The holidays are a time of celebration but there is a such thing as too much celebration. Many teenagers and college students find the holidays are a great time to experiment with hallucinogens. It could be because of stories they have heard about pretty lights and colors or it could be because they have the free time and their friends are doing it. Although most hallucinogens are not known to be addictive and people cannot overdose on them, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are issues that can arise while using them.
Problems that Happen While Using Hallucinogens
Several problems can arise when someone is hallucinating. A few of them are:
- experiencing a bad trip – nightmarish hallucinations, extreme fear and anxiety,
- physical illness – vomiting, nausea, pain,
- persistent hallucinations – hallucinations that do not stop for days, and
- mental delusions or trauma – delusional behavior or persistent fear.
All of these things can happen when a trip goes bad. During the holidays, most places that you would traditionally go such as doctors offices are closed. There are places that you can go almost any time you experience one of these side effects.
Although hospitals are scary places especially if you are hallucinating, they best know how to handle the adverse side effects of taking a hallucinogen. They will need to know what you took and how long ago you took it. Most hospitals have panic rooms for people who are either on hallucinogens or have had a psychotic break.
Most hospitals are at least equipped with the knowledge of how to help you come down off the hallucinogen safely. The general fear of going to the hospital is that the staff will call the police. This is usually not the case. Many hospitals have policies in place for people who are on drugs and want to detox or sober up. They are usually the safest place when you are having a problem with a hallucinogen. They are also open 24 hours a day 7 days a week even on the holidays.
Emergency Inpatient Facilities
Many inpatient rehab facilities accept people on an emergency basis. They have trained personnel to help when things go wrong while you are on drugs. Many of these facilities are open 24 hours a day 365 days per year. They offer a variety of support and detox services for those who need them.
There are government run, inpatient facilities that can help when your hallucinations get out of control or you are having a bad trip. They can help you at little or no cost. Most of them have detox and treatment programs if you are interested as well as having a safe place to come down off whatever drug you are on. Again, these facilities do not normally contact the police unless they are certain a crime has been committed.
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