Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as LSD-25 or acid, is a well-known street drug taken for its psychedelic, mind altering effects. LSD is a synthetic drug that has been labeled as harmful by the US government. Generally, it is sold on small white pieces of paper soaked in the drug with colorful designs on the paper, called blotter paper. Most people ingest LSD this way in order to feel the effects of the drug, but LSD can also be taken in other ways such as through an injection or by snorting it.[i] There are no medical benefits to LSD use, but there are many related dangers. Physically, the body reacts to LSD within the first hour of taking the drug and often produces the following symptoms:
- Dilated pupils
- Nausea (and/or vomiting)
- Increased heartbeat, breathing rate or temperature
Although these physical symptoms are not life threatening in and of themselves, the mind-altering effects create great dangers for the user while high on the drug, also called a trip.
One bad LSD trip can cause terrifying perceptions, cause fatal accidents and leave users haunted by flashbacks. Because LSD so vividly distorts reality, users react to hallucinations as if they are truly real. Therefore, when users are on an acid trip and see fearful activity or feel threatened, it is likely that they will act out irrationally, potentially hurting themselves and those around them. LSD abuse is associated with severe mental illness and can cause the onset of long-lasting conditions such as severe depression and schizophrenia when used for prolonged amounts of time.[ii]
Users also report experiencing flashbacks, which are vivid remembrances of previous trips, usually bad trips. Flashbacks can occur many days or even weeks after being high on LSD and come on without warning. They can be just as terrifying to users as the original trip, if not even more terrifying because they had not recently ingested the drug. Although LSD usage may be short-lived, the effects can continue for a much longer length of time requiring ongoing help to overcome the consequences.
How 12-step Programs Work
One great way to find help and support for LSD addiction is through a 12-step program. These programs have helped individuals suffering from a variety of addictions and have had success treating LSD users. One great benefit of 12-step programs is the built in camaraderie and accountability for those seeking sobriety and a healthier life.
For severe addictions, treatment may need to begin with medically supervised detox and inpatient care, but 12-step groups can still be vital secondary care for these individuals. Treatment centers offer detox services monitored by trained professionals. Counselors are available to help resolve issues and build a plan for the future. Temporarily stepping away from everyday life allows patients to heal with minimal outside stress and pressure. Treatment centers often start patients in 12-step programs, allowing them to complete the first few steps with the help of a treatment team.
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