LSD

LSD is short for lysergic acid diethylamide, potent hallucinogen that was created in the 1930’s. It is synthetically made from lysergic acid, which is found in ergot, a fungus that grows on grains. It is extremely strong, one doses is only about a microgram. People refer to being high on LSD as a “trip” which can be pleasurable for some or lead to a terrifying experience called a “bad trip.” LSD may change ones perception of time, make colors seem more vibrant, or cause confusion and worry. LSD effects all people differently. It is odorless, colorless and has a slightly bitter taste. It is most commonly found as a liquid but can also be found in paper-like tablets or sugar/candy that you would put on your tongue.

Signs Someone is High on LSD

• hallucinations • distorted visual perception of shapes, colors • altered sounds • rapid heart rate, increased body temperature • dilated pupils

Long-Term Effects of LSD

Extreme changes in mood can occur when LSD is taken repeatedly, the drug produces delusions and visual hallucinations that lead to severe psychosis. Death from LSD is usually caused by an injury that occurred while high on LSD.

Symptoms of Withdrawal from LSD

Withdrawal from LSD is not known to cause physical pain; however, anxiety, depression, psychosis and flashbacks of “trips” are common when the body is withdrawing from LSD. A person in LSD withdrawal may experience confusion and easily lose track of time or experience bad depth perception.

The best way to treat LSD addiction is by seeking help. Entering treatment allows medical professionals and clinical therapists to determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and helps those addicted to LSD learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to LSD. Amatus Recovery Facilities located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed. Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.

Detox Process

Amatus Health detox facilities offer medically assisted detox for individuals facing acute withdrawal from heroin, as well as inpatient and outpatient therapy programs designed to build the skills for long term recovery. During detox, every individual in our care has access to around the clock nursing care, to monitor their vitals and provide medication when necessary. Our staff will assess each individual’s needs, and help design a plan for them to taper their use smoothly and safely, with the least amount of discomfort.

Further Treatment Options

At Amatus Health we off the full continuum of care, from intensive inpatient programs through a number of outpatient levels of care. We believe, supported by evidence, that a longer stay in treatment sets patients up for a better chance at long term recovery. We are committed to helping every individual achieve long term recovery. This means treating not only physical addiction, but addressing the mental and spiritual aspects as well. Our staff will create an individualized treatment plan with you, using a variety of therapeutic modalities to help every individual build the skills for long term recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with heroin addiction, dealing with acute withdrawal, have just completed detox or another level of care and are looking for the next step in recovery, call us now to speak with a treatment professional.

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