Psychedelic Drugs Detox And Treatment In Alberta
Some of the common types of hallucinogens or psychedelic drugs include LSD, mescaline, PCP, psilocybin, ketamine, and salvia. The term psychedelic refers to many different drugs that have a wide variety of effects. For example, the drugs will change the way a person sees, hears, along with impacting the person's taste and smell. These drugs affect mood and large dosages will cause hallucinations, such as the person seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there. Hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD are a semi-synthetic substance. The drug is derived from ergot, which is a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. Psilocybin and psilocin and DMT come from the bark of the Virola tree and other sources. There are also mescaline andsuch as MDMA or ecstasy.
Psychedelic drugs in Alberta are not widely abused, but they are still a common recreational drug. Typically, these drugs are abused with other drugs such as cocaine, alcohol, or meth. Recreational drug users have one or two in particular they use. When the abuse of hallucinogenic drugs is part of a more significant drug problem, it increases the risk of health problems, physically and psychologically. Anyone struggling with a drug addiction in Alberta involving psychedelic drugs must reach out for help. There are different treatment resources within the province, such as detox, inpatient treatment, residential programs, and counseling. Per the National Treatment Indicators report for 2014 and 2015, most of the treatment admissions to public programs in Alberta were men, approximately 64%, followed by women at 35%. Between 2014 and 2015, there were over 31,300 treatment admissions to public programs in Alberta.
A small percentage of these treatment admissions involved psychedelic drugs. According to the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), in 2014 substance abuse and addiction cost the province of Alberta over $5.5 billion, which amounted to $1,332 per person, regardless of their age. Alcohol made up roughly 44% of the costs, and other substances such as psychedelic drugs made up 2% of the total cost. The most cost is lost within the healthcare system, along with lost productivity through business, the criminal justice system and other direct means. Psychedelic drugs are a different experience for every person who uses them. The way the drugs make you feel depends on certain factors. For example, the experience is based on how much is used, how often and for how long, along with your initial mood, expectation and environment.
Additionally, it depends on if there are any pre-existing medical or psychological problems and whether you have taken alcohol or other drugs with it. Psychedelic drugs cause mostly psychoactive or mind-altering effects, which are either mild or intense. The effects vary from drug to drug, and from person to person. The first time you take psychedelic drugs will not be the same as the second or third time. The effects can range from pleasurable to pure terror and from mild distortion to full auditory and visual hallucinations. It is at these points where someone becomes injured because of their drug use. There are many emergency department visits each year within Alberta because of drug use.
When LSD is used, it produces a kaleidoscope of visual patterns and changes with perception. When someone takes LSD, they usually know that they are hallucinating, and it is not real. However, the effects can become so intense they seem real and then it becomes dangerous. Ketamine causes an out of body experience, which can become both terrifying and or pleasurable. Salvia causes an intense, short-lived hallucination, such as hearing colors or smelling sounds.