LSD Relapse – The Dangers of a Second Acid Trip
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LSD relapse is not uncommon. Nevertheless, in most cases, people do not have the severe symptoms. This may seems like user do not need a treatment. However, it would be a bad idea not to ask for help when addiction is already in mild. Addiction, be it psychological or physical, can lead to further complications. In fact, one might end up with irreparable health damages if do not get an immediate help for LSD abuse.
A Quick Overview Of LSD
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) has no known medical use. Thus, it is a pure drug. In fact, it’s a very powerful drug that can change how users perceive objects. That is because of of Ergot. It’s a fungus that affects various grains, especially rye. This is the historical source of LSD.
It causes hallucinations. That’s why they call it a hallucinogen. Because it has a high abuse potential, they categorize it under Schedule I.
Notably, the pattern of its mild-altering effects varies a lot among the users. A rapid shift in the mood is a hallmark effect they experience. In fact, such is its potency that they get high within an hour using it.
First, users have reported seeing things that do not exist. Then, users get a rapid elevation in heartbeat and blood pressure. Third, they have a little extra alertness, little need of sleep and shakiness. This is after a heavy use.
Synonyms: They use more than 80 names. The most common names one will hear buying LSD on the streets include Acid, Cid, Trips, Blotter, Doses, Yellow Sunshine, and Dots.
Can Users Become Addicted to LSD?
While the so-called addiction may be only inside the mind, a physical dependence is uncommon. It means users will not experience any physical symptoms. Therefore, nothing will provoke them to take it compulsively. In essence, they could say it causes only mental dependence. However, this is in no way, indicates its use is safe.
Regrettably, users may become tolerant. It results in the need for a higher dose to achieve the trip. This can be particularly more dangerous. It’s because it will increase the risk of overdose and various mental illnesses.
What Is LSD Relapse?
Users refrain from taking it for a certain period of time. Meanwhile, the withdrawal become so bad that they get back to taking it. It is especially the mental ones in this case. This is what they call a LSD relapse. Addicts get undesirable psychological effects that occur during the abstinence. Those are the LSD withdrawal symptoms.
During LSD withdrawal, some patients may experience “flashbacks”. Typically, a flashback is very much like the experiences that users used to have when they were on the drug. It can last for months or even years after one have become sober although LSD completely leaves the system in 36 hours.
The two main driving factors that provoke LSD relapse. First, it is the cravings for some mental pleasure. Second, it is the need for an escape from some unpleasant experiences.
Complications Of LSD Relapse
The problems of LSD relapse are more psychological in nature than the physical ones. However, the frightening experiences resultant of a relapse warrant an immediate care. This way, we can prevent further damages.
Here are some typical problems that may occur after a relapse.
- A full-blown addiction
- Upgrade to more dangerous drugs
- Elevated risk of falling prey to robbery, rape or even murder
- LSD-induced psychosis or other long-term mental health problems
- Falling income or loss of job
- Possible legal charges
- Diminished quality of life
What One Can Do?
A little bit of determination and a few helping hands can help one prevent LSD relapse. Stick to the goals and keep the urges away by distracting the mind to something healthy. For instance, reading books, meditating, and exercising. Moreover, enjoying a holiday with a loved ones can be a great way to keep the mind busy.
It does not cause many problems with any bodily functions. Notably, LSD relapse, in most cases, occurs due to the urges to get high.
There are no medications that can prevent a relapse. However, if hallucinations get out of control, the doctor may recommend some medicine. In case, one happen to experience a severe symptom, talk to them right away.
In the same way, they may also suggest some self-help measures. It will aim to keep a patient clean for an extended duration. Therefore, be thorough when talking to them. Express fair feelings and expectations. Then, seek genuine help.
Want To Know More?
To know more about LSD relapse or its addiction, talk to the experts. They can provide an accurate information on a variety of addiction-related topics. Their knowledge and experience are invaluable to a journey to sobriety. In fact, with their guidance, one can expect a swift and complete recovery.
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