LSD is not considered to be a physically addictive drug. However, regular recreational use can result in a behavioural addiction. Considered to be psychologically addictive, users crave the drug because of its hallucinogenic effects.
Those who develop this type of psychological addiction are at a higher risk of suffering flashbacks and developing long term mental illness. People who use LSD over a longer period of time can also build up resistance, meaning larger amounts of the drug are required in order to feel its effects. This is very dangerous as it risks toxicity and potentially, overdose. It also increases the chance of users suffering injury as a result of their actions while under the influence of the drug.
Addiction of any kind jeopardises relationships and severely impacts overall wellbeing. It can creep into every area of your life, leaving you with less time for loved ones and unable to meet responsibilities and commitments. Heavy and long-term use of LSD can also have devastating effects on someone’s physical and mental health.
Despite LSD not being a physically addictive drug, stopping use can be challenging. While a medically-monitored detox to physically withdraw from the drug is not necessary, expert advice and support is still essential to help break the cycle of psychological addiction.
Rehab offers the opportunity to tackle your addiction holistically and to develop coping mechanisms to safeguard sobriety. The rehab environment removes you from your ordinary existence and allows you to focus on getting better without distraction.
Rehabilitation and long-term sobriety require a comprehensive, personalised programme of psychotherapeutic treatment and ongoing support.
LSD rehabilitation is different from many other drug addiction treatment approaches. The basic premise is to care for the person and help them to become calm and stress-free. When someone stops taking LSD, they can experience unpleasant flashbacks, triggered very often by stress or tiredness.
As an inpatient, you receive treatment within the setting. A programme of intensive therapy will help you to deal with the emotional and behavioural aspects of your addiction. Addiction treatment is not one-size-fits-all. It’s dependent on the level of care you need and your mental health.
Addiction therapy is offered in various formats and in both one-to-one and group settings. From Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to the 12-step model, psychotherapeutic treatments are used to break the cycle of psychological addiction.
People who use LSD can safely stop taking it without experiencing any physical symptoms of withdrawal. As such, round-the-clock care is not necessary in the way that detox from physical drug dependencies is.
Addicts can remain at home if they have a safe living environment, attend counselling and support groups on an outpatient basis. Frequency and ongoing attendance will vary according to specific needs.