At the core of every LSD addiction story is the fact that it distorts reality. Although there are no studies to confirm that the drug is physically addicting, according to one LSD user who was introduced to the drug at sixteen years of age and continued to abuse the drug for three years.“It was like playing Russian roulette with my life, I never really knew what I was going to experience and whether I would make it out each time.”
LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) is a hallucinogenic substance that according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is also one the most powerful mood-altering chemicals being used to get high. It is a clear or white liquid or powder that for modern consumers is mostly presented on strips of paper called blotters.
Over the years, LSD has assumed may different names such as Acid, Boomers, Dots, California or Yellow Sunshine, Cid, Doses, Golden Dragon, Heavenly Blue, Hippie, Loony toons, Microdot, Pane, Purple Heart and Superman among others. The drug now has a long list of users all with differing opinions and a range of experiences that has made the inherent dangers or potential for harm of using LSD very controversial.
After 40 years of relegation to the side lines, the Food and Drug Administration and other researchers have begun to conduct studies into the effects of psychedelic drugs like LSD. What they have found and the reasons people use the drug is that is has the ability to radically alter consciousness and produce effects that range between positive, negative and mystical. The danger of using LSD without medical supervision is that users can get into a binge situation or experience serious extreme mental changes that reverberate sometimes for years after drug use is halted.
According to Tom… “I would stay up for days at a time binging. Eventually I lost a lot of weight; I looked like walking death and was a disgrace to everyone who loved me.” Following Andrea’s first LSD trip she said she was filled with anxiety and extreme depression. To counter this feeling she claimed she would consume it frequently, sometimes up to four or five times per week for an extended period. “Eventually I lost the inability to feel normal in my own skin” she said.
New research may be reconciling the true effects of LSD and the drug’s potential for harm. According to Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, a psychedelic researcher and lead author of the Imperial College London study published in the journal Psychological Medicine, LSD produces paradoxical effects, including psychosis-like symptoms, and what is referred to as cognitive looseness. However, as Carhart-Harris explains, if the mind becomes too flexible, there is the risk of psychosis. While this new study point to the potential for medical use of LSD, it does not remove the danger of non-medical use especially for people with a history of mental illness or a predisposition for addiction.
Based on empirical evidence, the primary danger associated with LSD use comes from the loss of control that is characteristic to this drug. Skewed perceptions during an LSD experience have reportedly led to users accidentally causing their own deaths and the death of others while driving under the influence, falling off buildings, out of windows or walking in front of moving traffic. There has also been reports of people consuming so much LSD that they have had to be taken to mental institutions and in some cases experienced irreversible neurological impairment.
Another side effect of LSD is the potential for memory association. People who use the drug in social settings often associate it with certain people and places. Continuous exposure to these connections can motivate drug use that later make it difficult to stop using the drug. Unless these memory links are broken and regular use continues, it is possible for users to develop a tolerance to LSD which eventually increases the need for more and more of the drug to achieve the same effect. For people with a history of mental illness such as schizophrenia or depression and psychosis, use of LSD increases the risk of exacerbating these conditions. The reason most people eventually seek help for chronic drug use is to restore balance and a sense of normalcy to their daily lives that mind-altering substances takes away. Whether you are an infrequent or frequent LSD user, drug addiction treatment can help you to understand the core reasons for your need to use this drug and remove the inevitable dangers inherent in substance abuse patterns of behavior.
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