LSD known as acid, blotter, doses, hits, microdots, sugar cubes, trips, tabs, or window panes—is one of the most potent mood- and perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs. It was discovered in 1938 and is a clear or white, odorless, water-soluble material synthesized from lysergic acid, a compound derived from a rye fungus.
LSD is initially produced in crystalline form, which can then be used to produce tablets known as “microdots” or thin squares of gelatin called “window panes.” It can also be diluted with water or alcohol and sold in liquid form. The most common form, however, is paper soaked with the drug and punched into small individual squares, known as “blotters.”
Signs & Symptoms
LSD users can also experience flashbacks, or recurrences of certain aspects of the drug experience.
- Loss of Appetite
- Dry Mouth
- Intense Mood Swings
- Hallucinations – Seeing, Hearing and Feeling
- Decreased Heart Rate
A Success Story
In 8th grade I was diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Ritalin. I also took my first drink that year. It was not a coincidence!
During the next two years I was in and out of rehabs, my parents home, and colleges. My second arrest was for possession of a large quantity of LSD. I started an outpatient rehab, but got arrested for possession of marijuana and Xanax. I was looking at a lot of jail time.
At Teen Challenge I learned to be submissive and I learned about God. There is something life-changing about being in a room with 150 rough, tough, drug-addict types singing worship songs together. I grew in my faith and found freedom at Adult and Teen Challenge.
God delivered me from my legal mess and from the mental, and emotional pit I had created.
Effects of Use
Sensations and feelings change much more dramatically than the physical signs in people under the influence of LSD. The user may feel several different emotions at once or swing rapidly from one emotion to another. If taken in large enough doses, the drug produces delusions and visual hallucinations. The user’s sense of time and self is altered. Experiences may seem to “cross over” different senses, giving the user the feeling of hearing colors and seeing sounds. These changes can be frightening and can cause panic. Some LSD users experience severe, terrifying thoughts and feelings of despair, fear of losing control, or fear of insanity and death while using LSD.
LSD users can also experience flashbacks, or recurrences of certain aspects of the drug experience. Flashbacks occur suddenly, often without warning, and may do so within a few days or more than a year after LSD use. In some individuals, the flashbacks can persist and cause significant distress or impairment in social or occupational functioning, a condition known as hallucinogen-induced persisting perceptual disorder (HPPD).
Recovery: Our Process
Teen Challenge USA strives to provide a compassionate, caring welcome to new students when they arrive. New students will soon find that there are many others with similar stories and backgrounds, who are learning to live a new drug-free life.
Adult and Teen Challenge USA strives to provide a compassionate, caring welcome to new students when they arrive. New students will soon find that there are many others with similar stories and backgrounds, who are learning to live a new drug-free life.
Though the vast majority of Adult and Teen Challenge students—adults, youth, and families—come from a lifestyle of drug, alcohol, or other addictions, our focus is on the spiritual needs of the student. Our conviction is that the beginning of freedom from addiction starts by establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Once established, growth is vital for the new believer to learn how to not only change their behavior but to change their attitudes and their view on life. It is through this transformation of spirit, mind, and heart that lasting change takes place.
Adult and Teen Challenge deals with the “whole man” by endeavoring to help individuals become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive. Life transformation occurs through a restored relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ and a subsequent commitment to apply and live out the principles of God’s Word, The Bible, to our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors in our everyday lives. This Bible based instruction – group and individual mentoring and discipleship – is the foundation on which all aspects of the Teen Challenge program are built. These principles bring true freedom from addiction, with a restored purpose and an eternal hope.