Although it may have achieved its “peak” popularity a generation or two ago, LSD remains a go-to drug for those seeking to “get their freak on” under the influence of outrageous, unpredictable drug experiences. The good and bad news is, they often get what they’re looking for. And a whole lot more. Deriving its name from its chemical components, d-lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD is classified as a hallucinogen, a class of drugs that alter the chemical makeup of the brain. Because they disrupt our neural pathways, hallucinogens are capable of changing the way the brain interprets information, which in turn dramatically affects our perception of reality. Some users report experiencing out-of-body, “religious” experiences; some feel more power or greater personal insight than ever before; others will notice a blending of their senses which allows them to “see” sounds, or to “hear” colors (a phenomenon known as “synesthesia”). The above effects fall into the category of “good trips”. The bummer is that “bad trips” – where users are gripped by terror, or become hopelessly paranoid, or plummet into dark cesspools of depression – are just as capable of occurring as well.
LSD may be the strongest and most dangerous of all hallucinogens, with a hundred times more potency than psilocybin (the active ingredient in mushrooms), and as much as five thousand times more potent than mescaline (the active ingredient in peyote). In contrast with these other drugs, LSD exerts an influence on the brain so overwhelming that it can often leave the user incapable of dealing adequately – or happily – with the effects. All of which means that an LSD addiction must be taken seriously when it rears its head, and treated as quickly as possible to avoid greater devastation.
Controversy Around LSD Addiction
There are a number of reports and studies, including one conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), that make the case that LSD isn’t actually or technically addictive. According to these sources, in order to be considered addictive, a drug must compel compulsive use, and cause withdrawal symptoms when use is discontinued. While it’s true LSD might come up short in these two categories, there is ample evidence that the potential to abuse it is enormous, and that the consequences of doing so can be equally so. One of the other negative attributes of the drug is that users frequently develop a tolerance for it, which means it requires greater and greater “doses” each time to achieve the intended effects. And taking larger doses is often one of the main reasons people experience “bad trips”. Their use will continue, though, wreaking greater damage to their body, brains, and overall mental status, at which point it hardly matters to the users or their loved ones how their problem is technically classified. They have reached a point in their lives where they require LSD addiction treatment.
Recovering From An LSD Addiction
Although it is true that some people have the capacity to stop taking LSD without outside help, most of those suffering from an LSD addiction find it necessary to take advantage of the rehab process. It’s a powerful drug, with powerful effects, which can require powerful treatment to combat when caught in its web of addiction. At Axis West, our intention is to make LSD addicts aware of how the drug works, how it affects their bodies and brains, and more generally, why using any drug can be a dangerous endeavor. We can also provide treatment for those who have developed psychoses from their abuse of the drug, and who may need help coping with ‘flashbacks’ that often occur after repeated trips (source: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/hallucinogens-lsd-peyote-psilocybin-pcp).
No matter what you want to call it, LSD addiction, or abuse, those suffering from an overuse of the drug are well advised to seek help from this often-debilitating condition. As such, we urge you to call one of our admissions specialists today at 866-737-4962 to find out if Axis West’s LSD Rehab is the right program for you or your loved one.