Nearly one third of mushroom users reported heightened levels of anxiety.


Over 1 million people have tried hallucinogens for the fist time this year.


Only 9% of people actually get help for substance use and addiction.

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What Are Magic Mushrooms?

MMushrooms containing Psilocybin have been classified as a schedule I drug. The characteristics of Psilocybin Mushrooms give users a mind-melting feeling. Psilocybin boosts the brain’s connectivity, which triggers hallucinogenic experiences. These hallucinogenic properties can be found in over 100 species of Mushrooms across the world. While Mushrooms are not illicit, the hallucinogenic properties of Psilocybin is illegal. The most common Mushrooms used for this drug activity is Psilocybe Semilanceata and Psilocybe Cubensis. These psychedelic Mushrooms have been used for decades for recreation, rituals, and religious rites in many different cultures.

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Do You Need Detox from Mushrooms?

Like other Hallucinogenic drugs, it is not possible to become physically dependent to Mushrooms. However, developing a tolerance can lead to increased dosage or encourage other drug use. Psychological dependency is slightly more common, particularly in those who use the Psilocybin Mushroom as a type of therapy. People who use it recreationally may continue to abuse it in order to maintain their euphoria. Since these types of Mushrooms lack physical dependency, there is also no detox or withdrawal period of Mushrooms that persist over time. As a result, it is uncommon for someone to go through a residential recovery program for Mushroom abuse only. The exception is when someone has developed hallucinogen perception disorder. This disorder happens as people experience flashbacks to past trips after using for weeks on end on a daily basis.
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Do I Need Rehabilitation from Mushroom Abuse?

Yes. If you are abusing Mushrooms to the point of developing a psychological addiction, you should consider getting help. It is very common for users to consume Mushroom with other drugs like PCP, MDMA, and LSD increasing the risk in developing a co-dependence. In most cases, this means that they are also abusing other drugs that do require treatment. Sometimes, a Benzodiazepine drug may be prescribed to stop agitation and seizures during treatment to ensure healthy brain activity. If this is needed, a residential treatment center will be required as seizures can cause brain damage and motor function impairment. As always an addiction goes deeper than stopping reoccurring drug use. Rehab promotes cognitive healing, healthy daily routine habits, and beneficial coping mechanisms when dealing with stressful life confrontations.

What Are the Dangers of Mushroom Abuse?

Mushroom abuse can put people in compromising positions that they would otherwise not find themselves without the drug while leading them to mix it with other drugs to further the high. Though there aren’t any real overdose issues with Mushroom abuse, the hallucinogenic component could make you take other drugs, leading to overdose.

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Effects of Mushrooms

Some of the signs and symptoms that determine whether someone is taking Mushrooms are as followed:

Sense of Well Being
Anxiety About Inanimate Objects
Positive or Negative Reaction to Physical Environment
Dilated Pupils
Increase or Loss of Appetite
Changes in Personality or Thoughts of Grandeur
Euphoria
Increased Heart Rate
Distorted Perceptions of Reality

The short term effects of Mushroom use are easy to point out. They are as followed:

Increased Blood Pressure
Increased Heart Rate
Changed Emotional Feelings
Rapid Breathing
Chills
Loss of Muscle Control
Lack of Coordination
Hallucinations
Violent Behavior
Aggression
Dilated Eyes

The long-term effects of Mushroom use often tend to mirror the symptoms people feel in the moment. It’s as if the person gets stuck in a feedback loop of delusion. Some of the effects are:

Flashbacks
Impaired Memory
Increased Bouts of Panic
Decreased Motivation
Increased Delusions

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FAQ

re Magic Mushrooms Poisonous?

No, Mushrooms do not poison your brain. Psilocybin Mushrooms are non-toxic. The National Institute for Occupational Safety And Health report Psilocybin is rated less toxic than Aspirin and Nicotine. However, the main danger is in mistakenly picking poisonous, non-Magic Mushrooms.

Can I Overdose on Mushrooms?

No. If you consume too much or too many, your body will expel or vomit the contents. That being said, a person who is under the influence of Mushrooms or any Psychedelic drug is unaware of their surroundings and has the potential to get into situations that can cause harm or death to the user.

Can I Get Addicted to Mushrooms?

You cannot develop a physical addiction to Mushrooms, however, you can develop a psychological addiction.

What is a Bad Trip?

A bad trip occurs when the euphoria is replaced with anxiety and fear. First time users are more likely to have bad trips as their anxiety or excitement of trying this drug is amplified by the psychedelic properties. Bad trips are characterized by intense feelings of paranoia, fear, and anxiety. This can be accompanied by threatening or frightening visual hallucinations: spiders, consuming shadows, blood, eyes staring at you, insects, monsters, skulls etc. It is extremely uncomfortable and traumatic.

Can You Smoke Mushrooms?

No, it won’t work.

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Withdrawal Symptoms from Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a physically non-addictive Hallucinogen. However, they can be potentially habit forming and a method of coping with stress. A user’s tolerance quickly increases and thus the drug has a reduced effect and could be considered a gateway to other drugs. The tolerance lasts for a few days and causes cross-tolerance with other Psychedelics such as LSD, DMT, and Mescaline. When coming off Magic Mushrooms the user may experience nasty film in mouth from ingestion, 24 hours of lethargic behavior, lack of motivation or decrease in appetite.

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Mushroom Overdose?

Though you can’t overdose on Mushrooms alone, you can poison yourself if you take the wrong Mushrooms. Those who forage for Mushrooms could accidentally poison themselves. Because there are so many different species of Mushrooms, many of which are highly toxic, it is all too easy to pick the wrong one. Inexperienced Mushroom foragers often don’t understand just how toxic some species of Mushrooms can be, and how much these look like a Psilocybin Mushroom.

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Inpatient Mushroom Rehab

Inpatient facilities are where clients stay in a facility for a period of time, typically for 30, 60 or 90 days. Professionals provide one on one therapy, group counseling, and family support meetings that remove the user from the environment that created the addiction (this is usually best done out of town) and provided the attention and support you and your addiction. 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.

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Outpatient Mushroom Rehab

An outpatient program is where the clients travel to a clinic several times a week to take part in treatment sessions and then leave, rather than living at a facility. This allows the client to work, attend school or go about their life as normal. The problem is the addict is still exposed to the environment that contributed to their addiction to begin with. However, with strong will and the honest desire to kick the addiction, out-patient can be successful. While this form of treatment isn’t for everyone, it is often successful and has done wonders for thousands of people in this situation.

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When thinking of different treatment options, people may often wonder about the perks and benefits of travelling out of town. Often times, the use of drugs introduces the users to a community of drug users and places the user in an environment that could compromise their well-being. When considering the importance of receiving adequate care, one should not make this decision without serious thought. Travelling out of town or state does possess the benefit of removing oneself from familiar routine, habits, triggers, local contacts or dealers, allowing for fuller immersion into the treatment environment. While you may have to put your life on hold with this option, it does have immense benefits if you wish to receive focused treatment with specialized options just for you.

taking mushroomsHow Do Mushrooms Feel When You Take Them?

Since Psilocybin increases brain connectivity through a psychedelic high, some effects of Mushroom user will experience include seeing intense colors and distorted shapes, synesthesia–where different sensory perceptions blend togetherseeing sounds, hearing colors and smelling sights. They may experience surfaces that seem to ripple, flex, shimmer, or breathe, perception of reality is distorted and may experience thoughts of grandeur, may feel strong connection with nature or objects, objects that warp, morph, or change solid colors.

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Holding an Intervention for a Loved One with a Serious Mushroom Dependence

Do you think a loved one is abusing Magic Mushrooms or any Psychedelic substance? You may need an intervention. An intervention gathers family members and friends to help address the person’s addiction. Often, people who suffer from addiction do not realize the toll they are having on those who they care the most about. They might need to hear from loved one’s that their life is worth it, that they are causing pain, and that people want to help them. Abusing Psychedelic substance like mushrooms can cause social separation from family friends and society, making an intervention more difficult. It’s recommended a professional be used to help convey love and respect with your message. We can help. Call (866) 578-7471 and find out how we can help you. They still are your friend or family member, they’re just going through a rough patch and need your help and understanding.

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Group Therapy for Mushroom Addiction

When people are addicted, it can isolate them from the people they love and care about. Their communications with people can devolve into asking for drugs or manipulating people into helping them out. This is no way to interact with humans. Because of this, people who struggle with addiction often have to learn how to rebuild their social skills. Group therapy addresses this need as people learn how to communicate again effectively. People in treatment spend anywhere from one to four hours in group therapy sessions learning various social skills and coping mechanisms. When people leave treatment, they will still have to deal with the various temptations of the real world. Life is painful. Learning how to deal with the various issues in positive ways can go a long way in making sure the person has lasting happiness and sobriety.

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family therapy and mushroom recoveryFamily Therapy and Mushroom Recovery

Addiction afflicts many different peoplenot just the abuser. People who abuse Mushrooms put themselves and their family at risk. Family members end up often enabling the person in their use or they end up getting abused by the person’s use. Either way, it has real impact on the family. As such, the family needs to heal along with the person who has abused drugs. In order to effectively recover from addiction, it needs to be a family affair. Unfortunately, the intervention is not the proper setting for family healing. It must happen within the context of a family therapy session within a treatment center. These sessions are conversational, not argumentative and headed by a therapist who is trained in crisis management. Healing the family provides a safety net for the family within itself and for the substance user once they get back from treatment.

at risk for mushroom abuseWho Is at Risk for Mushroom Abuse?

The greatest risk group for Mushroom abuse are young adults and college-aged people. This demographic generally seeks out things that help them feel closer to whatever they are looking for. Young adults are characterized by the need to figure out who they are and Mushrooms can make it feel like you are getting closer to the world, closer to who you are. This feeling of connectivity to nature, to the spirit world can drive a person toward addiction pretty easily. A lot of times, addiction is caused by a lack of connection. With Mushroom abuse, people find a drug that helps them feel connected to others. This can be especially hard for people to quitespecially for younger people who struggle with feeling alone. Addiction feeds on isolation. If you know someone who is struggling with an addiction, consider holding an intervention with them to help re-connect them with life. You are worth it. They are worth it. Addiction doesn’t need to hold the power.

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