Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a potent hallucinogen that produces psychedelic highs (or “trips”) that can last for 12 hours or longer. According to the 2011 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 10.4% of US adults aged 26 or older have tried LSD at least once. Past-year usage rates are more common with teens and young adults. Young adults are just entering the workforce and often face considerable work-related stress. LSD use, addiction and stress share a close relationship. They can create a worsening spiral of substance use. They also offer an opportunity for healing and moving forward. Addiction treatment provides support for recovery, job skills training and stress management.
LSD and Work
Stress disrupts a person’s mental and physical health. Work is often a source of this stress. Job-related stress can motivate individuals to use LSD for the following reasons:
- To forget about work and stress for a night
- To break the work-week monotony
- To rebel against employers or social norms
- To use LSD or other drugs to fit in with coworkers
A job may become a means of beginning LSD use, as individuals meet others with access to the drug and information about how to use it.
Stress and LSD Abuse
Alcohol Research & Health explains how stress and substance use are related:
- Substance abuse can activate a stress response
- Certain stress hormones act on the same neural pathways as drugs
- Stress can inhibit neural rewards which causes stronger drug cravings
- Normal stress response is impaired as addiction develops
- Withdrawal symptoms trigger stress and anxiety which motivate more cravings
Stress plays a major role in drug abuse. LSD is a powerful drug associated with changes in perception. This may seem to promise relief or escape, but the opposite is often true. A “bad trip” can create more stress than it masks. A bad trip can result in the following:
- Sudden anxiety and panic attacks
- Horrifying visual hallucinations
- Spikes in blood pressure and heart rate
- Extreme mood swings and paranoia
- Body temperature changes
- Future involuntary flashbacks
Acid trips provide a temporary measure of escape. The long-term effects add to stress rather than heal or relieve it. If individuals have co-occurring mental health issues, the consequences of use are often even greater.
LSD Abuse Rehab
LSD is not physically addictive. If LSD is the only drug a person has been using, rehab does not have to begin with physical health care. Withdrawal symptoms do occur, but they are psychological and can be addressed through therapy. Rehab typically focuses on the following:
- Providing integrated treatment for co-occurring mood and personality disorders
- Evaluating factors such as work that contribute to stress and substance use
- Developing healthy mental and physical habits to promote an overall positive lifestyle
- Addressing drug use triggers, past trauma and emotional pain
- Participating in group therapy to share experiences and build recovery support
Treatment can focus on stress management after assessing sources of stress and areas for coping skill development. The following are some stress management skills often taught in rehab:
- Practicing breathing and relaxation exercises that mediate anxiety
- Planning strategies to avoid stressful situations, people and places
- Reframing problems to see the big picture
- Developing personal empowerment and self-confidence
Many treatment centers even help people find jobs and develop new work skills. If work places too much of a burden on mental and physical health, a new career can support recovery.
Help for LSD Abuse and Work Stress
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