Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, LSD for short, or more commonly know as acid, is a powerful hallucinogenic drug. Those who ingest it in anyway will experience a strange and distorted view of the world around them. These hallucinations can be good or sometimes they can turn bad and it can be the most frightening experience of a person’s life. Acid is usually sold as a tiny sheet of paper with a picture on it which users place in their mouth and chew to make sure the drug gets into their blood stream. It can also be found in liquid form or sold as a tiny pellet.
It is commonly thought that LSD is not addictive and this may be true in the physical form. There are no withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it and it does not leave any bad side effects as it wears off. It is however possible to build up a tolerance to LSD very quickly meaning that a person will need to take much larger doses of the drug to experience the same effects. The higher the dose the larger the risk and the more likely it is that a person will become psychologically addicted or dependent.
You might wonder why a person would choose to take LSD in the first place, it is very risky and you never know whether your “trip” is going to be good or bad until it starts to work. There is no escaping the experience and you just have to ride it out until the drug wears off. Lots of people start off taking the drug out of curiosity or because friends use the drug and they want to fit in. Some people turn to the drug as a way of escaping from reality, sometimes it is simply a cure for boredom. There are literally hundreds of reasons why a person may choose to use LSD.
Often there is a mental health problem associated with regular use of LSD, if there wasn’t one before drug taking started then one usually develops after regular use, LSD has an effect on the chemicals in the brain and this can cause such problems as depression and anxiety.
Treatment for an LSD addiction may consist of inpatient therapy in a drug rehabilitation center or it could happen in an outpatient setting. This will be decided depending on how severe the addiction is and how easy the user can access the drug. Group therapy is extremely helpful as users can share experiences with others who are going through similar situations. It helps to know that you are not alone. There will be lots of difficult decisions to be made including ending relationships with people who are still heavy drug users and possibly even moving to a new area away from access to LSD. Basically, anything that will reduce the chance of relapse in a patient will need to be implemented. Recovery is a long and bumpy road and a journey that the patients will be on for the rest of their lives.