LSD is very different than other drugs of abuse. While CNS depressants (such as heroin or oxycodone) and stimulants (such as cocaine or methamphetamine) often produce obvious physical side effects, the signs of LSD use are much more subtle.
Signs of LSD Use
The LSD experience takes place in the mind and does not produce many obvious outward signs. However the following signs may indicate LSD use. If you recognize these signs in a loved one, consider the likelihood of addiction and take action to address it.
- Dilated pupils
- Elevated body temperature
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood changes
- Rambling, incoherent speech or bizarre comments
- Increased anxiety or paranoia[i]
How to Approach Your Child About LSD Use
There are right and wrong ways to approach your child about suspected LSD use. First of all, do not over-react. Avoid becoming accusatory or confrontational as this is likely to be counterproductive. Relationships between parents and drug-using teenagers may be strained to begin with, so a confrontation about drug use will probably only widen the gap and further hinder communication.
Know what you are dealing with. Remember that, although LSD use can be destructive, it does not cause health problems, is not addictive and will not cause overdose. Problems caused by LSD are almost invariably indirect, as in cases of accidents caused by people driving while on LSD.
While LSD is not addictive, it does rapidly produce a tolerance, meaning that people who use it repeatedly will not achieve the same effect.[ii] This combined with the intense nature of LSD means that the vast majority of people who use LSD do so only occasionally. Statistically it is unlikely that your child is using LSD regularly. People who do so regularly are most likely reacting to some underlying motivation, such as seeking escape from a reality they are having trouble coping with.
Be open and accepting of your child. Use the occasion to increase communication, not inhibit it. If your child has used LSD, then she has almost certainly been profoundly affected by the experience. Without condoning drug use, be receptive to hearing about your child’s experience with LSD without being judgmental. This will develop trust and increase the chance that you can discover the underlying motivations for her drug use.
Always make sure that your child knows that you love him unconditionally and are only concerned with his well-being. Do some research and learn the facts about LSD. Once you have listened to your child’s side of the story, present the facts concerning the dangers of drug use and the reasons you are concerned.
Counseling for LSD Use
LSD is not addictive, does not produce physical dependence or withdrawal symptoms and does not require medically supervised detox. It is safe to stop using LSD, but recreational drug use is often a symptom of deeper underlying issues require professional counseling. Family counseling is also helpful in increasing communication and understanding between parents and children. This can lead to a wealth of benefits, including cessation of drug use.
If you would like help finding counseling, or if you have any questions about LSD, call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today we can connect your with professional resources to get well. Living without drug use is always the best goal for a better life, and we want to help you on your road to sobriety. We can connect you to the best treatment available and can even check you insurance coverage for you. Please call today.