LSD Detox & Treatment in Saskatchewan
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide or LSD is a potent hallucinogen that alters the person's perception of reality and time while also distorting the sense. LSD is derived from the fungus that grows on some rye and other grains. Illegal LSD is sold as small squares with one dose of LSD on them, and these squares are made of blotting paper, which can be placed under the tongue. LSD powder is also placed in capsules and tablets and taken orally or can be dissolved in a liquid and consumed. LSD liquid has also been placed on sugar cubes, gum, candy, or even baked in cookies. Typically, when LSD is consumed, the effects are felt within 30 to 60 minutes, and the peak of the effects usually occurs around the two to four-hour mark. However, the severity of the effects is determined by the person's current mood, the amount of the drug consumed, and their surroundings.
The effects of LSD can last for up to 10 to 12 hours, and the experience is unpredictable. The drug produces vivid visual effects and affects all the senses. psychotic episodes are also possible, and anyone taking the drug will react differently. LSD abuse in Saskatchewan is often part of recreational drug use or a more significant drug problem. Hallucinogenic drugs are popular among young adults and older adults. The psychological effects of LSD include hallucinations affecting the senses, mood, and thoughts a person has. The drug will distort reality and cause the hallucinations to feel real and altering the way the senses are perceiving what is happening. Some of the other effects include feeling of weightlessness and disconnected from the body. The drug alters and impairs memory, it becomes difficult to concentrate, and the drug user will feel extreme joy, sadness, anxiety, or depression.
Treating an LSD drug problem is typically addressing a more significant substance abuse issue unless the problem is recreational drug use. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health is responsible for the publicly funded services in the province. Along with the public programs are private treatment centers, such as non-profit and for-profit programs. For example, between 2014 and 2015, over 13,000 people were attending public treatment centers. Most people going to treatment went to a program under their own volition, while around 7% were sent there by family or friends. Out of the over 13,000 people who attended treatment that year, approximately 10% of them were abusing hallucinogenic drugs.
LSD has a history in Saskatchewan with being tested on willing participants to find cures to ailments. In 1944 the province elected the first socialist government in Canada, and the new premier Tommy Douglas promised healthcare reform. The province began to invest in medical research and created a culture of experimentation in the area. In 1951, British psychiatrist Humphry Osmond arrived in the province. He became the director of the Saskatchewan Mental Hospital in Weyburn, which was one of the largest in North America. The hospital was grossly overcrowded, and most patients were there for life, and inside the walls, patients suffered. Hallucinogenic drugs were tested and used on patients and staff to cure mental illness. In 1960 the age of psychedelic research using hallucinogenic drugs began to fade off.
If you are struggling with an addiction or drug problem involving hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD, there are treatment resources in the province that will help. Substance abuse is best treated with detox, followed by inpatient treatment to provide counseling for the underlying issues.