Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) was developed in the early part of the 20th century as an experimental psychiatric treatment. It produces a range of sensations from mild euphoria and heightened sensitivity to stimuli to intense hallucinations. It is classified as a schedule I drug with no legal usages. As the drug is only available through illegal channels, exact dosing is difficult to predict. The period of intoxication or “trip” can range from less than an hour to a full day and can be pleasant or terrifying.[i] Users may cause themselves serious injury or death by doing reckless things like attempting to fly by jumping from a window.[ii] The hallucinations can be very powerful and provide an escape from the difficult day-to-day life of the user. While not considered physically addictive, LSD can create a powerful psychological addiction and can mask significant psychological disorders in the process. Many people mistakenly believe that psychological addiction is less powerful than physical dependency and that drugs like LSD are therefore safer to use. This is not true, as it is the psychological aspect of addiction that causes most relapses.
The Relationship between LSD Addiction and Mood Disorders
Underlying mood disorders complicate an LSD user’s recovery. Treating co-occurring LSD addiction and mood disorders is a complicated and intricate process best handled by professionals. Many people who become addicted to drugs like LSD suffer from mental health concerns such as the following:
- Anxiety disorders
- Personality disorders
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Panic attacks
Individuals struggling with these conditions may subconsciously turn to various illicit drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. Underlying conditions are not treated by LSD use. They are temporarily masked and will eventually become unmanageable. LSD users tend to withdraw from long-held and important relationships in lieu of shallow new friendships with other drug users. As true relationships fray, the LSD user may have to choose between serious depression and loneliness or another trip.
Effective Treatment of LSD Addiction and Mental Health Issues
The most successful LSD addiction treatment programs understand that each addiction is unique and that each addict has his or her own path to recovery. Dual Diagnosis treatment identifies any and all co-occurring disorders that may have contributed to the addiction and may be undermining the user’s recovery efforts. In Dual Diagnosis treatment, each condition is treated individually; however, there is an added focus to treat the link between the two (or more conditions) so that the patient has a better understanding of how to maintain a sober life. Integrated rehab is provided through resources such as the following:
- Individual counseling
- Support group meetings
- 12-step programs
- Spiritual care
- Intensive education about the recovery process
- Various relaxation and meditation techniques
The best LSD rehab facilities take great pride in offering customized treatment plans to bring healing to the body, the mind and the soul.
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