Hallucinogens Abuse Signs & Symptoms

Signs of abuse and addiction to LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs or substances.

Signs of Hallucinogens Use

Most but not all users are under the age of 21. They may be used as “club drugs,” similar to ketamine or ecstasy, or for religious reasons. They may have paraphernalia lying around or the drug. While they are using the drug they particularly mellow or relaxed, fixated on inanimate objects, hallucinations, extreme terror, severe mood changes. They may not sleep or eat while on the drug. If you or someone you know is addicted to using hallucinogens, it’s important to get them the help they need before any self-harm or harm to others happens.

Some individuals believe the use of hallucinogens and psychedelics such as LSD, mushrooms, DMT, and mescaline is not harmful and acceptable for consumption in regards to religious practice. Regardless, they still have addictive properties and can cause lapses in judgement and brain function which may require treatment.

Addiction treatment for LSD & hallucinogens can vary in options and methods.  Recovery Ways offers multiple types of treatment for hallucinogen drug abuse including PHP, residential or inpatient treatment, sober living and intensive outpatient. Each of these options can assist in treating hallucinogen addiction symptoms and will do so in a dual-diagnosis setting, where both the addiction and mental health issue(s) is treated. While there are no known physical addictive properties of hallucinogens, detox may still be necessary, especially if multiple drugs are being abused at once.

Mental health can play a large role in LSD or hallucinogen addiction symptoms. Those who are addicted also may suffer from PTSD or other traumas which can greatly affect the type of treatment needed.

A successful recovery plan starts with effective, inpatient detox.

LSD addiction symptoms and spotting the signs of hallucinogen abuse.

Short Term Effects

  • Dilated Pupils, blurred vision
  • Escalated/decreased body temperature, blood pressure & heart rate
  • Sweating and/or chills
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tingling in the fingers or toes, tremors, and/or convulsions
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleeplessness
  • Extreme mood changes ranging from intense terror to “bliss”
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Paranoia, anxiety, depression, distress
  • Self harm or harm to others

Short term effects of LSD abuse can range in severity and length. However, being short-term symptoms should not deter from how dangerous they can be. If you or your loved one may be suffering from addiction symptoms it is imperative that you seek help immediately. If you have a family member that needs LSD or hallucinogen treatment, but do not want to approach them alone, you may find the help of an addiction interventionist very helpful.

Long Term Effects

  • Unexpected flashbacks or HPPD (hallucinogen persisting perception disorder)
  • Lasting psychoses
  • Severe depression
  • Death

If either the short-term or long-term abuse symptoms of LSD & hallucinogens continue to appear, you or your loved one may be in need of medical attention. Hallucinogens can cause serious mental health issues that will need to be assessed by an addiction specialist in a substance abuse treatment setting.

Find out how LSD abuse is treated and the importance of a medically assisted hallucinogen detox program.

Treatment for LSD & Hallucinogens

If you or a loved one is in desperate need of LSD & hallucinogen addiction treatment, we can help find affordable and effective rehab services that are right for you. Our admissions team are here to take your call, review your insurance and find out if it will cover the costs associated with addiction treatment.

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