People take hallucinogenic substances to escape reality or to try and seek spiritual revelations through it, as some mistakenly tend to believe. Known to be among the oldest known group of drugs, hallucinogens are found in plants, fungi or are synthetically produced in illegal laboratories.
Types of hallucinogens include mushrooms, peyote, ecstasy, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ketamine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and phencyclidine (PCP). Most hallucinogens are listed as Schedule I drugs by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) meaning that they have a high potential for abuse and allow for no accepted medicinal use. But the delusions that accompany different types of hallucinogens can quickly worsen and lead individuals down a dangerous path, obstructed by health detriments and winding into suicidal ideations.
Though it can be extremely tough to quit a hallucinogen addiction, treatment at an all-inclusive, accredited hallucinogens addiction treatment center can help one overcome their addiction and lead the road to recovery. Sovereign Health of Arizona provides evidence-based treatment options for hallucinogens within our comprehensive and customizable recovery rehab facility for women. Providing each of our clients’ evidence-based treatments clinically proven to be effective, our team of trained professionals provides each of our female patients with individualized care in a private, caring and tranquil environment.
Hallucinogens are mostly known for causing delusions as well as visual and auditory hallucinations. The drugs fall somewhere in between sedatives and stimulants, with properties of each. Hallucinogen users generally seek a sense of introspection or heightened understanding, but they can sometimes experience the opposite effect: intense anxiety and nightmarish delusions. In 2016, an estimated 1.4 million people or 0.5 percent of the population (aged 12 or older), an estimated 114,000 adolescents (aged 12 to 17) and 668,000 young adults (aged 18 to 25) were current users of hallucinogens.
Coming in a variety of forms, hallucinogens are typically taken orally or can be smoked. Some of the most commonly abused hallucinogens among students include hallucinogenic mushrooms, MDMA (ecstasy), and LSD. Psilocybin (mushrooms) and mescaline (peyote) induce effects similar to LSD. Mushrooms are usually ingested after being cured or ground into a pill, whereas mescaline is cut into dried slices of peyote cacti or pressed into a tablet form
Ecstasy (MDMA) can produce hallucinatory effects in higher dosages, although it is primarily used as an entactogen or empathogen, a class of drugs with the ability to reduce social anxiety by inducing empathy and a sense of connectedness with others. Although deaths due to ecstasy are rare, past deaths have been preceded by hyperthermia, water poisoning (due to over-hydration in anticipation of hyperthermia), and accidental deaths
PCP or phencyclidine, a type of synthetic dissociative drug, causes distortions in a person’s sensory perceptions, consciousness, memory and motor activity, and produces feelings of detachment from one’s body and the surrounding environment. When taken in higher dosages, PCP puts users in a trance-like state. Relatively unpredictable in its effects, PCP can either cause users to become incredibly detached or animated, sometimes feeling invincible or that they possess extraordinary strength.
DMT is quite possibly the most powerful known psychedelic compound, producing fully immersive experiences marked by a complete loss of connection to the outside world. The drug is derived from the ayahuasca plant that is native to Amazonian regions of South America.