Hallucinogen Dependence is when a person is addicted to hallucinogenic drugs and cannot do without them. Most of these drugs tend to be recreational drugs for instance LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), Ecstasy (MDMA), and Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybin). Some hallucinogenic drugs are natural, others man-made. There are many ways the drugs can be taken. Some come in liquid form that is injected, some in tablet form and others can be eaten – as in the case of magic mushrooms.

Most people take the drug initially to make them feel good. If they then progress to the point where they cannot feel good without taking the drug, then they have become dependent upon them. Some people are more prone to becoming dependent than others. Many people can also build up a tolerance when taking the drugs, thereby needing increased amounts. This too can lead to a dependence on them.

When a user takes the drug it alters their perception of reality, they believe they can do things whereas in reality they cannot. This can be extremely dangerous, for example they may believe they can fly. They see and hear things that are not there i.e.: hallucinate. The things around them become more vivid, colours may seem brighter. The drugs cause a state of elation and euphoria. However they do not always have the same effect, and many experience what are known as ‘bad trips’.

Hallucinogen Dependence can lead to many mental health and medical complications. It can have a serious impact on the person’s life, work and their relationships.

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