There are many types of addiction out there. Some people find their vice in hard drugs like Cocaine or Heroine, and others will succumb to drugs like alcohol or hallucinogens. Each of these drugs has its own set of negative effects on the brains, bodies and lives of those who use them. When two or more drugs are used at the same time, a whole new set of negative effects can come into play. Far too often, the effect of combining two or more substances is fatal. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the effects of combined drug usage if you or someone you know is using drugs. Of course, the most vital thing you need to do in any case of drug abuse is seek help.
Alcoholism is more pervasive than many people think. It can hit anyone from any background, and it doesn’t matter the age. There are teenagers who would be clinically considered alcoholics, and there are elderly people who are physically and psychologically embedded in alcoholism as well.
What makes alcohol different from most other drugs of abuse is that it’s all around, and it’s legal. You’ll find alcohol at your office holiday party, at a friend’s house for a get-together and at almost all restaurants. It’s hard to get away from alcohol and by extension alcoholism.
Alcohol is also colloquially known as liquid courage or the social lubricant. This refers to the fact that many people drink socially because it helps to smooth conversations and make people feel more comfortable around each other. But the problem is that many people take this too far. They feel they need to be drinking in any and all social situations. They may start to drink even when they are simply alone with their significant other, and soon, they are drinking and getting drunk alone. Again, alcoholism is an easy problem to hide because of the prevalence of the substance all around us on a daily basis.
What Are Hallucinogens?
Hallucinogens are also called dissociative drugs. These are drugs that change people’s ideas about what is really going on around them. People who take hallucinogens will report that they feel intense physical sensations and emotions flood their bodies and the drugs may literally cause people to hallucinate. Hallucinogens are found naturally in select mushrooms and other plants.
There are two main categories of hallucinogens. There are dissociative drugs and classic hallucinogens. PCP is a dissociative drug, and LSD is a classic hallucinogen. PCP is also known as peace, love boat, angel dust and super grass. LSD has been called sugar, trips, acid, blotter and window pane.
Does Alcoholism Often Accompany Hallucinogen Use?
It does happen that some people mix alcohol with hallucinogens, but generally speaking, if the hallucinogen use is consistent, a user would be more likely to focus on using and abusing the hallucinogen. Research studies show that people often use hallucinogens in groups, and alcohol is a social drink, so it is possible that groups of people may get together to drink and then move onto hallucinogen use. The effects of this combination are dangerous. Alcohol is a depressant drug, but it does cause the heart rate to rise. Hallucinogen use also causes this, and when combined, the two drugs could make the heart pump way too fast. The combined use may also cause sickness and vomiting.
Getting Help for Alcohol or Hallucinogen Addiction
If you or someone you know is using and abusing alcohol or hallucinogens, seek help from a medical rehabilitation facility as soon as possible. It’s important that you get help now before the effects of these drugs take over your life.