Residential Hallucinogen Addiction Treatment Centers in Newport Beach

Hallucinogens are a broad category of drugs named for their primary effect: inducing hallucinations. When ingested, these drugs create powerful sensory experiences that can last from minutes to hours. Some common hallucinogens include:

  • LSD
  • Psilocybin (or mushrooms)
  • Peyote/mescaline
  • DMT
  • Ayahuasca
  • PCP (Phencyclidine)
  • Ketamine
  • DXM (found in cold and cough medications)
  • Salvia

Although some people consider hallucinogens to be “safe,” they are actually dangerous drugs with the potential to cause enormous harm in the lives of those who use them.

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Statistics

According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the prevalence of PCP abuse is unknown, though it is estimated that approximately 2.9% of those ages 26 and older have reported using PCP at least once. Hallucinogen use disorders involving other hallucinogens are rather rare, with a maximum of about 0.6% among individuals between 18 and 29 years old. However, rates are much higher among individuals in treatment at a rehab center, with 19% having used hallucinogens in the past year.

Causes and Risk Factors for Hallucinogen Abuse

Research on the risk factors for hallucinogen abuse is somewhat limited. However, some trends have emerged in the research, including:

Genetic: The variance in risk associated with genetics, according to research on male twins, ranges from 26% to 79%.

Environmental: The effect of environmental influences on one’s risk of hallucinogen abuse is somewhat inconsistent, and further research must be done in order to fully explore the role that a person’s environment plays in determining his or her risk of developing a hallucinogen use disorder.

Risk Factors:

  • Lower educational attainment
  • Presence of other mental health and substance use disorders
  • History of risk-taking or illegal behaviors
  • Previous use of other drugs
  • Associating with peers who use drugs
  • Having a sensation-seeking temperament

Signs and Symptoms of Hallucinogen Abuse

Those who abuse hallucinogens may share a common set of signs and symptoms, which may include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Neglecting important activities in favor of using
  • Continuing to use hallucinogens even in situations where doing so can be hazardous
  • Using hallucinogens despite being aware of significant problems caused by use of the drug
  • Unsuccessful efforts to reduce hallucinogen use
  • Spending excessive time acquiring, using, or recovering from use of hallucinogens
  • Failing to fulfill major role obligations due to hallucinogen use
  • Using hallucinogens over a longer period of time than originally intended

Physical symptoms:

  • Eye twitching
  • Dilated pupils
  • Blurred vision
  • High blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Decreased response to pain
  • Difficulty moving or speaking
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Loss of coordination
  • Changes in hearing ability
  • Seizure
  • Needing to use higher doses of one’s chosen hallucinogen in order to achieve desired effects

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Perceptual changes, including altered perception of time, synesthesia, hallucinations, or intensification of perceptions or sensations
  • Poor judgment
  • Feeling as though one’s environment is not real
  • Feeling as though one’s body does not belong to the person
  • Experiencing cravings for hallucinogens

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Experiencing social or relational problems as a result of hallucinogen use
  • Agitation or aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling as though ordinary events are especially significant to the person
  • Paranoia
If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Effects of Hallucinogen Addiction

If left untreated, hallucinogen abuse can substantially impair a person’s ability to function effectively in everyday life. Some these negative effects can include:

  • Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD), also known as flashbacks, which occurs when a person who is not intoxicated experiences symptoms that were first present during an episode of intoxication
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Loss of job
  • Financial difficulties
  • Relationship strain
  • Social isolation
  • Injury due to accidents, fights, and falls
  • Onset or worsening of mental health symptoms
  • Polysubstance use, addiction, or chemical dependency
  • Memory, speech, and cognitive deficits
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Hemorrhage
  • Seizure

Co-Occurring Disorders

Unfortunately, people who abuse hallucinogens often meet criteria for other mental health disorders. Some of the most common of these disorders include:

  • Other substance use disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Antisocial personality disorder

Effects of Hallucinogen Overdose

Effects of hallucinogen overdose: When a person ingests more of a hallucinogen that his or her body can safely metabolize or excrete, he or she will experience an overdose. Overdoses are dangerous and require seeking medical attention as soon as possible. Signs and symptoms of an overdose can include:

  • Respiratory arrest
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Tremor or shaking
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Seizure
  • Coma

Why Consider Treatment for Hallucinogen Abuse at our Rehab Centers in Newport Beach

Long-term use of hallucinogens can have a range of negative effects on a person’s life. Despite the possibility for these negative consequences, however, often people require professional assistance to overcome hallucinogen abuse.

At Sober Living by the Sea, we are proud to offer residential treatment for hallucinogen abuse through The Landing, The Rose, and Sunrise Recovery Ranch, our network of treatment & rehab centers. Often when a person is struggling with a substance use disorder, one of the most helpful methods of treatment can be to grant that person a chance to escape his or her everyday life and spend time in a safe, drug-free environment. Residential treatment and rehabilitation at Sober Living by the Sea provides 24-hour care for individuals who are hoping to overcome hallucinogen abuse and removes the temptation to relapse. By offering groups, individual therapy, family therapy, experiential therapies, and a host of other interventions, Sober Living by the Sea helps individuals experience their first 30-90 days of sobriety, and gives them an opportunity to learn tools for a drug-free life. With the help of our experienced and compassionate treatment teams, it is possible to overcome the influence of hallucinogens and begin the journey towards a healthier tomorrow.

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