Hallucinogen Addiction Treatment
Often associated with psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and ecstasy, hallucinogens profoundly distort an individual’s perception of reality. Hallucinogens can be either naturally occurring, like peyote, or synthetic. The danger of hallucinogen abuse is the chemical make-up of such drugs can vary greatly, to the point where individuals may consume, usually in the form of pills, capsules or vapors, a much stronger dosage than they intended to take. These are just some of the many reasons why professional hallucinogen rehab makes sense.
Effects of Hallucinogenic Drugs
While the long-term impact of hallucinogens is debatable, there is a possible link between some hallucinogenic drugs and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia-related conditions, schizophrenia and other mental conditions. Due to the diverse chemical make-up of such drugs, effects, often felt immediately, can last anywhere from half an hour to 12 hours or longer. Mood changes associated with hallucinogens depend on factors such as the amount of drugs consumed, a person’s weight and metabolism, and any other drugs that may be in the user’s system. Users can go through a variety of emotions, from feeling frightened for no real reason to “hearing” colors and “seeing” sounds due to an inability to perceive reality.
Additional effects of hallucinogenic drugs may include:
- Dilated pupils
- Elevated body temperature
- Increased heart rate
- Higher blood pressure
- Profuse sweating
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
Our Approach to Treatment for Hallucinogen Abuse
At Oceanfront Recovery, our team of professionals works to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient to overcome a hallucinogen dependency. In addition to treating the main addiction, we also address possible co-occurring disorders. Our goal is to help patients form a real- world view by realizing how their addictive behaviors are affecting their personal and professional lives. Clients are treated in a safe, comfortable environment where they can receive the support and professional assistance they need to start the recovery process.
Treatment plans generally include:
- Patient education on the dangers of hallucinogenic drugs
- Guidance on how to resist negative social influences
- Psychiatric and psychological evaluations
- Offering reliable “thinking tools” to provide personal insights