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What If Hallucinogen Trip Took You Too Far?

shrooms near the forest tree.

Hallucinogens are the type of drugs that alter a person’s perception of reality and make them see, hear, or experience things that are not there. They produce hallucinations and cause specific side effects such as intense mood swings with users going from a calm state to a highly agitated state within minutes. According to this research about hallucinogens, they are powerful psychoactive substances that alter perception and mood and affect various cognitive processes. Some of the most common hallucinogens are LSD, peyote, mushrooms or shrooms, and others. Hallucinogens withdrawal can be quite debilitating and can cause severe side effects that need to be monitored in a supervised facility.

What if you found yourself addicted to hallucinogens?

If you find yourself addicted to hallucinogens, you should not lose hope and immediately try to find a rehab near you this http://addictionresource.com/drug-rehab/locator/ will help you in the hallucinogen addiction treatment. Some people might use them excessively to escape reality, but it causes various harmful consequences such as paranoia, mood swings, altered thinking, and even memory and speech difficulties.

If a hallucinogen trip took you too far, you might experience flashbacks in which users share the same altered perceptions later on. This is a highly dangerous side effect of hallucinogens that can make the user cause harm to oneself or others when they are unable to respond properly to the actual environment. Therefore, getting treatment for hallucinogen addiction is very important to ensure the safety of the user as well as others.

shrooms in the sunny forest.

Enrolling yourself into an LSD rehab is the first step you should take if you are addicted to hallucinogens. Once enrolled, you will go through the process of treatment for hallucinogens addiction, starting with detox and moving on to other therapies.

Halluсinogen Detox

You can find many LSD rehab centers near you that can help you withdraw from hallucinogens and help you in staying sober even after treatment finishes. The first step in the hallucinogen treatment for addicts is detox. Although the time it takes for hallucinogens to leave one’s system is short, it does not mean that users should try to detox in their homes. Hallucinogen withdrawal can cause severe symptoms such as flashbacks, nausea, anxiety, muscle spasms, panic attacks, aggressive behavior, paranoia, psychosis, depression, suicidal or violent behavior, and other severe symptoms. These symptoms can start within hours of stopping the drugs and should be carefully monitored to prevent any kind of harm to anyone.

In the absence of a supervised and monitored environment, the patient can be in a position to harm himself or those around him. In rehab for LSD, the patient’s signs and symptoms are monitored throughout the detox process, and efforts are made to minimize these symptoms as much as possible. In a supervised environment, patients are more likely to complete detox and treatment with fewer chances of relapse after the treatment finishes.

The detox process for hallucinogens comprises stopping the consumption of the drugs and using medications to minimize and control the hallucinogens’ withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the type of hallucinogens involved as well as the extent of addiction, detox can range from a few hours to a few days for different patients. Once the detox has been successfully completed, patients may need to undergo therapies and other treatment modalities, depending on their individual cases.

Halluсinogen Rehab Program Overview

If you are looking for different programs for hallucinogens treatment for addiction, you might come across several other options in different settings. The most common and useful forms of treatment are inpatient and outpatient programs. In both types of settings, patients are offered a comprehensive treatment program that not only helps them detox from the drug but also addresses the root causes of addiction so that the patient can learn to respond positively to stressful situations and avoid falling into the trap of addiction in the future.

Inpatient or Residential Rehab Program For Hallucinogens Addiction

An LSD rehab center that offers an inpatient treatment program provides 24/7 supervision and monitoring for the patients in a safe and secure environment that is conducive to healing. Patients are offered medical support where necessary to make their stay as comfortable as possible during detox. Patients participate in various therapies and group sessions where they share their experiences and foster fellowship among themselves. Through positive peer support and encouragement, they are better able to complete their treatment and prevent relapse in the future.

Outpatient Rehab Program For Hallucinogens Addiction

Many LSD rehab centers also offer outpatient rehab programs in which patients come to the center for some hours of the day and are free to go back to their homes afterward. This gives them the liberty of continuing with their social, professional, or educational life alongside their treatment. Outpatient rehab programs are effective for lesser dependency and addiction cases. For more severe cases, inpatient treatment programs should be opted for.

Magic Shrooms Cartoons: What Is Shroom High?

visual hallucinations concept.

You may know them as something different from “Magic Mushrooms,” but “shrooms,” “booms,” and “mushies” are all nicknames that different people use to identify these psychedelic mushrooms. They are relatively easy to access – found all over the world – so it’s not exactly a huge surprise that they’re such a popular option for people that like a little bit of “high” fun, but what do mushrooms do to your body? When a person ingests far more than a single dose of magic mushrooms, they are likely to experience a “shroom high,” which may lead to some bad side effects of shrooms.

The active ingredients in these small but powerful shrooms are hallucinogenic – especially the psilocybin. Interestingly, magic mushrooms are also associated with some medicinal side effects – in a somewhat similar manner to marijuana. These extra qualities further increase the appeal of the drug for people that want to experience magic mushrooms’ effects.

magic shrooms.

So, how do shrooms affect the brain? There are cases where effects on the brain are permanent. Yes, some people genuinely never remain the same after ingesting magic mushrooms. However, these permanent effects are generally positive, and they commonly involve mood changes. Over time, science has tried to understand and collate shrooms’ effects on the brain and body, and the result of all that research has shown some pretty interesting facts.

Shroom Effects: What Do Shrooms Do To Your Brain?

Hallucinations

This is already a commonly known psilocybin effect on the brain, so it applies to magic mushrooms. The impact here is on the mind of the user, which seems just to go haywire when psilocybin is introduced. The results of your brain on shrooms here are hallucinations of very vivid proportions, including an exaggerated sense of smell, hearing, taste, and even sight.

Unlike some other drugs that only trigger specific parts of the brain at a time, one of the major shroom effects on the brain is the ramping up of overall activity in the brain, causing areas that wouldn’t normally interact with each other to do so. The results of all this activity are the aforementioned side effects.

Increased Physical Ability

For many people, another effect of mushrooms on the brain is the stimulation of neuropathways, which consequently leads to an unusual upward spike in physical strength. This magic mushroom effect is characterized by an extreme feeling of euphoria that is not too dissimilar to an intense rush of adrenaline.

Anti-depressant Qualities

With the constant discovery of new facts from ongoing scientific research, it has been discovered that another one of magic mushroom drug effects is an anti-depressant reaction on the brain. In fact, science is now leaning toward the fact that there could be a genuine, new – albeit untapped – class of anti-depressants for a brain on shrooms.

Psychedelics such as psilocybin bind to the same serotonin receptors in the brain (5-HT2A) that regular SSRI anti-depressants bind to. Considering the fact that SSRI anti-depressants are some of the most effective currently available to science, it makes perfect sense that the psilocybin effect on the brain is similar to that of SSRI anti-depressants.

Impact on mental illness

Yes, some research actually shows that using magic mushrooms for patients with mental disorders such as OCD, anxiety, and depression may have as much effect as a “surgical intervention.” Two separate studies cover this magic mushroom effect with facts involving real test subjects.

The first study (by Johns Hopkins University) showed that 80% of the subjects exhibited a significant drop in depression and anxiety levels up to six months after using a single dose of the drug. The second study (by New York University) showed similar results with 60-80% of test subjects showing reduced levels of anxiety and depression six and a half months after one dose of the drug.

Dangers of a Shroom High

Are shrooms bad for your brain? Among all the side effects that appear to be positive, there are a few things to note about the not-so-positive side effects of magic mushrooms. Chances of one or more of these magic mushroom effects on the brain are greatly increased if the dose ingested is a lot, and the user begins to experience a “shroom high.” Such side effects may include:

  • Discomfort
  • Dilated pupils
  • Distorted sense of time
  • Visual distortion of reality
  • Nausea
  • Clammy skin
  • Out-of-body experiences
  • Panic

At the moment, there is no allowance for further experimentation with the relationship between shrooms and the brain, but if ongoing research continues to point to positive qualities, that may change soon.

I am not a psycho!

This is the last post of my story. Thank you to anyone who has read along to this point. I hope it helps you or somebody you know.

In my last post, I told you how I was having hallucinations even when I wasn’t on drugs. I finally had a psychotic break and started attacking other students one day in class while I was hallucinating.

My school called the police and an ambulance. I was taken to the hospital and treated for a psychotic break and referred to the psych ward. I was to undergo mental health and addiction treatment, even though I protested that acid and mushrooms were not addictive drugs.

My parents were heartbroken. They knew I had changed but didn’t realize it was because I was doing drugs. I had done so much that, according to the doctors, I was having frequent flashbacks of my LSD use, causing the hallucinations.

I completed a 30-day in-patient rehabilitation program, where I learned that in a way, I was addicted to hallucinogens. I learned from therapy that I wasn’t chasing a high so much as running from reality. I learned to embrace reality instead without drugs. Just being away from LSD and bad influences for a month did wonder for me.

I took antipsychotics for a while to help stop the hallucinations; then switched to an antidepressant to help me with the negative feelings that had me exploring drugs to escape reality in the first place. I am still in therapy and consider it maintenance for my mental health. I think everybody should be in therapy, whether they have an addiction or mental health problems or not. We go to the doctor even when we aren’t sick for a checkup, why not see a therapist to check on our mental health?

The psychotic break happened in my senior year of high school, and I was too mortified to go back. I was able to get my GED and start college the following fall.

Now, just a few years later, I am almost done with my degree program. I am still on antidepressants, and they help me enormously. I have been sober since treatment, and am determined to dedicate my life to helping others struggling with mental illness and addiction.

I’ll leave you with this final bit of advice: don’t do drugs, no matter how safe you think they may be. If you do drugs and think you may have a problem, get help immediately before things get worse. If you have a loved one you think is suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues, talk to them about it.

No matter what happens, you can turn your life around. My negative experience with drugs and mental health helped set me on the path I am on today and gave me a mission in life. You can do it too.

Thanks for reading.

Your sober and happy Kim!

My Ayahuasca’s Cartoons

Hi there, it’s Kim! Thanks for coming back to read more of my story.

In my last post, I told you how my friend Zach had tried ayahuasca while on vacation in Mexico and came back to a seemingly different person. His experience made me so curious to try it, but I didn’t know how to get my hands on ayahuasca since it was illegal in our country.

The Spanish program at our high school offered a study abroad trip for students to explore a Spanish-speaking country. That year the trip would be to Mexico. Zach and I both signed up and excitedly planned how we would sneak away from the group to attend an ayahuasca ceremony.

It was my first time going out of the country, and that in itself was a significant experience. We were monitored closely and Zach and I got nervous that we wouldn’t be able to make it to the nighttime ceremony we had signed up for. Finally, our group leader released us for some recreational time before bed, and Zach and I were able to make our escape and take a taxi to the ceremony.

I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but there was no preparing me for what I experienced that night.

The master of the ceremony introduced himself and explained a bit about ayahuasca and what the evening would look like. He leads a small group of us, there were ten people total including Zach and me, out onto a sandy beach where a campfire was set up with cushions and blankets all around it. He sang a strange chant and then served us each a cup of the most disgusting tasting drink I’ve ever had. It was like a mix of mud and gasoline, and it was thick and gloopy. I held my nose to chug it down, then waited.

At first, nothing happened, and I thought disappointedly that it hadn’t worked. A few of the people around me were obviously feeling the effects, as they were giggling to themselves, or stroking their blankets, or screaming.

Then suddenly I started violently throwing up. That’s when I noticed each person had a bucket, and eventually, everybody threw up at some point in the evening.

It would take me years to write down everything I saw and experienced that night. I saw colors, patterns, and textures that I didn’t even know could possibly exist. I saw my parents, and their parents, and their parents. I saw the planets and the stars and the depths of the ocean and the core of the earth. It was like Zach had said; I was experiencing the secrets of the universe and becoming one with it. It was intense, scary, difficult, enlightening, and amazing. It was the best and worst things I’d ever done all at once.

Zach and I snuck back into the hotel where our school was staying in a daze. I didn’t know how I could act normal for the rest of the trip. I felt changed.

And I definitely knew I wanted to try that again.