Finding out about LSD helps you determine the severity of the problem and if LSD rehab is necessary. Lysergic acid diethylamide – or LSD – is a hallucinogenic drug produced from ergot, a fungus which grows on rye. It was discovered in 1938 and synthesised into LSD, which is a liquid. The pure liquid is normally dripped onto small bits of paper (called “tabs”) when sold on the street. The main concern with LSD for drug rehab centres is its psychological effects, and counselling may be necessary in some cases.
LSD has to be swallowed. When taken as tabs, this is done directly, and when the drug is in liquid form users often drop a tiny amount onto a sugar cube. The effects can take a long time to surface, with users noticing the first sensations anything from 20 minutes to two hours after taking the dose. This can result in people thinking it hasn’t worked and then taking more, only to then have the initial dose take hold. This intensifies the effects, but thankfully doesn’t pose any direct physical risks.
The primary effect of LSD is referred to as a “trip.” This is a general term which refers to an extended period of hallucination. The drug alters users’ perception of the passage of time, makes colours and sounds more vivid, and can make objects appear distorted or altered. LSD interrupts the body’s serotonin system, which is responsible for mood, hunger, body temperature, sensory perception and muscle control. This interference is causes the drug’s mind bending effects.
Although it doesn’t usually affect drug rehab, a “bad trip” is the most common risk of LSD. The drug accentuates the mood you’re currently in, so if the user is in a positive and comfortable atmosphere he or she will ordinarily have a good trip. However, any negative feelings or veins of discomfort will be amplified, so the trip can turn sour. Playful hallucinations can become menacing, and the shift in consciousness can cause users to distrust even close friends. These bad trips can be terrifying and bewildering, and once it has started to turn it can be difficult to stop it. Drug rehab centres can offer supportive help for people going through bad trips, and can even administer anti-anxiety drugs if they’re required.
The most serious risk of LSD is the aggravation of underlying psychological problems. In the same way trips bring hidden emotions to the surface, they can also unearth more serious issues. LSD can be the trigger which sets off a mental illness, but it would have to be present in some way beforehand. For these reasons, anybody with a history of mental illness should avoid taking the drug in any situation.
Drug rehab isn’t usually required for LSD users. The drug isn’t physically addictive, and doesn’t inflict any verifiable physical damage. Although there is evidence that the drug can trigger underlying mental illnesses, it has never been shown to actively cause one. Users can build up a tolerance to the drug, which means that they need more to experience the same level of high. It is possible to become psychologically dependent on the effects, and drug rehab centres will offer counselling to help users overcome this.
If you or a loved one is using LSD, it’s important to think about how often they’re taking it and keep note of any psychological changes. Regular use indicates dependence, and any noticeable mental differences could be evidence of a wider issue. Many drug rehab centres offer counselling suitable for LSD users, and should be considered in serious cases. We offer free advice on the different drug rehab centres available and the treatments offered by each. We have a detailed knowledge of all the local centres, and we can point you in the right direction. Don’t hesitate, pick up the phone and see what we can do for you!