Our rehab facility in Southern CA Orange County offers Hallucinogens treatment and Inhalant Treatment that includes intervention, detox and therapy.
What are hallucinogen drugs?
Hallucinogens, or hallucinogenic drugs, are substances that produce intense psychological effects we would normally associate with dreaming, religious visions or schizophrenia. The user’s senses are affected, distorting reality or causing the perception that he/she is seeing, hearing or touching things that do not exist. LSD, mescaline, PCP and psylocibin (“magic mushrooms”) are the most common hallucinogenic drugs.
What effect do hallucinogen drugs have on the user?
The user experiences a break with reality. His or her perceptions of their surroundings are altered, as light, space, colors, the passage of time and other details metamorphose in the user’s senses. A user may recall speaking to someone, hearing music, eating food or smelling things-none of which actually happened.
These “trips” (using experiences) may be extremely pleasant for the user, or deeply disturbing. Given that whatever he or she is experiencing is only happening in the user’s mind, literally anything can happen.
What are the symptoms of someone under the influence of hallucinogens?
The most telling symptom is usually the user’s behavior: their eyes may be glazed over or closed, and their speech slowed. It is evident that the user isn’t in the “here and now.” He or she may be talking to someone who isn’t there, or describing their surroundings of sensations in bizarre terms.
Many hallucinogenic substances occur naturally in plants or animals, and have been used in various tribal rituals and religious ceremonies for thousands of years. The effects of most hallucinogens last for a few hours to several days.
What are the potential dangers of using hallucinogen drugs?
Many users report “bad trips”-experiences filled with paranoid thoughts, populated by monsters and other frightening images. In some cases, users have died, either by suicide or as the result of an accident while under the influence.
It is also possible for hallucinogens to cause “flashbacks”: an unexpected reoccurrence of the effects, sometimes months or years after using.
The opportunity to escape reality so totally through the use of hallucinogens creates strong cravings (the primary characteristic of addiction) among users. When this destructive habit is continued, the individual will need to go through hallucinogens treatment.
What are inhalants?
This category includes a wide variety of toxic chemicals that can often be found around the house: aerosol sprays, cleaning fluids, pain, paint thinner, glue, nail polish remover, typewriter correction fluid, felt tip marking pens, propane and gasoline. Inhaling the substance itself-or the fumes the substance produces-can cause an “instant high.”
What effect do inhalants have on the user?
When any of these substances are inhaled, they pass quickly through the blood/brain barrier, producing a stimulating, light-headed sensation. The effect lasts only a few moments, which is why most inhalant users repeatedly “huff” (deliberately hyperventilating the concentrated fumes). The user may feel dizzy and disoriented, sometimes experiencing hallucinations. He or she may become aggressive or simply pass out.
What are the symptoms of someone under the influence of inhalants?
In addition to appearing to be drunk, dizzy or dazed, users may complain of headaches or nausea. They may have paint stains or a strong chemical smell on their body or clothing. His or her breath may smell unusual. Because most of these chemicals are caustic, the user’s nose may bleed or become runny. The eyes may also be red, watery or bloodshot.
What are the potential dangers of using inhalants?
Using inhalants-even the very first time-can be deadly. Many substances rob the body of oxygen and cause the heart to beat rapidly and irregularly. This can lead to permanent brain damage, from the first “huff.”
Other health complications include loss of hearing, sense of smell and the ability to concentrate, eventually requiring the individual to go through inhalant treatment. This inability to concentrate may progress to short-term memory loss, resulting from the destruction of brain cells.