During addiction treatment at Enlightened Solutions, we concentrate on some of the most addictive drugs from around the world, including hallucinogens. Hallucinogens have been known throughout history as a naturally occurring drug that is derived from plants such as mushrooms and flowers. In certain cultures, these drugs are considered a vital part of a devoted religious practice. During these types of religious practices, the drugs might be smoked, or cooked down into liquids that followers drink before taking part in cleansing rituals. For some, these natural herbs open the door to the spiritual world so they can feel closer to their spiritual entity.
In the western world, the use of hallucinogens has increased in popularity, and they’re abused by those hoping to experience something otherworldly. But because of the demand or the lack of certain ingredients, most natural ingredients are replaced by man-made substances meant to replicate these naturally growing herbs and other plants.
The common names for these hallucinogens are:
- LSD or Acid
- Magic mushrooms
These hallucinogens can come in pill form, or as a liquid added to sugar cubes or small pieces of paper called blotters that are taken by placing them on the tongue. Some of these drugs can be smoked or snorted, while others, such as mushrooms, can be eaten whole or crushed and added to food.
Why Hallucinogens Are Addictive
The key effect of hallucinogens is that they create another reality for the user that causes mind-altering visions or false physical feelings, even conversations, that are not actually happening. As with any drug that works against our natural chemical processes within the brain and body, those using hallucinogens develop an unhealthy tolerance and most begin to experience deteriorating health issues. Over time these drugs can induce mental health conditions, as they damage chemical pathways and the production of the naturally occurring chemicals within the brain.
Effects of Hallucinogens:
- Increased or irregular heart rate
- Nervous tremors
- Depression post-consumption
- Dry mouth
- Intestinal issues and digestion problems
- Heightened body temperature and chills
- Numbing sensations
- Loss of coordination
- Memory loss
- Death (in extreme cases)
It’s important that people understand that more often than not, hallucinogens are made with harmful ingredients that should never be ingested. These can cause serious irritations within your tissues and destroy your immune system, brain function and digestive system. Mental health conditions that develop because of an addiction to hallucinogens can create a double dependency on the drug, because real life experiences will not mimic the hallucinogen. This is where addiction comes from, since reality is dulled for these individuals. They find no interest in life and may often turn to alcohol or other drugs as well.
Enlightened Solutions Treatment for Hallucinogen Addiction
Our job is to help clients remove the need for hallucinogens from their mind and life. We work with clients to perform a safe, medical detox to strip the drug from their system and perform the right dual diagnosis therapy sessions to learn more about their dependency. Hallucinogens alter the chemical balance in the brain, so we must detox the system to calm any after-effects or mental health conditions that are induced by the drug. In holistic treatments, we cleanse the body and mind so that we can experience the world with a clear view. When the system is clean and ready for healing, we begin addiction and recovery therapies.
We create mindful exercises paired with meditation, yoga, and creative expression to allow those suffering from drug addiction time to explore their feelings. The goal is to reach inner peace, come to terms with our past, and realize the benefits of a sober future. At Enlightened Solutions, we are accepting and welcoming to anyone seeking to live a sustainable and healthy lifestyle, because by coming to us, you recognize that there can be fulfilling joy in everything you do without the influence of these drugs.