LSD is a synthetic drug that is made from a fungus found on grains like rye. Users take LSD orally generally on small white pieces of paper with colorful designs called blotter paper. LSD itself has no smell or color; however, it does have a slight bitter taste to it. LSD produces a high with strong psychedelic trips. Users, while on a trip, can feel all sorts of sensations with strong mood swings and even terrifying fears that seem very real.[i]
While LSD does not produce a physical dependence or induce withdrawal symptoms, the psychoactive drug can produce a psychological addiction, which may make it difficult for the user to stop taking the drug. Regular use of LSD over a long period of time may result in clinical psychosis, which makes it difficult for the user to function normally. Users may also develop a physical tolerance to the drugs meaning that they must continue to raise the amount of LSD they ingest in order to produce the same type of high or trip.[ii]
Components of Psychological Addiction
Psychological addiction occurs when the user needs the drug in order to function. This type of addiction often can be related to stressful situations in the user’s life or underlying mental conditions such as depression. Psychological addiction can also be the result of habitual use of a drug, at the point when the user’s body becomes so accustomed to the drug’s presence that it cannot function without it.
Risk Factors for Addiction
The presence of certain risk factors may give one a greater chance of developing an addiction. Factors that may increase one’s risk of addiction can include the following:
- Genetic predisposition – Some people may be at greater risk for developing an addiction due to genetic makeup. A family history of addiction or substance abuse can be an indicator of genetic predisposition.
- History of substance abuse or addiction – Someone with a history of abuse or addiction may face an increased risk for psychological addiction to LSD.
- History of mental illness – Mental health issues such as depression, bi-polar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or a history of abuse may contribute to an increased likelihood of developing a psychological addiction to LSD.
Treatment for LSD Addiction
LSD addiction often does not require a detox process since it is not a physical addiction. Treatment for LSD addiction often consists of counseling to treat the root causes of the patient’s addiction, any behavioral issues related to addiction and any co-occurring mental health issues. Some components of LSD addiction counseling can include the following:
- Examining lifestyle choices that may have led to addiction
- Learning healthy, productive ways of coping with stress and everyday life
- Learning to recognize and avoid situations that may increase the risk of relapse
- Addressing any co-occurring mental health issues such as depression
Finding Help for LSD Addiction
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