Psychedelic drugs are growing in popularity at an alarming rate. There is a misconception that because many of them are natural, that they are also safe. This has fed into a campaign of marketing by drug dealers that psychedelics are a side effect free means of increasing your enjoyment at parties, clubs, and concerts. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, psychedelic drugs have a profound and possibly permanent, effect on the brain and how it functions.
Psychological Symptoms of Psychedelic Drugs
The psychological effects of psychedelic use are the main reason that people abuse them. They are believed by many to enhance experiences in specific environments, and considered entertaining. Unfortunately, they are also dangerous and unpredictable. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the psychological symptoms of psychedelics may include:
- rapid changes in mood
- hearing sounds that are not there
- seeing shapes or creatures that do not exist
- brightening of lights or blurring of features
- out-of-body experiences or feelings of floating on air
- increased sex drive
- “tracers” or light trails that follow moving objects
- paranoia and panic attacks
- feelings of contentment and well-being
While many of these symptoms may seem innocuous, or even desirable, it is important to note that they have a very real potential to be incredibly intense, and dangerous. Everyone is affected differently, and the unpredictable nature of these effects can make a user a danger to themselves and others.
Repeated use or large doses may even cause permanent brain damage, making treatment for psychedelic abuse very important. If you are using psychedelics and are worried about how they may be affecting your brain, call us today at 800-609-2774, so we can help you find the treatment you need.
How Psychedelics Act on the Brain
Psychedelics bond to specific chemical receptors in the brain, those responsible for how people think and perceive the world around them, and disrupt the normal balance of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Evidence suggests that the damage caused by changes in neurochemistry related to high or frequent dosages of hallucinogens can have far reaching and even permanent consequences.
Psychological Consequences of Doing Psychedelic Drugs
Repeated use of psychedelics or using them in high doses has been shown to be related to a number of neurological disorders. This includes mood and anxiety disorders, as well as depression. A still more frightening disorder that is caused by psychedelic use is hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder.
According to the National Library of Medicine, this disorder causes former psychedelic users to suffer random and intense ‘flashbacks” that mirror the psychological effects of psychedelic use. These can happen at any time, and can be disruptive and dangerous. Treating this disorder has had only mild success. Getting help for psychedelic abuse as early as possible is the best defense against this disorder.
Where to Find Treatment for a Psychedelic Addiction
There are numerous treatment facilities that specialize in psychedelic addictions. Finding the right one for your individual needs and desires can be difficult, especially if the psychedelics have already begun to affect your ability to think clearly.
However, we are here to help. Call us at 800-609-2774 and speak to a member of our knowledgeable and helpful staff. They can assist you in locating a treatment program that meets your requirements.