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Magic Mushrooms: What Are They And Why is Taking Mushrooms Dangerous?

 In Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Recovery, Rehab, staying sober

Psilocybin Mushrooms, most commonly referred to as Magic Mushrooms, are mushrooms with hallucinogenic effects and a category of psychedelic drugs. Other street names include Shrooms, Alice, Boomers, Cow Patties, Fungus, Hongos, Mushies, and Pizza Toppings. Taking mushrooms gained popularity because of their ability to produce “psychedelic effects” and alter the mind. The mushrooms can be eaten directly, brewed into a tea, baked into food, or crushed into a powder that is injected, snorted, or made into a pill to swallow. The effects can last anywhere from 3 hours to 3 days, depending on the dose. While Magic Mushrooms are not proven to be physically addictive, users can become psychologically addicted. If you are battling an addiction to Magic Mushrooms, seek help. There are many addiction recovery centers available to help you overcome your addiction. 

Side Effects of Taking Magic Mushrooms 

An addiction to Mushrooms is not typically life-threatening, but the side effects can be extreme. Some of the common side effects include the following:

  • Anxiety 
  • Euphoria 
  • Frightening hallucinations 
  • Restlessness 
  • Chills
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Numbness
  • Inattention 
  • “Floating” feeling 
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations 
  • Lowered inhibitions 
  • Insomnia 
  • Psychosis 
  • Synesthesia 
  • Altered perceptions 
  • Unpredictability 
  • Panic Attacks
  • Paranoia 
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Inflated sense of self 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Other physical effects

Because the effects of mushrooms last for such a long period and are so unpredictable, this kind of drug abuse is considered especially risky. If you are addicted to Psilocybin Mushrooms, reach out to a trusted medical professional or resource center for help with your substance abuse and addiction to magic mushrooms. Many programs aid in addiction recovery. A rehabilitation treatment center may be beneficial in helping you get back to sober living. 

Withdrawal and Addiction Treatment 

Mushroom abusers typically begin to lose touch with reality, due to the amount of time spent in an altered state of mind with no real sense of time. Withdrawal can cause extreme confusion and difficulty in determining what is real. 

Treating an addiction to mushrooms is like treating most addictions. The process typically begins with detox. Some of the treatment options include inpatient or outpatient rehab, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support groups. If you or a loved one is facing an addiction to Psilocybin Mushrooms, talk to a behavioral health professional and see what the best course of action is for you. 

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