Acid has been described as one of the most dangerous hallucinogens. Although science and the experiences recounted in multiple acid drug stories are often contradictory, the general consensus is that the effects of abusing acid varies from person to person. Hallucinogens like acid have a special allure to teens and young adults like Caitlin Meyers who said she used acid while attending university. But one of the controversial effects of chronic acid use is its potential to trigger schizophrenia like effects. “I was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and a lot of other mental disorders” Caitlin said in her drug addiction story.
Acid can also be called hit, dose, microdot or sugar cube. Its clinical name however, is LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). Study outcome indicate that acid use interrupts normal brain functions that can produce a range of effects from euphoria to paranoia. When users have what they call a “bad trip” on acid, it is often compared to a nightmarish event. According to a former acid user, “It is hard to put into words what it does to you. You never know if you are going to come out” she said.
For many teens and young adults, using acid was part of their social activity. Some use it because they believe or have been told that the drug can expand mental capabilities and enhance creativity. Though controversial, dependence on LSD is a very real possibility. In one acid drug story, a female study participant who began using this drug at 18 reportedly consumed as much as 30 pills a day for over a year.
In fact, a study of nationwide trends reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicate that the use of hallucinogens like acid has increased by 1.3% since 2013.
One of the most negative effects associated with chronic use of this drug is the “acid flash-back”. Although commonly reported by long time acid users that are in recovery, science has not been able to substantially validate it. However, 60% of participants in one study reported having an acid like hallucinogenic experience after being drug free for three or more days. This acid (LSD) study was viewed as the most statistically correct predictor of the residual effects of acid.
This condition has been described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD). And, according to UCLA Medical School Professor of psychiatry Dr. Charles Grob; “I don’t think there is any question that HPPD is a genuine phenomenon” he said.
Forming a dependence on acid can severely impact the user’s quality of life. Fortunately, there are specialized treatment models that are designed to repair the psychological damage caused by acid abuse. Like many people struggling with the effects of this drug, Caitlin Myers though she could never be free. But after treatment, she was able to say; “I never ever thought I would have another chance to live this life, for that I am grateful”.
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