When every attempt to get through to an addicted friend or loved one has failed, it may be time to consider holding a professionally guided intervention. While these meetings are risky, often emotionally loaded and difficult events, they can be effective with proper help and preparation. There are several steps to carefully consider before attempting an LSD intervention.
Understand LSD Addiction
All LSD use is problematic. LSD is an illegal drug in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and a host of other countries. The consequences of using this drug include irrational behavior, dangerous behavior, damaged relationships, and the possibility of arrest or incarceration. Even if you are unsure that your loved one has become addicted to LSD or any other substance, the consequences of using this drug in any capacity are still severe.
Addiction is a complicated disease, and every individual’s experience is unique. A simple definition of LSD addiction would be any use that can’t or won’t be stopped despite negative consequences. In this way, LSD addiction is different than dependence on alcohol, opiates, or benzodiazepines. Those drugs create both physical and psychological addictions, whereas LSD is not physically addictive. But, just because users won’t experience symptoms of physical withdrawal does not mean that quitting is easy.
Psychological addiction is much more difficult to correct than physical addiction. Physical withdrawal symptoms tend to run their course in a matter of days or weeks while psychological addiction can last for years, decades, or even a lifetime. Most LSD addicts are simply unable to handle the pressures and triggers of regular life without the drug. LSD provides an escape from reality as those who use it retreat into their own mind for hours or even days. It is important for friends and loved ones to understand that LSD addiction almost always involves one of the following co-occurring or underlying psychological disorders, for which LSD may serve as a type of self-medication:
- Anxiety disorders
- Personality disorders
- Bipolar disorder
Addiction recovery counselors can help you and your family members understand the scope of LSD addiction and the work that must be accomplished in order for your loved one to be well.
Thoroughly Prepare for an LSD Intervention
It is essential that friends and family prepare diligently before attempting an intervention. The services of a professional interventionist are critical in this regard. A properly trained interventionist helps a family prepare to hold an intervention in the following ways:
- Offering pre-intervention counseling for all involved
- Helping to identify the right people to be in the meeting
- Clearing up questions about insurance and other logistics
- Helping participants prepare their “scripts” so that the subject can’t derail the conversation
- Help developing detailed plans for immediate treatment
It is not a good idea to attempt an intervention without professional help. Much can go wrong if you try this on your own.
LSD Addiction and Intervention Helpline
If you would like more information or would like to speak to a professional interventionist about how to get through to the addicted person in your life, please call our toll-free, 24-hour helpline today. Our recovery professionals are available with free, confidential advice. There’s a lot more to holding a successful intervention than a television show depiction may lead you to believe. We can help. Call now.