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Treatment for Hallucinogen Addiction

What are Hallucinogens?

It is important to remember that addiction is a harmful disease and is difficult to discontinue or control. Some people get addicted to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, etc. It will not only hurt you; severe addiction may lead to death.


Hallucinogens are drugs, and it is also called “psychedelics’. These are the drugs that change the perception of a person. These drugs are synthetically procured from plants. Hallucinogens affect thinking patterns and change a person's sense of time and emotions. It can cause an individual to hallucinate, like hearing or seeing distorted objects that do not exist. There are a few types of hallucinogens. Some of these types are found naturally in vines, seeds, trees, leaves, and fungi, while others are made in a laboratory. We can say that hallucinogens are the reasons that a person can feel a disconnection from their body and environment. 


Some examples of hallucinogens are:



Effects of Hallucinogen Abuse

Individuals can take hallucinogens in many ways, such as smoking, ingestion, and inhaling. Hallucinogens can be linked with other substances and be a part of drug addiction. Some shreds of evidence prove people can get addicted to this drug. 


Hallucinogens and the brain:

Hallucinogens can temporarily interrupt the chemical system via a person's brain and spinal cord. Some hallucinations interrupt the action of the brain's chemical serotonin, while others interrupt the brain's chemical glutamate's activity. The brain's chemical serotonin balances sleep, temperament, sensory observation, body temperature, appetite, and muscle control. The brain's chemical glutamate balances responses to the surrounding, emotions, pain sensitivity, memory, and learning.


What are the side effects of hallucinogen abuse?

The side effects of hallucinogens depend on an individual. What is the quantity of the drug, which type of drugs an individual has taken, or is there any other substance included? 


These are some common side effects of hallucinogens:

  • Anxiety

  • Blurry vision 

  • Euphoria 

  • Dizziness 

  • Extreme relaxations 

  • Nausea 

  • Increase heartbeat, blood pressure, body temperature 

  • Sweating 

  • Misperception 


Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder:

Under the influence of the hallucinogen, if any adverse effects are shown in a person for more than 12 hours, it is called a “bad trip.” Bad trips may trouble you for a long time, and they can return. The significant sign of hallucinogen persisting perception disorder is a delusion. When you use hallucinogens, they will come to you as upsetting thoughts and bad dreams. It will warn you for weeks or a year. Some people consider it a medical disorder and treat it as a brain tumor.

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Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.

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How to Overcome a Hallucinogen Addiction

Some hallucinogens are not considered an addiction. If someone is addicted to hallucinogens psychologically or physically, then concern yourself with your doctor first. If it is the start of your addiction, you can take advantage by treating it soon. Otherwise, it can cause some health issues. Chronic usage of the hallucinogen drug can cause psychological problems that may end in weeks or a year. 


The first step is a hallucinogen detox, which will help you to recover from hallucinogen addiction and physical dependence. A hallucinogen detox provides clinical care to help you enter a hallucinogen rehab program. It also paves the way for emotional or physical treatment. Hallucinogen treatment programs help treat mental health issues associated with substance abuse. 


Inpatient and outpatient rehab are available for hallucination treatment, providing different therapies. The first therapy is behavioral, and the second one is specialized therapy. These therapies will help you better understand the addiction's root cause.


The clients work closely with their families and loved ones to grasp the intensity of their addiction. As we know, addiction affects not only the individual using the substance but also has effects on their families. Therapists work with them to heal their relational issues, reestablish their health problems, and identify the impact on their families. 

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Treatment for Hallucinogen Addiction

There are some different types of treatment available for hallucinogen addiction. Some of these are:


Inpatient Program

In this program, an individual does not meet their family members, friends, or anyone else because this treatment needs separation from everyone. This separation plays a vital role. The duration of this treatment depends on the intensity of the addiction, mental status, and substance abuse history. It can be covered in 30 days, 60 days, or three months. 


Outpatient Program

An individual must engage in groups, sponsorship, social events, and meetings for an outpatient program. This program is for those who are recovering and have some chances of relapse. It is also for those who have a low budget for their treatment.


Individual Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Individual therapy targets an individual with psychological disorders tied with addiction. This program also helps to reduce and stop the inappropriate use of hallucinogens. This treatment includes behavioral therapy for the patient’s recovery. Individuals can have a deep conversation with the counselor to identify the root cause of their troubles and challenges.


Group Therapy for Addiction Treatment

People engage with others who have similar struggles in a group therapy session. The method of group therapy may be more beneficial for you. It will help you remove your loneliness by communicating with others in the group. 


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The Bottom Line

If you or your loved one are struggling with hallucinogen addiction, contact a professional doctor as soon as possible. Hallucinogen addiction is not suitable for anyone; if left untreated, it will disturb your psychological and physical health. Untreated behavior of any addiction may lead a person to death. A licensed professional treatment counselor can help you by providing resources for treatment and helping maintain your long-term recovery goals. You can also choose any rehab center. Addiction treatment centers are available to everyone and offer a full continuum of care (sober living, inpatient rehab, aftercare services, detox, and other programs). 

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What are hallucinogens?
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