Addiction to LSD or any substance is a disease. Like all diseases it requires treatment. With treatment individuals can and do manage this disease and find healthy, balanced and sober lives. Public perception of addiction and addicts does not always reflect the truth of recovery, but this same public perception is growing and developing. As awareness of the disease increases, positive change occurs. As individuals struggling with addiction step forward to ask for help, help becomes more easily and widely available. As those in recovery speak up about their experiences, public perception improves.
The Problem with Stigma
Numerous stigmas surround LSD addicts. Some people view addiction as a sign of weakness or as an issue of morality or willpower. LSD is an illegal drugs in all and any settings unlike drugs like opiates and benzodiazepines that may have medical uses or be prescribed by doctors. Because of this users may be seen as criminals by law enforcement and the public at large. Associating addiction with criminality also affects public perceptions of who struggles with addiction and who needs help. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health explains, “The stories of drug addiction portrayed in the media are often of street drug users in bad economic conditions rather than of those in the suburbs who have become addicted to prescription painkillers after struggling with chronic pain.” Misconceptions about who becomes addicted delays addiction being diagnosed and treated and leaves many afraid to speak up about their struggles. Public perception of LSD addicts can create problems such as the following:
- LSD addicts commonly do not want to acknowledge their addiction for fear of being stigmatized
- Users and their loved ones may not believe addiction can happen to them or happen in their family or community
- Denying addiction makes asking for and receiving treatment impossible
- Not seeking treatment causes LSD addiction to worsen and negatively affect every aspect of a person’s life
- Friends, family members, and employers of LSD addicts may not understand the reality of addiction or the role they can play in offering help and supporting recovery
- When policy makers view LSD addiction as a character flaw or crime, treatment standards and insurance policies are not regulated to provide safe, effective and affordable care
Stigmas surrounding LSD and other drug users also allow society to exclude addicts rather than offer the social support that is so vital to recovery. It also causes users to internalize public perceptions. They may come to believe they are flawed or beyond help when in reality they have a very treatable and manageable disease.
Viewing LSD Addiction as a Treatable Disease
As public perception changes and addiction is recognized as a disease, recovery becomes a more likely reality. More treatment programs and providers are available, and evidence-based treatment becomes the norm rather than a difficult-to-find resource. Insurance now covers most addiction treatment. Support groups can be found in almost any and every community. Increasing understanding of addiction allows friends, family members and employers to offer the right support and to take action when a person cannot take action for themselves. Recovery is within reach when you have the right understanding and the best addiction treatment.
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 http://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2014/study-public-feels-more-negative-toward-people-with-drug-addiction-than-those-with-mental-illness.html. “Study: Public Feels More Negative Toward People With Drug Addiction Than Those With Mental Illness.” Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 1 Oct 2014. Web. 22 Jun 2016.