Frequently Asked Questions
What Is LSD?
LSD is a powerful hallucinogen manufactured from lysergic acid found in certain rye fungus. It has no medical use.
What Are Common Street Names?
Acid, Dots, Lucy, Mellow Yellow, Tab, Trips, Window Pane
What Does It Look Like?
LSD is odorless and colorless. It is commonly sold in tablet and capsule form. Liquid LSD is often added to absorbent paper and sold as small decorated squares.
How Is It Used?
LSD is taken orally.
What Are the Short-Term Effects of LSD?
LSD can provide a psychological “trip” for individuals looking to temporarily abandon their reality and relieve stress or boredom. It affects users by distorting colors, sounds and shapes, which can provide a sense of excitement but can also endanger the mind and body.
Why Is LSD Harmful?
LSD is a particularly dangerous hallucinogen because it impairs individuals’ sense of sight, hearing, and touch, making them more likely to engage in risky behaviors that can harm users and those around them. LSD also causes volatile mood swings and may lead to panic attacks or depression shortly after use. Even after one-time use, LSD can cause unwanted flashbacks months later, but other health issues may emerge if the drug is taken over time.
Long Term Effects of LSD Abuse
Repeated LSD misuse can lead to addiction and health problems, including:
- Impaired vision
- Panic attacks
- Cardiovascular collapse
Recognizing LSD Addiction
Continuous LSD misuse can cause the brain to become reliant on the drug. Those who suffer from LSD addiction experience physical and behavioral changes, such as:
- Mood swings
- Extreme relaxation
- Weight loss
- Profuse sweating
- Tingling fingers or toes
What Does an LSD Overdose Look Like?
An overdose or “bad trip” occurs when an individual takes a toxic amount of LSD. It is impossible to determine what dosage will lead to an overdose, as an individual’s overall health status greatly affects this. Because LSD wreaks havoc on the brain, a “bad trip” is not only physically dangerous but also psychologically dangerous, and can even lead to suicidal and homicidal thoughts.
Signs of Overdose
- Flushed skin
- Muscle shakes
- High body temperature
- Rapid heart rate
- Excessive sweating
Individuals who experience an overdose require immediate medical attention, as some symptoms of an LSD overdose cannot be seen, such as blood clots and internal bleeding.
How Do You Treat LSD Addiction?
To be able to effectively address the impact that addiction has had, individuals must first stop using LSD. While medically-monitored detox is not required for LSD addiction, individuals often experience dangerous psychological effects when they discontinue regular use. As a result, it is recommended that individuals go through this process under the supervision of a health professional.
- Hearing loss
- Loss of motor skills
- Double vision
- Rapid breathing
- Loss of coordination
LSD Addiction Treatment
While LSD addiction certainly affects physical health, its psychological impact is often more severe. Individuals should follow a comprehensive treatment plan once their body has detoxified. Drug counseling is available for individuals with an LSD dependency in the form of inpatient/residential treatment and outpatient treatment. Both options help individuals address mental health concerns, identify co-occurring disorders, manage emotions and effectively respond to setbacks, and provide them with relapse prevention tools.
Gaining mental clarity and cultivating emotional well-being is important in addiction recovery, especially for those recovering from LSD addiction. Holistic therapies can be helpful because they empower individuals to develop greater self-awareness and provide those in recovery with opportunities for emotional exploration and self-reflection.
Those recovering from LSD addiction can especially benefit from activities that target their emotional needs. Individuals struggling with the psychological impact of their LSD misuse may cleanse their minds and bodies through Sweat Lodge therapy, a ritual that purifies the spirit and pushes individuals out of their comfort zone. Users who relied on LSD for stress relief may find comfort in Yoga, which clears the mind by developing focus through breathing and posing exercises. Those who used LSD to alter their mood can safely explore feelings of exhilaration, fear, and freedom through Ropes Courses.
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If you or a loved one is struggling with LSD addiction, know that you are not alone. Our team of medical, clinical, and wellness experts are here to help you break free from addiction and achieve the happy, healthy life you deserve.