LSD Addiction at PVRC
At PVRC’s LSD Addiction Rehab, we find it useful to educate our clients about the substances that are causing such damage in their lives. LSD was first synthesized on November 16, 1938 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann in Sandoz Laboratories in Basle, Switzerland. LSD, known as LSD-25 or Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, is a psychoactive hallucinogenic drug. LSD is one of the most potent, mood-changing chemicals. It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains. It is produced in crystal form in illegal laboratories, mainly in the United States. These crystals are converted to a liquid for distribution. It is odorless, colorless, and has a slightly bitter taste. Known as “acid” and by many other names, LSD is sold on the street in small tablets, capsules or gelatin squares. It is sometimes added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares decorated with designs or cartoon characters. Occasionally it is sold in liquid form. But no matter what form it comes in, LSD leads the user to the same place, a serious disconnection from reality. LSD users call an LSD experience a “trip,” typically lasting twelve hours or so. When things go wrong, which often happens, it is called a “bad trip,” another name for a living hell.
LSD Addiction and Side Effects at PVRC
LSD has many short-term side effects. The effects of LSD are unpredictable. They depend on the amount taken, the user’s personality, mood, expectations, and the surroundings in which the drug is used. The physical effects include dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth, and tremors. Sensations and feelings change much more dramatically than the physical signs. The user may feel several different emotions at once or swing rapidly from one emotion to another. If taken in large enough doses, the drug produces delusions and visual hallucinations. The user’s sense of time and self also undergoes dramatic changes. Sensations may seem to give the user the feeling of hearing colors and seeing sounds. These changes can be frightening and can cause panic. LSD also has many long-term effects. Some LSD users experience flashbacks, recurrence of certain aspects of a person’s experience even if the user doesn’t take the drug again. A flashback occurs suddenly, often without warning, and may occur within a few days or more than a year after LSD use. Most users of LSD voluntarily decrease or stop its use over time. LSD is not considered to be an addicting drug because it does not produce compulsive drug-seeking behavior like cocaine, amphetamines, heroin, alcohol, or nicotine. It is not physically addictive; however it is possible to build a psychological dependency on it, at which point we might say that an LSD addiction is present. Regardless of whether we call it an addictive drug, LSD is an extremely potent and unpredictable drug.
LSD Rehab for LSD Addiction at PVRC
As with any addiction, a psychological addiction to LSD can have a serious negative impact on a person’s life, and they will continue seeking and using LSD despite its impact on their relationships, school, job, health, finances, or other aspects of their life (source: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k8/hallucinogens/hallucinogens.htm). In these cases, the LSD user needs drug rehabilitation. There are many types of drug rehabilitation that can help LSD users, and they all share the goal of helping the user to stop taking LSD and avoid relapsing. Treatment settings vary, as do the type of interventions, services and amenities provided. The key to a successful recovery from LSD addiction or LSD abuse is to find the treatment program that best fits your needs. Although there are many types of LSD rehab programs available, it is important that the LSD addict take the time necessary to properly figure out all his or her options. At PVRC, our facility has been designed to promote a comfortable, healing experience, managed in a soothing atmosphere. We know that if the recovering addict is not comfortable with their environment, the chances of achieving sustainable sobriety are considerably smaller.
If you or a loved one is suffering from LSD addiction, please don’t let another day go by without getting help. Contact one of our admissions specialists today at 866-737-4962 to find out if PVRC’s LSD rehab is the right program for you.