What LSD Abuse Does to a Person

LSD is not considered to be a physically addictive drug. However,this hallucinogenic drug can be psychologically addictive. LSD is often used at parties or social gatherings. At these events, the focus is often on the present and not the future. There are consequences to consider for drug experimentation as it can lead to drug abuse.

Long-Term Effects of LSD Abuse

LSD use can lead to mind altering conditions can last for years after just one dose. One of these conditions is known as hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD). This disorder produces repeated long-term flashback episodes to prior events. Individuals report their vision being altered—such as halo effects—macropsia and micropsia.[1] HPPD can last for years even after discontinued use of LSD.

Psychosis is another condition that derives from LSD abuse. Psychosis includes the presence of hallucinations and/or delusions. This impairment interferes with social, occupational, academic or basic day-to-day functioning.[2] Psychosis can trigger extreme behavioral changes. Even violent mood swings are possible. LSD abuse completely changes people.

Users are no longer able to think, reason or communicate with others.

The user may become paranoid and feel that their life is in danger. An LSD user can have psychosis long after they stop taking LSD. If LSD use continues, a person can develop long-lasting psychosis which involves mental illness including 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. This 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 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. The drug becomes a way to get away from their problems. Although physical care is not required for LSD recovery, an LSD user must be treated for psychological dependency. A professional treatment program is the best way for a person to end LSD use. A treatment program helps the user stop drug use by removing the individual from their current environment.

Rehab 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. 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. This is not something that can be ignored or pushed aside. If you or someone you care about is using LSD, call us today at 877-345-3299. 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, please have that information ready 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 today.


[1]http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736944/ Hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder.

[2]https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evil-deeds/201003/normalcy-neurosis-and-psychosis-part-2-what-is-psychosis-and-is-it What is Psychosis and is it Predictable? Diamond, Stephen. Published on March 20th, 2010.

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