How to Approach an LSD Addict

How to approach an LSD addict

When you approach an LSD user, be careful to watch your tone of voice

LSD is a powerful drug that reduces the user’s perception of reality. For example, interpreting input from one of your senses as another, such as hearing colors.[1] LSD is the most potent hallucinogenic substance and is classified as a Schedule I drug in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970[2]. This classification means that LSD has a high potential for abuse and has no legitimate medical use in treatment.

Signs of LSD Addiction

While LSD abuse is not as prevalent as it has been in previous decades, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that more than 229,000 new instances of LSD abuse take place each year and that 18 to 25 year-olds are the most likely to try LSD.[3] Some common signs of LSD abuse include the following:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Rambling speech
  • Incoherent thoughts
  • Disorientation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sweating
  • Mood swings
  • Erratic behavior
  • Increased anxiety
  • Panic, intense fear, and paranoia

If your friend or loved one is exhibiting some of these side effects and/or behavior(s) it is possible he or she is using LSD or some other form of drug. This is a serious matter as there are many consequences from drug abuse. LSD can trigger psychosis, schizophrenia and other mental health issues. Other drugs have many other negative health consequences. Don’t hesitate to talk about the problem with the individual. The sooner you discuss any odd behavior related to drug abuse, the better.

How to Approach a LSD Addict

It can feel scary to approach a drug user about their addiction. However, keep in mind that the goal is to have an informal conversation with a person about their drug addiction. This conversation should not be confrontational. Rather, you should present the facts in a compassionate, non-judgmental manner.

It is important to be as specific as possible when speak about your concerns with the individual’s drug use. When you have concrete examples of events, this increases the validity of your statements.

When you approach an LSD user, be careful to watch your tone of voice. Many times, how you say something has more of an impact than what you say. In many cases, the addict is looking for any possible reason to discontinue this conversation. He or she doesn’t want to deal with their drug use. Be sure that your tone of voice does not give them reason to walk away from the conversation. You can be firm and positive at the same time. You need to avoid a sarcastic or condescending tone. On the other hand, while you want to demonstrate love and support, you do not want your tone of voice to convey tolerance for their drug use.

Get Help Approaching a LSD Addict

It is important to talk to a person who shows signs of LSD addiction. LSD use can lead to many negative psychological side effects and also cause serious injury. If you would like some guidance as to what you can say, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have.If you struggle with drug addiction, we are here to help you as well. Call and we will guide you toward the best addiction treatment available. If you have insurance, we can even tell you what forms of treatment are covered. We are here to help—call now.


[1] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/drug-addiction/basics/symptoms/con-20020970 Drug Addiction Symptoms.

[2] https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml Drug Schedules.

[3] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/hallucinogens-dissociative-drugs/why-do-people-take-hallucinogensHow Widespread Is the Abuse of Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs?