Hallucinogens are a diverse group of drugs that alter a person’s perception of their surroundings, thoughts, and feelings. They are commonly split into two categories: classical hallucinogens and dissociative drugs. Both categories of a young man talking to his doctor about Hallucinogen addiction treatment programhallucinogenic drugs can cause hallucinations (sensations and images that appear to be real when they are not). Dissociative drugs can cause users to have out-of-body experiences. Hallucinogens affect brain activity by disrupting the chemical communication signals between different parts of the brain. Some hallucinogens stimulate serotonin, which affects mood, sensory perception, sleep, sex drive, hunger, body temperature, and digestion. It is crucial that you find a hallucinogen addiction treatment program to avoid the long-lasting effects of these drugs.

Many hallucinogens come from mushrooms or other plants, while others are man-made or “synthetic”. Hallucinogens have historically been used during religious rituals and medical treatments. Using hallucinogens alongside other drugs like alcohol, opioids, etc. is very dangerous and can lead to long-term health problems. The use of a substance abuse treatment program is necessary to overcome and addiction.

Common Types of Classical Hallucinogens

LSD

LSD is usually clear or white in color and has no odor. It is extremely potent, and users often only consume one drop at a time (on blotter paper). The most common street name for LSD is acid. LSD was first synthesized in 1939 and brought to the United States in 1949, and outlawed in 1965. 

Side effects of LSD include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Physical weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Heart palpitations
  • Anxiety
  • Delusions

Peyote

Peyote is a small, spineless cactus that contains mescaline (a type of hallucinogen). It has been used in various Mexican cultures for centuries. People consume the drug by eating cactus. Using peyote with other illicit substances is dangerous and should be avoided.

Side effects of peyote include:

  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Tremors
  • Elevated heart rate

Common Types of Classical Hallucinogens

Ketamine

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that can cause a person to feel detached from reality. Most ketamine for recreational use comes from veterinary medicine. The liquid is usually evaporated into a powder that is snorted or swallowed.

Side effects of ketamine include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dreamlike state
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Double vision

PCP

PCP comes in a variety of forms including tablets, capsules, and colored powders.  It has a distinct, chemical taste.  PCP can be snorted, smoked, injected, or swallowed. PCP is highly addictive and can cause violent, suicidal behavior.

Side effects of PCP include:

  • Flushing and profuse sweating
  • Disordered thinking and detachment from reality
  • Rapid eyelid movement
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lack of awareness
  • Poor muscle coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Violent, suicidal behavior
  • Coma

Addicted to Hallucinogens

Not everyone who uses hallucinogens becomes addicted and need an addiction treatment center, but a small percentage does develop a tolerance. Tolerance occurs when a person’s regular dose no longer produces the desired effects. When the drug stops working, a user will increase their consumption and use other dangerous drugs in an attempt to recreate the effect. When used regularly and in high doses, hallucinogens can cause psychosis and visual disturbances. People with an addiction to other illicit substances can also develop an addiction to hallucinogens.  For this reason, we have decided to offer a hallucinogen addiction treatment program. 

What can you expect at Spokane Falls Recovery Center?

For many individuals who struggle with substance abuse, the temptation to keep using without seeking treatment can be strong. In fact, although millions of people in America are addicted to drugs or alcohol, only one in 10 will seek treatment. This is because they might think that treatment is too costly, that it will take too much time out of their lives, or because they do not think that they can change. 

Spokane, Washington residents who find themselves addicted to inhalants can find refuge at Spokane Falls Recovery Center. If you or a loved one has become addicted to inhalants, please call us at 844.962.2775