Hallucinogen Addiction Treatment

Hallucinogens are a widely used category of drugs that are well known for producing pleasurable feelings, hallucinations, delusions, and psychosis. Every incident of hallucinogen use will differ depending on the user and the situation in which they abuse the drug. An example of this may be a user experiencing a specific effect on LSD in one instance, and experiencing a completely different effect while on the same drug in the following occurrence that it is taken.

Hallucinogens are highly unpredictable and, because each high differs, they are extremely dangerous. Users can experience “bad trips,” and can act out in aggressive and violent manners during these. Long-term users may suffer from irrational thoughts and delusions, among other side effects. It is important to understand all of the facts and seek professional help if you believe you may be developing an addiction.

What Are Hallucinogens?

Hallucinogens are a class of drugs that alter the user’s perception and thinking processes in a way which significantly distorts reality. In the majority of cases, hallucinogens produce hallucinations for the person abusing them. This can include seeing images which do not exist, hearing sounds that are not there, and feeling sensations which seem very real but which do not exist. Hallucinogens also produce sudden and unpredictable changes in the mood of the person using them.

Hallucinogens can either be extracted from a plant such as a mushroom, or man-made. The most common hallucinogens include LSD (or Lysergic Acid Diethylamide/Acid), Psilocybin (commonly called Magic Mushrooms), Salvia Divinorum, DXM (or Dextromethorphan), PCP (commonly called Angel Dust), and Mescaline, among others.

Hallucinogen Addiction Symptoms

Signs of hallucinogen addiction will depend on how much, how often, and how long a person has been abusing the substance. The following are the most common physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms of hallucinogen abuse:

Symptoms can include the following:

Physical Signs

  • Dilated pupils
  • Distorted sense of sight
  • Distorted sense of hearing
  • Distorted sense of touch
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Weight loss
  • Faintness
  • Tingling fingers and toes

Psychological Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation/irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings

Behavioral Changes

  • Avoiding certain friends and family
  • Decreased attention to personal hygiene
  • Decreased attention to overall well-being
  • Lying
  • Lack of motivation
  • Irrational behavior
  • Grand, absurd ideas
  • Erratic behavior

Withdrawal Symptoms

Although these will vary depending on the person addicted and the type of hallucinogen the user is withdrawing from, common withdrawal symptoms of most hallucinogens may include any mix of the following.

  • Flashbacks
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle spasms
  • Loss of coordination
  • Depression
  • Hyperthermia
  • Frank psychosis
  • Permanent post-hallucinogenic perceptual disturbance
  • Long-term psychosis
  • Aggressive, hostile, or violent behavior
  • Zombie-like state
  • High blood pressure
  • Fear of going insane

Withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and extremely uncomfortable for the recovering addict. Before entering a rehabilitation facility for hallucinogen addiction, addicts may need to complete a supervised detox. During this type of detox, a medical team will supervise withdrawal symptoms and make the process as safe and comfortable as possible. From there, users can transfer to a hallucinogen addiction treatment program.

Destination Hope can connect you with a detox center so that you can take the first step in recovery and enter our treatment program. Call 888-358-8422 to get started.

Hallucinogen Effects

Today, it is most common for young people aged 18-25 to abuse hallucinogenic drugs. Hallucinogens are neurotoxic in humans, meaning that they have the ability to leave users with permanently impaired judgment. Impulsive decisions, unsafe sexual behavior, accidents, and suicide can result from hallucinogenic abuse.

Hallucinogens are well known for creating a psychedelic effect. This can include abstract, rapidly moving, intensely colored, and vivid visual hallucinations. This is often combined with anxiety and euphoria, among other short-term effects.

Common Effects Include:

  • Changes in the senses
  • Alterations in perception of time
  • Fluctuations in body temperature
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Feeling detached from own body
  • Visual hallucinations after trip has ended
  • Disconnect between reality and fantasy
  • Inability to learn new concepts
  • Alterations in mood
  • Memory loss

Getting Hallucinogen Addiction Help

Destination Hope offers both inpatient and intensive outpatient hallucinogen addiction treatment programs. When you decide to enter rehab, our admissions specialists will determine which program will be best for you. Ongoing treatment is crucial for staying sober long term, which is why we offer a variety of programs that will help former hallucinogen addicts stay focused on sobriety.

You’re only one step away from conquering a hallucinogen addiction. Contact Destination Hope to get started on your path to recovery.

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