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LSD Addiction

LSD is often classified as a ‘club drug’. Individuals who go to clubs or raves may take LSD to “amp” up their experience. It is a hallucinogenic drug that is not considered physically addictive. However, it can be very psychologically and emotionally addicting. Individuals may associate fun and exciting times with LSD and therefore not want to give it up. There are some drugs that are very physically addictive and once an individual takes them after a certain amount of time their body may begin to crave it which can make it a very difficult to stop using it. LSD isn’t one of those drugs. LSD addiction is pretty common among those that take the drug. It may require drug rehabilitation for those who find themselves severely abusing it.

 

While individuals may not become physically addicted to LSD, they may develop a tolerance to it.  Tolerance requires that a person take more of a drug in order to experience a satisfying high. This is often the case with LSD addiction. It occurs because individuals are forced to take large amounts of the drugs in order to get the highs that they are used to.

 

When individuals take LSD, they generally hallucinate, their pupils may dilate and their heart beat may increase. There are some real dangers associated with it.  Persons with an LSD addiction can develop schizophrenia and depression. If a person is pregnant, a LSD addiction may cause harm to the fetus. This is true of other drugs as well as alcohol.  Persons may also become paranoid and experience delusions.

 

Individuals looking to enter a drug rehabilitation program for LSD addiction will want to make sure that the particular facility has experience treating individuals addicted to LSD and other club drugs. This will increase the likelihood that they are educated on that drug and understand best how to treat it.

 

Many people will be able to do overcome LSD addiction by enrolling in an outpatient center.  However, those that do have a severe addiction and need to get away from an environment that entices them to use LSD may want to check themselves into a residential center.

 

LSD abuse can quickly take over one’s life if they develop a psychological and emotional addiction to the drug. Because addiction to any illicit substance is adverse, it is important that an individual get help.  The most common treatments for LSD addiction include counseling, behavioral therapy and support groups. 

 

Counseling will help individuals identify why they are abusing drugs and behavior modification will help the addict come up with different ways to live and avoid temptations to use the drug. Other basic behavior therapy and modification strategies will also be utilized.   Support groups can also be very good. These generally involve other addicts, those that are not currently using and those that are, getting together to offer support and discuss their struggles.   Narcotics A0nonymous (N.A.) is a very popular support group for drug addicts.

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