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.
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As per the latest national survey data, approximately 12 lakh people in India have reported using hallucinogen.
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or Ecstasy or MD), Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) or Acid Paper. These substances are usally taken orally. Some forms may be smoked, snorted or injected. They are differentiated from most other substances in that most hallucinogens do not cause withdrawal symptoms.
Some hallucinogens, like LSD and Ecstasy are hard hitting. They often cause users to spend days using or recovering. On the other hand, those like DMT have an effect of up to a few hours. Tolerance to hallucinogens has been reported, along with psychological as well as autonomic dependence. Unlike other hallucinogens, Ecstasy has been reported to have withdrawal symptoms.Long-term use of ecstasy has been linked to damage to neurons, impairment in memory, sleep disturbances, and impairment in neuro-endocrine function.
Hallucinogen causes severe visual distortions. Stimulants cause increased heart rate, aggression, decrease sleep, decrease appetite and certain cases, paranoia.
In adolescents, other substance use disorders and major depressive disorder are associated with higher use of hallucinogens. Higher novelty seeking behaviours as well as high use amongst peers increases risk. Studies suggest a contribution of the genetic component to some degree.
Impulsivity and novelty seeking behaviours are linked to higher usage. Peer usage as well as family and social environment also influences.
Hallucinogens are known to cause dependence. For example, people can develop a tolerance to LSD, which requires them to take increasingly large doses to experience the desired high. But the drug does not cause physical cravings or compulsive drug-seeking behavior.
Research shows that certain hallucinogens can be addictive. MDMA is addictive because it acts on the same neurotransmitters in the brain that other addictive drugs also affect.
Medications are given to manage the craving or desire to consume Hallucinogens.
Quitting the addictive substance is the first step and the crucial beginning of a long battle against craving and relapse. Counseling is an essential part of treatment for all patients of addiction. Drug refusal skills, craving management, anger management, and problem solving skills are various skills to be imparted to the patient in counseling and help those recovering from addiction stay clean. Psychotherapy can also be used to treat the other mental health conditions that often contribute to addiction.
Addiction is more than a physical dependence on drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Even after detox, when physical dependence is cured, patients are at high risk for relapse. Psychological and social factors are often powerful stimuli for relapse, which include :
These factors can create ongoing, nearly irresistible urges to use various substances of abuse. Counseling helps patients escape craving and learn to cope with life, without falling prey to addiction. Several counseling therapies are available for addictions abuse, and no method is known to be the best. Likewise, no one approach is appropriate for everyone with addiction. At UMANG CLINIC, a personalized counseling & treatment plan will be designed to cater to each individual’s addiction problem.
Treatment enables people to counteract addiction's powerful disruptive effects on the brain and behavior and to regain control of their lives. In addition to stopping regular substance use, the goal of treatment is to return people to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and community.
Nearly all patients suffering from addiction problem believe at the outset that they can stop using drugs on their own, some succeed but unfortunately most relapse. The psychological and physiological dependence which the patient is habituated to requires professional treatment and guidance which increases their chances of being successful and achieve long-term abstinence.