LSD was first developed as an experimental psychiatric treatment in the 1920s, and it came to prominence in the 1960s as a recreational drug used by the counterculture and youth who felt disenfranchised and frustrated with the status quo in America. This drug, also known as acid or lysergic acid diethylamide, is a hallucinogen that can cause the user to see or hear things that are not actually there or to have heightened sensitivity to stimulation.
Some users have engaged in extremely risky or self-destructive behavior while using this drug, such as jumping from a window because they believed they could fly. Though LSD is not technically addictive in a physical sense, the hallucinations and escape from reality that it offers users can create a powerful psychological addiction. Cravings for these experiences can lead to further abuse, risky behavior and an increasingly isolated life.
Psychological LSD Addiction
Because LSD does not replace naturally occurring chemicals in the brain, it is not considered to be physically addictive. If users stop taking it they will not experience physical symptoms of withdrawal. People who are struggling with life, relationships, school or work may turn to LSD as an escape. This often also leads some people to neglect important friendships in lieu of drug-themed “friendships” and alliances. This escapism leads to problems with work, finances, relationships, school and personal self-respect. Unfortunately, when someone uses LSD to avoid the problems or pains in life, all of those things are still there waiting when the trip is over.
While LSD is not considered a physically addictive drug, it is known as a psychologically addictive drug. Many LSD users also turn to other drugs or alcohol as well. Some people suffer long-term psychological damage after years of LSD abuse, while others may notice long-term or permanent changes to their psychological health after taking acid for the first time.
Some signs of psychological addiction to LSD include the following:
- Inability to handle normal life pressures and struggles
- Preoccupation with finding and using LSD
- Mood swings
- Depression or anxiety when not able to take acid
- Loss of motivation
- Continued use despite negative personal, relational or legal consequences
- Mixing or using LSD with other substances
Mental Illness and LSD Use
It is common for people who develop chronic addictions to LSD to have co-occurring psychological concerns, diagnosed or not, that may be feeding their LSD problem and undermining their efforts to get clean. In fact, LSD is known to trigger the onset of underlying mental health conditions, including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, and even schizophrenia.
The most successful treatment facilities understand all of the complicated aspects of addiction and develop a customized treatment plan for each individual. Thorough psychological support is required and can be very effective.
Finding the Right Treatment for LSD
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