LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as LSD-25, lysergide and acid, is a well-known street drug taken for its psychedelic, mind-altering effects. First synthesized by scientist Albert Hoffman in 1938, the drug quickly became popular in the medical world but soon became illegal after becoming a popular recreational drug in the 1960s.[i]
LSD is a synthetic (man-made) drug that has been deemed harmful by the U.S. government. There are no benefits of taking LSD and there are many dangers related to LSD use. One bad trip (experience with LSD) can cause terrifying perceptions and has been known to cause fatal accidents. LSD abuse has also been associated with severe mental illness, often causing the onset of long-lasting psychoses including severe depression and schizophrenia.[ii]
One other serious note on LSD use is that because LSD is a Schedule I illegal drug, there is no way to know if what you are getting is truly LSD. Sometimes LSD can be cut with various other toxic substances that can cause a myriad of dangerous side-effects. There is a very small chance that the person who provides your LSD actually made the LSD him- or herself. There is no real way to know if what you are taking is really LSD.
LSD is not considered to be physically addictive like heroin or cocaine, but it is considered to be psychologically addictive. LSD can cause permanent brain damage, most often seen in the form of flashbacks in which the former LSD user experiences LSD hallucinations without even taking the drug.
Stopping consistent LSD use can be very difficult. Because of the way LSD works on the brain, discontinuing LSD use can cause symptoms of withdrawal. LSD changes thinking, and the LSD user usually has a hard time perceiving the effects of LSD on personality, judgment and boundaries.
Dangers of LSD Relapse
Being around other users and being in places that support illegal drug use create a series of dangerous situations including the following:
- Chance of arrest and jail
- Lowered inhibitions that can lead to being robbed, assaulted, raped or killed
- Introduction to other dangerous drugs
- Introduction to non-supportive individuals, loneliness, despair and other negative feelings
- Withdrawal effectsandflashbacks that can cause the user to experiencefrighteningly realistic hallucinations
- Loss of income, work or quality of family life
People often abuse drugs such as LSD to avoid bigger issues in their lives. If you are overcoming an addiction, there are tough times to be prepared for ahead. Learning to handle life’s problems without the aid of substances can be very challenging. By going back to LSD and other drugs, these problems often get worse. A trained counselor can help you with these situations.
LSD Relapse Help
If you or your loved one is suffering from an LSD relapse, it’s time to get real help. We offer a toll-free 24 hour helpline that is available for you and your loved ones. We can help with issues of LSD relapse, addiction, flashback management and more. Each addiction story is different, and each individual requires personalized treatment. We want to help you find the best treatment available to you and can connect you with facilities who can best serve you. We can even check your insurance coverage for you. Explore your treatment options today, and make the call.