Seeking LSD Addiction Treatment for a Loved One

Seeking LSD addiction treatment for a loved one

Your loved one does not have to be in the deepest depths of addiction before you offer help

When a loved one struggles with substance use, you feel at a loss. You don’t know where to turn, what to do or who to talk to. You don’t know if you can help, how to help or even if you should. You are tired and stressed. You just want your loved one to be happy, healthy and whole. The good news? You may feel overwhelmed and lost, but you are already doing exactly what you should. You are reading this article. You are paying attention. You know treatment is vital for recovery. You are ready to get professional support.

Addiction is a tragically ignored disease. US News[1] explains, “Only one in 10 people with addiction to alcohol and/or drugs report receiving any treatment at all. Compare this to the fact that about 70 percent of people with hypertension or diabetes do receive treatment. Can you imagine accepting that degree of neglect if that were the case for heart or lung disease, cancer, asthma, diabetes, tuberculosis, stroke and other diseases of the brain?” People want to deny addiction or pretend it only happens to a socially created stereotype of an “addict.” But smart college students, independent adults and even senior citizens with no previous substance use problems face addiction every day. You recognize this. You are ready to change these statistics. You are ready to help a loved one recover.

Getting LSD Treatment for a Loved One: Determine If Your Loved One Is Addicted

If you are reading this article, you are concerned about a loved one. You know or suspect your child, parent, friend, sibling or coworker is using LSD or other drugs. However you may not be sure if he or she is addicted or if your intervention is necessary. Your loved one does not have to be in the deepest depths of addiction before you offer help, love and support. In fact the sooner you seek treatment, the better. An early substance use problem can be more easily redirected than an addiction that has been left untreated for years. This doesn’t mean it is ever too late to help or for an individual to find recovery. It just means it is also never too early. Don’t wait for serious complications to occur or accumulate before speaking up. If you suspect a loved one is abusing LSD or other drugs, take the next steps.

Getting LSD Treatment for a Loved One: Listen to Your Loved One

Listening to your loved one is the first and best way to help. If he or she talks about mental health or substance abuse concerns, do not minimize these or write them off. Your family member or friend may be asking for help or even indicating how and what help would be best. Don’t wait for your loved one to plainly state they are struggling or to ask for specific care, but do listen to what he or she is saying. Your loved one may be afraid to make a bold statement about his or her struggles. He or she may feel as overwhelmed as you and be similarly confused about where and how to get help. He or she may be blinded by addiction and be unaware of how their substance use and mental health issues are affecting their lives. Listen to your loved one, look at how he or she acts and read between the lines.

If you have let mental health or substance use go unnoticed, don’t worry. You are noticing now, and you are not alone. Psychology Today[2] shares, “A 2013 survey of college students found that 57% of women and 40% of men reported experiencing episodes of ‘overwhelming anxiety’ in the past year, and 33% of women and 27% of men reported a period in the last year of feeling so depressed it was difficult to function. Studies suggest that between a quarter and a third of students meet criteria for an anxiety or depressive illness during their college experience.” Despite the commonality of stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns, similar studies found, “Only 7% of parents reported their college students as experiencing mental health issues.” Mental health is closely related to addiction. Substance use often begins as an attempt to cope with or minimize mental health symptoms. Drug use also exacerbates preexisting mental health concerns and creates new ones. When one goes unnoticed, the other may as well. All are progressive concerns, and this makes them hard to identify. Once you have an idea of what is going on, you can get help to change the situation. You don’t have to identify all co-occurring problems. Just know there are problems, and there are professionals who can help.

Getting LSD Treatment for a Loved One: Find Comprehensive Care

When seeking LSD addiction treatment for a loved one, don’t choose the quickest, closest or easiest treatment option. US News explains, “What is missing from the vast predominance of private or 12-step-based services is a comprehensive approach to managing addiction. Treatments have been developed for addiction that go well beyond AA. These include motivational techniques and cognitive-behavioral therapies.” Call our helpline to learn about getting comprehensive, effective addiction care for a loved one. We are here 24 hours a day. We listen to your concerns and perform initial assessments to match you to the best addiction treatment resources. Whether you need intervention support, access to immediate treatment or long-term encouragement, we are here for you. All phone services are free, confidential, compassionate and professional. Get LSD addiction treatment for your loved one. Call now.

[1] “A Blind Eye to Addiction.” US News. 1 Jun 2015. Web. 13 Sep 2016.

[2] “The College Student Mental Health Crisis.” Psychology Today. 15 Feb 2014. Web. 13 Sep 2016.