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LSD Addiction and Treatment

LSD is the most potent hallucinogenic drug there is. This man-made drug has been around and abused since the 60's affecting people's lives in all age groups throughout the United States. When a person uses LSD for the purpose of getting high they experience delusional thoughts and unpredictable feelings and experiences. The LSD user experiences visual, audible and physical hallucinations which for some are extremely scary and dangerous.

LSD is obtained illegally on the streets in a liquid form most of the time. Quite often liquid LSD is in small bottles that are usually designed for breath freshener drops. LSD can also be found added to blotter paper, sugar cubes, gelatin squares or applied to tablets. For the most part, LSD is taken orally by mouth and is colorless, somewhat bitter tasting and odorless.

LSD users are among all age groups which includes teenagers, young adults and older adults throughout the United States. LSD isn't considered addictive like other drugs of abuse but many people build up tolerance to the hallucinogenic drug and need to increase their dose to get the same effects and experiences after a while. Increasing the dose also affects the delusional experiences the user goes through while under the influence of LSD.

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There are many risks involved with LSD use and a lot depends on the individual's personality, their mood at the time of use, where they're at during time of use and how much LSD they're using. An LSD user doesn't experience wonderful and powerful euphoria like some other drugs of abuse when used. Many people who use LSD experience fear, despair, insanity, dying and loss of control. There have been many LSD users that suffered fatal accidents while under the influence of the drug.

Many LSD users experience flashbacks of some of the effects they experienced while under the influence of LSD during one of their 'LSD trips'. These flashbacks can continue well after the user stops abusing the drug and could last for years. Another risk of LSD use is psychoses, schizophrenia or severe depression can develop due to the use of this hallucinogenic drug.

LSD Street Reference

Most commonly LSD is referred to as acid, boomers, and yellow sunshine by users but there are other names used when referred to on the streets also.

  1. Back breaker
  2. Battery acid
  3. Doses
  4. Dots
  5. Elvis
  6. Loony toons
  7. Lucy in the sky with diamonds
  8. Pane
  9. Superman
  10. Window pane
  11. Zen

LSD Legality

LSD is an illegal drug and is a controlled substance. LSD is classified as a Schedule I drug because the potential for abuse is high and there's no purpose in the medical field for the hallucinogenic drug.

Physical Effects

LSD is a very unpredictable drug when used and not always a fun experience for the individual. The physical effects associated with LSD use include; an elevated or increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, perspiring (sweating), and loss of hunger, insomnia, dry mouth and tremors. The LSD user hears colors and sees sounds because of the drugs distorted effects. Using LSD in high doses causes delusions and visual hallucinations.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

CBT can be effective for individuals seeking treatment for LSD use. Depending on the circumstances surrounding LSD use, intense therapy may be in order for the individual. There are treatment options available depending on the user's health, duration of use, and how heavy LSD use was. Individual CBT therapy is beneficial for changing habits and creating healthy ones and learning new positive behaviors.

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