LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a hallucinogen that was first developed as an experimental psychiatric treatment in the early part of the 20th century. After decades of experimentation (sometimes with unwitting subjects), LSD found favor among members of the counter-culture in the 1960s. Its advocates proclaimed that it enhanced creativity, opened people up to other dimensions and enhanced a new kind of spirituality. Though those claims were mere marketing, LSD did prove to be a powerful escape for many people looking to avoid the confusion, drudgery or other challenges of normal life.
Is LSD Addictive?
LSD is not technically addictive in a purely chemical sense. Unlike opiates, barbiturates, hypnotics or stimulants, there is no evidence that acid replaces natural chemicals in the brain leading to dependency or addiction. The powerful and artificial hallucinatory experience, however, has proven to have strong psychological or emotional propensity for those types of addictions. Once a user discovers a tool like this for avoiding the real world, this kind of avoidance can become a pattern. There are many kinds of psychological addictions that can be just as life-controlling as physical dependency. Many people have caused themselves lasting harm or death while tripping on acid, and many have endured long-form or even permanent alterations to their normal psychological health after taking acid even one time.
LSD causes a few significant physiological effects in users, including the following:
- Dilated pupils
- Dry mouth and throat
- Loss of appetite
- Elevated heart rate
- Metallic taste
The more significant effects of LSD are psychological. It causes users to see things that are not actually there. Users feel that they can do super-human things. Many users will experience terrifying alterations of perception, leading to panic, anxiety and self-destructive or even fatal behavior. Trips may last from a couple to upwards of twelve hours, with some effects lingering much longer than that.[ii] The body builds a tolerance to LSD very quickly, requiring a significantly stronger dose for the same effect in as little as one day after use. Because the drug is so intense in tiny amounts (measured in millionths of a gram–or microgram) and is so unpredictable, this can be very dangerous. Signs of psychological addiction to LSD include these factors:
- Pre-occupation with finding and using LSD
- Loss of relationships because of LSD
- Wild mood swings
- Loss of motivation
- Inability to deal with real life
Finding the Right LSD Treatment Center
Integrated treatment centers address all of the aspects of addiction in a person. Medically supervised detox cares for the person as the drug leaves his body. Group and individual counseling helps the patient identify and deal with the underlying issues in his life that led to the choice to use drugs. Spiritual care tends to the more intangible aspects of wholeness and overall personal health. When all of these approaches are integrated by caring, professional staff, users have the best chance of a full recovery.
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