Known as LSD, Lysergic Acid Diethyl-mide is a psychedelic drug that is commonly referred to as acid. With short term effects that include altered thought processes and hallucinations, LSD is not physically addictive but can become psychologically addictive. If you find yourself needing more of the drug in order to get the same effect and have experienced a bad trip, you may need to seek treatment.
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About LSD Addiction
Sold in capsules, pills, and liquid form, LSD is most prominently found in its liquid form, where it is soaked into perforated blotting paper with each square comprising one dose of the drug. Since LSD is a hallucinogen, it creates an altered perception of reality that can give the user the feeling of transcending the normal limits of existence. LSD is not a physically addictive drug and most of the effects of the drug last for 6 to 12 hours after the drug was last taken. However, LSD does cause a psychological addiction, and if tolerance to the drug is built up, it can eventually lead to depression, anxiety and flashbacks. Since LSD creates an altered state, many of its greatest dangers exist from going through a bad trip, which can lead to severe anxiety, violent situations and even suicide or accidental death.
Treatment of LSD Addiction
LSD does not have the same physically addictive capabilities as many other drugs, which means that most of its effects will be over within 12 hours. However, if the user has built up a tolerance and is increasingly using more of the drug, it could be necessary to seek treatment to avoid overdosing as this can lead to psychological effects that are even more unpredictable. The user may want to consider a detoxification program, which might include nutritional supplements and daily exercise to assist in flushing out the toxins that will remain in the system even after LSD's short term effects are over. A program like this may assist in limiting the flashbacks that can occur in the future from the use of the drug.
Post-Rehabilitation of LSD Addiction
While there is no physical addiction to LSD after the drug is out of your system, it is important to be aware that the psychological impacts of the drug can persist for years after the last use in the form of flashbacks. For this reason, it is important to make sure the root cause of the LSD addiction is uncovered during treatment so that addiction cannot reoccur. Additionally, it is important that the user can mentally sort through what might have led to a bad trip and the resultant flashbacks in the first place. It may be important to have a counsellor or a group that can serve as a support system to assist you through the process so the psychological addiction can be effectively treated.
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