LSD is a hallucinogen that is known commonly as acid. The drug is made from lysergic acid that is manufactured from a fungus.[i] LSD abuse is quite widespread, particularly among young adults. LSD in its pure form is a slightly bitter, odorless and white crystalline powder. It can also be incredibly potent. Pure LSD in the size of a pill is equal to 3000 doses. LSD is sold on small squares of blotting paper that are dipped in a single dose of the drug. It is also sold as tablets, capsules or powder.
LSD Physical Addiction
While LSD abuse is quite common, is LSD addiction possible? Generally, LSD is not considered to be a very addictive drug simply because it does not create the kind of cravings that normally come with physical addiction. Many people can stop using the drug successfully on their own. However, those with an LSD abuse problem need to understand the nature of LSD addiction and tolerance and why it might pose a problem for them. Psychological dependence is more common than physical dependence when it comes to LSD use. Although it does not create physical cravings, it can create strong psychological cravings, and those who take this drug often tend to associate it with circumstances and people, making it a habit to use this drug whenever they are in particular social situations. The effects of an LSD trip are so strong that users often crave the experience of being high on the drug if not the drug itself.
With a physical addiction, the withdrawal symptoms can be addressed through medications. However, LSD psychological addiction makes it very difficult for the user to quit because it requires the individual to stop socializing with other users and break the social ritual associated with his LSD use. Users also tend to develop a tolerance to the drug, so they have to take higher doses to achieve similar highs. As doses increase, the risk of side effects also increase, which can quickly escalate to serious health problems.[ii] LSD trips are very unpredictable and cause strong mood swings and erratic behavior. When someone on LSD has a terrifying hallucination, he may act based on that fear and create dangerous situations for himself and others.
LSD Addiction Detoxification and Withdrawal
Withdrawal from an LSD addiction does not generally cause noticeable physical symptoms. This allows users to stop using the drug without experiencing any physical effects such as discomfort or cravings. However, users may become unhappy or depressed when they quit the drug because of their LSD psychological addiction. LSD use can trigger serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder with hallucinations. Addiction help often includes addressing the psychological and social factors associated with LSD abuse. Outpatient treatment is available and may include family counseling, behavioral therapy and counseling. The patient can also be monitored and may undergo drug testing to ensure complete abstinence from the drug.
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