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How Is LSD Addiction Diagnosed?
LSD rarely, if ever, produces the symptoms of dependence, withdrawal, and abuse that, in the case of other drugs, can lead to a diagnosis of addiction. However, abusive patterns of behavior are possible even with LSD. When those patterns are present, a clinical mental-health disorder called “hallucinogen use disorder” can be diagnosed.
To qualify for a diagnosis, LSD use must cause significant impairment or distress, and at least two of the following symptoms must be present over a 12-month period:
- LSD use is greater than the user intends, either in dosage or frequency.
- The user has a desire to quit or has unsuccessfully tried to quit using LSD.
- The user spends significant time acquiring, using, or recovering from the effects of LSD use.
- The user has a strong craving for LSD.
- LSD use is interfering with the user’s obligations or responsibilities.
- LSD use continues despite the harm it does to the user, physically or otherwise.
- LSD use interferes with the user’s normal activities and routines.
- LSD is used in dangerous situations.
- Tolerance for the drug develops, creating the need for higher doses or more frequent use to achieve the same effect.
- Abstinence from the drug causes withdrawal symptoms.
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