Hallucinogens, such as lysergic acid diethylamide (better known as LSD), were made famous by the counterculture of the 1960s. Peyote, phencyclidine (PCP), ketamine and psilocybin (mushrooms) are other forms of hallucinogens, some more popular than others depending on what year it is. These drugs create hallucinations—hence its name—for the user, where they see and imagine things that don’t exist. Even famous children’s stories like “Alice in Wonderland” or “Dumbo” reference such imagery related to hallucinogens. Long-term effects of hallucinogens can be quite harmful but treatment for this addiction is available.
Overcome Hallucinogen Addiction at New Life
Signs & Effects of Hallucinogen Use
People who take hallucinogens (which can be ingested in a number of ways—from pills to liquids to snorting) experience these signs and symptoms:
- Rapid heart rate
- Sensory overload (seeing bright colors, sensitivity to touch, etc.)
- Loss of appetite
- Sleep deprivation
- Panic and anxiety
- Paranoia and psychosis
Long-term effects of classic hallucinogens (such as LSD) can consist of persistent psychosis or hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD), which cause flashbacks (visual disturbances) days or even a year after taking the drug. Dissociative hallucinogens (such as PCP or ketamine) can cause long-term effects like problems with speech, loss of memory, anxiety and depression or suicidal thoughts.
Hallucinogen Treatment at New Life
Although some hallucinogens haven’t been fully classified as addictive, the effects on the body if ingested on a regular basis can be very harmful, particularly to the brain. If you or someone you love has a problem using hallucinogens, New Life can step in to help. We will find the appropriate treatment program and modality so you can lead a life that’s not dependent on taking hallucinogens as an unhealthy coping mechanism.