Addiction is a disease, and we should treat it like we treat other diseases. Addiction is a disorder of the brain distinguished by a compulsive engagement to reward a stimulus in spite of mounting adverse consequences.
In this article, we will give you ideas on how mescaline addiction can affect your life. But before digging deeper on the effects of this drug, what is mescaline, by the way?
Definition of Mescaline
- Mescaline is a hallucinatory drug derived from a psychoactive plant usually found in Mexico, the cactus peyote. Because of its effect to deceive a person from reality, this substance falls into the classification of a hallucinogen. As what we all know, this drug has been on the market for thousands of years now.
- Mescaline is a hallucinogen in the same way as what LSD does to a person. Those who use the drug says there are times when they have glimpses of a changed reality, some flashbacks of them taking the drug, and some vivid colors flashing in their minds.
- Whenever a person uses Mescaline, whether it is in its powdered form or you chew the plant itself, some of the toxins in it will stay in your body. That, in turn, creates the “high feeling” even when you’re no longer using it for days, weeks and even months.
When you’re looking for a facility where you can get treatment, make sure it has an efficient and perfect detoxification process. It is imperative to thoroughly remove all the residuals of Mescaline build-up in your body when you were still taking the drug.
The tendency is when you can’t remove all the toxins in your body, the effect of the drug will still continue to linger for a particular period. And those who undergo the detoxification process should be carefully monitored to ensure that the withdrawal symptoms do not cause adverse effects or harm to the body of the patient.
As what was mentioned above, Mescaline works just like LSD. And with that in mind, just like LSD, it does not cause physical addiction, but it may create or build up a psychological dependence and even tolerance.
When you’re in a rehabilitation center, you should receive or undergo treatment such as visual stimulation to balance the alterations (mental and psychological) you experienced when taking the said drug. What the treatment does is it helps in controlling and limiting vivid dreams and hallucinations.
Quitting psychoactive drugs may not come with a whole bunch of withdrawal symptoms. It could turn the one addicted into a melancholic human being, which as an effect, decreases the production of serotonin, a compound found in our blood platelets that make our blood vessels contract and function as a neurotransmitter.
The facility may focus on letting the patient take drugs that bring back serotonin. While the patient is in the process of detoxification, he or she will learn how to perform his or her duties well, function properly, and fulfill responsibilities without being dependent to Mescaline.
What are the dangers of abusing Mescaline?
Quitting Mescaline intake may not have some physical withdrawal symptoms, but the trauma that you will experience psychologically affects your body worse than what you imagined.
The user has a tendency to become more unstable emotionally, may progressively be confused, and have some flashbacks of even if they already stopped using the said drug. Since they were not able to prepare for these effects and changes in their body, the user may be prone to psychological and even physical risks.
What are the withdrawal symptoms that the user may experience during the treatment process?
The one who tries to quit taking Mescaline may experience the following symptoms but may not be limited to:
- Appetite loss
- Issues when sleeping
There are also short-term effects like mood swings and hallucination. It is constantly in the reports that these people who use the said drug hallucinate, but the effect varies from one person to another.
Although the consequences of mescaline are never beneficial, others may find it a little bit pleasant for them, but on the other hand, others may also experience effects that are comparable to some mental illnesses.
While the lingering effects (when the user does not have control over his senses like sight, hearing, feelings, and even his experiences) may last for as long as twelve hours.
And if there are short-term effects, of course, long-term effects are also present. Long term effects that the user will feel may be in the form of extreme mood swings; the person may frequently feel highs and lows when it comes to her emotions. He or she could also experience depression, anxiety, stress, and confusion.
If the user progressively uses this drug, his or her brain can be re-wired permanently.
How is a person who uses Mescaline treated?
Almost all psychoactive drugs do not need detoxification and medical treatment just to withdraw from using the said drug successfully. Once again, the effects of Mescaline recedes after 12 hours after your last intake.
But however, going to a treatment center that specializes in Mescaline addiction is what we highly suggest if the user has been lightly or moderately using the said drug. Although it is possible for you to perform the detoxification process at home, the withdrawal symptoms are just too tough to handle.
Addiction is something that we should not keep to ourselves. You’re lucky if your loved one is one of the few who are currently aware of their situation and will proactively ask for professional help.
What you can do to let the one addicted feel your love is to give your support, have faith in him, let him see how you care about him, and make him understand that life is beautiful without drug dependency.
As what Enock Maregesi said, “Addiction is not about using drugs. It’s all about what the drug does to your life.”