Hallucinogenic Drugs that are Addictive

Hallucinogens are a classification of drugs that have been around for a very long time.

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They are so popular because they cause the user to lose touch with reality. When you take Hallucinogens, the effect that is produced is exactly as the name describes – you have hallucinations. People experience this in different ways.

Some examples of the most common Hallucinogens are:

  • LSD
  • PCP
  • Salvia
  • Ketamine
  • Mushrooms

There are so many risks involved with taking Hallucinogens. You may cause harm to yourself or someone else, and both the short term and long term risks are quite serious. Even so, there are people who use them regularly as a way to cope. Perhaps you’re one of them, or you know someone close to you who is. If that’s the case, Hallucinogen addiction treatment centers are the best way to leave your life of addiction behind.

The Effects of Hallucinogens – Why People Take Them

People have been taking Hallucinogens for centuries, and they take them for the fun of hallucinating, as a way to cope with stress, or because they just want to disconnect from the world around them. Historically, Hallucinogens have even been used for religious rituals. This particular classification of drugs can be found in nature, or they can be man made. They’re taken in a lot of different ways too; including:

  • Swallowing them as tablets or pills
  • Ingesting them as liquids
  • Drying them for consumption
  • Brewing them into a tea
  • Snorting them
  • Injecting them
  • Inhaling vapor or smoke
  • Absorbing them through the lining of the mouth

Hallucinogens work by temporarily disrupting the communication between the brain and the spinal cord. Some Hallucinogens can alter serotonin levels in the brain, while others alter your brain’s glutamate levels. The result is a lot of different responses that range from sensory perception changes to lessening your ability to feel pain.

Hallucinogenic Addiction Information

Hallucinogen Abuse

Most people start using Hallucinogens because they’re curious about the effects they can produce. They may give in to social pressures just to try them out so they can experience what the high is like. Users refer to Hallucinogenic highs as “trips,” and sometimes these trips are good, but sometimes they’re not. While some Hallucinogens are more addictive than others, they all produce negative consequences prior to the addiction setting in. Some of the short term effects of Hallucinogens are:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Changes in your perception of time
  • Intense sensory experiences
  • Increased emotional responses
  • Increased body temperature
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleep disturbances

Some users describe their trips as allowing them “see sounds” or “hear colors,” and the idea of that type of high is intriguing to those who are curious about what their own Hallucinogenic experiences might be like. Hallucinogen abuse can easily lead to addiction if the drugs are used regularly for a period of time.

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Are You Addicted? Hallucinogen Addiction Symptoms

Using Hallucinogens for a longer period of time can eventually lead to an addiction. This occurs because your body builds up a tolerance to the drugs you’re using, and so in order to achieve the same high, you use more, and you use more frequently. As this happens, your brain begins to expect the drugs and the resulting chemical changes in order to feel normal. In some cases, people become addicted to Hallucinogens without really meaning to. You can tell that your Hallucinogen abuse has become an addiction if you experience:

  • Problems with your speech
  • Memory loss
  • Weight loss coupled with appetite reduction
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Symptoms of anxiety

You can even eventually start to have suicidal thoughts and ideations.

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Stopping Hallucinogens on Your Own: Hallucinogen Withdrawal

At some point, if you’re addicted to Hallucinogens, you come to terms with the fact that you’re harming your body. Hallucinogens are dangerous; both for you and for those around you when you’re using them. Even so, it’s not a good idea to stop taking them on your own. Doing so can result in a range of dangerous Hallucinogen withdrawal symptoms and side effects. You can experience a severely elevated heart rate, stiffness in your muscles, seizures, body temperature fluctuations and an increase in your blood pressure.

For some people, the psychological withdrawal symptoms that can occur when you stop Hallucinogens abruptly are even worse than the physical symptoms. Psychologically, you may experience:

  • Frequent panic attacks
  • Psychotic breaks from reality
  • Intense mood swings
  • Feelings of anger or even rage
  • A low impulse control
  • Problems with your speech

If you try to stop taking Hallucinogens on your own, these withdrawal symptoms can become so intense that you feel you have no choice but to go back to using again. This is what causes people to stay in a cycle of addiction, but going to drug detox can help you through Hallucinogen withdrawals, giving you a better chance of recovering successfully.

What to do if You’re Noticing Hallucinogen Addiction Behaviors in a Loved One

It’s possible that you have a loved one that you’re concerned about regarding their drug use. Maybe he or she has been telling that they only use Hallucinogens for fun, and they’re in complete control of their use. You can identify whether or not that’s true by watching for certain Hallucinogen addiction behaviors. You may notice that a lot of money is being spent on the drugs, or you could notice that your loved one is becoming withdrawn or having legal problems. These behaviors are all indicative of an addiction that requires professional Hallucinogen addiction treatment.

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