The use of hallucinogenic drugs is common in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse studies drug use and abuse among varying age groups. In 2017, they found that 15.5% of people aged 12 and older have experimented with hallucinogens.
This recreational use quickly leads to abuse. If you know someone struggling with hallucinogen abuse, get in touch with New Life House for professional help.
What are Hallucinogens?
Hallucinogens are drugs that cause hallucinations, which are illusions that distort reality. They often produce feelings of euphoria and relaxation. Sometimes, users experience negative illusions of paranoia and panic.
These drugs disrupt a user’s thinking processes and their perception of reality.
The use of these drugs can lead to:
- Legal issues.
- Negative effects on people in the user’s life.
- Psychological and physical addiction.
The addiction to hallucinogen negatively affects a user’s lives. New Life House can help your loved one combat their addiction and avoid these drugs’ harmful effects.
What Different Types of Hallucinogenic Drugs Are There?
There are many different hallucinogens. They are either sourced naturally or made artificially in a lab. The two main types are classic hallucinogens and dissociative drugs.
Classic hallucinogens cause visual and auditory illusions. Users can experience a distorted sense of time and amplified sensory experiences. Below are some common classic hallucinogens:
LSD is a man-made drug. It was first developed in 1938 as a way to improve blood flow. It didn’t fulfill this purpose, but it was found to produce hallucinogenic effects. LSD was marketed to patients in psychotherapy for its potential benefits.
It gained popularity as a recreational drug in the 1960s. Its popularity began to fade by the early 1980s, but it’s slowly making a comeback among recreational drug users.
LSD takes the form of a liquid, capsule, or dosed “blotter paper.” The effects of this drug are powerful. They can last up to 12 hours, even though most doses are only taken in micro-milligrams.
Most LSD users experience feelings of euphoria and intense moods. Users have psychedelic experiences called trips. During a trip, a user will experience vivid alterations of reality.
Long-term LSD use can lead to chronic visual flashbacks. These flashbacks often portray traumatic events. They can interfere with a user’s life and cause stress and anxiety.
Psilocybin is a compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms. These mushrooms are grown in certain regions of the United States, as well as in Mexico and South America.
Psilocybin-containing mushrooms are sometimes called magic mushrooms or shrooms. Users consume mushrooms by eating them directly or brewing them as tea.
Poisoning is a serious risk of using mushrooms. Users can misidentify the intended substance and accidentally consume a poisonous mushroom.
Peyote is a small cactus that contains the ingredient mescaline. It’s one of the oldest-known hallucinogenic drugs. Historically, it was used by the Aztecs in Mexico and some groups of Native Americans. It was used for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Today, some Native Americans still use it in religious services.
Others use the mescaline-based substance to promote the appreciation of art and enhance creativity.
The mescaline found in peyote is present in small “buttons” on the cactus. People eat these buttons directly or soak them in water to experience hallucinogenic effects. Sometimes, the buttons are grounded and smoked with marijuana.
Peyote’s effects take effect within one to two hours after consumption. From there, its effects can linger for up to 12 hours.
Peyote users can develop a cross-tolerance to other hallucinogens. New Life House can help your loved one achieve sober living and avoid experimentation with different hallucinogens.
DMT is a hallucinogenic chemical. It’s produced naturally in plants in the Amazonian rain forest. It can also be made artificially in a lab. It’s most commonly consumed by smoking it in its white powder form.
It has been discovered that trace amounts of DMT exist naturally in the human brain. These trace amounts are likely responsible for reports of near-death experiences and mystical encounters.
People ingest DMT to enter a relaxing, dreamlike state. They hope to temporarily escape reality and alter their sense of time or body image. Others pursue intense spiritual healing.
Users often consume it by drinking ayahuasca, a DMT-based tea. The tea produces short, intense periods of intoxication.
Users who enjoy a DMT “trip” may seek its use again. Its desirable effects make it likely to be abused. However, there are few reported cases of chronic use of DMT.
If you suspect a family member is abusing DMT, contact New Life House to seek help for their DMT use.
Dissociative drugs produce effects that oppose those of classic hallucinogens. Dissociative drugs cause feelings of detachment. The most common of these feelings include:
- Derealization: The feeling of detachment from reality.
- Depersonalization: The feeling of detachment from one’s body.
Learn more about specific types of dissociative drugs below.
PCP is also known as angel dust or rocket fuel. It was originally used as a general anesthetic. Its powerful side effects have resulted in its discontinued use in the medical field.
PCP can be swallowed as a capsule, injected, smoked, or snorted as a powder. Some samples of PCP contain PCC, which releases cyanide and results in poisoning.
PCP is especially dangerous when mixed with other substances. Mixing PCP with alcohol, cocaine, or narcotic medications makes an overdose more likely.
The prevalence of PCP use disorder is unknown, but 2.5% of the world’s population have reported using it at least once.
If your loved one is struggling with PCP use, allow New Life House to intervene. We help young men achieve sober living so they can avoid PCP’s and other hallucinogens’ adverse effects.
Ketamine also has its origins as an anesthetic. Today, it’s commonly used among teens and young adults in club settings.
It comes in the form of a white powder or a clear liquid. It can be smoked, injected, snorted, or mixed into alcoholic drinks.
Tolerance to ketamine develops quickly. Some cases of physical dependence have been reported in long-term users.
New Life House helps users of hallucinogens, no matter the type, achieve sobriety. To get your loved one the help they need, reach out to our team today.
What Makes Hallucinogens Addictive?
Hallucinogens aren’t “classically” addictive. Users usually don’t experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
Because of this, a lot of people overlook these drugs’ negative effects. Users are often unaware of the effects these drugs can produce.
However, users have a high chance of becoming psychologically dependent on them. There is also a chance of users developing a physical dependence.
Users freely turn to these drugs as an escape from reality. They aren’t concerned about their long-term physical or mental health. They feel that temporary relief is more important.
Even though hallucinogens aren’t as addictive as substances like nicotine and alcohol, users can still develop a dependence on them. New Life House can help to intervene and get your loved one on the path to sobriety.
Why Do People Start Abusing Hallucinogenic Drugs?
These drugs have been used for thousands of years. Historically, people have used them in their healing and religious rituals. Today, they are more commonly used for recreational purposes. People use these drugs to:
- Deal with stress.
- Feel differently.
- Have fun.
- Undergo a spiritual experience.
Some of these drugs, like ketamine and PCP, have been used for medicinal purposes. People use these drugs’ history to justify their consumption as safe and effective. Ignoring the negative effects of these substances leads to their abuse.
Don’t support a loved one’s harmful habits. Enlist the help of New Life House to help your loved one cease the abuse of hallucinogens.
What Are the Symptoms & Side Effects of Abusing Hallucinogens?
Every user will experience hallucinogens’ effects differently. No substance affects all users in the same way. Know that a hallucinogen user’s body type, amount consumed, and environmental factors can all produce different side effects.
Hallucinogens can cause mental and physical effects. A user can experience any combination of the following effects.
Desirable Psychoactive Effects
Users repeatedly consume hallucinogens to feel good. Some general desirable effects that have been reported include:
- Spiritual experiences.
- Altered perception of body image.
- Diminished response to pain or bodily numbness.
- Euphoric feelings.
- Calming hallucinations.
Unappealing Mental Effects
Hallucinogens’ effects aren’t limited to seeing bright colors. Despite their reputation, hallucinogens can produce severe mental effects like:
- Cognitive impairments.
- Mood swings.
- Distorted sensory perceptions.
- Disordered thoughts.
- Traumatic visions.
Negative Physical Effects
Hallucinogens aren’t just mind-altering drugs. These substances can produce severe physical effects like:
- Dry mouth.
- Loss of appetite.
- Muscle stiffness.
- Increased sweating.
- Heightened heart rate.
- Increased body temperature.
- Respiratory issues.
- Heart attack.
New Life House recognizes the dangerous side effects of hallucinogens. Allow our team to help your loved one achieve sobriety and avoid these symptoms altogether.
How Can I Tell if Someone is Addicted to Hallucinogens?
It can be difficult to tell if someone is addicted to hallucinogens. They may be good at hiding their addiction. Or, a loved one may refuse to believe a user has a serious problem. Some telltale signs of hallucinogen addiction include:
Psychological dependence is the mental state that accompanies addiction. This type of dependence is most often associated with hallucinogens, stimulants, and inhalants. Signs of psychological dependence include:
- The user feels like they need to consume drugs more frequently.
- The user continues drug use despite recognizing its negative consequences.
- The user avoids their responsibilities and the people they love in order to use the drug.
- The user takes extreme measures to obtain the drug.
These signs of psychological dependence indicate addiction. If you notice these signs in a loved one, seek the proper help. New Life House can help your loved one achieve sober living.
Hallucinogens usually don’t result in physical dependence. However, tolerance can develop. If you notice a loved one taking dangerous measures to obtain a hallucinogen, they may have developed a physical dependence on it.
Physical dependence doesn’t necessarily mean addiction, but the two often accompany each other.
New Life House can help your loved one overcome their dependence on a hallucinogen.
If a loved one isn’t acting like themselves, they could be abusing hallucinogens. Some of the following behavioral changes may be easier to spot than psychological or physical dependence:
- Risky behavior (like engaging in unsafe sex).
- Problems with coordination (unable to walk straight).
- Poor perception of distance, space, and time.
Hallucinogen use shouldn’t be thought of as a phase. If you know someone abusing hallucinogens, contact New Life House. Our sober living facility will help your loved one achieve sober living. Our team will:
- Show your loved one that they can live normally without these substances.
- Minimize feelings of stress in your loved one’s everyday life.
- Offer comprehensive emotional support.
If you suspect your loved one is addicted to these substances, contact New Life House to get them the help they need.
How Does Someone Detox from a Hallucinogenic Drug?
No FDA-approved medications exist to treat hallucinogen addiction. Behavioral treatment plans have been proven to help users. Research is constantly being conducted to find the most effective treatment plans.
New Life House serves as an all-inclusive recovery facility. We work with each patient individually and teach them that fulfillment is possible without hallucinogens.
If your loved one has gone through detox, contact New Life House to learn how we can help.
How Can New Life House Help?
New Life House provides a safe environment for your loved one to recover from their addiction. We offer in-house meetings and positive peer collaboration. Our comprehensive structure eliminates distractions so your loved one can achieve sober living.
Get in touch with us today to help your loved one overcome their hallucinogen addiction. Contact us through our website, or give us a call at (888) 357-7577.