End Depression and Hallucinogen Use
While hallucinogens such as LSD are not physically addictive, they can be psychologically addictive. Anyone struggling with a co-occurring disorder such as depression is at an increased risk of becoming emotionally dependent on hallucinogens. Lasting recovery requires comprehensive treatment of all aspects of addiction, the mental and physical problems. This is often only available through careful, professional treatment.
Depression and Psychological Addiction
The brain controls the following psychological functions through a system of chemical signals:
- Emotional response
- Sexual attraction and fulfillment
- Motivation and optimism
- Eating and drinking
- The ability to control impulses and urges
- The formation and recollection of memories
- Reinforcing behaviors and forming habits (good and bad)
Natural chemicals such as endorphins trigger the reward center of the brain, which in turn reinforces whatever behavior led to the release of those “feel good” chemicals. In this way healthy and unhealthy behaviors and substances can be turned into habits in the brain.
Low levels of these chemicals, or the brain’s inability to detect their presence leads to dysfunction throughout a person’s psychological system. Depression – whether caused by genetic patterns, traumatic experiences or substance abuse – is the result of imbalances in this chemical system. Individuals experiencing symptoms of depression often subconsciously self-medicate their symptoms through destructive substance use or behavioral patterns. In order to end their need for harmful chemicals such as hallucinogens, they must find freedom from their underlying depression.
Ending Depression and Hallucinogen Dependency Successfully
Lasting recovery from depression and hallucinogen abuse requires holistic, comprehensive treatment of all aspects of addiction. The most effective programs accomplish this by developing unique treatment plans for each individual patient. These plans will likely involve some combination of the following therapeutic tools:
- Individual counseling of various styles and strategies
- Support group meetings
- Mindfulness training
- Introduction to new, healthy coping habits and skills
- Spiritual and emotional care
- Education that empowers lasting recovery
While these programs are available in both residential formats and as outpatient treatment, many recovery experts believe the inpatient option gives the patient the best odds at long-term success. These programs allow patients to focus all of their energy and attention on getting well without any of the day-to-day distractions and stressors.
Help with Depression and Hallucinogen Abuse
If you’re ready to put your depression and hallucinogen abuse behind you, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today. Our specially trained counselors are standing by right now, and they are uniquely qualified to help you navigate the various treatment options that are available. We can connect you with the best recovery program for your exact needs and can even help with logistical issues such as transportation and insurance coverage concerns.
Don’t let your depression ruin your life. There are people who love you and believe in you. Your inability to feel happiness and joy right now is likely the result of a physiological disease. This is nothing to be ashamed of, nor is it an indication of weak character. Call today and let us help you take the first steps out of depression and substance abuse.