The mood-changing effects of LSD dramatically affect experiences and expectations, making it hard for some people to imagine life without the drug. In rehab, however, patients find happiness and fulfillment learning new ways to think about themselves and approach life.
Learning to Stop LSD Use
A lifestyle of LSD abuse forces people into unpredictable situations and puts them at risk for mental health problems, damaged social relationships and employment troubles. Spending time trying to escape life is no way to find happiness. Plus, the initial thrill of an LSD trip may turn dark after repeated use or, at the very least, keep a person from finding fulfillment in day-to-day life.
Getting off hallucinogens like LSD and other drugs gives a person the ability to make peace with himself. The best addiction treatment programs offer specialized psychological counseling.The therapies designed for addiction bring a patient into the treatment plan and help him set achievable goals.Cognitive-behavioral approaches do more than help a patient stop using drugs; they guide him through the destructive and self-defeating thoughts that led to drug use in the first place. Patients learn how to stop negative thoughts. Instead of getting lost in a spiral of, “I’ll never be able to do this,” it’s possible to notice the thought and make it rational. “I feel bad right now, but I’ve been happy before. I’ll do my best in this moment to breathe deeply and do something positive.” The ability to turn away from negative thoughts is a crucial skill patients learn during rehab and it transforms a person’s life once they are living in recovery.
Understanding the Consequences of LSD Use
LSD is one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals. The hallucinogenic drug exacerbates any underlying psychological problemsa person experiences and increase a person’s risk of experiencing violence or danger while under the drug’s influence.People who use it experience dramatic and strong feelings and have an altered sense of reality. Habitual LSD use may leave someone wondering if she can adapt to giving up the drug and living again in the everyday world.
Fortunately, LSD is not physically addictive, so there are no physical withdrawal symptoms when a person stops taking the drug. Psychological dependence is possible, however, leaving a person disoriented and craving more dramatic experiences when she stops using.
Another issue affecting LSD users is tolerance. LSD produces drug tolerance rapidly; so as the body adapts to the drug’s effects, it takes larger and larger doses to achieve previous results. The drug seems less and less effective over time. Most people never experience the high of their first LSD trip again. In other words, whether people continue to take LSD or attend rehab to stop using the drug, they will need to adapt to a world that’s less intense and altered than what they first experienced LSD.
Not all of the feelings and experiences related to LSD use are positive. In fact, some can be terrifying. It’s impossible to predict when any given user might have a “bad trip,” and former positive experiences are no guarantee of future ones. LSD flashbacks occur without warning for days, weeks, months or years. Some people develop a condition known as hallucinogen-induced persisting perceptual disorder (HPPD) in which their functioning is significantly impaired.This disorder disrupts a person’s senses and thinking even when drugs are not in his system. HPPD may continue for months and disrupt a person’s day-to-day life.3
Effective Treatment for LSD Abuse
While the biological effects of LSD are not completely understood, it is known to effect neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. Sometimes when a drug alters a person’s neurotransmitter levels, it can take time for him to recover normal emotional health after drug use stops. The evidence-based therapies available in professional rehab give patients the ability to regain normal brain functions and learn to live a more fulfilling life than ever before.1
Transitions are difficult, but worth the challenge. While it’s difficult to transition from depending on LSD for pleasure to finding contentment in other ways, the end result is real contentment. A sober person experiences healthy relationships, hobbies, achievements and spiritual growth. As with other transitions, the destination is worth the challenge of the journey.
LSD Addiction Help
If you’re ready to experience the joys of real life, free from the unreality of LSD, our admissions coordinators can find a rehab program that’s right for you. Call our toll-free helpline, available 24 hours a day, and let us answer your questions. We even offer information on insurance coverage. Call today and begin your journey.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). What are hallucinogens? Drug Facts. Retrieved Aug. 22, 2016 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/hallucinogens.