Hallucinogen Use Disorder

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What is Hallucinogen?

Hallucinogens are drugs that change the users’ perception of their surroundings, emotions, and thoughts. They trigger visions and sensations that seem real to the users, although they are not. Hallucinogens also cause users to feel a sense of disconnection from their surroundings and even from their bodies.

Some of the most common types of hallucinogens include LSD or acid, which is an odorless and colorless drug; psilocybin, which is derived from mushrooms and cause anxiety and confusion; and peyote, which can be mixed with marijuana or tobacco and have street names like cactus or mesc. Other hallucinogens include PCP, also called Peace Pill or Angel Dust; ketamine, which is also used as a date-rape drug; DXM, which is a cough suppressant; and salvia, which can be inhaled or smoked.

The different chemical compounds and plants used to manufacture hallucinogens disrupt the communication between the spinal cord and the brain’s chemical systems. They also stop the production of serotonin, the hormone that regulates sleep, mood, body temperature, sensory perception, muscle control, and sex drive. It is why hallucinogen use disorder often increases euphoria, intensifies feelings, and causes sleep problems.

Effects from Hallucinogen Use Disorder

Hallucinogen use disorder is rampant in the United States. A 2017 drug use survey showed that about 17 percent of 18 to 25-year-old Americans abused hallucinogens at one point in their life. People turn to hallucinogens to enjoy the intense high this drug can give, causing them to have an out-of-body experience.

Aside from hallucinations that make users feel, see, and hear things that are not real, classic hallucinogens can also result in short-term effects like:

  • Increased blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, or breathing rate
  • A different sense of time
  • Intense sensory experiences and emotions
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Sense of relaxation
  • Excessive sweating
  • Panic
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Bizarre behavior

Severe use of hallucinogens can cause long-term effects such as:

  • Mental problems
  • Flashbacks
  • Paranoia
  • Kidney problems and bladder ulcers from extended Ketamine use
  • Speech problems from frequent PCP use
  • Memory loss
  • Visual disturbances

Get Professional Help

Before the effects of hallucinogen use get worse and become long-term, contact an addiction clinic immediately. Dr. Andrei Dokukin and his experienced team can provide a comprehensive treatment to break the cycle of substance abuse. We believe in the importance of early intervention to improve our clients’ chances of recovery.

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Dr. Andrei Dokukin can help you manage a challenging addiction. Feel free to call us and let’s talk about your needs.