People often assume that inpatient drug rehab is reserved for heroin addicts, cocaine users, and others who have abused powerful narcotics. However, mushrooms and other psychedelics can also be extremely addictive. They affect the body differently from other substances, but people who abuse them still need proper addiction treatment. In order to prevent further abuse and help people in need, everyone should learn about the dangers of these drugs.
Often called “shrooms,” hallucinogenic mushrooms contain an active ingredient called psilocybin. There are nearly two hundred such species of mushrooms, and they can be eaten, mixed with drinks, or dried for concentrated consumption. Most users report LSD-like effects such as euphoria, hallucinations, and an overall disconnection from reality.
Many cultures throughout the world have used psilocybin to achieve spiritual enlightenment, and even to treat certain mental illnesses. However, they can still be extremely dangerous when used recreationally. Common side effects include:
- Anxiety, paranoia, and depression
- Recurring hallucinations
- Distorted perception
- Sickness from contaminated product
Other Psychedelic Drugs
Different species of psilocybin mushrooms are some of the most common hallucinogens. While they are illegal, they are also easy to consume, easy to obtain, and perceived to be safe. Still, the following psychedelics have also been widely used in the United States for the last fifty years:
- LSD: Lysergic acid diethylamide was first developed in 1938, and it became popular during the 1960s countercultural movement. It causes extreme visual and auditory hallucinations, and many artists have reported feeling more creative or spiritual while high. Unfortunately, LSD can also cause flashbacks years after quitting, and some users have developed permanent mental problems.
- Marijuana: Derived from the cannabis plant, marijuana is the most popular illegal drug in the world. It causes euphoria and hallucinations, and some users experience short-term memory loss. It may also contribute to schizophrenia, though studies on its long-term effects have been inconclusive.
- Peyote: A small cactus indigenous to Mexico, peyote contains mescaline – a chemical which alters people’s perceptions of time and consciousness. Most mescaline-containing plants are illegal in the United States, though some Native American Indian tribes still have special privileges to use it in certain ceremonies.
Are These Drugs Really Addictive?
Alcohol and most narcotics affect the dopamine pathway – the feedback system that’s ultimately responsible for cravings. On the other hand, these hallucinogens primarily cause the release of serotonin. This hormone also causes feelings of euphoria, but it doesn’t have the same effects on habit-formation and chemical dependency.
However, these hallucinogens can still be extremely psychologically addictive. Many people who use them do so to escape the harsh realities of their everyday lives, and they come to depend on drugs to feel good. Even worse, long-term abuse of marijuana and mushrooms has been linked to depression. They can reduce the brain’s abilities to use serotonin, and this leads to constant sadness in people predisposed to hormonal imbalances.
If you’re struggling with mushrooms, marijuana, or any other psychedelic drug, you need to seek help. Abusing these substances has long-term consequences, but you can still take back control of your life. Call the number above to speak with one of our dedicated counselors, and learn how inpatient drug rehab can help you.