Men often present signs of drug abuse differently than women, and it is important to be able to tell when a loved one has been abusing drugs, especially psychedelic substances. Call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) now to find a rehab program that will cater to your loved one’s needs and help them put an end to their substance abuse.
Signs of Psychedelic Drug Abuse in Men
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are differences between men and women who develop marijuana use disorders. These can be very telling because the main compound in marijuana, THC, causes hallucinogenic reactions. Other psychedelic drugs often create the same issues in male users.
Men are more likely to
- Develop a more severe disorder
- Suffer from a personality disorder, especially an antisocial disorder
- Suffer from multiple substance use problems
If someone in your life shows signs of these issues, there is a strong possibility that they could be caused by hallucinogen abuse. According to the California Administrative Office of the Courts, other signs of this type of substance use disorder include:
- While high:
- Irrational actions
- Loss of muscle control
- A distorted view of reality
- Dilated pupils
- In the long-term:
- Heart problems, due to the increase in heart rate and blood pressure caused by many of these drugs
- An increase in suspiciousness or paranoia
- A decrease in motivation
- Psychotic behavior
The short-term effects of someone on this drug are often the same across genders, but men have a tendency to become more aggressive as a result of their psychedelic drug abuse. Women are more likely to suffer from or develop anxiety disorders in the long-term, but both genders can experience depression.
Is My Loved One Abusing Psychedelic Drugs?
The abuse of this type of substance can be especially dangerous, as those who suffer from it are also dealing with co-occurring mental disorders most times and do not realize the severity of their abuse.
Though most psychedelics do not cause addiction, there are some that do, and all of these substances can create severe effects that may create deadly results.
If your boyfriend, spouse, father, brother, or another man in your life is exhibiting the signs of psychedelic abuse, as well as:
- Hostility when you bring up your concerns about their situation
- Signs of another, co-occurring mental disorder
- Extreme changes in his personality and habits
- Hiding drug paraphernalia in his home or apartment
he will likely need help in order to stop his dangerous substance abuse. Although many of these drugs do not cause addiction in the traditional sense, treatment is necessary for a safe recovery from all the additional issues associated with psychedelic drug abuse.
Seeking Treatment for a Loved One’s Drug Abuse
It may be time to seek treatment for your loved one, especially if his drug use is starting to affect you and the other aspects of his life. Call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) now to find a rehab center that will cater to your loved one’s needs and help him achieve recovery in the safest way possible.