How Each Person’s Recovery from LSD Is Unique

How Each Person’s Recovery from LSD Is Unique

Counseling will help an individual work through their experiences, and help them understand themselves again

LSD abuse affects someone in a deeply personal way. Since using the drug produces hallucinations and other sensory abnormalities, a person lives an altered reality with possible destructive thoughts. Since these altered thoughts are so unique a person’s treatment plan must be individualized to be effective.

Lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as LSD, is a powerful psychedelic molecule that produces intense hallucinations that alter a person’s perception of senses and time. It also deeply affects a person’s mood and may lead to feelings of peace and happiness or intense fear and worry. Many people use the drug recreationally, but the full consequences of its use are not well known.Since LSD’s discovery in the 1930s, people ranging from physicians, philosophers, drug users and spiritualistshave examined the drug.[1]

How LSD Impacts Your Life

LSD is not a toxic molecule, and it does not produce physiological dependence. People who have problems with LSD suffer with psychological effects that debilitate them. Many recognize the debilitating consequences of heavy LSD use, but the scientific and medical community needs to spend more time researching treatment options.[2]

Because LSD is a powerful drug that produces highly altered states of consciousness, even at relatively low dosages, it may impart a particularly powerful experience. Users may develop disturbing ideas that lead to mental health problems and psychosocial problems in extreme cases.[3]

Chronic recreational users of LSD are often chronic poly-drug users, and high dosages of numerous drugs for long periods may induce psychotic states. In addition, using LSD without strict medical supervision opens users up to drug impurities and unknown effects. Since LSD isillegal in the United States, any recreational use carries risk.1

LSD Recovery

When LSD abuse escalates to the point that treatment is necessary, users need psychological therapies to make sense of the disturbing notions and misconceptions brought by long periods of drug abuse. Sessions with a psychiatrist or counselor offer guidance, helping patients learn to distinguish between reality and fantasy. Every person’s drug experiences are a reflection of inner turmoil. Treating the root issues behind turmoil requires unique treatment plans, designed with the cooperation of a patient and her therapist.[4]

Talk therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavior therapy are evidence-based options that help patients identify the connection between thoughts and behavior. For people struggling with LSD addiction, talk therapies give patients tools for breaking the cycle of LSD abuse. Many people turn to drugs as a way to escape problems or experience new sensations. Therapy offers healthier ways to handle stress or tap into creative thoughts.4

Recovering from More than Just LSD

LSD users may need help recovering from psychosis, social disintegration and other problems associated with an altered state of consciousness. Some LSD users experience an unfortunate side effect: LSD can trigger underlying mental illness or psychosis that becomes a long-term problem. This condition, known as hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder, affects a person’s senses for months or years after stopping LSD.3

Users with HPPD or another form of mental illness benefit from psychological counseling and medications that treat depression and/or anxiety. In addition, people who suffer from psychotic episodes may benefit from antipsychotics, which often target the same underlying molecular substrates as LSD itself. In addition to pharmacological treatment, behavioral counseling helps recovering patients reintegrate with normal social standards. LSD affects patients differently, so every patient needs a unique course of treatment.

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[1] National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). DrugFacts: Hallucinogens. Retrieved June 27, 2016 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/hallucinogens.

[2] David, Kathleen. (2015). What is lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)? Effects and hazards of LSD. Medical News Today. Retrieved June 27, 2016 form http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295966.php?page=2.

[3]Hermle, L., Simon, M., Ruchsow, M., & Geppert, M. (2012). Hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. Retrieved June 27, 2016 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736944/

[4] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Treatments for Substance Use Disorders. Retrieved June 27, 2016 from http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/substance-use-disorders.