Many people believe that LSD is not addictive because there are not physical withdrawal symptoms, truth is, it is a psychologically addictive drug. People who start to experiment with acid may do so out of curiosity. They have been described a drug that produces beautiful colors and hullicenations, a feeling of “Zen”, along side peer pressures they decide to use the drug. Their first trip on LSD was fun and exciting, not scarey at all, encouraging them to use the drug again. Before they know it their body has developed a tolerance to the drug, requiring more of it to reach the desired effects. They do not become addicted to LSD itself but addicted to the feeling of “Zen” they experience when tripping.
LSD, Lysergic acid diethylamide, also refereed to as Acid, is a semisynthetic psychedelic drug of the ergoline family. LSD came into popularity in the 1960’s for its psychological effects which alter ones thinking processes, and produces closed and open eye visuals, synaesthasia, an altered sense of time and spiritual experiences. Today it is just as popular with young adults and teens looking for a “Zen” experience. Everyone’s trip on LSD is different, it all depends on certain factors such as previous experiences, state of mind and environment, and dose strength.The users trip is never going to be the same as their first. LSD alters the users senses, emotions, memories, time and awareness for 6 to 14 hours, depending on dosage and tolerance LSD it self is non-addictive but users become addicted to the experience and desire to be in a “different world”.
- Impaired judgement, can result in accident and/or personal injury.
- Difficulty with abstract thinking
- Impaired memory and attention span
- Brain Damage
- Panic attacks and extreme anxiety; this is referred to as a “bad trip”.
- Psychosis-like reaction
- “Flashbacks”, the user experiences an episode of some of LSD’s subjective effects long after the drug has worn off.
- Uterine contractions, very dangerous for pregnant women because it can send them into preterm labor.
- Genetic damageor developmental abnormalities in fetuses.
LSD Addiction Treatment
Some may not seek treatment until they are experiencing a bad trip and can not come down from it without medical assistance. Entering into an treatment facility they will be given an benzodiazepine such as diazepam or triazolam. These medications have calming and antianxiety effects that will help to relax the user. The user will be put into a room with limiting stimuli such as bright lights and loud noises to help slow down and eventually stop the effects of LSD.
Most who have gotten to the point of a bad trip requiring medical attention are ready to seek treatment to help them learn to deal with their cravings for the effects of this psychoactive drug giving them false realities. Behavioral modification therapy will help the user get to the cause of their addiction as well as teach them how to live without the drug. They will help them realize the positives to life without drugs, helping them to want sobriety more. With the assistance of an LSD Addiction Treatment facility sobriety is just a step away.