LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), is a hallucinogenic drug that has no medical use whatsoever, and it is manufactured and sold illegally for recreational purposes. The effects of mixing LSD and alcohol are often unpleasant, although rarely life-threatening. Many LSD users turn to alcohol to diminish the unpleasant sensation that occurs when the pleasant effects of LSD begin to wear off. However, use of alcohol along with LSD for this purpose can cause nausea and vomiting due to chemical reactions that take place between the two substances as they are processed by the human body.
Different Effects of Alcohol and LSD
The mechanism of addiction to alcohol and that of addiction to LSD are very different. Alcohol abuse leads to addiction through the physical dependence that results after an abuser becomes accustomed to repeated ingestion of large quantities of any type of alcoholic beverages and is then no longer able to avoid unpleasant symptoms without ingesting even more alcohol.LSD is not physically addictive at all, and theoretically, any user should be able to stop using it whenever he or she wants to. On the other hand, some users become psychologically addicted to the unusual visions and imagined experiences, or "trips," that are the main recreational effects of LSD. This is especially the case when an LSD user turns to the drug in order to escape the pressures of real life, or to deal with trauma such as the end of a relationship, financial loss, or the loss of a close friend or relative. In addition, repeated use of LSD does cause a tolerance effect similar to that of alcohol, in which larger and larger amounts of the drug are necessary to produce the effects that the user seeks from it. When these signs of psychological addiction to LSD, or abuse of LSD, are present along with clear signs of addiction to alcohol, a program that provides treatment for addiction to LSD and alcohol becomes necessary.
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The effects of mixing LSD and alcohol are unpleasant, and use of the two substances together can cause unpleasant effects. If you or someone you care about abuses both LSD and alcohol on a regular basis, please contact our 24-hour hotline to find out more about rehabilitation for patients who are addicted to LSD and alcohol.
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Main Effects of Using Both LSD and Alcohol
Regardless of the potential for psychological abuse of LSD, it is far less addictive than alcohol. There is always a possibility that an individual who abuses both substances will stop using LSD and alcohol together after he or she experiences the nausea and vomiting that comprise the main effects of mixing LSD and alcohol.
However, there is no reason why this would prevent an addict who has become dependent on alcohol and psychologically addicted to LSD to use the substances at different times. Once alcohol addiction sets in, the addict needs to use alcohol on a constant basis to prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings. LSD can also extend the effects of alcohol, allowing an addict who has already developed a dangerously high tolerance for alcohol to drink even more without experiencing ill effects. The psychedelic effects of LSD may also be extended by alcohol, so that the alcoholic feels that he or she is escaping from the unpleasant reality caused by his or her alcoholism by using LSD.
Treatment for LSD and Alcohol Addiction
Finally, whenever a substance abuser is abusing more than one substance on a regular basis, it is a clear signal that his or her addiction to or need for both substances has reached a point at which it must be treated. An addict who has reached extremely high levels of tolerance for both alcohol and LSD should immediately seek treatment for addiction to LSD and alcohol, even if he or she is not experiencing any of the unpleasant effects of mixing LSD and alcohol.
Please call us if you or your loved one has become addicted to LSD and alcohol. We will help find solutions that break the grip of addiction and promote a return to a healthy lifestyle.