Hallucinogen Abuse in Teens & Adults
Perhaps the most widely known hallucinogen is LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), a synthetic psychedelic that was first produced in the late 1930s, and which was popularized during the 1960s. But LSD is not the only hallucinogen, nor is it the only drug with hallucinogenic properties to be regularly abused.
It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in ergot, a fungus that grows on rye and other grains.
Hallucinogens are primarily abused for their ability to alter the user’s perceptions or consciousness.
The 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) revealed the following about the abuse of hallucinogens in the United States:
About 36 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 14.4 percent of that demographic group) have tried a hallucinogen at least once in their lifetimes
About 3.7 million (1.5% of the population) reported having used hallucinogens in the 12 month prior to completing the survey.
About 1.1 million (0.4 percent) reported hallucinogen use in the previous 30 days
Hallucinogen abuse can lead to significant health problems. According to data collected by the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) in 2006, LSD was involved in 4,002 visits to emergency rooms. PCP was involved in 21,960 visits, and miscellaneous hallucinogens were a factor in 3,898 visits.
Hallucinogen Addiction in PA, NJ & NY
Hallucinogens do not produce the physical dependence that drugs such as alcohol and heroin do. But the ability of hallucinogens to impair a user’s cognitive abilities, and to lead to a desire for continued use, means that ending one’s hallucinogen abuse isn’t simply a matter of deciding to quit.
When trying to quit using hallucinogens or dissociative drug, users may experience symptoms such as memory loss and depression, which may last for as long as a year after stopping use of the drug.
With the risk of long-term cognitive impairments, psychosis, and paranoia, hallucinogen abuse can make it difficult for users to make wise decisions regarding their drug use.
Hallucinogen Treatment in Waymart PA
Treatment for hallucinogen abuse or addiction may include outpatient therapy, participation in a 12-Step support group, partial hospitalization, or residential treatment. Gods Mountain Recovery Center is the ideal place for women to recover from hallucinogen addiction and hallucinogen abuse. Contact us today for a FREE consultation!