Hallucinogens (an Overview of Abuse, Addiction, Signs, Symptoms, Treatment)

Hallucinogens are a class of drugs that can be abused for their ability to create perception-changing effects. Unfortunately, though, all of these drugs can cause serious side effects, and some of them can be highly addictive. Seek treatment now for your hallucinogen abuse by calling 800-654-0987; we can help you find the best rehab program for your specific needs.

Understanding Hallucinogen Abuse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Hallucinogens are a diverse group of drugs that alter perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions), thoughts, and feelings.” Hallucinogenic drugs are often abused for exactly these reasons by those hoping to experience perceptions that are outside the norm. However, the use of these drugs to create these types of effects is extremely dangerous in many cases and can lead to severe side effects.

Hallucinogens as a group include a number of different drugs:

Hallucinogens

Hallucinogens cause intensified thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

  • Ayahuasca
  • DMT
  • LSD
  • Peyote/Mescaline
  • Psilocybin
  • DXM
  • PCP
  • Salvia

Some of these drugs, like psilocybin, peyote, and LSD are Schedule I substances while salvia is not scheduled at all. However, any of these substances can create severe side effects when abused while some can cause dependence, addiction, and even death.

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Signs and Symptoms of Hallucinogen Abuse

Hallucinogens affect the brain and body in a number of ways. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, “Physiological effects include elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure, and dilated pupils.” Other signs and symptoms of abuse include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
    • This is especially severe when associated with ayahuasca.
  • Intensified feelings, thoughts, and experiences
  • Hallucinations
  • Strange sensory experiences including the blending of senses, distorted sense of time and place, or distorted perception of body
  • Depersonalization
  • A “sense of heightened understanding” (Center for Substance Abuse Research)

While the effects of hallucinogens can often be enjoyable, many individuals experience adverse reactions, also known as a bad trip. It is very difficult to predict whether or not a person will experience this type of negative reaction, and they can be extremely severe, sometimes causing

  • Paranoia
  • Panic
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Self-harm
  • Violence

If you think someone you know is experiencing a bad trip, try to speak calmly to them or take them into a darkened room with little to no stimulation. If they are dangerous or cannot be calmed, call 911.

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Hallucinogen Addiction

Some hallucinogens, like peyote, LSD, and psilocybin, are not considered to be addictive in nature. Others, like salvia or ayahuasca, have not been researched thoroughly enough in order for us to know for certain if they are addictive. But certain hallucinogenic drugs, like PCP and DMT, can be highly addictive, and the longer you abuse them, the more serious the effects of the drug will likely become.

While some of these substances are not considered to be addictive, they can still cause severe effects. For example, flashbacks can occur months or years after an individual experiences a bad trip, and these can often require treatment (Administrative Office of the Courts). And an individual who has taken an extremely powerful hallucinogen can experience such intense or severe effects that they may harm themselves or someone else, causing these drugs to still be very dangerous.

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Hallucinogen Addiction Treatment

Treatment for hallucinogen abuse and addiction focuses strongly on helping patients put an end to their substance abuse and heal from the negative effects that these drugs have caused. In most cases, behavioral therapies are the main treatment options for recovery, and patients are able to learn better attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs that can help them understand the dangers of drug abuse and avoid relapse.

Treating any co-occurring mental disorders is also extremely important in rehab for hallucinogen abuse. Any issues that are associated with these drugs and one’s mental state must be addressed and treated so the individual will not backtrack in their recovery. Being treated for hallucinogen abuse often requires large amounts of therapy, but certain medications may be helpful as well.

Seek Treatment Today

Hallucinogens are extremely dangerous drugs, whether they are addictive or not, and should be avoided in most instances. If you have been struggling with the abuse of any drug or drugs in this category, it is best to seek professional help in order to make real, long-term change. Call 800-654-0987 now to find the best rehab program for your needs.

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