I’m the Mother of an LSD Addict: What Should I Do?

I’m the Mother of an LSD Addict: What Should I Do?

If your child suffers from LSD addiction, you can play a major role in his recovery if you find the proper help

Discovering that your child is addicted to LSD sends all sorts of questions running through your head, but the most important thing you can do is help him end his addiction and begin living a sober, healthy life. If you have never had to face addiction, then you may not know what the next steps are for recovery. Regardless of your experience or knowledge, your goal should be to get your child involved in addiction treatment. Professional addiction care can explore how this addiction started and what it takes to stay clean. It is important to know that you cannot force your child to recover from LSD addiction, but there are plenty of ways you can encourage him to get help.

Knowing the basic facts about LSD can also help you better understand the nature of your child’s addiction and be better prepared to confront your loved one’s trouble and walk through the road to recovery from addiction with him. LSD is a synthetic hallucinogen that produces strong and unpredictable highs.[i] It is unlike many other drugs in that it does not actually lead to physical addiction, but many users do become addicted to the feelings that they experience while on an LSD trip despite potential dangers.

LSD trips create unmanageable mood swings and greatly distort reality. Because of this, users often act in ways inconsistent with their personalities while sober. They may see terrifying things while hallucinating and not be able to distinguish what is real and what is not. Such induced fear may cause irrational behavior and even dangerous activity.[ii] Knowing the type of experience your child is having while on LSD can help you better discuss the addiction in a knowledgeable way.

Do Not Blame an Addict

Some people react to addiction by blaming the user, but your child ultimately did not choose addiction, so blaming her will not be helpful. Instead of blaming your child, be positive and encourage her to get help for her problem. Blaming a user or creating a negative environment may cause her to become defensive, which may drive her even deeper into LSD abuse. However, by promoting treatment and minimizing blame, you keep focus on the problem instead of the user. Addiction treatment can help your child identify the underlying causes of addiction, which means she can begin recovery before treatment even begins.

The Line Between Help and Enabling

Every mother wants to help her child, but if your child resists addiction treatment and continues using LSD, you cannot contribute to his drug abuse. Helping a user with money or other needs during recovery is beneficial, but your assistance may enable him to abuse drugs if he is not addressing his drug abuse. You may feel obligated to protect your child, but you are only making it easier for addiction to continue if you are giving him money or a bed to sleep on while he abuses drugs. Think about what you do for your child, and decide if you are contributing to his recovery or his addiction.

LSD Addiction Treatment Options

Call our toll-free helpline today to speak with an admissions coordinator about treatment options for your loved one. Our staff ishere for you 24 hours a day to discuss LSD addiction and how treatment can promote recovery. When you call, be sure to ask if your health insurance will help cover rehab. Effective addiction treatment is just a call away, so pick up the phone to learn more about how your child can get and stay clean from LSD.

[i] https://www.drugs.com/illicit/lsd.html

[ii] http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/drug-facts/lsd