Hallucinogens, while not typically physically addictive, can nonetheless cause issues in a person’s daily life. For instance, people who regularly participate in hallucinogens abuse may ignore deadlines at work, struggle to concentrate during the day or isolate themselves from friends and family. Different types of hallucinogens can have different effects but the ultimate take away is that these substances are dangerous no matter what name they have.
What Are Hallucinogens?
Hallucinogens are a drug class that – as the name implies – cause hallucinations. Hallucinations caused by these drugs can be positive or negative in nature.
Other physical effects of hallucinogens include:
- Increased heart rate
- Mood swings
Scientists aren’t quite sure why hallucinations work the way they do, although they suspect it has something to do with the drug interrupting the signal between the spinal cord and the brain.
Types of hallucinogens include:
- DMT (dimethyltryptamine)
- LSD (d-lysergic acid diethylamide)
- Peyote (mescaline)
- Psilocybin (4-phosphoryloxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine)
Abusing all types of hallucinogens can lead to long-term negative effects including persistent psychosis, a condition characterized by paranoia, mood changes, disorganized thoughts and visual disturbances. Prolonged usage of hallucinogens can also result in flashbacks, or hallucinations while sober. For some individuals, these flashbacks can be so severe that they influence daily function, a condition known as hallucinogen persisting perceptual disorder, or HPPD.
Dissociative analgesics are frequently grouped with hallucinogens because they result in similar effects. For more information about dissociative analgesics, take a look at our associated webpage.
I’m addicted To Hallucinogens – What Should I Do?
Even though hallucinogens aren’t usually physically addictive, they can become psychologically addictive – in other words, people may feel mentally hooked on hallucinogens. If you frequently use hallucinogenic drugs despite their negative effects on your life, you may have an addiction to hallucinogens.
Because hallucinogens are not physically addictive, withdrawal symptoms are likely to be minor or nonexistent.
Some withdrawal symptoms of hallucinogens include:
Since withdrawal symptoms of hallucinogens are not severe, professionally administered detox is not necessary. Still, if you have attempted to quit hallucinogens in the past and failed, professional guidance may help you through this first step.
Treatment options for hallucinogens
Currently, there are no medications or behavioral therapies designed to treat hallucinogens addiction. Individuals who struggle with this addiction, however, should be able to benefit from common addiction therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, stress reduction therapy and support groups.
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