LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) is a hallucinogenic drug used for its psychedelic effects. LSD can be taken in tablets, capsules, or in liquid form, but is most often applied to paper stamps that are dissolved on the tongue. LSD is unlike most other illegal drugs or controlled substance because there is little to no evidence of LSD users developing a physical dependency. However this doesn’t mean it doesn’t create lasting changes. The brain and body quickly adjust to the drug’s presence. Tolerance develops meaning larger doses are needed to achieve the same, desired euphoric effects. Psychological dependence can start to develop after just one use, so more frequent and bigger doses increase the likelihood of this. Because LSD dependence and addiction are largely psychological, recovery needs to be psychological — on both an individual and social level — too.
Due to the fact that LSD carries little risk of physical dependency, physical detox is a fairly easy process. An individual can simply cease taking LSD without the risk of immediate physical withdrawal symptoms.
However psychological LSD withdrawal effects can appear immediately — or they can appear months or years later. A professional treatment team will help individuals with the immediate psychological withdrawal symptoms.
What Happens After LSD Detox?
Once a person feels safe, stable and healthy after detox, the real work of recovery begins. His or her treatment team will help him or her develop coping techniques and relapse prevention skills for any symptoms, flashbacks or cravings that arise in the future. This recovery work isn’t done in loneliness or isolation — in fact, it can’t be. As Substance Abuse shares,
“A key component of substance-abuse treatment should involve strengthening the individual’s place in the community as a productive worker, family member, and community member.”1
Treatment teaches patients how to do this. Support groups help them practice.
What Happens in LSD Support Groups?
Support groups offer a unique form of positive reinforcement. Groups consist of past LSD users, recovering individuals and some who are currently still trying to take the first steps toward recovery.
Such groups meet regularly. Individuals can attend, share their own story and learn from others’ experiences. This form of social support offers an additional a layer of accountability and community. It also gives a recovering LSD user immediate access to information, advice and positive reinforcement. Mental Health America shares that peer support makes primary treatment more effective while increasing overall health and wellbeing.2 Support groups are a great opportunity for advancing LSD addiction recovery.
Support Groups and Addiction Sponsors
One of the greatest benefits to a recovering addict in a support group is the acquisition of a sponsor. A sponsor is an individual in long-term recovery. He or she has been involved in the particular support group for a substantial period of time. Sponsors help familiarize newcomers with how the group functions and assist in making them feel as comfortable as possible in what is a new and potentially uncomfortable setting.
A recovering individual can also rely on a sponsor for immediate, one-on-one support, advice and even friendship. Sponsors are vitally important in the periods of time between therapy sessions and support group meetings. If recovering individuals fear they are at risk of relapsing, a sponsor is just a phone call away. Sponsors have already gone through a great deal of the experiences that newcomers to support groups have yet to face and can offer sound advice that could be the difference between relapsing and staying sober.
Get Help Finding LSD Support Groups
If you are interested in finding primary treatment, therapy or a support group, The Canyon is here to help. We meet you where you are and help you find the resources that will do the same. You can never have too much help when it comes to addiction recovery. Pick up the phone and call today.
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By Alanna Hilb
1Kelly, Sharon, et al. “The Relationship of Social Support to Treatment Entry and Engagement: The Community Assessment Inventory. ” Substance Abuse. 2010.
2“Peer Support: Research and Reports.” Mental Health Ameri