The lonely and isolated world of serious LSD use is the last thing users want to experience. Many people take LSD as a way to feel more connected to others or experience exciting new sensations, so when they feel paranoia and fear instead, it’s common to sink into hopelessness.
LSD Abuse Changes Behavior
When drug abuse crosses into the dangerous realm of addiction, many behavioral changes occur. As LSD becomes more important in a user’s life, he or she allows relationships and careers to fall apart.
LSD is a powerful drug that produces psychological changes in a person. An illicit, hallucinogenic drug, LSD alters a person’s perceptions, changes mood and short circuits normal thought patterns. Recreational doses are small, ranging from 25 to 80 mcg, and bring on powerful psychedelic effects. Some of the most common effects of LSD use include the following:
- Feeling of displacement
- Vivid or confusing color schemes
- Confusion, panic and anxiety
- Seemingly unconnected emotional reactions of fear, happiness or sadness
Symptoms of LSD use result from serotonin explosions in the brain. The drug brings on a flood of serotonin, which stops the brain from discarding excess information. The process of taking in so much information changes the way a person perceives everything around him, altering emotions and thoughts.
A Lonely LSD “Trip”
The nature of LSD makes it impossible to predict what will happen during a “trip.” Compared to other drugs, the effects of LSD are long-lasting; users experience drug symptoms for around 12 hours. The intensity varies depending on various factors, including age, environment and mood. Plus, there is no guarantee LSD is in a pure state. On the black market, LSD may be laced with other chemicals or include substitutions such as amphetamines, PCP (phencyclidine) or strychnine (a strong stimulant used in rat poison). People who use LSD may develop mental health disorders, including persistent psychosis, or experience serious injury due to actions they take while hallucinating. Users who develop persistent psychosis experience paranoia, mood changes, visual disturbances, and disorganized thinking.
The one consistent factor during a LSD “trip” is the way the experience isolates a person. LSD causes a user to experience the world in an abnormal way. She may see sounds or hear colors. While users of the drug may report clear visions of spectacular events, sober observers of the same process tell a very different story. Observable signs of LSD use include the following:
- Incoherent speech and actions
- Fascination with normal objects
- Complete lack of motivation
In a social setting, a person on LSD is largely separate from normal interpersonal interaction. Over time, chronic LSD use may bring on unrealistic beliefs, limiting the ways a person communicates with others. These beliefs may make it hard for a person to feel understood by others and make her feel more alone.1
A Community of LSD Recovery
To overcome the feelings of loneliness and unhappiness brought on by LSD use, it’s important to seek psychological counseling. Professional addiction treatment centers offer such counseling based on scientifically proven methods. An integrated treatment plan, for example, treats a person’s drug use as well as any mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. A person who has two or more health issues, known as co-occurring disorders, needs treatment at a facility that offers such evidence-based care.
Treating LSD addiction with counseling protocols that help with thoughts and actions produces better results. Treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy or motivational enhancement therapy teach patients skills to overcome stress and make better decisions. Counseling also gives patients the ability to recognize negative thought patterns, such as self-defeating thoughts that encourage drug use, and turn the thoughts in a more positive direction.
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