Addiction is often fueled by an intense emotional need to escape painful life events and stressors. One of the most basic needs of the brain is to feel relaxed, rewarded and at peace. Drugs such as the hallucinogen LSD offer a short-lived escape from the following negative life events:
- Unemployment or struggles in the workplace
- Relationship breakups
- Financial problems
- The death of a friend or loved one
- School pressures
- Post-traumatic stress
- Chronic health problems or lingering pain
- Underlying emotional disorders related to anxiety, depression or personality issues
These experiences, and others like them, create stress that the brain desperately wants to escape. Any activity that provides that escape will be recognized and craved in an emotional way that is much more powerful than rational thought or will. Some examples of this type of escapist behavior include the following:
- Compulsive eating or starving
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Self-harm, such as cutting
- Abuse of others
- Sex addiction
Until the self-medicating addict learns new and healthy ways to experience and manage emotions, he or she will be prone to simply tune out by getting high.
LSD and Escapism
While LSD is not addictive in a physical sense—which simply means that quitting doesn’t cause withdrawal—it can be very addictive psychologically. Users experience a near complete removal from the stresses of the real world as they see, hear, smell and even taste things that are not real. While some LSD “trips” can be quite terrifying, many users learn how to manage their hallucinations to be pleasant and completely removed from the stressors of everyday life. After becoming hooked on acid, many users can’t handle even the most routine challenges to their peace-of-mind. When anything negative happens, an LSD addict will want to escape by getting high.
Regular users develop a tolerance to LSD very quickly. This means that they need larger and more frequent doses in order to feel the desired effects. As the intensity of their LSD hallucinations lessens, these people are at an increased risk of “enhancing” their high by adding alcohol or other drugs to the mix.
Long-Term Effects of LSD Addiction on Coping Skills
The temporary relief that comes through LSD use establishes the formation of neural pathways in the brain that turn escapism into a habit. Addicts will be unlikely to control their need for this escape without comprehensive psychological treatment. Some people may quit using LSD for months—or even years—only to relapse when they experience a significantly negative life event. The only way to avoid this kind of relapse is to reprogram the brain to its pre-addiction functioning. This usually involves the following therapies:
- Personal and group counseling
- Coping skill development
- Emotional support
These programs are often available in both inpatient and outpatient varieties.
LSD Addiction Help
If you are ready to quit using LSD to cope with the emotional pain of negative life events, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer questions, provide encouragement and connect you with comprehensive and holistic recovery programs that will teach you how to cope with the trials of life without getting high. We understand how difficult it is to walk through painful experiences once you know what it feels like to escape through LSD, but we can help. Get off the LSD escapism path once and for all. Call now.