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Hallucinogens can impact a young person’s ability to think, communicate, and understand what is real and what is not. Hallucinogenic drugs can also have serious long-term effects such as psychotic-like episodes, respiratory depression, and heart rate abnormalities.

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What Are Hallucinogens?

Hallucinogens are substances that alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings, thoughts, and feelings.

There are two common categories of hallucinogens: classic hallucinogens and dissociative drugs.

Hallucinogens cause hallucinations, which are sensations that appear real but are not.

Hallucinogens may be extracted from plants or mushrooms, and some are man-made. Hallucinogens have been used in religious settings, for rituals and healing, and more recently, they have been used for recreational purposes, especially among young people.

Some examples of classic hallucinogens include:

  • LSD
  • Psilocybin
  • Peyote
  • DMT

What Symptoms Are Caused By Hallucinogens?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2020, among people ages 12 and older, approximately 372,000 people had a hallucinogen use disorder in the past 12 months.

Because of its rise in recreational use among young people, it is important to become educated and aware of hallucinogens’ effects.

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What Drugs Cause Hallucinations?

Hallucinogens are drugs that cause hallucinations.

Hallucinations can include:

  • Feeling bodily sensations, like something crawling on your skin
  • Hearing sounds that are not real, such as music, tapping, banging, or footsteps
  • Hearing voices when no one is talking. These voices aren’t always negative; however, in some cases, they can cause someone to harm themselves or others
  • Seeing patterns or objects that are not there
  • Smelling an odor that no one else can smell

There are a variety of different causes of hallucinations. If you are experiencing hallucinations, you should contact a health care professional.

Dissociative drugs include:

  • PCP (Phencyclidine)
  • Ketamine
  • DXM
  • Salvia
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How Addictive Are Hallucinogens To Young Adults?

Some research suggests that certain hallucinogens can be addictive, and individuals can develop a tolerance.

A tolerance occurs when the body gets used to a substance and needs more of it to achieve its effects.

For example, LSD doesn’t cause uncontrollable drug-seeking behavior; however, a person who uses LSD may develop a tolerance, meaning they need higher doses to reach the same effects.

PCP can be addictive. Individuals have reported experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop using PCP, such as cravings, headaches, and sweating.

More studies need to be done to determine how addictive hallucinogens can be.

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What Is The Mechanism Of Action Of Hallucinogens?

Classic hallucinogens work by impacting neural circuits of the brain that involve the neurotransmitter serotonin.

Hallucinogens activate certain receptors, specifically 5-HT2A receptors, typically triggered by serotonin.

In doing so, hallucinogens disrupt the communication process, causing alterations in sensory perception.

What Part Of The Young Adult Brain Do Hallucinogens Effect?

Classic hallucinogens can temporarily block communication between the brain and spinal cord.

More specifically, many of the effects of hallucinogens happen in the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that is still undergoing major development throughout a person’s mid-twenties.

Hallucinogens can impact the brain’s chemical serotonin, which is responsible for functions such as mood, sensory perception, sleep, hunger, temperature, and muscle control.

Dissociative drugs can affect the brain’s chemical glutamate. Glutamate regulates pain perception, emotion, learning, and memory.


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What Are The Short-term Effects Of Hallucinogen Use In Young Adults?

Different types of hallucinogens can lead to other negative effects. For example, PCP can cause seizures, severe muscle contractions, and psychotic symptoms.

Short-term effects of hallucinogens can include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Intense sensory experiences
  • Distorted perception of time
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or temperature
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleep changes
  • Spiritual experiences
  • Sweating
  • Paranoia or panic
  • Loss of coordination
  • Psychosis refers to the disordered thought of being detached from reality


What Are Some Long-term Effects Of Hallucinogen Addiction In Young Adults?

Persistent Psychosis is a possible long-term effect of hallucinogen use in young adults.

Persistent psychosis refers to continuing mental problems involving paranoia, visual disturbances, changes in mood, and disorganized thinking.

Another long-term effect is Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD). HPPD is a condition that is characterized by recurrences or flashbacks of drug experiences that can happen days or over a year after substance use.

Both of these conditions can happen in anyone who uses hallucinogens, even after one time.

Long-term effects of dissociative drugs can include:

Speech problems
Weight loss
Social withdrawal
Memory problems
Anxiety or depression
Suicidal thoughts
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What Are The Withdrawal Symptoms Of Hallucinogen Addiction?

Someone with a hallucinogen addiction may experience withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Cravings
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Aggression or irritability
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks

Medication-assisted detox (MAD) can help individuals with a tolerance or addiction ease the withdrawal symptoms in a safe way.

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How Do You Know You Need Hallucinogen Addiction Treatment?

It may be time to seek help for hallucinogen addiction treatment if:

  • Hallucinogen use is having a negative effect on everyday life, responsibilities, and health
  • You are struggling with other co-occurring mental health disorder
  • You are experiencing withdrawal symptoms when hallucinogen use stops

If you think you or a loved one are in need of hallucinogen addiction treatment, it is important to reach out to professional help like a healthcare provider to receive a proper diagnosis.

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What Is The Best Hallucinogen Addiction Treatment For Young Adults?

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a common, evidence-based therapeutic approach used to treat various mental health and substance use disorders.

CBT refers to a wide variety of therapies and can be used individually and in groups.

CBT can be particularly helpful for young adults because it can help them identify unhealthy thought patterns and coping mechanisms and learn how to restructure them.

When using CBT as a treatment for substance abuse, some of the interventions that are included are:

  • Strategies to avoid triggers
  • Learning problem-solving skills
  • Coping skills
  • Increased self-awareness to help identify warning signs
  • Identifying the positives and negatives of substance use and being substance-free
  • Creating plans for likely problems


Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy that is also used for treating a number of different mental health conditions along with addiction.

DBT focuses on four main skills: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. These four skills connect to promote the balance of acceptance and change.

DBT can help young people struggling with mental health or addiction by targeting their unique thoughts and feelings that can lead them to destructive behaviors.

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Virginia Detox Center

15100 Enterprise Court, Suite 300, Chantilly, Virginia, 20151

Age Groups: Young AdultsAdults
Levels of Care: DetoxResidential
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Buffalo Grove Mental Health Center

195 N Arlington Heights Rd #101b, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, 60089

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195 N Arlington Heights Rd #101a, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, 60089

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Towson Mental Health Center

521 East Joppa Road, Suite 203, Towson, Maryland, 21286

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Different types of hallucinogens can be found in a variety of ways.

Some can be in the form of pills or liquids, while others can be snorted or injected.

LSD, for example, can be absorbed through the lining of the mouth using substance-soaked blotter paper pieces.

Hallucinogen-Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD) is a syndrome that involves prolonged or reoccurring symptoms that are related to hallucinogenic effects and experiences.

A person with HPPD may have these experiences days, weeks, or years after they’ve used a particular substance.

HPPD can be categorized into two groups. Type 1 HPPD typically involves brief, random flashbacks. Type 2 HPPD is usually more long-term.

HPPD is more likely to develop in people who have a history of mental health issues or substance use.

Hallucinogenic agents, or hallucinogenic drugs, produce hallucinations and illusions.

The effect of hallucinogenic agents is to alter thought and sensory perceptions.

Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to developing an addiction after drug use.

Young adults face many unique stressors such as things like work, school, relationships, and problems in their personal life.

Because of this, many young adults turn to substances as a way to cope. However, substance use can quickly lead to a number of different problems, including substance use disorders, addiction, and long-term health effects.

Additionally, mental illness is most prevalent among young adults ages 18 to 25. Substance use disorders and mental disorders commonly co-occur. Substance use and addiction can worsen the symptoms of mental illness and vice versa.

Young adult hallucinogen addiction is something that should be taken seriously. If you or a loved one are struggling with hallucinogen addiction, seek help as soon as possible.

People may use hallucinogens for a variety of different reasons.

Hallucinogenic plants have been used historically for religious purposes. In some cases, people may be trying to detach from reality, achieve “visions,” or get in contact with a spiritual world.

Currently, people still use hallucinogens for ritualistic purposes, along with recreational use.

Some people may try it to experiment or as a way of coping if they are dealing with stress or other mental health conditions.

It is important for people, especially young adults, to educate themselves about the effects and risks of hallucinogens.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some hallucinogens can potentially be used for treating certain mental health disorders such as depression.

Esketamine has been approved as a treatment for severe depression in individuals who do not respond well to other treatments. In this setting, the medication would be administered in a medical office as opposed to being taken home.

More research is being done on the effectiveness, safety, and potential of using hallucinogens as a treatment for depression and other mental illnesses.

According to Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, studies indicate that hallucinogens may have therapeutic applications aside from their potential for abuse.

Some types of hallucinogens have shown the potential to treat certain conditions such as chronic pain, headaches, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood disorders, substance use disorders, and psychological distress.

Research also suggests that hallucinogens may help improve symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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