Can Anyone Tell I’m Using LSD?

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a hallucinogen. This drug drastically alters a user’s thoughts and perception of reality. LSD has many different names. It is also known as acid, blue heaven, yellow sunshine or blotter.[1] Originally, this illegal drug gained popularity with its mind-altering effects. When a user takes LSD, he or she feels like she has lost touch with reality. The user is visits a realm of delusion filled with vibrant colors and imagined images. Because of the potential euphoric experience, LSD has a high potential for psychological addiction.

Users refer to LSD and other hallucinogenic experiences as “trips” and to acute adverse or unpleasant experiences as “bad trips.” On some trips, users experience sensations that are enjoyable and mentally stimulating.[2] It is common for a user to build up a tolerance to LSD. As a result, the amount of LSD used will continue to increase with each use. This only fuels the drug addiction. Most LSD users try to keep their drug abuse hidden from their friends, family, coworkers or other non-recreational drug users. However, over time, the drug’s intense effects will multiply and this makes the drug activity apparent to all.

Woman on drugs holding head

What Are the Physical and Behavioral Side Effects of LSD Use?

Many times, LSD users do not take the drug in the presence of others. Tripping on LSD is an experience that cannot be controlled. Even complete strangers would be able to identify someone high on LSD. The side effects of LSD can be spotted long after the drug wears off.An individual’s behavior and performance will be greatly affected by the drugs rewiring of the brain. Potential side effects of LSD include the following problems:

  • Psychological addiction. Users develop an obsessive need to revisit their alternate reality. Life on LSD becomes so enjoyable that it is chosen instead of real life.
  • Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD). HPPD can develop after a single use of LSD.
  • This disorder of the mind is the inability to think or communicate rationally. Other traits include unpredictable behavior, severe mood swings, paranoia and violent behavior.
  • Mental illness. Mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia can be triggered by LSD use.
  • Disinterest in life. LSD users are unable to find pleasure in normal activities, hobbies or interests.
  • Suspicious behavior. LSD users may lie, cheat or steal.
  • Neglected appearance.Drug users may not take care of themselves. Bruises, cuts and other injuries may appear after a trip.

Treatment For LSD Abuse

The side effects of LSD can crop up instantaneously.It is not uncommon for an LSD user to lose their job. Legal troubles, marital trouble and other complications are common as well. If a person wishes to keep her LSD habit from causing problems in her life, she must seek professional treatment. Treatment for LSD abuse includes psychological treatment, behavior modification, therapy and counseling. If you would like more information please know help is available. You can call our helpline.

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Please call our toll-free helpline today to find out more about LSD abuse. Our trained addiction counselors can answer any questions you may have. We can also connect you to the top treatment centers in the nation. Our helpline is operated 24 hours a day, so make the decision to get help now, while you still can.

[1] Hallucinogens

[2] Do Hallucinogens (LSD, Psilocybin, Peyote, DMT, and Ayahuasca) Affect the Brain and Body?


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