Long Term Effects Caused by LSD Abuse

What is LSD?

LSD is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains. It is one of the most potent, mood changing chemicals. It is produced in crystal form in illegal laboratories, mainly in the United States. These crystals are converted to a liquid for distribution. It is odorless, colorless, and has a slightly bitter taste.  LSD Is known as “acid” and many other names. It is sold on the streets in small tablets, capsules, or gelatin squares. Sometimes it is added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares decorated with designs or cartoon character. No matter the form it is abused in, the same affects still take place and gives the user a serious disconnection from reality.

Short Term Effects of LSD

The way that LSD affects an individual can vary from one person to another. It is highly unpredictable, and the effects can depend a lot on the person’s mood or attitude at the time of use. Because LSD is placed on blotter papers, it is often hard to tell exactly how much of the drug is taken at one time. During manufacture, it may be difficult to determine an exact measurement of the drug. The slightest deviation can affect the way the drug reacts. The drug itself is not addictive, but an individual can develop a tolerance to it, which can lead to addictive behaviors.

The most common short-term LSD effect is a sense of euphoria. This is often described in terms of trips. If an individual has a good experience while taken the drug, it is referred to as a “good trip.” If the individual has a particularly bad episode, it is referred to as a “bad trip.” The trips can vary from day to day in the same individual. On one day, a person may experience an overwhelming sense of happiness. On another occasion, the same individual may experience scary images and feelings of danger. The goal is to have as many good trips as possible.

The most common short-term effects of LSD use include, but are not limited to:

  • High-blood pressure
  • Hallucinations; an individual may taste, smell or see things that are not there
  • Becoming out of touch with reality
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sleeplessness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating
  • Increase in body temperature
  • Tremors
  • Paranoia

LSD users can quickly develop a tolerance to the drug. This leads to LSD addiction, which can have long-term effects on the individual. Some of the long-term LSD effects are:

  • Drug tolerance
  • Flashbacks
  • Delusional behaviors
  • Vision problems
  • Lack of motivation to participate in daily activities
  • Lack of enjoyment in things that once caused pleasure
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to communicate well with others
  • Irrational thinking
  • Difficulty in distinguishing reality from hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Extreme feelings of depression
  • Overwhelming feelings of anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
  • Inability to cope with life circumstances
  • Problems in relationships
  • Lack of success and motivation in work or school
  • Promiscuous behaviors
  • Criminal charges
  • Accidents
  • Pregnancy
  • Violent behaviors

Dependence to the medication can lead the individual to react in much the same way as a meth addict. The individual will spend much of their time trying to figure out how to get more of the drug. Their main goal in life may seem to revolve around taking the drug or finding more. They lose any interest in relationships and those who are closest to them.

Individuals who develop a strong tolerance for LSD are usually so out of touch with reality that they may end up in serious accidents or compromising situations. The drug can intensify feelings of belonging, and an individual may feel that they love everyone. This can lead to increased sexual activity.

If you or someone you love has developed a dependence to LSD it is important for them to get help right away. Do not hesitate to call for help and more answers to your questions today. Even if someone is using LSD recreationally and here and there for fun, they need to seek help before unwanted dependence develops.



The Midwest has been having an epidemic of opiate overdoses. In just 6 days in August 2016, Cincinnati, Ohio had 174 REPORTED overdoses.  Imagine how many actual overdoses that would equate to – all overdoses aren’t reported.  Overdoses from heroin that aren’t fatal go unreported because people are afraid of legal repercussions, probation violations, family consequences, or losing their job or societal standing.   It’s important to recognize the signs of overdose, and to seek medical treatment.  In fact, immediate treatment for a suspected overdose can mean the difference between life and death.

Overdose symptoms can vary depending on the amount of the substance that was used, the person’s age and weight, and the tolerance the individual has built up over time.  Opiates are a central nervous system depressant, which means that they literally depress your breathing and heart rate.  An overdose can cause you to stop breathing, and your heart to stop beating.  Overdose is more likely when using other substances in combination with opiates, such as cocaine, alcohol, and, prescribed or not, barbiturates and benzodiazepines.

There are specific signs to look for when you suspect overdose.  These can include bluish nails or lips, depressed or shallow breathing, weak pulse, pinpoint pupils, extreme drowsiness or loss of consciousness.  If you see these signs in a loved one, and suspect they may have overdosed, call 911 immediately.  After calling 911 for assistance, check to be sure their airway is clear – if the person is unconscious but breathing, roll them on their side, loosen their clothing, provide reassurance that help is on the way and keep them calm. If you suspect an overdose, try to prevent the person from taking more drugs. Be prepared to give the following information to emergency personnel:  What the person is using, when they last used, and the address where the person is.  Please stay close and monitor them until emergency help arrives.  If you have been trained to perform rescue breathing, be prepared to provide that until help arrives.  If you don’t have that training, and have a loved one struggling with addiction, look into available CPR training in your area.

Naloxone (or Nar-can) can be administered in the case of a suspected overdose.  It can reverse the effects of the overdose about an hour, long enough to seek help, and will not harm someone who hadn’t overdosed.  In some areas, naloxone is available to loved ones of addicts at risk of overdose to have on hand when an overdose is suspected.  Never make the mistake of believing that administering naloxone can take the place of emergency treatment.  It’s a life-saving measure to buy you a little time, but immediate medical treatment is still required.

Again, this point can not be stressed enough – IMMEDIATE life-saving measures are the key to surviving an overdose.  Any time an overdose is suspected, emergency measures need to be taken immediately.  Do not let an addict talk you out of calling 911, and do anything possible to ensure that they receive follow-up care after the emergency personnel have done their job.  Have them admitted to the hospital immediately or enroll them into a treatment program as soon as possible.

The best way to prevent overdose is to get your loved one into a residential treatment program where they can receive counseling and relapse prevention tools, while removed from access to their drug of choice, and able to be fully focused on their recovery.

It’s true that the best defense is a good offense.  A successful treatment program will offer an addict the opportunity to identify not only the triggers that cause them to use currently and devise strategies to cope with them, but also to identify the underlying issues and find out why the substance abuse began in the first place.

Is Heroin Recovery Real?


In a word, yes!  Heroin recovery is an attainable goal.  It isn’t easy, and there’s no magic pill, but with the right treatment program, recovery is in reach.  For an addict to recover from heroin addiction, they need to not only attend an inpatient program where they can fully concentrate on their recovery, but find a program that they believe in and will follow up with after leaving the treatment center.   Relapse rates for heroin addicts who don’t attend a comprehensive treatment program are over 85%.

Research in the science of addiction and the treatment of substance use disorders has led to the development of evidence-based interventions that help people stop abusing drugs and resume productive lives.  There is no one “perfect” approach to addiction treatment, each person has to find their own direction, and rebuild their own life.   People have different backgrounds, a myriad of underlying issues that contribute to addiction, diverse belief systems, and so there will be various roads to heroin recovery.

As Christina talks about in her testimonial, working with a counselor and finding the underlying cause of the addiction is the key piece to finding real recovery from heroin addiction.  She also mentions “Smart”.  What she’s referring is an alternative to the 12-step program, SmartRecovery.  It takes a pro-active approach to recovery, finding ways to deal with the urges that addicts in recovery often have.

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SmartRecovery is especially effective for heroin addiction recovery, because it offers a 4-point program, with specific tools and techniques for each of the 4 points:  Building and maintaining motivation to abstain, coping with urges and cravings, using rational ways to manage thoughts and behaviors, and living a life with balanced short-term and long-term pleasures.

Recovering addicts need to have a support system in place when they are ready to leave their treatment program, people who will help them look forward and plan a productive future, rather than dwelling on past mistakes and bad decisions.  Christina has a supportive family waiting for her, but for some, this means not returning to the living situation they were in prior to treatment, but rather moving on to a sober living situation where they are in a supportive recovery environment.  This helps with the transition from living in active addiction to living a sober lifestyle.

Some of the barriers to heroin addiction recovery follow.  These are issues that almost all addicts will struggle with, and part of a successful treatment program’s job is to address these, and make sure that their clients are aware and fully understand the consequences.

  • A failure to realize that this is a long-term commitment. A 30 day or longer period in an addiction treatment program is only the beginning of the journey.   An aftercare program is essential to heroin recovery, whether it’s follow-up outpatient treatment, support meetings, seeing a therapist or psychologist, or some combination of these.
  • Believing that willpower is the only thing you need. Willpower can be important when those urges and cravings rear their ugly heads, but what is effective is re-training and re-programming your brain.   Self-denial is not enough, and few people are strong enough resist relapse through willpower alone.
  • Underlying issues are not honestly addressed. In most cases, people will use drugs as a coping mechanism to deal with some kind of emotional or psychological pain.  If these problems are not brought out into the open in a safe environment, they will continue to cause pain, and spur the user to relapse.

People like Christina recover from heroin addiction every day.  Unfortunately, the stories covered by the media concentrate on relapses, overdoses, and the people who are losing their battles against addiction.   With the right treatment approach and a good support system, recovery from heroin addiction can not only be possible, but can be the start of a better life than you could have imagined.

Matt’s Recovery Month Review

“I Truly Believe they Saved my Life Here”

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Matt struggled with Alcoholism on and off for years. His periods of sobriety were short-lived, and he found himself in a volatile cycle of relapse and recovery. Finally, he and his wife decided to try an inpatient addiction rehabilitation program with Choices Recovery. Matt was hesitant to try a residential addiction rehabilitation program at first. He did not believe he had a real problem. Through the counseling and skills training programs at Choices Recovery, Matt uncovered the root issues contributing to his alcohol addiction. He realized that he had serious problems to address before he could be genuinely healthy. Until this point, he merely dealt with the symptoms of his addiction problem, which lead him to relapse over and over. This Recovery Month, Matt is empowered to truly maintain a sober recovery.

Together, Choices Recovery and Matt developed coping skills, and found recovery. Matt encourages anyone struggling with addiction to seek services and help at Choices Recovery. Rehab is only for a short time in what can be a long life. Consider calling for help today, and we’ll help you on the journey towards the rest of your life.

Join Choices Recovery and SAMHSA Voices for Recovery as we celebrate National Addiction Recovery Month this September, 2016.




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