How Does Rehab Break the Physical Addiction to LSD?

How Does Rehab Break the Physical Addiction to LSD?

Hallucinogenic drugs like LSD can be psychologically addictive and cause lasting changes to how the user’s brain functions

Many hallucinogenic drugs (such as LSD) are not considered physically addictive, but they can be psychologically addictive. When used, LSD may cause lasting changes to brain function and capability. Rehab offers the expertise and support needed for complete and lasting recovery.

How Does LSD Work?

Because LSD does not create a physical addiction, some individuals believe it does not harm or change the body. However, LDS works by creating real chemical changes in the brain. These chemical changes cause changes in perception and reaction.

While all the mechanisms of LSD’s effects are not known, scientists do know that LSD directly impacts neurotransmitters. LSD mimics serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects the five senses (particularly sight), and emotions. LSD activates serotonin receptors and does so in an even more efficient way than serotonin itself. This increases levels of sensory and emotional stimulation and causes individuals to experience a great deal of sensations all at once.

This over-stimulation can result in crossed senses, or synesthesia, along with delusions or hallucinations. It may also lead to a brief sense of euphoria along with increases in all other emotions. In other words, some instances of LSD use may lead to an increase in feelings of pleasure, and other times, LSD may lead to a “bad trip” or nightmare perceptions

Psychological LSD Addiction

Any LSD use will result in a reduced number of serotonin receptor levels while the brain attempts to reestablish balance and normal function. A single use can result in reduced receptor levels for up to two weeks. This affects an individual’s ability to experience and process stimuli when LSD is not present and leads to a quickly established tolerance to the drug and its effects.

Regular users will have to take increasingly large doses of the drug to continue to experience its effects. Even one single use can result in continued flashbacks, and regular use increases the risk and likelihood of these psychedelic experiences occurring even when the drug is not present and at potentially dangerous times. Flashbacks can cause a variety of consequences. For instance, flashbacks at work can result in termination, while flashbacks while driving motor vehicles can be fatal. In some cases, the fear of possible flashbacks may result in panic disorder and increased anxiety.

Ending the Effects of LSD Through Rehab

Rehab can be helpful, because it offers a safe place to help individuals manage flashbacks while the body rebalances serotonin and other neurotransmitter levels. Drug and alcohol rehab offers much more than detox support. Rehab is particularly helpful because if offers a place for individuals to identify and treat the issues underlying drug use.  In many instances, co-occurring mental health issues, poor coping skills or traumatic memories may trigger the desire to use drugs to escape or manage symptoms.

Underlying mental health issues or multiple addictions will lead to LSD relapse or the use of other drugs if they are not addressed. The treatment of co-occurring conditions may help prevent relapse. Rehab provides a solid base for a healthy, drug-free life.

If you or a loved one needs to address LSD use or the use of other substances, do not hesitate to reach out for help. We are here to help you find rehab and recovery resources that offer the specific help you need. All calls are free and confidential, and we are here for you 24 hours a day. Do not wait to end the effects of LSD use or the effects of a mental health concern. Take action today.