Initiating a Discussion on LSD Abuse

Initiating a Discussion on LSD Abuse

It may be awkward to start a discussion with an LSD abuser

It can be difficult to admit that a loved one is addicted to LSD. The thought of talking to that friend or family member about his or her addiction can seem even more daunting. You may be afraid of how your loved one will react or that you will only make the situation worse.

However, you care about someone, it is important to not stay silent when you know a problem is present. When you initiate a discussion about LSD addiction, it does not have to be tense or uncomfortable. Here are some tips to make this difficult situation more bearable:

  • Do your research.Learn as much as you can about LSD addiction. Learn about addiction in general. Understand that addiction is a disease, not a moral failure.[1] When you keep this in mind, it will keep you in the right frame of mind.
  • Pick the right time and place.Make sure you both have ample time to talk. Also try to find a neutral location without distractions. Do what you can to put your loved one at peace and make them feel comfortable.
  • Try to remain calm. Avoid being defensive and be aware of your tone. In all likelihood, your loved one will offer excuses for his LSD addiction. He or she might even accuse you of something. This is a way to turn the conversation back on you. Don’t take the bait. Remain calm.Try to keep the conversation on track.
  • Know what you want to say. Take the time to write down your thoughts or outline what you want to say. In your message, be sure to communicate unconditional love. Clearly express your concerns about your loved one’s behavior. A great way to do this is to share a story of how his drug addiction has negatively affected you. Share your expectations that you have for him, such as entering a treatment facility.
  • Use “I” statements. Rather than starting a sentence with the word “you,” start with the word “I,” such as, “I am really worried about you…” or “I’ve noticed some changes in you…” This small change in wording can help your loved one hear your concerns.
  • Don’t have preset expectations. Your initial conversation may be enough to prod a family member or loved one to get some help for the LSD addiction. However, several conversations may be needed for a person to come to terms with his addiction. Don’t expect everything to resolve itself overnight.

There are no guarantees that the conversation will go exactly as you planned. Nonetheless, these tips will help set the framework for a positive discussion. A certified mental health professional or interventionist can guide you through the process of your intervention, and professional guidance can help defuse tensions and increase the probability of success.[2]

Get Help For Your Loved One’s LSD Addiction

If you want help for your loved one who is struggling with an LSD addiction, we can help. You can call our toll-free helpline any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk with one of our professionally trained counselors about the treatment services we offer. We are also happy to discuss the services available to you as a concerned family member. A loved one’s addiction can feel scary and isolating. Know you are not alone. Call us today and get the help you need for both you and your loved one.

[1] Is Addiction Really A Disease? Dodes, Lance. December 17th, 2011.

[2] Drug and Alcohol Interventions: Do They Work? Young, Joel. August 27th, 2014.