Shrooms Addiction: Causes And Treatment
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Psilocybe cubensis, also know as the Psilocybin mushroom is a fungus. We’ve known about this fungus since ancient times.
Nine thousand years ago, Psilocybe cubensis was mostly eaten raw or dry. Interestingly, they would even add it to other foods for flavor. Today, people use shrooms mainly due to their stimulant properties. Mostly, they get eaten if one wants “to go on a magic trip,” and maybe escape reality. The word “magic” in “magic shrooms” is for describing the many happy feelings one may have during a “trip.” Moreover, shrooms can also cause delusions, altered thinking, and synesthesia. Also, some other effects may be spiritual awakening and altered sense of time. Yet, many have said it’s the least harmful of addictive substances available today. Thus, may be why it gained fame among many substance abusers in recent years.
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Are Shrooms Addictive?
Scientific research shows that psychedelic drugs can not cause addiction in users. People can use this drug medically or for “fun.” Yet, they don’t have to worry about the possibility of forming an addiction. Mild to severe addiction can happen. Mainly in users who use shrooms for therapeutic reasons for a prolonged period. People who use shrooms for fun may keep increasing their dose. They may do this to achieve the same power of a “good trip.” Which sadly, may lead to further physical and mental addiction to this substance.
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Causes of Possible Mushroom Addiction
Mushrooms do not fall into the group of physically addictive substances. Well, at least not yet, and they have no link with causing any brain damage. However, developing tolerance to shrooms can happen easily in a very short amount of time. Though, it does reduce in just a few days. shrooms can not cause physical addiction. But, there is a chance of psychological addiction. In most cases, the reason why users continue a higher shroom intake is due to the “spiritual journey.” This “journey” can become highly addictive. In other words, users become addicted to the experience, but not the substance itself. As a result, a psychological variant of addiction can occur. Certain people eat mushrooms simply because they seek the spiritual adventure. Which, all in all, these shrooms provide.
Causes that contribute to increased dosage
- Elevated mood
- Positive previous experiences
- Heightened sense of well-being
- Optimistic state of mind
- Convenient physical environment
Signs of Hallucinogenic Addiction
Mushrooms are a highly hallucinogenic drug. Thus, can trigger hallucinations, altered thinking, synesthesia, an altered sense of time. People who use this substance may experience the following addiction symptoms:
- Continuous hallucinations
- Changes in perception
- Increased pulse rate
- Altered reality such as seeing colors, hearing tastes or tasting sounds
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Flashes from the past
- Increased sense of happiness
- Increased blood pressure
- Mood swings/volatile behavior
- Continual paranoid thoughts
- Uncontrolled aggressive behavior
- Changes in appetite
Shrooms Addiction Treatment
Psilocybin— is the most active chemical found in shrooms. Luckily, it does not trigger withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, is why drug replacement therapy is not required during psilocybin detox. However, most of the habit forming chemicals are stored in fatty tissues. So, slight withdrawal symptoms may occur due to the sudden stoppage of the substance. Avoiding the signs of severe withdrawal symptoms and side effects is hard. Experts often recommend a slow decrease of the mushroom dosage. As such, removing the abuser gently off the substance. Furthermore, there are times when they might have to conduct sensory stimulation. They do this to reduce HPPD (Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder) symptoms. It’s done to prevent or control seizures and agitation. Finally, usage of benzodiazepines may also have to be used during mushrooms detox.
Shroom Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms from shrooms are virtually non-existent. The following symptoms may occur in certain cases.
- Loss of appetite
- Dilated pupils
- Impaired motor skills
- Increased heart rate
Entering a Detox Center For Shroom Detoxification
Receiving detox treatment is always a better option than undergoing detox alone. Withdrawal of mushroom abuse may be non-existent. A shrooms abuser who wants to quit should enter a reliable detox center. Where, he/she can be supervised by medical experts, who can offer proper treatment.
When a person enters a shroom detox center, they will go through many steps of recovery. One of those steps would be receiving behavioral-based therapy. Another step may include CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy). Lastly, upon completing rehab, which can last from a few days to a few weeks. The patient will have a few options to choose from as far as his/her further treatment goes. They can opt for the following:
Outpatient Therapies And Programs
- Motivational Interviewing
- Multidimensional Family Therapy
- Motivational Incentives
- The United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Psilocybin. https://www.dea.gov/factsheets/psilocybin.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. How Do Hallucinogens (LSD, Psilocybin, Peyote, DMT, and Ayahuasca) Affect the Brain and Body? 2015. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/hallucinogens-dissociative-drugs/how-do-hallucinogens-lsd-psilocybin-peyote-dmt-ayahuasca-affect-brain-body.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. Why Do People Take Hallucinogenic or Dissociative Drugs? 2015. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/hallucinogens-dissociative-drugs/what-are-facts-about-dissociative-drugs.
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