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Hallucinogen Addiction

Overcome Hallucinogen Dependency at New Hope Ranch

In the 1960s, hallucinogens, primarily lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD or acid), became an icon of the counter-cultural revolution. Other commonly used hallucinogens that have come out of this era include phencyclidine (PCP), peyote, ketamine and psilocybin (magic mushrooms). While hallucinogens aren’t as popular as they once were, in 2013, more than 30 million Americans age 12 and older admitted to using hallucinogens in their lifetime. Users of hallucinogens see and hear things that aren’t there or happening, creating a new reality. If you or someone you know has formed a hallucinogen addiction, you need to recognize the signs and find help to avoid the long-term effects.

Explore the Signs and Effects of Hallucinogen Usage

Although you can take hallucinogens in a variety of forms—pills, liquids and powders—the signs and side effects of a hallucinogen addiction are the same, including:

  • Inability to sleep and eat
  • Extreme paranoia and psychosis
  • Panic attacks and extreme anxiety
  • An overwhelming amount of sensory input
    • Bright colors
    • Tracers (lines that extend beyond a moving object)
    • Sensitivity to touch and smell
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Inability to focus on work or conversations
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Muscle spasms
  • Mood swings
  • Dissociative state
  • Amnesia
  • Appearing to be in a dream-like state
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Numbness in extremities, such as arms and legs
  • Irritability and argumentative
  • Violent or aggressive tendencies
  • Inability to stop using hallucinogens on your own

Any use of classic hallucinogens can lead to long-term side effects, including hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD) or continuous psychosis. Most people who have taken a hallucinogen experience a flashback or streams of lights in their vision at least once, and these flashbacks can occur weeks, years or decades after taking the drug. Hallucinogens that create a dissociative state can cause long-term damage, including memory loss, depression, speech problems and suicidal thoughts.

Get Hallucinogen Addiction Treatment at New Hope Ranch

When you’re faced with a hallucinogen addiction, you’ll find that recovery is easier with a helping hand. You need to work with a team of professionals that offer the right tools and understanding. At New Hope Ranch in Manor, Texas, just outside of Austin, we know the challenges you face in overcoming your hallucinogen addiction and can create a recovery plan to help you put your addiction in the past.

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