Psychedelic hallucinogens may not be as addictive as heroin or cocaine, but these drugs still produce many of the same effects – confusion, emotional turmoil, broken families and fractured communities. As teenagers and young adults turn to psychedelics as a means to escape the cold, hard realities of everyday life, these drugs only make day-to-day living more difficult over time.
The effects of psychedelic drug abuse on local communities accurately reflects the havoc these drugs wreak within a person’s daily life. From the effects on individuals and families, to rising crime rates and increasing drug trafficking, psychedelic drug abuse creates a ripple effect that impacts much more than just the people who use these drugs.
Psychedelic Drugs – Not So Harmless After All
According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, the year 2014 saw an estimated 270,00 people over the age of 12 abusing LSD on a regular basis. Considering LSD represents just one of many psychedelic drugs, actual rates of psychedelic drug abuse only increase from there.
Best known for their ability to produce “out-of-body” experiences, drugs like LSD, ketamine, mescaline and mushrooms interfere with core chemical processes in the brain to bring about these effects. Over time, this interference can change a decent, upstanding citizen into a shell of him- or herself as any sense of morals or values slowly fades away.
Effects on Individual Lives & Families
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, using psychedelics to escape the realities of everyday life inevitably leads to a range of problems, including:
- Employment issues
- Relationship conflicts
- Problems with the law
- Financial strain
In effect, psychedelics warp a person’s good judgment to the point where he or she can easily engage in dangerous behaviors, such as unprotected sex and dangerous risk-taking that causes injury to self or others.
According to the University of West Georgia, psychedelic drug abuse involving drugs like LSD and ketamine creates intense drug cravings and compulsive drug use over time. Maintaining a drug problem of this sort requires an ongoing cash stream that can soon deplete existing money sources.
Under these conditions, a person has little choice but to resort to criminal behaviors to finance a growing drug habit. As any sense of right and wrong has been warped by the drug’s effects, drug users can easily steal from family, friends, neighbors and even local community businesses.
Once there’s an ongoing demand for psychedelic drugs in a community, there’s a good chance drug trafficking operations will set up shop in affected neighborhoods. These developments take a tremendous toll on the families, and especially the children who live in these areas as drug activity naturally breeds violence and crime.
While psychedelic drugs may be way less dangerous than heroin and cocaine as far as addiction goes, they nonetheless have the same types of effects on neighborhoods and communities.
If you or someone you know is considering treatment for a drug abuse problem, please don’t hesitate to call our helpline at 800-609-2774 to speak with one of our addiction counselors.