How Do I Know If I Need Immediate Treatment for LSD Abuse?

How Do I Know If I Need Immediate Treatment for LSD Abuse?

When taken by somebody who has preexisting mental health issues, LSD can produce psychotic episodes

LSD is a powerful psychedelic drug. Its effects vary but include hallucinations, changes in perception and long-term psychological changes. LSD does not have the same potentially fatal physical side effects as other drugs such as opiates. This does not make LSD abuse any less serious or the need for treatment any less immediate.

How Much LSD Is Too Much Legally Speaking?

Legally speaking any amount of LSD is too much. If you are using, selling or even just holding any amount of LSD, you face serious legal consequences. LSD is a controlled substance. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration[1], possessing 10g or more of LSD or a mixture of substances containing LSD results in at least 10 years in prison and possibly even a life sentence. Even one gram involves a minimum sentence of five years. Any amount of LSD is too much according to the law. Any amount of LSD is too much if you value your personal freedom. Legal troubles relating to LSD have far-reaching effects. Even if you avoid jail time, a past history of drug use and possession can hurt your attempts at finding a job or moving forward in your career especially if you are still using. Trouble with the law is also expensive in terms of lawyers, fines and more. LSD abuse can set you back financially. Legal trouble also makes formerly secret use public, and this can cause rifts in family and in social circles. Immediate treatment prevents future legal and financial problems. It heals existing interpersonal problems. It can even mitigate current legal troubles through alternative sentencing.

Do I Need Immediate Treatment for the Physical Effects of LSD?

LSD is a powerful drug. It does not have a direct impact on physical health, and so it is often seen as a relatively harmless substance. Although overdose is rare and physical side effects are minimal, LSD use can be fatal. This drug has different effects on different individuals, and so results of use cannot be predicted. Individuals who have been using the drug for years can still have unexpected reactions. Both “good” and “bad” trips can result in dangerous, illogical behavior. As the Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse[2] explains, “Morbidity and mortality is mostly related to erratic and dangerous behavior during a ‘bad trip.’” Because you cannot predict a ‘bad’ trip, any amount of LSD is too much. If you are using LSD, you need immediate treatment. Harmful or fatal accidents can result any time this drug is used.

Do I Need Immediate Treatment for the Psychological Effects of LSD?

LSD is not physically addictive. Its addictive properties lie in its psychological effects. It changes thought and behavior patterns. It rearranges priorities and changes relationships. Because these effects are internal, they are easy to ignore or overlook. If your loved one is abusing LSD, an intervention may be the best approach for ending LSD use. A professionally guided intervention is not a dramatic, angry event. It is a conversation or series of conversations between loved ones. An intervention expresses concern, raises awareness of consequences and offers next steps towards recovery. If you are using LSD, viewing psychological changes objectively is difficult. Talking with recovery professionals helps you identify the ways in which LSD is disrupting and harming your mental health and your life. The sooner you take action, the sooner LSD abuse ends.

Finding Immediate Treatment for LSD Abuse

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[1] “Regulatory Information: Controlled Substances Act.” U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 11 Jun 2009. Web. 28 Jul 2016.

[2] Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. 5 Apr 2012. Web. 28 Jul 2016.