Hallucinogenic Drugs: Get Help with Archstone Recovery
A hallucinogen is any drug that causes the user to hallucinate—to see, hear, feel, or even smell things that aren’t really there. Hallucinogenic drugs like LSD (acid) skyrocketed to popularity with the psychedelic movement of the 1960s, and have been declining ever since. The popularity of LSD has now decreased in favor of other hallucinogens that are easier to manufacture and more profitable to distribute, such as “magic mushrooms” (otherwise known as psilocybin), salvia, and club drugs such as ecstasy. Here’s a brief rundown on some of the most popular hallucinogens: LSD (acid, microdots): The granddaddy of hallucinogenic drugs, lysergic acid, or LSD, was so popular in the 1960s and 1970s that it gave birth to a whole psychedelic subculture of music, art, and literature. It is ingested through the mucous membranes on small pieces of blotter paper (called “tabs”) that are impregnated with the chemical, causes a “trip” that can last from a few hours to a few days, but usually averages about twelve hours. LSD experienced a steep decline in availability after the death of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia, whose touring shows were the backbone of the psychedelic drug culture.
- Mushrooms (magic mushrooms, shrooms): About 190 different species of mushroom contain the chemical psilocybin, which can cause hallucinations. Certain mushrooms long used ceremonially by Native American tribes have become popular in drug culture. They are usually eaten or steeped as a tea and cause extremely vivid hallucinations.
- Ecstasy (X, XTC, uppers, MDMA): This club drug rose to popularity out of the 1990s rave scene. It is ingested as a pill and acts as both a stimulant and a hallucinogen, making it popular for all-night dance experiences. It can also cause dangerous dehydration in users and is highly addictive.
- Ketamine (Vitamin K, Special K): Another club drug, ketamine was developed as an anesthetic before gaining popularity on the streets. Its hallucinations tend to take the form of out-of-body experiences, during which the user often cannot move. It is also highly addictive.
- Salvia (seer’s sage, magic mint): The herb salvia divinorum is native to Oaxaca, Mexico, and has long been used ceremonially by indigenous people there. It is still legal in many US states, and has thus risen in popularity. When smoked, it produces a shorter trip than LSD but is often quite intense.
Each of these drugs works in different ways. Ecstasy and ketamine are physically addictive, but LSD, mushrooms, and salvia are only addictive psychologically. They each have their own dangers, but what they share in common is that while a user is tripping, they are totally vulnerable and unable to protect themselves—from accidents, crimes, or sexual assault. If you can’t stop using hallucinogenic drugs, it’s time to ask for help. Archstone Recovery, a state-of-the-art drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Lantana, Florida, has specialists who understand the special needs of patients who are physically or psychologically addicted to hallucinogenic drugs like LSD, ecstasy, ketamine, mushrooms, and salvia. Escaping reality won’t help, but serious, holistic treatment will. Live in Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee or any other east coast state? No problem. Archstone Recovery helps people from all over break the cycle of hallucinogen addiction. For more information, contact Archstone Recovery today.