An LSD addiction is different from a typical drug addiction. Users do not experience physical addiction and withdrawal; instead psychological dependence on the altered reality brought by the drug affects a person’s quality of life.
Use of LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, first exploded in the 1960s after famous experimenters promoted the drug as a way to experience intense creativity and enlightenment. As negative aspects of LSD use emerged, including violent and dangerous actions taken by users, the drug was banned in the United States and other countries. The Drug Enforcement Agency lists LSD as a schedule I drug and its use is illegal.
Importance of Seeking Help for LSD Abuse
LSD use affects a person’s mind and users crave the sensory experiences offered by the drug. Users may experience paranoia or extreme fear while using the drug and may feel depressed or anxious even after the drug’s effects wear off. In extreme cases, a person may develop a hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder, which affects a person’s senses for months or years after stopping LSD. Users of LSD may also experience flashbacks, a spontaneous period of sensory or mood alteration that occurs even when a user isn’t taking LSD.
Making the decision to undergo treatment for LSD abuse is a major step in the recovery process. Each case of addiction is unique and requires specialized care in order for a patient to regain control of her life and to make healthy decisions in the future.Many of the physical dangers of LSD, or acid, result from its psychological impact. As a hallucinatory drug, LSD causes psychosis and inhibits clear decision-making, which brings users to do things they wouldn’t do while sober. While physical tolerance to LSD builds up quickly, requiring users to take more and more to experience a satisfying “high,” dependence on the drug is primarily psychological. Unlike treatment for addiction to physically addictive drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, LSD treatment does not have a traditional “withdrawal” phase and is largely focused on the patient’s psychological wellbeing.
LSD Addiction Recovery Options
One of the first questions patientsneed to consider is whether to participate in inpatient or outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment requires a stay at a rehab facility and includes around-the-clock supervision and care for the length of a stay. Inpatient care is more comprehensive than outpatient treatment, but both options offer psychological therapy. Knowing whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is right requires a look at personal needs and symptoms. Patients with more severe symptoms or patients who have gone through an outpatient program and then relapsed need inpatient care. Outpatient programs may involve attending therapy sessions three to five times per week, generally for six weeks. Outpatient therapy is better suited for patients who cannot afford to take time off work or have other extenuating circumstances.
Despite their differences, both inpatient and outpatient therapy offer these options:
- Detoxification assistance: the initial step of treatment is ridding a user’s system of the drug and managing any medical issues occurring as a result
- Professional and personalized support: trained addiction counselors assess a patient’s physical and psychological needs and decide on a course of treatment
- Individual and group therapy: patients undergo psychological treatment to confront the underlying issues of LSD abuse, as well as any issues resulting from the abuse, such as depression or anxiety.
- Behavior modification and educational resources: to live free of addiction, a recovering addict must learn to change his or her behaviors and rediscover life outside of drug abuse
- Post-treatment resources: many recovering addicts feel intimidated when it comes to returning to everyday life and living in recovery independently; support groups, follow-up counseling and other relapse prevention resources are often available
When considering inpatient or outpatient therapy, a person should choose the program best suited for his or her individual needs.
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