LSD Addiction Treatment

D-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a psychedelic drug made from lysergic acid, which comes from the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains. One of the most commonly used hallucinogens, LSD is produced in crystal form in illegal laboratories. People who use it experience a serious disconnect from reality that can last for around 12 hours. This is also known as a “trip.” They may experience symptoms like euphoria, hallucinations, altered perception of time, space and speed, out-of-body experiences, and synesthesia, i.e. a state of joined perception.

LSD is known by many names, including acid, blotter acid, dots, mellow yellow and window pane. It is available in the form of a pill, capsule and liquid, and is sometimes used by dipping the blotted paper in it. This is how it earns its nickname Loony Toons.

Abusing LSD can lead to a number of physical side effects, including:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Higher or lower body temperature
  • Sweating or chills (“goose bumps”)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness

Some people have “bad trips” while using LSD, which can be terrifying for those experiencing them. Symptoms of a “bad trip” on LSD include:

  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Violence
  • Fatal accidents
  • Suicide

Terror of disintegrating into nothing How LSD works?

Scientists and researchers are still unsure of how hallucinogenic drugs like LSD work on the brain. However, what is known so far is that when someone consumes LSD, the brain regions that were once segregated, begin to interact with one another. Other brain regions that typically form a network will separate during a “high,” creating a strong sentiment of oneness with the world. This loss of personal identity is termed ego dissolution.

During acid trips, the formerly separate brain networks governing vision, attention, movement and hearing further intertwine, leading to what looks like a more cohesive brain. At the same time, the communication between other networks – the parahippocampus and the adjacent retrosplenial cortex – breaks. While the former brain region is responsible for contextual processing and associations, the latter governs navigation, special mapping and episodic memory.

People who use LSD may have flashbacks or hallucinations long after giving up the drug. LSD can cause psychosis, and can get wedged in the spinal cord that can lead to hallucinogenic episodes long after a person has given up the drug.

While LSD can cause some serious damage to the user, recovering from LSD use is possible.

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Seeking help for LSD abuse

Individuals suffering from LSD addiction, experience few physical withdrawal symptoms. However, some people may experience a lot of psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, concentration problems, confusion, depersonalization, flashbacks, mood swings, psychosis and suicidal thoughts. For people who regularly use LSD, it may even take months until they feel normal again.

Treatment for LSD addiction may not involve detox; however, those who plan to seek medical LSD detox treatment should do so under the supervision of a physician or at specialized LSD detox centers or LSD rehab centers, where medical professionals can monitor withdrawal symptoms and help the patient recover in time.

Counseling and therapy are also a critical part of LSD addiction treatment. Therapy not only helps in addressing the psychological effects of LSD and identifying the reasons individuals might have used the drug, but also provides individuals with tools and skills they need to regain control of their lives and health. Therapy and counseling may also be required to treat any co-occurring disorders. Hence, one should follow what the doctors recommend.

Why choose Sovereign Health of Florida?

Sovereign Health of Florida offers treatment for LSD addiction at both Fort Myers and Pompano Beach locations. Our association with any patient begins by conducting an accurate diagnosis of their symptoms. This helps us create customized LSD addiction treatment plans that help them in recovery and in maintaining sobriety.

At Sovereign Health of Florida, the first step to recovery begins with a detoxification treatment offered in the form of a detox program. This is followed by a number of other therapies, medications and counseling sessions, all of which aim at providing the necessary coping skills and self-care tools to the patients to ensure a complete recovery. What gives us an edge over our peers is our comprehensive and tailored addiction treatment and relapse prevention programs.

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