According to a study from the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, “Flashbacks are defined as transient, spontaneous recurrences of the psychedelic drug effect appearing after a period of normalcy following an intoxication of psychedelics.” They can be very difficult to encounter, especially when you have not abused psychedelics in a long time, and unfortunately, there is no cure except time. However, there are some ways in which you can better cope with these issues.
Seek Professional Help
Whether from your personal physician, a drug abuse counselor, or through another channel, it is extremely beneficial to seek professional help for the flashbacks you have been experiencing. One of the most difficult issues that occurs for individuals who are undergoing psychedelic flashbacks is the depression and anxiety caused by the current experience, not brain damage that occurred when the drugs were abused. Therefore, it is very important to seek counseling and to be aware of any severe feelings of depression, anxiety, etc. In addition, “some antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs can be prescribed to help improve mood and treat psychoses,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Create a Routine
It can be very helpful to create a routine for your day-to-day life so you will not experience as many surprises or strange events that may trigger a flashback. Eat regularly, exercise, and get enough sleep as well so that you are not dealing with other issues that could be hazardous to your health. It is important to not withdraw too much, as you deserve to be able to live your life and you won’t be able to gauge when and if a flashback might occur. Especially if they are happening frequently, though, a routine is very important but should not consume your every thought.
Reach Out to Your Support System
Friends, family members, and other people who support you in your decision to stop using psychedelics will likely want to be there for you and help you cope with your flashbacks. If you are experiencing severe problems at night, it may be helpful to stay with someone you are close to who can help you if you experience a flashback. Generally, it can be very soothing to know that you have people who love and support you close by who can help you during this difficult time.
Do Not Abuse Substances
It is important that you stay away from drugs, alcohol, and other substances that can cause you to feel intense effects, especially psychedelics themselves. It may even be necessary to avoid caffeine and other mild substances as well. This is one of the best ways to cope with your flashbacks because, as the aforementioned study states, “flashbacks generally decrease in intensity and frequency with abstinence from psychedelic drugs.” In some ways, the best way of coping with this issue is to avoid psychedelic substances and to wait patiently for the flashbacks to subside.
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