guide. SAMHSA. Retrieved Aug. 15, 2016 from http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA-3718/SMA-3718.pdf.

[4] National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). Retrieved Aug. 15, 2016 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/preface.