Treatment for Underlying Causes of LSD Addiction


Addiction is more than a physical disease. It affects you and your family psychologically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. There are many underlying causes of addiction, and there are many indirect harms caused by the disease. When ending LSD addiction, make sure you receive treatment for all related issues. Professional treatment should be comprehensive, integrated and understanding. Psychology Today[1] explains, “Quality treatment programs help an addict find and address the underlying causes of their addiction, so that they understand why they use and can change their lives so that using is no longer a desirable course of action.” You may be tempted to seek physical abstinence and stop your recovery efforts after detox. When using a psychologically addictive drug like LSD, this may seem like a quick and easy solution to addiction.


Detox may be necessary, but does not treat underlying causes of addiction

However detox does not treat underlying causes of addiction, and it leaves you vulnerable to relapse. Psychology Today continues, “Simply ‘not craving’ alcohol any longer does nothing to provide an individual with the support s/he needs to change behavior nor does it do anything to help the addict face the causes of his/her addiction. Without uncovering and dealing with the root causes of addiction, even without cravings, the triggers that cause an alcoholic to drink are too strong to ignore and s/he will drink again.” The same is true for LSD, opiates and other addictive substances. Underlying causes do not automatically go away with abstinence. They cannot be ignored. Recovery involves healing yourself and your life completely and fully.

What Are Some of the Underlying Causes of LSD Addiction?

One underlying cause of LSD addiction may be individual biology. Addiction can be a genetic disease. NBC News[2] explains, “Some people are genetically vulnerable to developing the disorder. Sons of alcoholic fathers, for instance, are at three to four times the risk of abusing the drug.” This may lead some individuals to believe they are simply made to be addicted. This is not true. A genetic risk factor does not guarantee addiction or mean recovery is beyond reach. While genes may play a role in how quickly early use becomes addiction, it is not an excuse for continued LSD or other drug use.  NBC News goes on to explain, “No gene has ever been identified, and, even among men who carry a hereditary load, predisposing physical factors don’t doom them to a sodden or chemically dependent lifestyle. There’s no such thing as a pre-addictive personality.” If addiction runs in your family, you have the choice to understand your risk factors and not begin drug use. If you struggle with addiction, you have the choice to ask for help from professionals who understand the role individual biology, genetics, and family play in the disease. They will offer customized treatment that addresses these underlying causes. Addiction itself is not a choice. Taking action is, and it is a choice that can be made at any time.

“There’s no such thing as a pre-addictive personality.” NBC News

Early experiences are another underlying cause of addiction. These experiences may have been traumatic and led you to seek escape, forgetfulness or numbness. These experiences may simply have shaped how you view and process life. NBC News shares, “Many substance-dependent people who make it into therapy show a profound inability to calm and soothe themselves when stressed. The ability to self-regulate mood — to maintain psychic homeostasis — is a task learned between the ages of 1 and 3, when a toddler normally internalizes such a function from caring parents.” Parents who are abusive or who struggle with addiction themselves are less likely to teach children critical early-life skills. Loving parents can still fall short or be distant in early childhood years. You don’t have to come from a visibly troubled family to still be affected by your early experiences. There are many reasons you may struggle with emotional regulation, stress management or anxiety. These reasons can be addressed in therapy. Comprehensive recovery programs offer integrated or Dual Diagnosis treatment. They understand the interplay between mental health and substance use. The New York Times[3] recommends you, “Look for programs using research-validated techniques, like cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps addicts recognize what prompts them to use drugs or alcohol, and learn to redirect their thoughts and reactions away from the abused substance.” Treatment gives you options other than LSD or other drug use. You may work with peers and professionals to learn more about how and why you think and act as you do. This understanding that can create greater self-awareness and give options for avoiding relapse and choosing healthier coping skills in the future. Treatment will offer opportunities for learning life skills, stress management techniques and embracing yourself and your life fully and soberly.

Finding Treatment for the Underlying Causes of LSD Addiction

You can find complete recovery. You can find a healthy, balanced and rewarding life. Call our toll-free helpline to learn about options for treating the underlying causes of LSD addiction. There is no question too small or problem too large. We are here for you 24 hours a day, and all calls are free and confidential.

[1] “Facing the Root Causes of Addiction.” Psychology Today. 15 Apr 2013. Web. 7 Jul 2016.

[2] “Big Mystery: What Causes Addiction?” NBC News. 15 Oct 2013. Web. 7 Jul 2016.

[3] “Effective Addiction Treatment.” New York Times. 4 Feb 2013. Web. 8 Jul 2016.