Hallucinogens are a class of illicit drugs that are falsely branded as ‘harmless.’ As a result, addiction to hallucinogens like LSD doesn’t seem to be taken very seriously. However, even though LSD use might not be as much of an epidemic as opiates or heroin, it is still an extremely dangerous drug that should be talked about.
What is LSD?
Surprisingly, most people don’t really know what LSD is, what its effects are, or anything about its addictive properties. To start, LSD is a hallucinogen. While it’s not as popular as other illicit drugs, it is well known for being a “party” or “club” drug. The motives that people might have to use LSD might include fitting in (peer pressure), escaping pressures and stress, experimentation, or even boredom. However, despite what users may think, LSD use is just as dangerous a drug as any other.
The Effects of LSD
Most drugs, regardless of their class, tend to share a lot of side effects and withdrawal symptoms. While this remains true for hallucinogens, there are some effects of LSD that are strikingly different from those of other drugs.
The effects of LSD usage can be:
- hallucinations, both visual and auditory
- a distorted perception of time and space
- an impaired depth perception
- irrational fears
- symptoms of psychosis
The Quasi-addictive Properties and Consequences of LSD
LSD is not addictive in the way other illicit drugs are. Since LSD typically leaves your system after about 5 days, most users think that it’s the perfect drug to ‘hit and quit.’ Still, LSD use can go on to the point of developing a psychological dependence on it.
This drug, like most others, alters your brain chemistry. Although it doesn’t elicit any sort of constant craving, LSD use does attack and impair your cognitive function and your perceptions of reality. This alone puts you at risk of permanent brain damage with continued use.
Not only that, but LSD use can put you in danger of making poor or even dangerous decisions during intoxication. This can lead to a variety of consequences and may even result in death if you are especially careless. For example, if you are intoxicated by LSD and wonder out into the street during a hallucination, you might end up getting struck by a car. Doesn’t seem like a “harmless” drug now, does it?
It is possible to stop taking LSD on your own, but it may be difficult depending on how much and how long you’ve been using. Unlike other drugs, LSD does not bring about any physical withdrawal symptoms in the event a user stops taking it. However, LSD can trigger forms of psychological withdrawal, including serious mental health issues like anxiety and depression— common withdrawal symptoms among most illicit substances.
LSD Addiction Treatment
LSD addiction treatment can be very different than addiction treatment for other substances. Usually, it involves little more than exploring the social and psychological motives that led to LSD use in the first place. These and other factors surrounding the user’s LSD addiction are examined in depth to address the root(s) of the problem. Most of the time, LSD treatment can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis. At All About Recovery, we offer a variety of programs including individual and family counseling, behavioral therapy, and individual and group therapy to help users quit LSD for good.