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How to Discuss Psychedelic Addiction with Your Teens

Listening to your teen's opinion about psychedelic drugs is just as important as informing them of your knowledge and concerns about them.

Unfortunately, psychedelics are a popular drug choice for teens and young adults. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a large portion of teens will try the different psychedelics before 12th grade. Many of the teens who try psychedelics will become psychologically addicted to them. This is why it is important to know how to approach your teen and how to talk to your teen about psychedelics.

Approaching your Teens about Psychedelics

Your approach is important, particularly if you suspect your teen is experimenting with psychedelic drugs already. Pick a time that is appropriate for the talk. If you are working, cooking, or otherwise engaged, this is not the time to try and bring the subject of psychedelic drugs up.

It is important that you pick at time that your teen is likely to listen. Make sure they are not about to go out or worried about homework or other activities. Just as you need to make sure that you are focused, you have to make sure that your teen will be too.

Explaining What Psychedelics are

Discuss Psychedelic Addiction

It’s important to explain the consequences of using psychedelic drugs and how the temporary positive effects aren’t worth the risks.

One of the more delicate issues with psychedelics is that many descriptions of them are attractive to teens and young adults. What you need to impart is what they are and the dangers of using them.

A psychedelic is a psychoactive substance that causes hallucinations and is thought to expand the mind. When you are explaining this, it is important to let the teen know that most of the positive effects of psychedelics do not last beyond the duration of the drug and the negative effects can last a lifetime.

Talking about Psychological Addiction

Because psychedelics are psychologically addictive, it is imperative that a teen understands what psychological addiction is. Psychological addiction is a mental addiction that is extremely hard to treat. It is not simply a matter of stopping the drug; it is a matter of reprogramming the mind to not want the drug. The process of breaking a psychological addiction is infinitely more difficult than breaking a physical addiction.


Part of talking to your teen about addiction to psychedelic drugs is listening to what they think. You can also discover whether or not they’ve tried psychedelics or whether or not they need help by listening to them.

When you listen, you find out what they know about the different drugs, long term, short term, and addictive effects. Some teens will already know what they need to while others might be operating under misinformation. A very common misstatement about psychedelics is they are not addictive. This is a very dangerous statement to believe. Although many are not physically addictive, some of them are and all of them can be psychologically addictive. It is important that your teen know the difference.

Spotting Psychedelic Drug Abuse and Knowing When to Get Help

Finding Help if your Teen is Addicted

If your teen admits a physical or psychological addiction, do not get angry or yell. Make sure they understand the need for help and provide it. There are many treatment options when it comes to both physical and psychological addictions to psychedelics. For more information about psychological addiction treatment, call us at 1-800-895-1695. We can help you find the treatment that your teen needs.

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