Getting help is a key component of recovery from LSD addiction. Although therapists and counselors may be the first people to help an addict in recovery, support in recovery from peers can be crucial to success. This support can come from many different people in the addict’s life.
People well established in their own addiction recoveries can receive special training to become peer coaches for others. These peer support coaches bring shared experiences into a helpful and therapeutic relationship with another LSD addict. They support an addict’s steps toward recovery, which can include the following:
- Employment development
- Community involvement and connectedness
- Coping strategy practice
- Introduction to support groups
- Rebuilding of relationships with family
Although peer coaches and recovering addicts meet regularly, peer coaches do not do the clinical work, such as making diagnoses, likecounselors do. They also refrain from giving advice or doing things for an addict that the addict can do by himself or herself. The particularly provide support in social arenas including emotional, informational, instrumental and affiliational support, helping the recovering addict become more grounded relationally in day to day life.[i]
A long tradition of people supporting each other through their addictions began in the 1930s with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). LSD addicts at different points in their recovery gather in support groups to share stories and encourage one another. Although they lack the training of peer coaches, people in these groups can form relationships that include calling upon one another in times of crisis.
Family members are often closest to an addict, but they may have difficulty understanding the LSD addiction. Peer support from family, however, can be cultivated. Psychoeducation groups can help families understand the psychology of LSD addiction. LSD usage is unique in that it does not produce a physical addiction, like many other drugs, but it does produce a psychological addiction to the feelings associated with LSD trips.[ii] Having a support system aware of the danger of psychological addiction can help recovering addicts stay away from the idea that one more trip won’t harm their recovery efforts. Family therapy sessions can help family members learn to avoid counterproductive habits, such as codependence.
Developing and maintaining strong relationships and habits at work is important to successful recovery. The routines and rewards of work provide structure, income and positive feedback that fuels recovery. Peers in the workplace can take a few simple steps to help support a coworker’s recovery, such as the following:
- Learning about the recovery process – Coworkers can better support the addict’s recovery efforts when they know more about the specific work of recovery.
- Accommodating treatment – Work schedules may sometimes need to be rearranged to allow for appointments and meetings related to recovery.
- Welcoming the addict back to work – The return to work can be made easier when coworkers make the addict feel accepted during recovery.
- Including the addict in events – It is important to not let a coworker’s ongoing recovery keep the individual from fully participating in social and collaborative gatherings.
LSD addicts may have different levels of willingness to share details of their addiction and recovery. By understanding whatever information is shared and using it to support the addict’s efforts, coworkers can help diffuse feelings of shame and guilt that addicts often feel at work.
Trip to Recovery
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