We use drugs for many reasons: to release some stress after a long day, or maybe a celebration or it could be some underlying psychological issue such as fear or depression. You may want to get out of your reality because of how much it hurts you emotionally not just because of curiosity. Using drugs to cope with our everyday lives has been an answer for a lot of us.
It seems to work in the beginning but always ends up worse either psychologically, emotionally, physically or all the above and more. There is a family of drugs that have been known to take a user out of his/her reality and create an illusion of another reality and those are hallucinogens.
What Are Hallucinogens?
The definition of hallucinogens according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a diverse group of drugs that alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings as well as their thoughts and feelings. They are commonly split into two categories: classic hallucinogens (such as LSD) and dissociative drugs (such as PCP). Both types of hallucinogens can cause hallucinations or sensations and images that seem real though they are not. Additionally, dissociative drugs can cause users to feel out of control or disconnected from their bodies and environment.
Hallucinogens are not addictive in the usual way like alcohol or heroin is. In other words, there’s no evidence indicating users form a physical addiction. However, many of these hallucinogen substances do create a psychological need for the user to continue escaping from reality.
As mentioned above, hallucinogens may also have a high potential for abuse among those who are attempting to self-medicate depression or suicidal ideation due to its ability to so quickly stop these states. So while hallucinogens don’t usually lead to the type of physical addiction that results from the abuse of drugs such as Alcohol and Heroin it does impair a user’s cognitive abilities, and so the ability to just quit may be more difficult than one would think.
Can You Become Dependent on Hallucinogens?
When trying to stop using hallucinogens, users may experience cognitive, and psychological symptoms that make it difficult for them to stop their use of the drug. Also, if a person’s hallucinogen abuse resulted from a mental health issue, mood disorder, or behavioral problem, the co-occurring disorder may preclude stopping without professional treatment.
So with the answer to the question, “are hallucinogens addictive,” being no, not physically, treatment is necessary and is still available for people with this disorder. In the case of hallucinogens, it’s most likely a patient will not need to go through a detox process. But, there is still much evidence to support the fact that habitual hallucinogen users have psychological issues. Because their use of hallucinogens made it easy to escape the unwanted realities of their lives intense counseling and therapy should help people who have trouble living life on life’s terms.
We Can Help with Hallucinogen Addiction
At Allure Detox, we understand that even though you stopped using drugs that there is an underlying reason for doing so in the first place. Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment is the use of medication along with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and build a strong relapse prevention plan.
We at Allure Detox understand the importance of treating all existing disorders simultaneously. Our team of experienced and dedicated professionals is made up of men and women who have been in the addiction field and the mental health field for years – we know that for drug or alcohol treatment to be truly effective, all underlying disorders must be adequately addressed. We understand the complex ways in which one diagnosis affects another, and we provide thorough and comprehensive care, designed to successfully treat each of our patients on a highly individualized basis
At Allure Detox, we understand that to live a life of fulfilled recovery, one must tackle all existing conditions. Our team of qualified and experienced professionals will treat each individual thoroughly, focusing on mental health, physical health, and a return to emotional well-being. If you or someone you love has been struggling with addiction and untreated mental illness, we are available to help. Please feel free to give us a call today to learn more about our West Palm Beach dual diagnosis treatment program.