Hallucinogen and Street Drug Addiction

Understanding Hallucinogen and Street Drug Addiction

Most hallucinogens don’t create a physical dependency or withdrawal symptoms, so physical addiction is impossible.

LSD. Acid. Purple Heart. Zen. They can go by dozens of names—some of which sound quite harmless—but hallucinogens are extremely dangerous. As the name suggests, these drugs cause hallucinations, but they can also spark sudden, unpredictable mood swings. During a “trip,” you may feel a complete lack of control over your body and mind. Because hallucinogens don’t produce the withdrawal symptoms associated with physical dependency, many believe that addiction is impossible. However, psychological addiction can occur and wreak havoc on a user’s life. If you or a loved one is addicted to hallucinogens, contact a treatment center for help today.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Hallucinogen and Street Drug Addiction

Most hallucinogens don’t create a physical dependency or withdrawal symptoms, so physical addiction is impossible. (One exception is PCP, which can be highly addictive.) However, users can still develop a psychological dependency on these drugs. It’s also possible to build up a tolerance over time, leading users to increase their dosage or frequency.

Yes. Even those drugs which aren’t physically addictive can have frightening side effects. Hallucinogens warp reality for users, and some can experience “flashbacks” of their hallucinations many years after they stop using the drug. The effects on the mind can cause panic attacks or even psychotic episodes. Individual street drugs come with their own lists of dangerous side effects. For example, LSD can cause high blood pressure, fever, and muscle tremors. PCP can cause delusions, paranoia, and other effects similar to those experienced by people suffering from schizophrenia.

Hallucinogens and street drugs distort your ability to recognize reality and process the world around you. As a result, you can experience unpredictable changes in personality, mood, and surroundings. In some cases, a “trip” can induce pleasant and mentally stimulating experiences. These experiences can contribute to a psychological dependency on the drug. Unfortunately, users cannot control or predict their hallucinations and can also experience “bad trips,” which include terrifying, anxiety-inducing thoughts and feelings.

The signs of a hallucinogenic episode are much different than the “highs” associated with most drugs. If someone you know is experiencing a hallucination, their sense of reality will begin to change. They may be more relaxed and sociable. They may experience senses in unusual ways, claiming to hear colors or see sounds. Someone experiencing a bad trip can become frightened and anxious, unable to escape their hallucination.

People can use hallucinogens and street drugs in a wide variety of ways. Some drugs, such as DMT and PCP, can be swallowed as tablets or pills. Others, like peyote, can be consumed as a liquid, raw, or in a tea. Ketamine can be snorted or injected. Still other street drugs can be inhaled or smoked. LSD can even be absorbed through the lining in the mouth with paper pieces soaked in the drug.

How Hawaii Island Recovery Can Help You Recover from Dependency on Hallucinogens or Street Drugs

Although most hallucinogens and street drugs are physically non-addictive, you or your loved one can still develop a dependency on these substances. A holistic treatment plan can help you recover from drug abuse and empower you to live a life free of drug use. At HIR, we use a multi-disciplinary, integrative treatment approach that combines effective, evidence-based interventions with experiential and holistic therapies. Examples include CBT, wild dolphin assisted therapy, and more. These therapies are administered within a 12-step program to provide you or your loved one with professional and social support for a full and lasting recovery.

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