Do Hallucinogens Have Medical Benefits?

Hallucinogenic drugs have been widely used for centuries – both for medicinal and recreational purposes. There is no question about the fact that hallucinogens have medical benefits when used in certain settings and by certain demographics.

The History of Hallucinogens and Medical Use

For example, a study conducted in 2018 found that certain psychedelic drugs could improve cognitive functioning by increasing the number of connections that exist between the brain’s neurons. It was found that certain hallucinogens could help alleviate anxiety and regulate mood disorders. Another study, this one conducted by Johns Hopkins in 2016, found that psilocybin mushrooms had the potential to improve the overall quality of life and increase happiness. Psilocybin mushrooms have been decriminalized in several states and legalized in Oregon for medicinal purposes. This is not to say that all hallucinogenic drugs are medicine and that popping Molly or taking a hit of LSD is going to improve your mental health.

Hallucinogens Are Mood-and-Mind Altering Drugs

If you already have a history of mental illness or substance dependency issues, quite the contrary is true. While it is true that hallucinogens have medical benefits, it is also true that if you are currently in recovery from a drug addiction or alcohol abuse disorder, it is a wise idea to stay away from all mood and mind-altering substances. If a medical professional suggests that you explore a naturally derived medication that is linked to hallucinogenic drugs, then you might consider the idea – otherwise, a drug is a drug (as the saying goes).

Do Hallucinogens Have Medical Benefits?

Are There Medicinal Hallucinogens?

When people think about drugs like ayahuasca and psilocybin, they often think about their medicinal – and spiritual – benefits. People use these drugs to expand the way they think, to open their minds when they feel at a standstill, and to work through mild or moderate mental health conditions, like anxiety, depression, or eating disorders.

According to an article published by the American Psychological Association:

Combined with psychotherapy, some psychedelic drugs like MDMA, psilocybin and ayahuasca may improve symptoms of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. More research and discussion are needed to understand the possible benefits of these drugs, and psychologists can help navigate the clinical, ethical and cultural issues related to their use.

This is to say that while there is some evidence that hallucinogenic drugs can be medicinally beneficial, nothing has been scientifically proven, and even though there might be some medical benefit all of these drugs have the potential to be psychologically habit-forming when abused.

The Truth About Hallucinogens and Addiction Recovery

The truth about hallucinogens in recovery is that if you are currently in recovery for any type of drug addiction or alcohol abuse disorder, you must stay completely away from all mood and mind-altering substances. Consider the fact that men and women who struggle with opioid addiction need to inform medical professionals that they cannot take any type of prescription painkiller if they are to get injured or if they go through major surgery. This is because people who have struggled with addiction must stay away from all potentially habit-forming substances.

Addiction Treatment at Garden State Treatment Center

At Garden State Treatment Center, we offer a comprehensive program of drug addiction recovery, and we treat men and women who have been struggling with drug addictions of any kind. We treat addiction to hallucinogenic drugs as well, although we understand that these addictive disorders are less common and therefore more stigmatized. If you have been struggling with a hallucinogenic abuse disorder, we are available to help.

Simply pick up the phone and give us a call and we will begin developing a plan of action that includes your intake and transportation to our facility. If you would like to learn more about hallucinogenic drug addiction or about our program of addiction recovery, reach out to us today.