LSD isn’t a physically addictive drug. Unlike cocaine and heroin, it does not create physical withdrawal symptoms. This does not mean that LSD isn’t addictive or that quitting is simple or easy. There is still a detox period, and this detox needs to be supported by professional addiction treatment.
LSD may not create physical withdrawal symptoms but it does create a physical tolerance. The more you use and the longer you use for, the more of the drug you’ll need for your ideal sense of intoxication or “high.” And the more the use, the more dangerous LSD becomes.
What Are the Risks of LSD Use?
Since there is little to no risk of overdose with LSD, the drug may seem harmless. However this is far from the truth. Trips can last up to 12 hours, and if bad trips occur, there’s no relief until the drug wears off. You are also at greater risk for accident and injury. You may even harm others while under the influence.
Impaired judgment may also encourage you to use other substances that do have dangerous physical side effects. And although LSD is not physically addictive, the more you use, the more the drug influences your mental health.
LSD and Your Mental Health
While using LSD, you may experience bad trips, unwanted emotions and stress. Even when not high, you may continue to experience flashbacks to images and feelings.
And the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that long-term use comes with memory loss, anxiety and depression.1
Ending LSD Use
So LSD isn’t as harmless as it seems. And this means ending use isn’t as easy as it appears either. Professional detox gives your mental health and early recovery the support they need. Even if you don’t have to deal with direct physical withdrawal symptoms, you may still need help managing your physical health. Today’s Dietician explains, “Substance abuse generally leads to a lack of proper nutrition, either as a result of not eating enough throughout the day or eating foods that are low in necessary nutrients…
Many programs that target substance abuse prevention address nutrition because a healthful lifestyle can promote mental health. And for those who are battling substance abuse, nutrition plays the same key role in maintaining recovery.”2 Paying attention to your physical health can help you feel better now and long after detox ends.
Following this detox with rehab, therapy and counseling continues to encourage your recovery. Professional treatment supports your complete mental and physical health. It gives you the tools you need to manage cravings and flashbacks. It helps you learn positive ways to deal with emotions, relationships and other potential drug use triggers. You can recover from addiction to any drug, and you can find a healthy, balanced life.
By Alanna Hilbink, Contributing Writer
1 “DrugFacts: Hallucinogens.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Jan. 2016.
2 Salz, Alyssa. “Substance Abuse and Nutrition.” Today’s Dietician. Dec. 2014.