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LSD Addiction: The Dangers Involved and LSD Addiction Treatment Options

LSD is a drug that has been available since 1938.

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It was created in a lab for experimental purposes as a blood stimulant. However, it has certainly become so much more since that time. It’s quite popular with people who frequent clubs and raves because of its hallucinogenic effects.

LSD is made from lysergic acid diethylamide, which is where it gets its name, and although the Beatles’ song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds makes the drug sound like it’s all about feeling good and loving life, getting high or going on a “trip” (as it’s often referred to) with LSD isn’t always all that pleasant to experience. Even so, people return to it again and again for the chance to enjoy a high that’s truly unlike anything else.

Fortunately, LSD isn’t known to be physically addictive, but the mental part of the addiction can be quite strong in those who are regular users, and for those who have been using it for a long time. Perhaps you fall into one of those two categories, and you’d like more information about the safest ways to stop taking LSD. LSD addiction treatment can address the psychological components of this dangerous problem and help you to recover safely, with less chance of relapsing.

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The Dangers of LSD Abuse

The appeal of LSD has to do with the incredibly vivid hallucinations that are produced after you take it. These hallucinations, or trips, can last for as long as 12 hours. Sometimes people talk about having the ability to “see smells” and “hear colors,” which sounds bizarre to those who have never used LSD. However, for those who have, these sensations are all a part of the experience that keeps them coming back for more.

Short term usage of LSD can have some dangerous side effects, and these can include:

  • Not being able to sleep
  • Experiencing a rapid heart rate
  • Having tremors
  • Lack of judgment
  • Worry about dying
  • Feelings of despair
  • Breaking out into sweats or chills

Because LSD is so intense, even with just one use, there are other, more dangerous effects than can often manifest as well. A bad trip can result in a fear of dying, which can lead to harming others, or even suicide.


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Are There LSD Withdrawal Symptoms When You Stop?

Because LSD isn’t physically addictive, there really aren’t any physical LSD withdrawal symptoms to be concerned with. Of course, there can be residual physical or health problems that can persist that were caused by the usage of the drug. LSD is very psychologically addictive, and it’s quite common for people to experience these types of withdrawal symptoms after they stop taking it. You may encounter:

  • An intense feeling of anxiety because of the damage you may have done by using LSD
  • Problems with concentration or confusion
  • A sense of depersonalization
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Worry that you’ll develop a mental disorder such as schizophrenia
  • Intense flashbacks
  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts

It is possible that you could experience HPPD, which is Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder. This can cause you to have hallucinations for a long time after you’ve stopped taking LSD. The chances of this are lessened when you go to LSD addiction treatment.

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LSD Addiction Symptoms and LSD Addiction Behaviors

Because LSD is not physically addictive, it’s a little bit more difficult to distinguish when the psychological addiction has set in. However, there are a few LSD addiction symptoms that you can look for, either in yourself or in a loved one who is using LSD. These can include:

  • Feelings of apathy
  • Bouts of anxiety or panic attacks
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Psychosis that lasts a long time
  • Intense flashbacks of being high or tripping

If you’re concerned about whether or not a family member or friend has developed an addiction to this powerful and dangerous hallucinogen, you can look for a few different LSD addiction behaviors, and some examples of these might be:

  • Frequently seeking ways to get money to purchase drugs
  • Getting into trouble with the law because of their drug use
  • Social isolation away from those who don’t use drugs
  • Loss of a job or disinterest in school
  • Continual paranoia and anxiety
  • Fear of the future

It can be so difficult to watch someone you love battle an LSD addiction. However, if you contact some of the best LSD rehab programs, they can offer you some guidance as to how you can help.

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Locating the Best LSD Rehab Centers in the Pacific Northwest

If you are battling an LSD addiction, getting professional help is the most important thing you can do, both for your physical and your mental well-being. Northpoint Recovery is considered one of the top LSD rehab programs in the Pacific Northwest, and our staff members are highly trained to assist patients with this type of addiction and history of drug use.

If you would like to learn more about how Northpoint Recovery can help you overcome this addiction so you can begin the healing process, please contact us today.