‘Magic’ mushrooms are known for their psychedelic and mind-altering effects. Many people use it recreationally and abuse the substance over time. Unfortunately, many individuals don’t realize that psilocybin mushrooms (“shrooms”) can cause several problems, specifically in a person’s mind and body. There are numerous short-term and long-term effects associated with hallucinogenic mushroom use. If you or a loved one is struggling with shrooms abuse, it may be time to get professional psilocybin addiction treatment.
What are Psilocybin Mushrooms?
Psilocybin mushrooms are hallucinogenic mushrooms that create a psychedelic effect for the user. As the name suggests, these mushrooms include a chemical called psilocybin. While these mushrooms have been used for centuries, in the last few decades, psilocybin mushrooms have gained much attention and popularity. They continue to be used at parties and many music festivals today.
Psilocybin mushrooms are considered illegal and are usually brewed in tea or are eaten (dried or fresh). Psilocybin is also commonly infused in food before being consumed. Some may also inject or snort these mushrooms in a powdered form. (This can be extremely dangerous and fatal in some cases). However people consume them, psilocybin mushrooms create a variety of effects on the user. These effects can occur between 20 minutes to 2 hours after consumption.
Due to the euphoric and hallucinogenic effects of these mushrooms, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of constant use. This can end up leading to dependence and withdrawals. Those who consume a hallucinogenic mushroom like psilocybin may have an altered perception of time and emotions, which can impact further use.
The Effects of Psilocybin Mushrooms
Psilocybin mushroom abuse is not nearly as dangerous as drugs like stimulants or opioids, however, there are still negative effects and possible addiction as a result. Those who abuse mushrooms like Psilocybin may experience mushroom poisoning as well. Some of the short-term and long-term effects of psilocybin mushrooms include:
- Muscle spasms
- Faster heart rate
- Decrease in inhibitions
- Increased blood pressure
- Hallucinations (both visual and auditory)
- Hearing colors and seeing sounds
- Euphoric and elevated mood
- Feeling that they’re floating
- Intense sweating
- Dry mouth
In more severe cases, a person may hallucinate to the point where they don’t feel physical pain themselves or pain caused to others. Abusing psilocybin mushrooms can create long-term problems, specifically long-term psychosis. One study by John Hopkins University School of Medicine found that one potent dose of psilocybin can end up causing a personality change for a year or more. These are just some of the many long-term effects frequent hallucinogenic mushroom use can cause.
Psilocybin Mushrooms Addiction
There has been uncertainty around the idea of psilocybin mushroom addiction. When it comes to a hallucinogenic mushroom like psilocybin, a person is still vulnerable to dependence. As time goes on and a person uses more and more mushrooms, they may begin to experience cravings. In parties and some other cases, people may choose to combine psilocybin mushrooms with other drugs like LSD. This can create more intense euphoric highs and increases the chance of addiction. It is for this reason that some people get physically addicted to psilocybin mushrooms.
One of the factors that indicate how severe a person’s addiction or dependence on psilocybin mushrooms is the amount they are consuming. Dependency can stem from someone simply being curious about shrooms and their effects. Shrooms can be unpredictable and can cause good and bad ‘trips’, which can create mind-altering effects that affect a person’s future use. As time goes on, a person may begin to use more shrooms. This can escalate to the point where they isolate themselves or begin to show tolerance to shrooms (needing more for desired effects).
A person can become dependent on shrooms and may undergo several changes in the process. If a loved one has become addicted to psilocybin mushrooms or another hallucinogenic mushroom, it may be time to look at psilocybin addiction treatment options.
Psilocybin Mushroom Withdrawal Symptoms
As with all other drugs, when a person becomes dependent on a substance, they will experience withdrawals when they’re not using shrooms. Since psilocybin mushrooms are habit-forming, people tend to experience withdrawals. There are other more severe problems when becoming dependent on a hallucinogenic mushroom like Psilocybin. A person may become used to the altered state of mind as well as trouble living in ‘reality.
Some of the withdrawal symptoms of psilocybin mushrooms may include the following:
- Memory loss
- Trouble speaking
- Irritability or rage
- Breaks or separation from reality
These withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable and can end up causing long-term damage if left untreated. It is not too late to turn things around, at North Jersey Recovery Center we offer a quality psilocybin addiction treatment program with you and your loved ones in mind. Don’t wait for addiction to consume your life; get help today.
Psilocybin Addiction Treatment
Psilocybin addiction can be problematic for everyone involved. Seeing a loved one change for the worse and become dependent on a substance can be heartbreaking. This is especially true with mind-altering drugs like Psilocybin mushrooms. A psilocybin addiction treatment program typically offers a variety of resources and treatment methods to help a person overcome addiction. While some may be able to recover quickly from a dependence others suffer from a more severe addiction.
At North Jersey Recovery Center we offer support through the whole journey to ensure sobriety and long-term recovery. Being addicted to psilocybin can be a confusing and stressful experience, especially if the person is losing touch with reality. But, no matter the circumstances, we offer quality psilocybin addiction treatment for those who are in need. Some of our psilocybin addiction treatment options include detox, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and therapy.
Detox is a crucial part of psilocybin addiction treatment. Detoxification not only rids the body of toxic substances but also decreases the risk of relapse as time goes on. Additionally, the detox process helps alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms that come with drug abuse (of different kinds). Regardless of the drug being abused, detox should never be attempted alone. During the process, there may be unpredictable and dangerous outcomes without the proper supervision. Let our North Jersey team help you through this essential process safely.
Inpatient/Residential treatment is usually the best bet when it comes to moderate to severe cases of addiction. During a residential treatment program, a person will live in our safe and clean facility for a period of time (depends on the person). Here, they will receive effective treatment with 24/7 support no matter the time. Residential treatment offers the most in-depth recovery and is recommended for long-term sobriety.
Each person has their own set schedule that they follow on a daily basis. Residential treatment offers detox, several therapy options in a group or individual setting, and medication assistance if necessary. There are many benefits to using a residential treatment program for addiction, with around-the-clock support and the best chance for sobriety, residential treatment is usually the next step after detox.
When it comes to psilocybin addiction treatment (or another addiction), outpatient treatment is also another reliable option. Outpatient is different from residential treatment in that a person does not stay at a facility. Instead, a person only attends weekly sessions for a few hours a day. Outpatient treatment is a great option if a person has school, work, or other responsibilities at home.
Outpatient treatment offers some of the same services as residential except without access to 24/7 support. Since a person doesn’t actually stay and sleep at a rehab center, outpatient treatment is better for milder, less severe cases of addiction. In some cases, outpatient treatment is a stepping stone after treatment to slowly transition in society/life again. It’s best to consult with a professional to choose the best option for you or your loved ones’ case.
Therapy in Psilocybin Addiction Treatment
Regardless of the addiction, therapy is always used as a primary way of overcoming dependency and addiction. Therapy is vital to the process because it focuses on the deeper issue and sets a person up for long-term sobriety. There is always a reason why a person may have fallen into the path of addiction and understanding these feelings is vital. There are several common types of therapy, each helps target a different aspect of a person’s addiction. These include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Individual therapy
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Relapse prevention
During these therapy sessions, a person learns the techniques and skills to cope with life’s stresses and unwanted emotions. Therapy is a vital part of psilocybin addiction treatment and sets up a person for long-term sobriety.
Start the Journey Towards Recovery Today
Psilocybin addiction treatment allows a person to get proper treatment and overcome mushroom dependence. Drugs like these can create several short-term and long-term problems and can be crippling for everyone involved. Fortunately, it’s not too late to turn things around for the better. North Jersey Recovery Center is here to help you and your loved ones reach a better life, free of substances and addiction. Contact us today to learn more about our processes and treatment plans.