Lysergic acid diethylamide typically goes by the names LSD and acid, and the hallucinogen takes users on psychedelic trips that can last 10 to 12 hours.[i] The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) produces an annual survey called Monitoring the Future that investigates teen drug use, and an extended 2001 report showed that 6.4% of 19 to 20-year-olds took LSD in the past year. Likewise, the government’s 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that the average age of first-time LSD use is 18.6 years old. Inhalants, marijuana and PCP were the only drugs with lower average initiation ages. After age 20, LSD use declines, and by age 31 to 32 the NIDA survey showed a net usage rate of 0%.
Though there are certainly outliers, LSD is abused primarily by teens and young adults who may face numerous struggles distinct to their age group. In addressing substance abuse, personalized plans are quite effective, even for young people and their unique problems.
Personalized LSD Addiction Treatment
The following issues may affect a young person’s drug behavior:
- Unresolved history of physical, emotional or sexual abuse
- Uncertainty about long-range plans and goals for the future
- Social pressure to engage in rebellious or drug-related acts
- Unstable family situations, possibly involving a recent death or divorce
- Deep-seated issues with confidence, self-image and social isolation
Successful recovery plans treat the whole person, but as each person is different, individualized plans are crucial. Therefore, rehab counselors are equipped with the following treatment plans:
- Integrated care for mental health issues like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder
- Counseling to address trauma, emotional suffering and unresolved internal conflicts
- Determining what triggers substance abuse such as people, places, emotions and memories
- Therapies that produce healthier behaviors by improving how the patient thinks
- Group counseling to verbalize inner feelings and build support structures
In the short-term, individualized plans make it easier to refrain from LSD use and other risky habits. Over the long-term, these therapies produce healthier lifestyles and behaviors that prevent relapse.
Specialized Rehab Centers
Medical professions used to believe that addiction was a neurobiological disease, but education has improved public awareness. Modern therapies include the following options:
- Adventure therapy that uses sports to promote healthy behavior
- Equine therapy wherein patients interact with horses to develop healthy social skills
- Nature-focused facilities that utilize outdoor activities to promote recovery
- Overseas facilities for patients who might benefit from exotic locations
- Specialized plans that cater to a particular faith, culture, language or profession
Treatment options are diverse, and programs can be customized to meet the following challenges:
- Military veterans with a co-occurring addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Mentally ill addicts who require coordinated care for multiple disorders
- Physically disabled LSD users who need structurally accommodating facilities
- Programs for severe mental illness like schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder
LSD is a powerful drug with potentially extreme effects, including hallucinations, intense mood swings, dramatic physical reactions and future flashbacks. If LSD abuse has become a problem, it is important to seek help immediately.[ii]
LSD Addiction Helpline
Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to assist with treatment information and your health insurance policies for rehab. We want to help you pursue a healthy lifestyle without drugs and can even check your insurance coverage to see what help may be available to you. Our helpline is toll free, so please call now.