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Lasting Financial Effects of LSD Abuse

LSD itself typically won’t break the bank. Users rarely take this drug more than once a week, so the immediate financial cost of LSD abuse is no more than a few fancy coffee drinks, if that. LSD is not an expensive drug. However don’t let this provide a false sense of security. LSD is a drug with lasting financial effects. Use has many indirect personal, social and financial consequences.

How Much Does LSD Cost?

The financial cost of LSD or any drug varies by region and by its potency or purity. On average a hit of LSD can be purchased for around $5-$10. A quarter ounce usually sells for around $25-$30. The drug can even be found cheaply on the Internet or for free from dealers looking for new clients.

The Press Enterprise explains that early LSD manufacturers were more than willing to hand out samples: “The point was to give LSD away at first…Once enough had been distributed and enough people had tried it, they then set up a sort of business that allowed them to make money off of the doses.”1

First doses may be free from dealers, friends or peers at clubs or parties. The direct financial cost of LSD only begins to reveal the true cost of using this drug.

How LSD Impacts Finances

LSD lowers inhibitions. While under the influence of LSD, a person loses control over thoughts, emotions and behavior.

The drug takes over the mind and does the following:

  • Distorts sense of reality, time and identity
  • Causes visual hallucinations and delusions
  • Impairs perception
  • Evokes severe and terrifying thoughts and feelings

In response to these changes in brain function and behavior, individuals on LSD may damage property or harm themselves or others. Accidents and injury can occur while tripping on LSD. Medical bills and legal fees quickly add up. Penalties for LSD possession or use can involve up to 15 years in jail and cost several thousand dollars in fines. You may find yourself with lasting debt — and lasting health problems and a criminal record. A hit of LSD may be relatively cheap, but having and using the drug can be costly.

Other Financial Costs of LSD Abuse

LSD abuse costs more than money and immediate legal trouble. Use can lead to job termination or result in expulsion from school or eviction from property. Current LSD users may be passed over for promotions and raises. A criminal record related to LSD abuse can make finding a job difficult. These effects of LSD abuse have a long-term financial impact on a person’s life.

Personal Effects of LSD Abuse

LSD can also cost more than immediate and long-term money. Relationships are often damaged by drug abuse and addiction. Individuals may lose interest in once-valued hobbies that made life feel rich. And while LSD is relatively physically safe to use in a controlled environment, use of one drug is also usually accompanied by use of another. Drug and Alcohol Dependence reveals, “Less than 1% of club drug users used club drugs only, and 82% of them had ever used three or more drug classes. Females were more likely than males to report using multiple club drugs.”2 LSD use can lead to use of substances that are even more expensive financially, socially and personally.

The Richness of Recovery

Life free from drug abuse is rich. You gain the following, and so much more:

  • Personal freedom
  • Freedom from legal fees and repercussions
  • Freedom from relationship problems
  • Opportunities to advance your career or begin your dream job
  • Opportunities to save rather than spend
  • The freedom to use your money for things that bring you health and happiness

Anyone and everyone can regain personal and financial stability after LSD abuse. The process takes time, patience and support, and it is worth every effort and more.

What Does LSD Addiction Recovery Look Like?

Hugging at interventionEvery recovery journey is unique. Yours may involve including financial counseling, job skills training or education in your treatment plan. You can integrate proven therapy and peer support methods with newer alternative treatment options. Effective programs offer a wide variety of life skills training. They recognize recovery is a holistic, integrated process. It is more than not taking a drug. It is getting back on your feet emotionally, spiritually, physically and financially.

How Do I Access Effective Addiction Treatment?

Don’t let the financial effects of LSD and other drug use keep you from getting the care you need and deserve. Many treatment programs are covered in part or in full by insurance. Some programs are offered on a sliding scale to make treatment accessible to everyone. Personal loans, family loans and scholarships can also help cover any remaining costs. Reach out to The Canyon to learn about your options for treatment. Ask about payment options, programs that include financial counseling and the benefits of long-term sobriety. We can verify insurance benefits, connect you to affordable treatment and support you throughout your entire recovery journey. We are here for you 24 hours a day. All conversations and phone services are free and confidential.

By Alanna Hilbink

1Lech, Steve. “Back in the Day: Timothy Leary Comes to the San Jacinto Mountains.” The Press Enterprise. 27 Jun. 2017.
2Wu, Li-Tzy, et al. “Concurrent Use of Methamphetamine, MDMA, LSD, Ketamine, GHB, and Flunitrazepam Among American Youths.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 1 Sep. 2007.

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