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Psychedelic Assisted Therapy For Addiction: Types, Benefits, Risks

Addiction to anything is bad. It doesn’t necessarily have to be drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction can be anything you are obsessed with. And if you are dealing with any kind of addiction and especially drug addiction then you would know how hard it is to stay yourself because you give up yourself to something that is when it’s called addiction.

Many reasons can lead a person to addiction, but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go back. Maybe you haven’t seen life from a positive perspective while getting on drugs or alcohol. And now that the water is over your head and you feel like drowning, is there still a way out? Yes, there is. And that less painful and more effective way out of addiction is PAP.

In this article, we will explain in detail psychedelic addiction therapy – its type, risks, and potential benefits. We’ll also suggest the best place where you can find this kind of therapy.

What is psychedelic therapy for addiction?

Addiction to something is dangerous. It can be drastic, disturbing, life-changing, and even life-threatening. There are several aspects of our lives, where most of us are not able to handle the situation.

We find our way out of stress by getting involved in different things. And that is when people get involved with drugs or alcohol. In the meantime, they don’t realize what they are getting into, and when they do, it’s too late to quit.

Drug & alcohol addiction is hard to get rid of, but it is not impossible. And with psychedelic therapy, it is made relatively easier. Research shows that psychedelic therapy for addiction can give instant yet long-lasting relief from cravings and symptoms of addiction.

But, it was also found that not all psychedelics addiction therapy is safe to use.

Like, the use of ibogaine for drug addiction can bring instant relief, but the side effects are really strong and could make it even worse for you.  But, in several trials and experiments, the results showed that psychedelic addiction therapy can bring promising results when used for addiction. Among all psychedelic drugs, psilocybin brings the most prominent feedback. These drugs might also have some side effects but they are temporary.

According to some surveys, Dr. Michael Bogenschutz, a psychiatrist at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine said that almost 1/3rd of the volunteers treated for drug abuse showed improvement, 1/3rd of them seemed to have no effect and 1/3rd continued getting worse.  But the drugs are still being studied and experimented on, which shows that they are making rehabilitation easier for people.

And this is all due to PAP. Psychedelics addiction therapy can help take patients on the trip where they find out the actual reason why they started taking drugs, and for most of them, it helps to realize that they don’t have that reason anymore. And that helps them come back to the present, to make it better.

How does it work?

Psychedelics are known as “magic mushrooms”. And this exactly defines the way they work. Treating addiction is safer and easier now. Psychedelic drugs don’t work like other treatments. Psychedelic drugs can influence how people think. It helps change mood and emotions. This is exactly how it helps with the cravings.

•   Mystical or psychedelic experience:

Psychedelic drugs take you to a fantasy world. You feel like floating in the air, and you are so relaxed that your soul seems to be leaving your body and flying in the sky. This trip is called a mystical experience. Because a patient is kind of put to sleep and is gone to the trip back to memory lane, where he/she got out of control. And then they are talked through the problem.

•    Increased suggestibility:

Sometimes, the patient is just kept on a light dose. It’s like less medicine and more talk. Increased suggestibility helps patients who are prone to have more side effects from strong psychedelic drug intake.

•    Neurotransmitter changes:

Psychedelic addiction therapy works efficiently because psychedelic drugs connect with the receptors in the brain and handle how you feel about things. It improves neuron connectivity and these neurotransmitter changes give people the strength to fight the cravings.

Types

Psychedelic drugs are mostly illegal for self-medication because they can have after effects. But, multiple psychedelic drugs are being used for clinical trials.

Different types of psychedelic drugs are:

1.    LSD

LSD is a hallucinogenic drug that alters one’s perception of reality. Its effects are considered to be both similar and dissimilar to other hallucinogenic drugs such as mescaline and psilocybin. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that LSD when used in therapy, can help people with addiction problems overcome their fixation on substances or behaviors to which they have become addicted through repeated use.

2.    DMT

DMT is a psychoactive tryptamine that is active both in the body and brain. It’s also a vital neurotransmitter (the chemical messenger in your brain). DMT’s effects include dreaming and hallucinations, time distortion, depersonalization, spiritual transformation, and connection with other spirits

3.    MDMA

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a psychedelic drug of the amphetamine class that acts as both a monoamine releaser and serotonin-releasing agent (SSRA). It has stimulant and entactogen effects that lead to feelings of increased pleasure and euphoria, increased closeness and empathy with others, and increased hyperactivity, sociability, and empathy. It increases heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and muscle tension.

4.    Mescaline

Mescaline is a psychedelic drug used in religious ceremonies and traditional medicine. It produces an intense, introspective, and often the dream-like state of mind or altered state of consciousness. The effects usually last from six to 12 hours, but may be as long as 24 hours when taken in large doses, or as short as 1.5 hours if the dose is small. Some people report that music controls their trip more than any other factor.

Uses and benefits

1.    Illness

Psychedelic therapy has an alternative approach to healing that may be suitable for you. It uses powerful psychedelics to help address the core issues in recovery from addiction.

1.    Illness

If you have minor anxiety issues, psychedelics can make you feel better in a second. Depression because of studies or business and household issues will easily be solved by psychedelics.

2.    Depression and anxiety

The purpose of psychedelic therapy is to facilitate a more complete and realistic appraisal of one’s psychological reality. It involves the use of psychedelic substances in combination with psychoanalytic methods to treat anxiety, depression, and addiction.

3.    Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)

It’s not just post-traumatic stress disorder that affects people who are experiencing addiction. PTSD is a complex condition that can have many symptoms, including panic attacks and nightmares. It’s important to get treatment for all of these things, as well as an effective management plan for your recovery.

4.    Addiction

Addiction is a disease that affects every part of a person’s life. Addiction can happen to anyone, from teens to retirees. Even though addiction is a complex issue, an individualized treatment plan made specifically for you is the best option for reducing cravings and managing strong urges.

5.    Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious and complex illnesses that affect millions of people worldwide. If you’re suffering from an eating disorder and think eating will ultimately help you control your disordered eating, but it isn’t working that way, you might be wondering why. The answer lies in the fact that your brain is very good at normalizing behaviors so that they become habitual to you.

Risks

•    Psychosis

Psychosis is a mental state that is marked by hallucinations, delusions, and disturbances in the person’s mood or thought process. Psychosis can be induced by drugs, particularly when taken in large doses. It may also occur as a side effect of some psychiatric medications.

•    Fear

Addiction is a major obstacle to recovery. Fear creates isolation, which then increases the desperation to use. In this class, we will explore how to identify and manage that fear as well as strategies for self-care.

•    Cardiovascular issues

If you have heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular problems, psychedelic-assisted therapy may help relieve the physical symptoms of your condition. In addition to treating emotional issues that are related to your disorder or health concern, psychedelics can also treat physical symptoms and improve quality of life.

Finding a Professional in Psychedelic Therapy in NYC

Consult Valhalla Vitality for a Personalized Diagnosis and Treatment.

A person with an addiction may need to seek help from a professional in psychedelic therapy.

At Valhalla Vitality, we provide professional assistance regarding prescription meds, detoxification, and addiction rehabilitation.

We have taken care of thousands of individuals in NYC as well as an array of other communities across the country for many years.

Please call us at 516-550-3625 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment today!

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