LSD Rehab at Axis West
Let’s start with the basics. LSD, also known as “acid”, is derived from the chemical compound d-lysergic acid diethylamide from which it gets its name. It is a potent mood-altering chemical that is categorized as a hallucinogen, along with other drugs such as Peyote, Psilocybin, and PCP. What these drugs have in common are chemical structures that mirror those of the human body’s natural neurotransmitters. LSD is most often taken orally, and can be purchased as tablets, capsules, and, less frequently, in liquid form. “Tabs” of acid are created when the liquid form of LSD is added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into tiny, sometimes colorfully decorated pieces, each one equivalent to one “dose”. The effects of LSD, which can last up to 12 hours depending upon the amount ingested, are called “trips”. Each trip is wildly unpredictable, often eliciting different reactions from different people at different times. It’s unclear exactly how LSD produces these effects, but studies on hallucinogens reveal their ability to interfere with the brain’s neurotransmitter activity, as well as by binding to their receptor sites. What’s also clear is that LSD can wreak a lot of damage on the brain of the user, as well as on the lives of the user’s loved ones, which may very well lead them to consider the possibility that an LSD Rehab may be the next trip to plan for.
Flashbacks Leading Forward to LSD Rehab
One of the better-known effects of an LSD trip is a hallucination, which causes a dramatic distortion in the user’s perception of reality. They may see and hear things that aren’t there, or feel non-existent sensations that seem completely real. Other, more disturbing reactions to the drug include feeling several different emotions at once, or experiencing the phenomena of “synethesia” where their senses get crossed, and they begin to see sounds, and hear images. When taken in larger doses, the drug induces changes in perception, which can be frightening and lead to panic, terrifying thoughts and deep feelings of despair.
Another common phenomenon associated with the LSD experience is the “Flashback”, when the user, days or weeks after taking the drug, is overcome by a recurrence of sights, sounds and sensations from the drug experience. These flashbacks can occur at any moment, and often are unprompted by anything in particular in the user’s life. For some, they can persist and lead to significant distress or impairment of social functioning. This condition is known as “hallucinogen-induced persisting perceptual disorder” (HPPD).
Since LSD is less likely to produce compulsive drug-seeking behavior than other drugs, and because many users are able to taper down their usage over time, LSD is sometimes not classified as an addictive drug. The drug, however, does produce tolerance, which means users must take progressively higher doses to achieve the state of intoxication that they had previously achieved. Naturally, given the unpredictability of the drug, this is a much frowned-upon practice.
Tripping on Recovery at our LSD Rehab
At Axis West, we provide an atmosphere where former LSD users can feel safe, comfortable, and secure as they begin to recover from the often-devastating effects of LSD abuse. (Source: http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_NIDA_InfoFacts_LSD/). Our LSD Rehab offers what many consider to be the most effective drug treatment available today. During the initial part of recovery, we make sure our clients are treated gently and supportively, and are given a quiet room with as little sensory stimulation as possible. If necessary, medication will be prescribed to help ease any feelings of agitation or seizures. As soon as the client has passed through the “acute intoxication phase”, our experienced, compassionate, highly trained counselors will help them to develop their coping skills, while addressing the core issues of their LSD addictions, and helping them to realize that lives free of the devastation of drug abuse are theirs for the taking.
If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to, or an abuse of LSD, please contact one of our admissions specialists today at 866-737-4962 to find out if Axis West’s LSD Rehab is the right program for you.