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Hallucinogens, Stimulants, and Narcotics Overview

Get the facts about hallucinogens, stimulants and narcotics.

Prescription MedicationStatistics show that there has been an increase in drug use, especially among hallucinogens, stimulants and narcotics in recent years.

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It is not uncommon for an individual who takes hallucinogens to experience frequent emotional changes. Hallucinogens, such as LSD, psilocybin, mushrooms, mescaline, and cannabis, trick the mind into thinking, feeling, hearing, and seeing things that don't exist by disrupting the brain's normal functioning.

Hallucinogens affect the body's ability to self-control and can impact body movement and speech. Individuals who use hallucinogens can become hostile and experience paranoia, anxiety, fear, panic attacks, and episodes of induced psychosis. Hallucinogens can have detrimental side effects including high blood pressures, increased heart rate, heart attack, and a significant change in hormone production.


Stimulants are psychoactive drugs that increase mood, energy, alertness, and, in some cases, increase confidence and decrease inhibitions. Methamphetamine, cocaine, amphetamines, and ecstasy are all stimulants. There are some prescription drugs that are also stimulants. Ritalin, for example, is a stimulant prescribed for ADD, ADHD, and narcolepsy, a sleep disorder.

Stimulants affect the central nervous system and create feelings of euphoria. They are sometimes referred to as "uppers" due to their ability to keep people awake. When the effects of stimulant use start to subside, the individual is left feeling drained and sick. Individuals who have excessive use of stimulants may show extreme agitation, weight loss, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, restlessness, irritability, seizures, and impulsive behavior.


Narcotics, such as opioid prescription painkillers, are the most often overlooked and misdiagnosed of drug use problems. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), recreational use of prescription pain killers is ranked second in illicit drug use--the first being marijuana.

The most prescribed prescription narcotics are OxyContin and Vicodin. Side effects from excessive prescription pain killer use can be dizziness, confusion, insomnia, depression, flu-like symptoms, sweating, poor coordination, constipation, low blood pressure, breathing problems, and seizures.It is not uncommon for users to "doctor shop", which is to visit multiple physicians to get more prescriptions for the drug. They may also habitually "lose" their prescriptions so that they can get another prescription filled, buy prescriptions over the internet, or even resort to stealing prescription pads. Some people sell or trade one medication so that they can get another medication that they prefer.

If drug use has become a problem for you, the non-profit Saint Jude Retreats can help. They provide Cognitive Behavioral Education(CBE), which has proven to be unusually successful in helping people enjoy a life that is permanently free of hallucinogen, stimulant, or narcotic use.


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