How to Know When a LSD User Needs Emergency Help

How to Know When a LSD User Needs Emergency Help

Addiction is a chronic illness. It often progresses slowly or invisibly. Denial and minimization are hallmarks of addiction and make LSD use seem like a problem that can be addressed later. The American Society of Addiction Medicine[1] explains, “In addiction there is a significant impairment in executive functioning, which manifests in problems with perception, learning, impulse control, compulsivity, and judgment. People with addiction often manifest a lower readiness to change their dysfunctional behaviors despite mounting concerns expressed by significant others in their lives; and display an apparent lack of appreciation of the magnitude of cumulative problems and complications.” The very nature of addiction means “emergencies” must become greater and greater to gain the attention of the user. Brain and behavior changes make consequences seem less serious and emergencies unlikely to occur. However any substance abuse begs for immediate help. You don’t need to wait for accident, injury or “rock bottom.” In fact personal definition of “rock bottom” gets farther and farther away as addiction progresses. “Rock bottom” often becomes “too late.” Take action today to prevent tragedy. Finding recovery and health is always an emergency situation.

LSD Overdose and Emergency Help

Any time a person overdoses, he or she needs emergency help. U.S. News & World Report[2] shares, “Over 38,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2010, greater than the deaths attributed to motor vehicle accidents, homicides and suicides.” Overdoses are serious. Do not ignore the possibility of overdose. LSD is seen as a relatively physically harmless drug. This does not mean overdose cannot occur. LSD’s predominantly psychological effects create overconfidence and a false sense of safety in users and those around them.

You may not recognize the dangers of taking any drug. Your addiction can convince you LSD is safe or that overdose will not happen to you. However overdose does happen. One reason is because synthetic drugs may be substituted for or mixed with the drug you think you are taking. You cannot know the quality and content of the drugs you are taking. You may trust your dealer, but even he or she cannot know exactly what a pill or blotter actually contains. Allergic reactions, adverse reactions and overdose can occur when you think you are taking a “safe” drug.

Another reason overdose occurs is because friends and family members may not realize individuals are using multiple drugs. A study published in the journal Health Education Research[3] found that 25% of the poly drug users interviewed had used LSD. If your loved one is using LSD, do not assume that this is the only substance he or she is on. It may not even be their primary drug or drug of choice. The more substances involved, the more likely overdose becomes. The overdoses also become more serious. Drug interactions are difficult to predict. They aren’t as simple as adding the effects of two substances together. Some effects may multiply. Others may be hidden. Some effects resulting from poly drug use are different from effects any single drug would produce. This makes it difficult for medical personnel to provide the best emergency responses and care.

LSD and Life Emergencies

Emergency help isn’t only for overdoses. Treating addiction is always an emergency situation. The longer addiction goes untreated, the more likely physical, psychological, emotional and social harm become. U.S. News explains, “Addiction brings financial and legal problems (property and violent crimes) and increases domestic violence, child abuse, unplanned pregnancies and motor vehicle accidents. Addiction is also highly prevalent among jail and prison inmates, and in many instances, played a role in their incarceration.” You don’t have to wait to experience these life emergencies. You don’t have to wait for a loved one to face serious consequences of LSD use. The American Society of Addiction Medicine emphasizes, “Addiction can cause disability or premature death, especially when left untreated or treated inadequately.” Taking action before tragedy occurs is an emergency. Addiction treatment can begin at any stage of substance abuse or addiction. The sooner you treat addiction, the quicker you find health, safety and recovery.

Take Immediate Action to End Addiction

When you or a loved one struggles with addiction, don’t wait to take action. The only way to guarantee safety and prevent emergencies is to end substance use. Modern treatment is compassionate, effective and safe. Call our toll-free helpline to learn about resources that are available to you, resources that are available now. We are here 24 hours a day to give your or a loved one’s recovery the immediate, emergency attention it deserves.


[1]    http://www.asam.org/quality-practice/definition-of-addiction. “Definition of Addiction.” American Society of Addiction Medicine. 19 Apr 2011. Web. 29 Aug 2016.

[2]    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/policy-dose/2015/06/01/america-is-neglecting-its-addiction-problem. “A Blind Eye to Addiction.” U.S. News & World Report. 1 Jun 2015. Web. 1 Sep 2016.

[3]    http://her.oxfordjournals.org/content/16/4/457.full. “Understanding Reasons for Drug Use Amongst Young People: A Functional Perspective.” Health Education Research. 15 Dec 2000. Web. 1 Sep 2016.