What is Hallucinogen Abuse?
Hallucinogens are a class of drugs used to enhance or alter mood, perceptions, and emotions. A common misconception is that these drugs cause hallucinations (such false ideas or beliefs), when in reality these substances are known to cause a change in thought and mood.
Today, hallucinogens are being abused by individuals as young as 12 years old. These agents are quite common among high school and college students due to their mind-altering effects. However, they come with serious side effects and potential risk of addiction. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 229,000 Americans ages 12 and older reported current (past-month) use of LSD and 33,000 reported current use of PCP (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013).
Warning Signs & Risks
Because taking hallucinogens can make one experience feelings of fear, anxiety, paranoia, and psychosis, their use can be extremely dangerous. Being in this condition can lead to accidents and even fatalities. In addition, the effects of these drugs can last a varying amount of time. The use of hallucinogens can have long-term effects, such as memory loss, depression, anxiety, and speech problems. If you or someone you know is using hallucinogens, please reach for help right away. We are here to help.
Hallucinogen Abuse Treatment
Treatment for hallucinogen addiction is aimed at providing a safe and calm environment for the individual while providing behavioral therapy. There is no pharmacological treatment for hallucinogen addiction, and individuals may continue to have a false perception of reality and may exhibit psychosis. Therefore, it is important to seek a treatment center where the therapy team is experienced in treating this specific addiction. As with all other substance abuse disorders, it is important to assess the individual for underlying co-occurring disorders, such as depression or anxiety. If a co-occurring disorder is left undiagnosed or untreated, the substance abuse disorder will most likely re-occur in the future.
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If you or someone you know is struggling, we’re here for you. Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program specializes in treatment for mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnoses, by creating unique programs to help every individual find their way to recovery. For more information, resources, or to consult with one of our specialists, call 714.828.0808.