LSD Intervention

Some LSD addicts will need an intervention before they will seek help for their addiction. Although LSD is not addictive in the traditional sense, some might find themselves unable to stop using the drug. Family and friends will need to intervene to help those that are addicted to LSD.

In order to start the intervention process, concerned family members or friends will need to contact a drug addiction treatment facility. They will speak with an intervention specialist who will walk them through the entire process. After the specialist gathers all of the necessary information, then he or she will discuss a good time and place to conduct the intervention. Prior to the intervention taking place, a family member or friend will pack a bag for the addict to take with him to treatment.

Friends, family, and the intervention specialist will meet at the pre-arranged time and location for the intervention to take place. The intervention will be underway once the addict arrives. Friends and family members will calmly explain to the addict why he or she needs to seek treatment for their LSD addiction. Some addicts may get angry and choose to leave the intervention. However, if the addict decides to stay then he or she will immediately leave for the treatment center following the intervention. Most rehabs offer family therapy and counseling to help the addict and his or her family reconcile past issues that were a result of the LSD use.

What is LSD?

LSD (a.k.a. lysergic acid diethylamide) is one of the most common hallucinogens. It is produced from lysergic acid, which is found in a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. It is one of the most potent mood-altering and mind bending chemicals. A tiny amount of LSD can produce side effects for 12 hours or longer. LSD usually comes on a small, perforated piece of paper known as “blotter” paper or it can come in a capsule or tablet form. It is usually colored or may have symbols or images printed on it. Liquid LSD comes in a clear form. LSD is taken orally, but the liquid form can be squeezed into the eyes. Nicknames for LSD include acid, doses, hits, sugar cubes, tabs, or trips.

Side Effects of LSD

LSD is particularly dangerous because the side effects of the drug are varied and unpredictable. Effects depend on how much LSD is taken, the user’s personality, mood, and expectations of the drug. Physical side effects of LSD include dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, flushing, insomnia, tremors, and loss of appetite. LSD increases the senses and feelings the user is having. The user might swing from emotion to emotion or they might feel a variety of different emotions at one time. If a large enough dose of LSD is taken, the user might experience delusions or visual hallucinations. Sense of time and self may change. All of these rapidly changing emotions and senses may cause the user to panic.

Long-term Effects of LSD

One of the most common long-term side effects of taking LSD is experiencing flashbacks. These flashbacks typically occur suddenly and without warning. They may occur within a few days or more than a year after the LSD has been consumed. Most of the time, LSD users will decrease their use or quit using the drug altogether. Although LSD is a drug, it is not necessarily addictive. Unlike with heroin, meth, or cocaine, LSD users are not compelled to seek and use the drug. Although the effects of LSD typically wear off after 12 hours, some people may experience long-lasting LSD induced psychosis.

LSD Addiction

LSD is not considered to be addictive because users of the drug are not usually compelled to seek out and use the drug. However, some people may find that they cannot stop taking LSD, even if they suffer from a “bad trip” or negative physical side effects. If you find that you cannot stop taking LSD, even if there are severe consequences, then you might have some form of addiction to the drug. There are many treatment centers available to treat those who feel that they cannot stop taking LSD.