Lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD causes hallucinations, delusions, and drastic behavioral changes. Also known as acid, cubes, blotter, yellow sunshine, trips, and dots, it is a clear or white odorless substance sold in the form of pills, capsules, and liquid.
First synthesized in the 1930s from natural substances such as rye and the seeds of the Hawaiian baby wood rose and morning glory, it started being used as an experimental treatment for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), autism, schizophrenia, and sexual dysfunctions. However, in the 1960s, it became a part of the psychedelic revolution forcing the government to classify it as a Schedule I drug and place it on the banned substances list.
In spite of it being an illegal substance, according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report, at least 1.2 million people aged 12 years and above have used the drug in 2017. Teens often abuse LSD during music festivals and rave parties, and it’s use may result in experiencing frightening episodes of delusions that may cause a teen to panic or encounter extreme anxiety.
Though not considered to be physically addictive, LSD abuse leads to psychological addiction causing mental health disorders in teens. As the body’s tolerance to the drug increases, users need a higher dose to experience the same euphoria. This is highly dangerous and can even lead to overdose, which may prove to be fatal.
The symptoms of LSD abuse can be physical, emotional, or psychological. Recognizing these at the right time is important to address the issue in a timely manner. Some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate an addiction to LSD may include:
Blabbering, disconnected thoughts, and incoherent speech
The effects of LSD depend on its dose and use, and it affects people differently because there is no set way to synthesize the drug. Some of the common effects of LSD abuse include:
Another very prominent effect of LSD is psuedohallucinations Psuedohallucinations are based on synesthesia, a kind of overlapping of the senses that helps one experience something simultaneously by two or more senses in an aggravated manner. LSD produces hallucinations without altering the memory or orientation and therefore are used by many to live through an intense out-of-body or spiritual experience. An LSD trip may last anywhere between 8 to 10 hours.
A large dose of LSD may lead to a heart attack, respiratory arrest, hyperthermia, or bleeding disorder. It can also result in high-body temperature, agitation, hypertension, and body tremors. LSD abuse also leads to hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD). Due to this disorder, hallucinations repeat long after the initial use of LSD, with symptoms occurring months or even years after use.
The effects of LSD last longer over a period of time. A comprehensive treatment program for LSD addiction consists of a medically supervised detox program, medication, and counseling and therapy sessions. Detox helps the body get rid of toxins accumulated with years of abuse, alleviating withdrawal symptoms and preparing the mind and the body for the ensuing treatment. Medications bind with the receptors in the brain to help reduce cravings and therapy and counseling sessions assists a patient in working through any existing feelings of denial.
When teens experience a bad trip from ingesting LSD, it may scar them for life. Flashbacks from the trip may occur months after the last dose. It is because of these reasons and the fact that an LSD addiction is psychological that it is not easy to overcome an addiction to LSD without professional help.
Adeona Healthcare, the leading rehab center for teens between 12 to 17, provides comprehensive treatment programs for mental disorders, alcohol or drug addiction, behavioral issues, and dual diagnosis in teens. Certified by the State of California Department of Social Services, we provide structured and holistic treatment programs in a safe and secure environment for a long-lasting recovery.
Our certified staff understands that each teen is different and therefore, individualizes the treatment plan so as to ensure a shorter treatment cycle. As families play an integral part in the recovery of teens, we invite them to take an active part in the teen’s recovery process as well.
For more information about our evidence-based addiction treatment plans, call our 24/7 teen addiction treatment helpline 866-412-1332 and speak with a member from our admissions team. You can also chat online with a representative for further assistance.