You Don’t Have to Face Your Hallucinogen Use Disorder Alone

March 3, 2021

Since OARS began in 2015, we have mostly treated patients with opioid use disorder. Through our experience, we’ve learned that many of our patients develop co-dependence on other substance use disorders as well.

According to Addiction Center, about 1.4 million people in the United States are regular hallucinogen users. A 143,000 of them are minors between the ages of 12 and 17.

Hallucinogens are mind-altering drugs that can alter a person’s surroundings, and even their own thoughts and feelings. It is commonly split into two categories: classic hallucinogens (LSD) and dissociative drugs (PCP). Both drugs can cause hallucinations: images or feelings that are not really there.

Common classic hallucinogens include: LSD, psilocybin, peyote, DMT, and 251-NBOMe.

Common dissociative drugs include: PCP, ketamine, dextromethorphan (DXM), and salvia.

Classic hallucinogens effect the brain by disrupting communication between brain chemical systems throughout the brain and spinal cord. Some hallucinogens interfere with the action of serotonin in the brain, which regulates mood, sensory perception, sleep, hunger, body temperature, sexual behavior, and intestinal muscle control.

Dissociative hallucinogens effect the brain by interfering with the action of glutamate, which regulates pain perception, responses to environment, emotion, and learning and memory.

In the short-term, the health effects of classic hallucinogens are:

In the long-term, the health effects of classic hallucinogens are:

The health effects of dissociative drugs in the short-term are:

The health effects of dissociative drugs in the long-term are:

If your loved one has a dependency on hallucinogens, look out for these signs:

If they exhibit any of these signs, seek treatment immediately.

OARS is continuing to expand its treatment services. We’re announcing that we now treat those with hallucinogen use disorder. Our treatment includes:

While there are currently no approved medications for hallucinogens, we are using off-label treatment in addition to the above approved treatment.

If you have any questions about our treatment options or want to learn more about getting into treatment at OARS, call us at 724-912-6277. We’re here to answer any questions you have to get help for you or your loved ones.