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Hallucinogens are a class of drugs that profoundly alter a person’s perception of reality (otherwise known as hallucinations). Users may see images, hear sounds, or feel sensations that aren’t real. Some hallucinogens are synthetic, while others come from plants or mushrooms or their extracts.
The most abused hallucinogens are:
Hallucinogens often cause rapid, intense emotional swings. While many people report having positive experiences taking hallucinogens, they may also experience a “bad trip.” This is when a person experiences fear, distress, or paranoia while on the hallucinogen—sometimes extreme. The more a person uses hallucinogens, the more likely they are to have a bad trip.
One of the most popular hallucinogens is psilocybin, also called magic mushrooms or “shrooms.”
Like other hallucinogens, psilocybin mushrooms cause a distorted perception of reality and sometimes produce euphoric feelings. Chemicals in the mushrooms are converted in the stomach into a compound called psilocyn, which acts on a certain serotonin receptor in the brain to produce hallucinogenic effects.
The effects of psilocybin mushrooms usually last between 4 and 6 hours. Several factors impact their potency, including the species, where the mushrooms are grown, when they’re harvested, and whether the mushrooms are consumed fresh or dried.
Physical side effects of consuming psilocybin can include:
Mental side effects can include:
Side effects can vary greatly from person to person. Some individuals may have a positive experience, while others may have a very unpleasant or frightening experience.
People who use psilocybin mushrooms regularly can develop a tolerance to its effects. They can also develop a cross-tolerance to other hallucinogens (such as LSD or DMT). People who repeatedly abuse psilocybin may have visual disturbances or “flashbacks,” which can last for a few weeks or even a few years.
Magic mushroom addiction is somewhat rare; however, since the drug can produce positive feelings like happiness and satisfaction, some people may feel a compulsive urge to use psilocybin—the hallmark of addiction.
Psilocybin withdrawals are more mental than physical in nature. After using the drug for several days continuously, a user may have trouble adjusting back to reality and may need psilocybin detox, possibly followed by a magic mushroom addiction treatment program.
RECO Intensive provides comprehensive treatment for hallucinogen and psilocybin addiction. Our psilocybin magic mushroom addiction treatment center in Delray Beach, FL is the ideal center for healing and recovery.
Our interdisciplinary team includes doctors, nurse practitioners, board-certified psychiatrists, therapists, yoga instructors, equine specialists, and others who work together to create a personalized treatment plan for each client.
If you or a loved one is struggling with psilocybin abuse, our team of qualified clinical and addiction specialists will help you find better ways of managing stress, anxiety, and negative feelings.
Contact us to learn more about our magic mushroom rehab programs and schedule a tour of our psilocybin addiction treatment center. Psilocybin recovery is possible at RECO Intensive.
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