Psychedelic drugs have been used for thousands of years in religious ceremonies. They alter a person’s perception of reality, and were thought to allow users to achieve higher states of consciousness, or commune with the gods. These same effects led to the abuse of psychedelics in order to get high. The hallucinatory “trips” have been a large part of the club scene for more than 20 years, and their use just keeps rising.
In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 17% of people have used a hallucinogenic drug in the last year. This is due to an untrue belief that psychedelics are not dangerous. There are a few things you should know to help you in spotting psychedelic drug abuse, and knowing when to get help.
Signs of Psychedelic Drug Use
The first thing to know are the signs of psychedelic use. Almost everyone who uses a psychedelic drug will enter into a “psychedelic state”, or “trip”. Some of the obvious signs of this are:
- dilated pupils and darting eyes,
- distorted perceptions,
- dramatic sweating or shivering (users of psychedelics are unable to maintain a normal body temperature),
- feelings of invulnerability,
- difficulty with speech, and
These effects can be dangerous in the right circumstances, and should not be taken lightly.
Signs of Psychedelic Drug Abuse
The next thing to know are the signs that psychedelic use has escalated to abuse. The signs of psychedelic abuse are the same as the signs of use, just to a much greater degree. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, psychedelics affect the brain by blocking or replacing certain neurotransmitters, and their effects may be cumulative and irreversible. Some of the side effects of psychedelic abuse include:
- an inability to feel pain,
- memory loss,
- blurred vision,
- motor skill impairment,
- depression, and
- the possible onset of schizophrenia.
These possible side effects highlight the dangers of psychedelics, and make knowing when to get help very important.
When You Need Help
Knowing when to get help can be the hardest part of dealing with psychedelic abuse. Many people have a misguided belief that because most psychedelics are naturally occurring, they are safe. This is simply not true. Though psychedelics are not physically addictive, it is easy to develop a psychological addiction. This is mainly due to the fact that tolerance is easily achieved with psychedelics, requiring more and more of the same drug in order to achieve the same effect. Not to mention the fact that the altered state of perception may be addictive in and of itself.
It is imperative to seek help for psychedelic abuse before developing the side effects. As stated above, they can be very dangerous, and possibly permanent. If you or someone you care about is using psychedelics, it is time to seek help. All of these things help in spotting psychedelic drug abuse, and knowing when to get help.
If you think you or someone you love has a problem with psychedelics or are looking for help give us a call at 1-800-895-1695. We can help.