Why You Don’t Have to Reinvent the Wheel to End Your Addiction

Why You Don’t Have to Reinvent the Wheel to End Your Addiction

What works for one person may not benefit another

It’s true, fighting addiction is a unique and personal experience. Finding what works to manage addiction, however, doesn’t require a“Eureka” moment; it’s more like choosing the best techniques from a list of what works.

A person develops an addiction due to a variety of reasons. Drug use begins out of curiosity, a need to feel socially confident or alleviate stress. For a person dependent on the hallucinogenic drug LSD or any other drug, ending use requires replacing drugs with beneficial actions and thoughts. Researchers know there are several ways to fight thoughts of drug use; it’s a matter of finding the best fit for someone’s personality and lifestyle.[1]

Circumstances leading to addiction are unique for each person. Logically, it might seem like everyone needs to be treated with a brand new method, but treatments don’t have to be groundbreaking to work. It’s true that breaking an addiction is a highly individualized process and what works for one person may not benefit another. Fortunately there are many evidence-based methods, making it possible to select the best strategies.

Addiction Treatments that Work

Regardless of unique circumstances and personalities, there are core characteristics that make some people vulnerable to self-destructive, compulsive behaviors. Risk factors for addiction may include the following:

  • Difficulty in delaying gratification
  • Impulsivity
  • Antisocial personality
  • Nonconformity
  • Disposition toward sensation seeking
  • Social alienation
  • Tolerance for deviance
  • Reactivity to stress

Many people with an addiction faced environmental factors that lead to drug and alcohol use. For example, childhood abuses, poor parental supervision, trouble with social skills or other negative experiences put someone at additional risk. Genetic factors play a role as well; as much as 40% to 60% of a person’s vulnerability.1

Treating addiction requires paying attention to the root causes of the disease. Addiction counselors, including psychologists and psychiatrists, work with a person to determine the origin of drug-taking behaviors. To fight drug-using urges, a curiosity seeker explores other ways to find excitement, such as scuba diving or cross-country skiing. Someone who wants to manage stress begins meditating or practicing yoga.

Effective treatment plans begin when patients work with therapists to set goals and work methodically to achieve the goals. This process may take a variety of forms. The following treatment approaches may be modified to help addiction sufferers regardless of their gender, race, age, socioeconomic background or other life-circumstances:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Model – a short-term, goal-oriented therapeutic approach that addresses the connection between thoughts and feelings and LSD using behaviors
  • Bio-Psycho-Social Model – an experiential, peer-oriented approach that improves social functioning to ameliorate negative environmental, cultural, social, peer or family influences that underpin addictive behavior
  • 12-Step Model – an abstinence-oriented approach that treats chemical dependency as a disease
  • Harm Reduction – an approach based on reducing negative consequences of LSD abuse without entirely abstaining[2]

At professional recovery centers, trained experts assess each patient to select the best approach. Patients who participate in the process and actively choose a treatment method have the best chance of staying sober longer and improving mental health symptoms.[3]

Individualized Treatment Plans: The Importance of Customization

Although the number of proven treatment methods for addiction is relatively small, addiction counselors tailor each person’s plan in countless ways. Customization of an individualized treatment plan is linked to better treatment outcomes. All treatment plans should include a comprehensive medical evaluation, therapy, spiritual guidance and community support. Additionally, they should be informed by a thoughtful awareness of a person’s cultural and sociological backgrounds, gender, age, spiritual orientation and ethnicity.[4]

Other areas to address include the following needs:

  • Medical
  • Psychological
  • Social
  • Vocational
  • Legal

When an individual is discharged from addiction treatment, he or she leaves with a firm understanding of the fundamental tenets of recovery. The fundamentals of the treatment method do not change; they serve as a framework for continued rehabilitation and a reference point for other healthcare providers and counselors. However, a person’s treatment plan should never be static. In order to stay sober, patients must continually assess their recoveries and examine the different components to make sure changing needs are met.3

Getting Help for LSD Addiction

If you or someone you love abuses LSD, we can help. Admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day at our toll-free helpline to guide you to wellness. Don’t go it alone when help is just one phone call away. You never have to go back to a life of addiction. Please call today.


[1] National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). What is drug addiction. Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction. Retrieved July 25, 2016 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/drug-abuse-addiction.

[2] Guthmann, Debra. (2001).Models of Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment for Consideration when Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals. JADARA: The Journal for Professionals Networking for Excellence in Service Delivery with Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Retrieved July 25, 2016 from http://www.mncddeaf.org/articles/models_ad.htm

[3] DuPont, Robert L., et al. (2014). Creating a New Standard for Addiction Treatment Outcomes. A Report from the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. Retrieved July 25, 2016 from http://www.williamwhitepapers.com/pr/IBH%20Creating%20a%20New%20Standard%20for%20Addiction%20Treatment%20Outcomes%202014.pdf.

[4] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Treatments for Substance Use Disorders. Retrieved July 25, 2016 from http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/substance-use-disorders.