Is Depression the Root of LSD Abuse?

Is Depression the Root of LSD Abuse?

People who avoid professional help for depression are more inclined to abuse drugs

Depression affects millions of people every year (estimated 6.6 percent of the population) in the United States.[1] If an individual is not diagnosed—or avoids treatment—there is a higher chance of developing a substance abuse disorder. In other words, those who are depressed are often more inclined to abuse drugs. Substance abuse becomes a way to address any problematic symptoms. In fact, over half of all adults with mental illnesses also struggle with addiction. Here are some possible reasons for why this happens:

  • The same genes that increase the risk for depression also increase one’s vulnerability to addiction
  • People with depression may self-medicate their symptoms
  • Addiction can create symptoms of depression, so in some cases one condition may lead to the other

One consequence of drug and alcohol abuse is that recovery can be more difficult when it co-occurs with a mental health problem. This means it is much more difficult to recover either from drug abuse or depression if the other problem also exists. Co-occurring diagnoses create a cycle that is difficult to break without professional support. If depression deepens, then people are more likely to abuse LSD and other substances. Similarly, if someone keeps using drugs, then depression typically gets worse.[2]

Treating LSD Abuse and Depression

People who struggle with both addiction and depression have co-occurring disorders, also called a Dual Diagnosis. The best way for such people to achieve lasting sobriety is to address their health holistically.This is where treatment is given to both problems at the same time. Integrated treatment is an approach that treats the substance abuse disorder and mental health issues concurrently. In most cases, the first step is to go through drug detox, which can take from a few days to a couple weeks. During this time, the body starts to heal itself from drug use. In some cases, the individual is given medication from a trained medical staff. The reason for this is to help make the drug detox process more comfortable. With LSD abuse, medication is not a common form of treatment for abuse as the drug is not physically addictive. Counseling sessions are often used with LSD abuse as most of the complications involve psychological addiction. During these sessions, the addict talks about how they feel with a therapist. Over the course of time, triggers—that is people, places and things related to past drug use—are often uncovered. When the triggers are discovered, this is often helpful in relapse prevention.

Group therapy and continued one-on-one therapy are often part of long-term aftercare for when treatment is over. Recovery is truly a lifelong process.

Treatment for co-occurring disorders typically involves longer rehab stays. Additionally, progress is generally more gradual for patients with two issues. Many individuals need ongoing counseling to achieve optimal mental health. Recovery is a lifestyle, not a one-time event.

Help for Depression and LSD Addiction

If you or someone you know struggles with depression and/or addiction, please call our toll-free, 24-hour helpline. Our counselors have been trained specifically in the area of drug abuse. We can provide you with information about treatment options. We can even check your insurance for coverage. Do not suffer any longer because of depression and addiction. Call today for instant support.


[1] http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major-depression-among-adults.shtml Major Depression Among Adults

[2] http://www.samhsa.gov/disorders/co-occurring Co-occurring Disorders.