Misconceptions about Interventions for LSD Users

LSD is a drug that became part of popular culture in the 1960s. This drug is used to experience unique situations on a higher level through feelings and sensations. In many cases, this occurs through hallucinations. Even today, LSD is still a substance being abused by thousands of people on a regular basis. The National Institute of Drug Abuse states that over 229,000 people have used LSD in the past month.[1] While LSD is mostly considered a club drug, and its continued use can lead to the development of new addictions. For example, when LSD is taken at a club, it could easily be taken with alcohol or other drugs. Even if LSD is only taken at parties, it is still very dangerous. While the intention may to just use LSD casually, it can evolve into substance abuse.

Misconceptions about LSD Users and Interventions

Misconceptions about Interventions for LSD Users

An intervention may be the only way to get a loved one into treatment

LSD doesn’t cause as many mood swings, suicidal thoughts, or health problems as heroin, cocaine and prescription pills. However, the side effects of LSD can be numbing in their own way. Hallucinogenic drugs like LSD can cause users to see images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem real but do not exist.[2] As an individual continues to use LSD, a tolerance to the drug develops. Eventually, more of the drug is needed to achieve the same effects. A user’s loved ones will often hold an intervention as a way to get the user into treatment. Here are some of the challenges often seen with LSD abuse interventions:

  • The user does not want help. LSD abuse can make friends and family members feel like their loved one does not want help. It is important to note when an LSD user is under the influence, their reality is distorted and he or she will likely not act normal.
  • The user does not understand the situation.LSD use can cause irrational fears, combined sensory perceptions, salivation and hallucinations. These side effects can make unable to understand the purpose of the intervention or appear to have low mental capabilities.
  • LSD use may not appear to be dangerous. LSD might not be as life threatening as other drugs such as heroin, but it is physically and psychologically dangerous.

There are other common misconceptions about LSD. Some individuals may believe LSD users do not care about their loved ones. Some may believe LSD is not a drug they can die from or that they will not succeed in rehab. These thoughts are generally inaccurate. Even though a user might have difficulty with expressing emotions, he or she likely recognizes the problem even if he or she is not ready to admit it

Does Your Loved One Need an LSD Intervention?

If you or your loved one needs help with a drug problem, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now. You will be connected with a professional counselor who is ready to help. LSD abuse is very serious. LSD use can lead to addiction if left untreated. There is no such thing as healthy LSD use. If you have any questions about interventions, please feel free to ask about this topic or any other questions you have. Do not let one more day pass you by. Call us today.


[1]https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/hallucinogens-dissociative-drugs/why-do-people-take-hallucinogens How Widespread is the Abuse of Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs?

[2]https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/hallucinogens-dissociative-drugs/where-can-i-get-more-scientific-information-hallucinogens-diss How Do Hallucinogens Affect The Brain and The Body?