LSD is a hallucinogen drug that is sold on the street in tablets, capsules and occasionally liquid form. It is commonly referred to as acid. LSD is often put on paper and divided into small, decorated squares the size of stamps, each square representing one dose. This is the most common form of ingesting LSD, and it is called blotter paper.[i] LSD can produce visual hallucinations and distort reality. This can cause severe, terrifying thoughts and feelings, fear of losing control, fear of insanity and death. The user may have rapidly changing emotions and lose all sense of time. Their sensations can feel mixed up, as if they can hear colors and see sounds. LCD users refer to their experience on the drug as a trip, and their trips can last up to 12 hours.[ii] LSD is a very dangerous drug, and some fatal accidents have occurred during intoxication.
Signs of LSD Use
If you suspect someone of using LSD, you should be able to spot some signs of use. Warning signs include the following:
- Physiological changes – This includes high body temperature resulting in sweating, dry mouth and skin and signs of dehydration
- Visual impairment – They may have visual hallucinations and speak of colors being more vivid and bright than usual. Their pupils may be dilated, and they may not have their whole range of sight.
- Loss of appetite – A person’s eating habits may change, and they may rapidly lose weight.
- Different sleeping habits – LSD users have a hard time sleeping and may not sleep more than a couple of hours a night.
- Erratic, unpredictable behavior – They may have panic attacks or anxiety and could appear disoriented. They may display rapid mood changes and may ramble incoherently.
Having an Intervention
If your friend or family member is using LSD, there are ways you can help. Having an intervention could be the only way that they may realize the damage that their addiction is causing and seek help for it. Having an intervention can be a very emotional, demanding and difficult thing to do, but it could be the defining moment in the drug user’s life that propels them to change. The following are some helpful tips for having an intervention:
- Initially express your love and concern for the user.
- Find a time to have the intervention when they are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Cite specific negative instances that occurred when they were under the influence of LSD, and explain how the person’s behavior affected you.
- Stay calm, and be optimistic about change even when you run into denial and resistance.
- Once they are willing to admit that they have a problem, give them some concrete next steps to take that involve drug treatment programs.
Finding Help for LSD Users
The effects of LSD use often result in accidents or injuries. In addition, LSD addiction can also cause users to be at high risk of developing lasting psychoses, such as schizophrenia or severe depression. Due to the relatively unpredictable effects that LSD can have, it is important to start treatment as soon as possible.
LSD Intervention Help
Please call our toll-free helpline for more information about treatment for a person using LSD and how to have an intervention. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours to speak with you about how your loved one can start their road to recovery. We want to partner with you in this process. Call us today at 1 (877) 714-1313.