D-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a powerful hallucinogen that comes as a clear, odorless liquid that is often applied to sugar cubes or blotter paper, or sold as a pill or capsule. When some people hear the name “LSD” they may think of tie-dye, acid rock and the counterculture of the 1960s. However, people are still using the LSD and some of them may require LSD addiction treatment.

LSD, also known by a variety of street names including Acid, Blotter Acid, Window Pane, microdots, Loony Toons, Sunshine, and Zen, was discovered by Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist, in 1938. Hoffman absorbed traces of the drug in 1943 and discovered its hallucinogenic properties. He believed it would have significant use in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia. In the 1950s, researchers studied the drug to find potential applications. They included the CIA which believed the drug may be used as a truth serum on prisoners of war. In the early the 1960s author Ken Kesey volunteered to take LSD as part of a study funded by the agency. Kesey came to believe that LSD was consciousness expanding and could produce spiritual experiences in its users.

At around this time Timothy Leary, a Harvard University psychology professor, was researching LSD. After taking the drug he, too, became convinced that LSD could open its users to spiritual enlightenment. Both Leary and Kesey extolled these qualities and helped to make it an integral part of the 1960s counterculture.

After the 1960s, LSD use waned until the drug again became popular as part of the rave scene in the 1990s. In 2015, NIDA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 10.70% of Americans 26 years or older say that have used LSD at some point during their lifetime. Today, LSD is especially popular with young people as a club drug used at raves, nightclubs and concerts. The NIDA survey found that 7.7% of Americans 18 – 25 reported having used LSD.

Problems With LSD Abuse

LSD is an extremely powerful mood-altering compound classified as a Schedule I drug by the Controlled Substances Act, meaning it has no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. It produces hallucinatory effects by influencing the action of the brain’s neurotransmitters. Users experience visual and aural distortions, as well as an altered sense of space and time. LSD users may also experience:

  • Greatly reduced perception of reality, for example, interpreting input from one of your senses as another, such as hearing colors
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Rapid shifts in emotions
  • Permanent mental changes in perception
  • Rapid heart rate and high blood pressure
  • Tremors

The potential long term consequences from LSD use provide ample reason for people to seek LSD addiction treatment. For example, some people experience a phenomenon known as hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD). Users with HPPD may re-experience hallucinations even years after they took the drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), LSD users may experience HPPD after using it only one time.

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Treatment For LSD Addiction

According to NIDA, LSD produces tolerance, so some users who take the drug repeatedly must take higher doses to achieve the same effect. This is an extremely dangerous practice, given the unpredictability of the drug. In addition, LSD produces tolerance to other hallucinogens, including psilocybin. When this happens, it may be time to seek help from LSD treatment centers. Treatment for LSD abuse should normally consist of LSD detox and therapeutic forms of treatment to help address the reasons for the addiction and put the individual on the path to a long lasting recovery.

Recovering from LSD with Sovereign Health of Texas

Sovereign Health of Texas provides effective and comprehensive treatment for anyone who comes through our doors. Our for treatment for LSD addiction offers patients a physical examination along with a comprehensive psychological evaluation which allows our clinicians to identify any underlying co-occurring conditions which may be impacting the patient. We recognize that every patient is an individual, each with his own life circumstances and experiences and that a “one size fits all” approach to treatment is not the most effective way for anyone to achieve lasting recovery. Accordingly, we tailor treatment plans to best suit each patient’s specific needs.

In providing the best possible care for those recovering from LSD our experienced professionals employ evidence-based treatment modalities from the cutting edge of addiction science. These include:

  • Individual and process group therapy
  • Stress and anger management groups
  • Schema treatment
  • Narrative treatment
  • Mindfulness training
  • Biopsychosocial assessment
  • Life skills education
  • Experiential outings
  • Couples therapy
  • Continuing care program

For additional information about the LSD addiction treatment we offer at Sovereign Health of Texas please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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