LSD Treatment FAQ

LSD Treatment FAQ

Once you have completed therapy, you have the strength and tools to avoid cues

When you first consider addiction treatment, you will have some basic questions. Learn more and take the first steps towards recovery.

Where Should I Look for Treatment?

Local outpatient treatment may seem easiest and most convenient. While it can be effective for some, choosing inpatient care and traveling for treatment offers more support. The DANA Foundation[1] explains, “We must recognize that the executive system in the brain of an addict is programmed to initiate drug seeking in response to cues, so it is critical to help the addict avoid those cues. This usually means removing the addict from the environment where he became addicted.” Once you have completed therapy, you have the strength and tools to avoid cues. You learn how to respond positively to the cues you cannot avoid. You do not have the skills and tools you need to maintain sobriety until you have spent some time in treatment. Give yourself this time. Give yourself space. Consider inpatient care and traveling for treatment.

How Long Does LSD Addiction Treatment Take?

Time supports recovery much like distance. It gives you the break and the mental space you need to step back from LSD and other drug use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse[2] shares, “Individuals progress through drug addiction treatment at various rates, so there is no predetermined length of treatment…Good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length. Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness, and treatment lasting significantly longer is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes.” The longer you stay in treatment, the more likely long-term recovery becomes. Do not rush the recovery process. LSD treatment, and your recovery, takes as long as it needs.

How Much Does LSD Addiction Treatment Cost?

Addiction treatment is more affordable than ever. If you have insurance through work or family, the Mental Health Parity Act requires plans to cover mental health care, including addiction treatment, and physical health care equally. If you purchased insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires these plans to cover addiction treatment. The Office of National Drug Control Policy[3] explains, “The ACA includes substance use disorders as one of the ten elements of essential health benefits. This means that all health insurance sold on Health Insurance Exchanges or provided by Medicaid to certain newly eligible adults starting in 2014 must include services for substance use disorders.” If you do not have insurance, you can explore scholarships, sliding-scale treatment pricing and other funding options. No matter your current financial position, treatment, health and recovery will always be cheaper in the long run.

What Happens During LSD Addiction Treatment?

Because LSD has few physical side effects, LSD addiction treatment will focus on the psychological effects of the drug. Treatment will address co-occurring mental health concerns. Various forms of therapy provide relief from addiction and mental health symptoms. Therapy provides the basis for recovery and offers long-term support. It teaches skills so that individuals can help themselves find and maintain recovery. The American Psychological Association[4] lists the following as effective, evidence-based therapies for addiction treatment:

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Motivational enhancement therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Structured family and couples therapy
  • Contingency management/motivational incentives
  • Community reinforcement therapy
  • 12-step facilitation therapy

Treatment may include one or more of these therapy types. No one treatment method works for every individual. A treatment program should create a customized treatment plan. This plan will be regularly assessed and adjusted based on your changing recovery needs. If one form of treatment doesn’t feel right, clinicians will willing help you explore another, or multiple, options. Evidence-based therapy may also be supplemented, although not replaced, by alternative therapies and healing practices. This may include adventure or equine therapy, yoga, nutritional counseling and more. What happens during LSD addiction treatment is up to you. Work with your treatment team to shape your individual path to recovery.

How Do I Find the Best Addiction Treatment?

Learn more about finding the best addiction treatment. Call our helpline any time, day or night. We are here 24 hours a day. Let us answer any questions about where to find treatment, what treatment involves and how you can make it affordable. All calls are free and confidential. No question is too big or too small. Call today.


[1]    http://www.dana.org/Cerebrum/Default.aspx?id=39147. “How Addiction Hijacks Our Reward System.” DANA Foundation. 1 Apr 2005. Web. 22 Sep 2016.

[2]    https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/how-long-does-drug-addiction-treatment. “How Long Does Drug Addiction Treatment Usually Last?” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dec 2012. Web. 22 Sep 2016.

[3]    https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/healthcare. “Substance Abuse and the Affordable Care Act.” Office of National Drug Control Policy. Web. 22 Sep 2016.

[4]    http://www.apa.org/divisions/div50/doc/Evidence_-_Based_Treatment_Practices_for_Substance_Use_Disorders.pdf. “Evidence-Based Treatment Practices for Substance Use Disorders.” American Psychological Association. 13 Dec 2004. Web. 22 Sep 2016.