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What LSD Abuse Does to a Person

While LSD, a potent hallucinogenic substance, is not considered to be physically addictive like many other drugs, it can have a serious psychological impact. Often used at parties or social gatherings where the focus is often the present, not necessarily long-term future realities, the potential consequences for experimenting with LSD can lead to drug abuse.

The Short and Long of Using LSD

After only one dose, LSD use can lead to mind-altering conditions that can last for years. One of these conditions is known as hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD). This disorder produces repeated long-term flashbacks to previous events. Individuals have also reported their vision being altered, including halo effects—macropsia and micropsia.1 Even after discontinued use of LSD, HPPD, also known as Alice in Wonderland syndrome, can last for years.

Psychosis is another condition that goes hand in hand with LSD abuse. Psychosis includes the presence of hallucinations and/or delusions, and this impairment also interferes with social, occupational, academic or basic day-to-day functioning.2 Psychosis can trigger extreme behavioral changes where violent mood swings are even possible. LSD abuse completely changes the people you know and love.

LSD users are no longer able to think, reason or communicate with others. Someone using may become paranoid and feel his/her life is in danger. Someone using can have psychosis long after they stop taking LSD. If LSD use persists, a person can actually develop long-lasting psychosis which involves mental illness such as schizophrenia and severe depression.


The Dangers of LSD Abuse

In addition to HPPD and psychosis, a person can experience other physical and psychological dangers of LSD abuse. While under the influence, users can experience emotional disturbances, which can cause terrifying fear. A “bad trip” can traumatize users and have a negative effect on their mood long after the trip is over.

Even while not on the drug, a person using LSD will be plagued with delusions, paranoia and flashbacks.

Help for LSD Abuse

Mother and daughter with counselorMany LSD users turn to drugs as an escape from reality, and using LSD can become the preferred method for escaping problems. While physical care is not required for LSD recovery, an LSD user must be treated for psychological dependency. A professional treatment program is ultimately the best way for a person to end LSD use by removing him/her from their current environment.

Rehab also provides a user with one-on-one counseling as well as group treatment sessions. Both forms of treatment help heal the psychological and emotional hurt of addiction. Rehab can successfully treat the underlying causes of addiction, while a professional therapist or counselor will help find a solution that doesn’t involve substance abuse.

LSD Abuse and Treatment Help

LSD abuse is serious, not something that can be ignored or pushed aside. If you or someone you care about is using LSD, call us today at 424-387-3118. Our toll-free helpline is open 24 hours a day, and counselors are ready to answer any questions or concerns you have. We will help you find the right treatment program for you. If you have insurance, it’s helpful to have that information available when you call.

We will be glad to tell you what treatment options are covered by your insurance. If you don’t have insurance, don’t worry. Treatment options are available for every budget. LSD has long-lasting and potentially permanent effects. Please get help now — call 424-387-3118 today.


1 “Macropsia.” GoodTherapy, August 11, 2015.

2 Diamond, Stephen A. “Normalcy, Neurosis and Psychosis (Part 2): What is Psychosis and is it Predictable?” Psychology Today, March 20, 2010.

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