90% of people are exposed to illegal substance before the age of 18.
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HHallucinogens, one of the most potent families of drugs known to mankind. For the past 40 years Hallucinogens, also known as, psychedelic drugs like LSD, PCP and Magic Mushrooms attracted Americans wanting to turn on, tune in and drop out. Almost all Hallucinogens contain nitrogen and are classified as alkaloids. Many Hallucinogens have chemical structures similar to those of natural neurotransmitters. These drugs are known to cause distorted sense of time as well as heightened senses. It is common for individual who are under the influence of these types of drugs tend to act erratically and irrationally. While typically Hallucinogens are not known to be physically addictive, the drugs have a psychological addictive nature.
The medical treatment for Hallucinogen intoxication and or withdrawal involves stabilizing physiological processes and treating psychosis. The patient may need to be monitored or for hostile or aggressive behavior. Here are a few of the most common characteristics of withdrawal: flashbacks, hostile, aggressive behavior, vegetative state, long-term psychosis, and permanent perceptual disturbance.
These drugs are very dangerous and in severe cases causing seizures, coma, brain damage and turning fresh minds into vegetables. Suicide is also a common occurrence with Hallucinogen abuse whether it be by accident or from painful mental depression. Hallucinogen overdose has the possibility to result in death. However, death that is caused by acute overdose of Mescaline, Magic Mushrooms and LSD is very rare. Deaths due to overdose usually occur from accidents, dangerous behaviors and suicide. Although some may be faced with fatal consequences from consuming plant material that is highly poisonous.
Inpatient treatment is a setting where an individual will stay at the treatment center for a specific period of time, typically for 30, 60 or 90 days. Consisting of counseling, group counseling and to change an individual’s surroundings that were present at the time of addiction development. This is usually best done by getting treatment out of one’s home town. Inpatient rehab also works to treat the underlining cause of the addiction psychological, history or environmental. This form of treatment has the best track record as it usually leads to lasting recovery.
An outpatient program allows an individual getting treatment for Hallucinogenic abuse s to go about their life such as work, and school. The individuals are responsible to travel to a clinic or facility several times a week to take part in counseling sessions and then leave, rather than living at a facility. The problem with outpatient is that the individual is still exposed to the environment that contributed to their addiction to begin with. This also leaves many individuals with addiction attempting recovery to feel like their programs are a burden or waste of time putting their recovery in jeopardy.
Do you think someone you know has developed a Hallucinogenic dependency? Have you seen them show anxiety, depression or dilated pupils? If so, you could need our help in convincing them to go to rehab. Fortunately, we have a team of trained interventionists that specialize in addiction and more specific Hallucinogen addiction that are waiting to help. We understand that your loved one has a disorder and we will treat them with the love and compassion that you not only feel but that they deserve. Professional interventionists are trained to handle conflict resolution for any personal attack that your loved one may feel. Find a specialist today!
There are many reasons to travel to receive your treatment for Hallucinogenic abuse. One of the main reason to travel would be to remove you from the environment where you’re most familiar and comfortable. This will enable your recovery for the simple and important fact that you will not be able to access your drug of choice on a tough day. We know that peer pressure is a real thing and in such a vulnerable state many have been more likely to revert. If you travel you won’t have that option and you are abler to stay focused and have success in recovery.
Hallucinogens can permanently damage an individual’s serotonin receptors to the point where they no longer experience their own senses the same way. It’s a possibility that the body will never taste food and drink the same way. The same way that a person may never feel or smell or experience things in the same way. For the unlucky, they could later find that their sense of smell has completely disappeared. The taste of an individual’s favorite food will never be like as they remember. It takes about 1-5 minutes for the user to experience effects after smoking or injecting the Hallucinogenic. If the drug is snorted or ingested, it could take up to 30 minutes for the drug to reach full effect. Even if the Hallucinogenic drugs are not known to cause a physical addiction, an individual may experience a psychological addiction.
Evidence has shown indication that select Hallucinogens have addictive qualities and that individual may end up developing a tolerance the drug taken. Similarly, some Hallucinogenic drugs have addictive properties that create a tolerance that is like tolerance to other drugs. A good example is LSD, due to LSD not being considered addictive. This is because the drug does not produce out of control drug obsessive behaviors. Although LSD does actually have the ability to produce a psychological tolerance, because extensive use does require an individual to increase doses to produce the same type of effect. Also this kind of use is very dangerous, given the unknown potential of Hallucinogenic drugs. Having developed a psychological addiction, one can become obsessed with the spiritual journeys that they experience, or even more so, they can develop an addiction to the sounds and visual effects produced.
Research on Hallucinogens does suggest that the drugs work by a temporary disruption of the brains communication system. This is due to Hallucinogens getting in the way of a brains chemical systems that are linked not only to the brain but to the spinal cord as well. Select Hallucinogens also disrupt an individual’s serotonin chemical in the brain. Serotonin is a vital chemical in one’s brain which regulates: perceived senses, sleeping patterns, appetite, physical temperature, moods, muscle control. Other Hallucinogenic drugs are known to interfere with the chemical glutamate in one’s brain. Glutamate regulates the function of: the ability to response to one’s surroundings, emotions, perception of pain, memory and learning. Overall, Hallucinogens affects one’s brain in the following ways. These ways are the most commonly known: experiences of a spiritual nature; relaxed and dissociative states; lack of coordination; anxiety and panic; psychosis; and paranoia, being extremely distrusting of people, places and things.
Black outs are not uncommon among people using the drug. Even years later this effect can linger and can cause a person to black out while driving or doing other important things. If a black out occurs while the person is driving or operating heavy machinery or even watching children, they could end up in a very hazardous or deadly situation. Many LSD users report having seizures while taking the drug. The drug itself may not cause brain damage, but seizures are known to cause it. Another contributing factor to addiction is that tolerance level is rapidly build up, it takes a couple days for the body to get rid of the drug, it has a low toxicity level and there are virtually no withdrawal symptoms from continued abuse.