No one expects to end up homeless. For the thousands of Americans who live on the streets due to drug use, including heavy LSD use, life is dangerous, complex and an uphill battle to a better situation.
Many people do not understand the connection between LSD use and the loss of home and family. LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a powerful hallucinogen that affects a person’s senses and emotions for up to 12 hours after a single dose. People who are psychologically dependent on the drug take it as a way to escape from reality and experience fantastic sensations. LSD “trips” are highly unpredictable, however, and a person may experience extreme paranoia and fear after taking the drug.
Someone who ends up homeless due to LSD and other heavy drug use is at the end of a complicated tale involving multiple substances and negative decisions. Ongoing LSD use creates serious instability and leads to poor decisions. A person who ends up living on the streets may begin by taking LSD and other drugs in a club. Drug use increases over time until a person is addicted to multiple drugs and loses his home because he can no longer afford it or family members force him to leave.
Homelessness affects around 578,000 people and chronic homelessness is even more serious, according to 2014 statistics from the Department of House and Urban Development. Of the nearly 100,000 people who are chronically homeless (homeless for a year or more or homeless for at least four episodes in a three-year period), around two-thirds have a substance use problem or other chronic health condition. Research shows an addiction or mental illness makes it challenging for a person to find stable and affordable housing. Unfortunately it’s crucial for a person struggling with an addiction to have a safe place to live in order to get better and manage a successful recovery.
The connection between LSD abuse and homelessness upsets many people, but it’s important to consider the implications of any drug use when thinking about addiction treatment. There are resources available for a person who is homeless and abuses drugs, so it’s important to seek out advice.
Effects of LSD Addiction
An addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease. An addiction to LSD creates a psychological dependence on the drug, meaning a person spends all his time thinking about taking the drug or getting more of the drug regardless of any negative consequences. This obsession with drugs destroys work performance, relationships and other important areas of life. People at added risk for developing an addiction live with the following risk factors:
- History of aggressive childhood behavior
- Lack of supervision from parents/caregivers
- Poor social skills
- Curiosity/experimentation with drugs
- Easy access to drugs at school/work
- Living in a poor community
As an addiction grows, users take a growing number of days off work or have trouble functioning in the workplace. They may steal money and valuables from friends and family members to buy LSD and other drugs. These actions devastate a person’s financial security and set him up for criminal prosecution. In addition, a person focused on drugs does not keep up with the mortgage or rent. A serious drug habit leads to home loss within a short period of time, if a person misses rent and utility bills and faces eviction or foreclosure.
LSD Addiction Help for the Homeless
Regardless of whether you live on the streets or with a loved one, an LSD addiction brings serious consequences.A person must take more and more of the drug to achieve the same effects and an LSD binge produces dramatic and serious consequences. One former Duke University student who took 27 hits of LSD over 18 days felt compelled to kill himself as a way to bring on the second coming of Christ. He jumped into the Atlantic Ocean near his home in Folly Beach, S.C. to drown himself, but eventually the effects of the drug wore off and he ended up floating on his back as a way to survive. After 18 hours in the ocean he managed to make it to shore, and spent four days in the hospital. Today, he is sober and encourages homeless people and others to turn to Christianity and away from drugs. Such a dramatic turn away from drug use is possible; anyone who wants to live a healthier, safer life has options.
Help Finding LSD Addiction Treatment for the Homeless
To find an LSD rehab center that helps the homeless, please call our toll-free helpline. Our admissions coordinators offer advice about all kinds of treatment options. Calls are confidential and answered 24 hours a day. Your LSD addiction should not destroy your life. Call our helpline today for help with the struggles of addiction.
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