Four Common Treatment Methods for LSD Addiction

Addiction requires professional treatment for a healthy, holistic and long-term recovery, and LSD addiction is no different. There are various therapy, treatment and aftercare options available to any recovering addict, and combining these valuable resources can lead to a healthy, happy and sober life.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient addiction treatment provides the most thorough and professional support for any addiction recovery. Drug abuse and addiction are rarely stand-alone problems, and individuals may use other substances or struggle with mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression or personality disorders.

All co-occurring issues must be treated for an individual to find long-term health and abstinence, and inpatient treatment programs have the professionals, resources and experience to provide this simultaneous treatment.

Medication Use

Ending LSD use is rarely accompanied by physical withdrawal symptoms, and any that do occur are typically mild. Therefore medication is not recommended for use during withdrawal, as there is, “no need to prescribe alternative psychoactive medications, and this should be avoided so that the patient learns how to cope without resorting to pharmacological solutions” (Hamid Ghodse, Drugs and Addictive Behaviour: A Guide to Treatment, 2002). However some individuals will experience hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD).

International Clinical Psychopharmacology explains that LSD users may continue to experience the effects of LSD long after LSD use has ended, and describes the condition as one in which, “the re-experiencing of one or more perceptual symptoms causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning and may be extremely debilitating” (“Clonazepam Treatment of LSD HPPD with Anxiety Features,” January 2000).

If therapy does not improve HPPD or help individuals manage recurring LSD-use symptoms, recovery professionals may recommend the use of such anti-anxiety drugs as clonazepam or clonidine. However these substances can be addictive, so use should be carefully monitored by medical professionals and personal sources of recovery support.


Family Counseling

Addiction does more than impact the lives of active users. It affects those closest to them, making addiction as much a family or social disease as it is a personal or genetic one. Therefore finding support for both the addict and those who love him or her is necessary for long-term recovery.

Counseling Addicted Families: An Integrated Assessment and Treatment Model explains, families, “can promote change and support new nonabusive, nonaddictive behaviors, or they can utterly sabotage success at every turn” (Gerald Juhnke, 2013).

This sabotage does not have to be intentional or mean-spirited. Much recovery sabotage comes from a place of love, and ending codependent behaviors that support LSD use or relapse is a family effort. Gaining coping skills and learning more about personal thoughts and behaviors are also functions of therapy that will benefit addicts and their families alike.


Happy volunteer groupIndividuals may be tempted to think that once an inpatient or outpatient program is completed, addiction is over and recovery efforts are complete. However addiction is a chronic disease with no cure, and maintaining recovery requires long-term support. LSD users may find that they need more support than those who use other drugs, as a study published in Substance Use & Misuse found (“Profiles of Club Drug Users in Treatment,” 2005).

That being said, this study found that club drug users are more likely to complete their treatment program than users of other drugs. Long-term sobriety from LSD requires intense aftercare and community support efforts.

There are many options for LSD addiction treatment, and choosing the right ones is key to finding long-term recovery. Call our toll-free helpline, 877-345-3299, to learn more about the options available and to discover which ones are right for you. Our admissions coordinators will listen to your needs and concerns and match you to the treatment programs that will offer the individualized support you need. We are here 24 hours a day, so please take action today.

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