Hallucinogens are drugs that take a user on a drug induced experience, often called an “acid trip.” During this experience, the person’s senses and reality are greatly altered. Hallucinogens are broken down into three different groups: psychedelics, dissociates and deliriums.
Hallucinogens are not considered to be addictive but a psychological hallucinogen addiction can be developed. The people that abuse hallucinogens get to a point where they do not think they enjoy life without the hallucinogens. Hallucinogen rehab is the best option once a user reaches this level.
Some aspects of a hallucinogen addiction are that tolerance is rapidly built up and it takes several days for the body to completely rid itself of the drug. Its toxicity level is so low that there are really no withdrawal symptoms. When hallucinogens are smoked or injected the effects can be felt within one to five minutes. When it is snorted or taken orally the drug effects may be felt in 30 minutes.
Signs that Someone may be Under the Influence of Hallucinogens
- Dilated pupils
- Rapid eye movement
- Feelings of being invulnerable
- Increased heart rate
- Distorted perceptions
- Weight loss
- Changes in personality
- Difficulty talking
The consequences for abusing hallucinogens can be extremely detrimental both physically and in the user’s everyday life.
Some physical side effects of both using hallucinogens, and in more extreme situations, an overdose, include:
- Respiratory failure
- Memory loss
- Blurred vision
- Dilated pupils
- Speech impairment
- Impaired motor skills
- Rapid breathing
- Sensory distortions
- Illogical speech
- Memory loss
Some psychological side effects include:
- Major depression
- Onset of schizophrenia
- Mood swings
- Feelings of detachment
- Suicidal tendencies
Personal negative effects include:
- Career failures
- Family tensions
- Disinterest in personal activities and hobbies
- Relationships with friends and others are cut off
- Financial hardships
Prolonged exposure to hallucinogens can expose the user to experiencing flashbacks. A flashback is when the person abusing hallucinogens goes through a trip after the effects of the drug have worn off. This can occur months or even years after the addict has stopped using the drug. In addition, someone who has been using hallucinogens for a long period of time can experience diarrhea and chills if usage is abruptly stopped.
Hallucinogen addiction treatment is different from most other drugs that are addictive. Most hallucinogen rehabs will focus on caring for the person and keeping them calm and stress-free. This is because there are really no pharmacological treatments that help with hallucinogen dependency. The focus of hallucinogen addiction treatment is helping the user live without believing they must have the drugs to function normally. A hallucinogen treatment center can help with this. Treatment for hallucinogen abuse should employ a holistic approach including behavioral therapy, intensive treatment therapies, and support programs. Overcoming a hallucinogen addiction is difficult. Success will depend on the hallucinogen treatment facility, the hallucinogen treatment therapist, supportive friends, and family, but most of all, the user admitting that they have a problem and then asking for help.
Here at Restore LA, we offer residential services and a variety of programs to cater to your hallucinogen addiction treatment. While specific plans differ between each client, each program has basic requirements that are similar to each other. You should expect to detoxify your body, talk frequently with a counselor and in groups, and work on the main causes of your addiction. Visit our drug rehab center in Encino, CA at 6918 Owensmouth Ave Canoga Park, CA 91303. 24/7 Admissions (818) 722-9019. On-Site Contact (818) 806-3914.