Hallucinogenic drugs include LSD, Peyote, Psilocybin, Ketamine, Mescaline, Bath Salts, GHB, and PCP. Hallucinogenic drugs have many dangerous effects that users are often not prepared to deal with. Because these drugs highly affect the brain and the body, many dangerous incidents and conditions have occurred as a result of abusing them.
If you or a loved one are abusing these drugs, it is vital that you stop. Your life may depend on it! Wavelengths Recovery’s hallucinogen addiction treatment program will give you the help you need to get on the path of recovery. All you have to do is call.
How Hallucinogens Work
The different plants and chemicals that make up the group of drugs known as Hallucinogens alter normal brain function by disrupting messages between chemical systems in the brain and spinal cord. Hallucinogens also hamper the release of serotonin (the chemical responsible for regulating mood, sleep, sensory perception, body temperature, sex drive, and muscle control). This is why people who use Hallucinogens report increased feelings of euphoria, touch, and pleasure. However, repeated use can train the brain to become dependent on a Hallucinogen for a release of serotonin, instead of the brain producing normal amounts on its own. This is when addiction begins.
Hallucinations and Behavior
One of the most dangerous effects of any hallucinogenic drug is the behavior it can cause. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “While intoxicated, PCP abusers may become violent or suicidal and are therefore dangerous to themselves and others.” Hallucinogenic drugs can cause a lack of control.
Hallucinations are a common effect of these drugs and are often the main reason behind a person’s desire to take them. These hallucinations can be dangerous though, and with drugs like psilocybin, LSD or other hallucinogens, “a lack of control over thinking processes and concentration” may result. A person may get behind the wheel of a car when intoxicated, thinking they are fine, and seriously hurt themselves or someone else. Or they may see a hallucination which scares them and do something dangerous to try and get away. The behavior that individuals exhibit while on hallucinogenic drugs is extremely dangerous.
The short-term effects of Hallucinogens can include:
- Fluctuations in heart rate
- Intense feelings and sensory feedback
- Feelings of distorted time
- Dry mouth
- Anxiety or paranoia
The extended abuse of Hallucinogens can produce dangerous long-term effects, including:
- Speech problems and memory loss from repeated PCP use
- Bladder ulcers and kidney problems from Ketamine use
- Visual disturbances
- Mental problems
Find Treatment for a Hallucinogen Addiction
Currently, there are no government-approved medications to treat hallucinogen drug addiction. Behavioral addiction therapy is our specialty and your best course of action. The inpatient and outpatient treatment provided by Wavelengths Recovery is second to none. Our team is available to treat a variety of addictions and co-occurring disorders including Hallucinogens.
If you need help, contact our representatives and let’s get you started your journey to sobriety.