For someone addicted to the altered reality brought on by LSD, psychological counseling offers a good track record for success. Addiction treatment programs with evidence-based counseling give patients more than a sympathetic ear; these protocols teach patients coping skills and stress management techniques that allow them to transform their lives.
Basics of LSD Use
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a drug synthesized from chemicals in a lab and is designed to mimic natural hallucinogens, such as those found in psilocybin mushrooms (magic mushrooms). It is created from both natural and synthetic substances, including the fungus ergot, which grows on certain grains. Its effects are much more powerful and longer lasting than psilocybin and a single does (25 to 80 mcg) lasts from six to 12 hours. LSD gives users perceptions of an alternate world outside of reality. Sometimes the effects are traumatic and change a user’s personality in such a way it affects them for the rest of his life. Experiences brought on by LSD vary widely from dose to dose. A user may experience a pleasant trip on one occasion, but then experience terrifying feelings of paranoia on another trip.
Why Do I Need Counseling for LSD Addiction?
LSD mainly affects the way a person’s brain perceives reality. It has such a strong effect on the brain that psychologists and psychiatrists used it in the 1950s and 1960s as an experimental part of psychotherapy and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) experimented with it as a way to bring on mind control. Other studies associate the drug with improvements in creativity, while others note a dangerous connection to spontaneous hallucinations and even chronic psychosis (a loss of contact with reality). The unpredictable and sometimes violent actions of people on LSD in the 1960s led the Drug Enforcement Agency to classify the drug as Schedule 1 in 1967. Such drugs are illegal and have no current accepted medical use and a severe potential for psychological or physical abuse.1
People who are dependent on the psychedelic effects of LSD benefit from counseling as a way to identify the destructive nature of their thoughts and formulate healthy goals for the future.
What Does Professional LSD Counseling Look Like?
There are several types of psychological treatments effective for LSD use. It is important to know how to identify the best options when looking for treatment. The counseling field includes therapists and psychologists;both are trained professionals who work with mental and relational problems. Licensed counselors who work through an addiction treatment program are the best option for LSD addiction, because they understand the mechanics of drug cravings and environmental cues to use drugs. These counselors also are trained to diagnose mental health problems and offer treatment for both disorders at the same time. A person who suffers with LSD addiction along with anxiety, for example, needs an integrated treatment plan that addresses all of his symptoms at the same time. Addiction treatment facilities that offer integrated treatment for such co-occurring disorders give patients the best chance at long, successful recoveries.
It can be challenging to find a treatment facility that offers integrated treatment plans, but these facilities provide the type of evidence-based care necessary for good outcomes. Patients at a professional facility go through a tailored rehab program based not only on addiction symptoms, but also on how LSD affects them psychologically. Often,a patient begins using LSD as a way to handle difficult situations in his life. These situations trigger drug abuse and are generally the root of the addiction. Counseling helpsan LSD user tackle problems directly and deal with them before moving on to coping skills, such as stress management techniques.
LSD Group Therapy, Support Groups and Sponsors
Alongside of counseling, a recovering LSD user benefits from attending support groups. Group meetings offer a unique setting because participants are people from all phases of the recovery process. Past addicts, recovering addicts and those who have not started the treatment process all participate in group counseling. The goal is to share with others who are going through the same thing and receive encouragement and accountability from those who have experience with sobriety.
Sponsors are people who have been free of LSD addiction for some time. They offer individual support and often are availableat any time. Sponsors are an added level of support outside of a group and offer encouragement and an incentive to remain accountable.4
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 National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction. Retrieved Sept. 12, 2016 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction.
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