If you are feeling really out of control, you can always call 911 or go to the emergency room of your local hospital.
Time is often distorted while you are tripping, so it is good to remember that, depending on what you are taking, what you are experiencing will last as little as a few minutes, to a few hours. Tomorrow, the effects will have mostly worn off, and you never need to take hallucinogens again.
Try to stay in places where the risks of you hurting yourself are low. Stay in familiar territory, away from heights, traffic, and other hazards. You may have unusual impulses, and want to try doing something that has seemed risky in the past, but doesn’t seem risky now. Don’t follow such impulses.
Anyone who has had a bad trip, or has felt unable to cope with the effects of acid, will wonder how to stop an acid trip. A bad trip can happen to anyone under the influence of LSD. Even if your mood was good when you took the drug, you can easily find yourself feeling overwhelmed, frightened or upset when you have taken hallucinogens such as acid or magic mushrooms. Although it is not possible to actually stop an acid trip, these five tips will help you cope with the feelings and sensations that create a bad acid trip.
Going off on your own is not a good idea when you are having a bad trip, but large groups of people can be overwhelming, too. If you are at an event such as a concert, festival, nightclub, or rave, try and find a quieter area with another person or small group. Look for a chill-out room, or DanceSafe booth or other supportive group.
Hallucinogenic drugs can make you see, feel and even hear things that are distorted or have no basis in reality. They can cause you to have thoughts which seem profound and real, but are extreme, out of proportion, or downright delusional. If nothing else, hold on to remembering that everything you are perceiving is influenced by the drug you have taken, and is probably not real.
If you choose to go outside, make sure someone goes with you, ideally someone you can trust who has not taken any drugs. Stick to quiet places without too many people around, but make sure help is nearby if you need it. People who have been drinking alcohol are not the best companions for you right now, as their judgment is also impaired, and they might have difficulty understanding your complicated feelings, so avoid drinking establishments such as bars and pubs.
If connecting with someone by phone is your best option, contacting a drug helpline could help, but they may not give you the support you need, as they are geared towards dealing with drug addiction rather than intoxication—a better choice would be to call DanceSafe on 888-MDMA-411. They are a harm reduction organization, and they are very skilled at supporting people who are having negative drug experiences.
Although talking might be difficult, and you could find it hard to put what you are feeling into words, try to let someone understanding know you are having a bad trip. Choose someone who is not going to over-react to your drug use, and ideally, someone who is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even if you aren’t able to talk, just having someone sit with you can be very calming.
A bad trip can happen suddenly and unexpectedly on hallucinogenic drugs. These five tips will help you cope with a bad acid trip if it happens to you.