Teen Psychedelic Mushroom Use
The teenage years can be quite turbulent, especially for young adults still trying to find a little direction in life. As such, many teens engage in risk-taking behaviors, like drinking and drug use. While a little experimentation is normal, partying with drugs can be a red flag.
Psychedelic mushrooms are a popular choice for teens looking to let loose. A hallucinogenic drug that leads to altered visual and auditory perceptions, many teens find this natural substance compelling. After all, anything that grows in nature is safe, right?
Unfortunately, that's far from the truth. Due to the strength of this psychedelic drug, the high that comes with even a small dose is long-lasting, intense, and unpredictable. This can lead to unpleasant side effects and dangerous behaviors, putting your teen at risk for injury or illness.
If you believe your teen is using and abusing magic mushrooms, professional treatment is imperative. With assistance from Teen Treatment Center, you can help your child get the support necessary to recover from the perils of addiction. Contact us today at (844) 319-5239 to receive 24/7 access to our dedicated admissions counselors.
What Are Psychedelic Mushrooms?
Psychedelic mushrooms, also known as psilocybin mushrooms, are mushrooms that fall into the Psilocybe genus. Similar in size and shape to wild mushrooms used for cooking with dark caps and slender stems, this drug appears exceptionally benign, attracting the attention of teens seeking a way to experiment without breaking into harder substances.
Unlike the produce sold at the grocery store, these mushrooms contain hallucinogenic agents known as psilocin and psilocybin. Although only present in small amounts ranging from 0.2% to 0.4%, a little bit goes a long way. When ingested, just one small dose can cause a serious and overwhelming trip that may last up to eight hours.
In general, mushrooms are consumed orally, whether by themselves or baked into food to mask the strong flavor. While often used alone, some teens mix mushrooms with MDMA or LSD to intensify the high. This is known as "trolling," or a "hippie flip." When sold on the street, mushrooms may be referred to as as boomers, caps, magics, mushies, and silly putty.
The ingredients found within psychedelic mushrooms are considered Schedule I controlled substances in the U.S., meaning that they have no health benefits and are not legal to possess. Despite the legality of these hallucinogens, however, the mushrooms themselves are not actually illegal, making this an easy drug for teens to start with. While not overly popular – less than 10% of teens try drugs like magic mushrooms – the thrill of hallucinations and the ease of access continue to make this drug a compelling choice.
Effects of Mushrooms
The psychedelic nature of mushrooms makes them very appealing to teens, providing a departure from daily life that can feel powerful and exciting. The effects are largely psychological, altering the mental state in strange ways that may involve hallucinations, heightened senses, and a warped perception of reality.
Other effects can include:
- Difficulty speaking, thinking, or focusing
- Impaired judgment
- Anxiety and restlessness
- Panic and paranoia
- Inability to understand what is real and what is not
For many young adults, mushrooms can provide intense sensations unlike anything previously known. This can make returning to reality challenging, leading to depression and apathy. Teens may confuse their hallucinations with actual events, resulting in changes to relationships and interests. Some users may even withdraw from the people around them, putting emphasis on the bonds developed through drug use.
Due to the length of most trips, mushroom users find themselves disoriented and out of touch for a significant portion of time. While high, teens may be likely to undertake dangerous behaviors, including driving under the influence. Many users take mushrooms in outside areas, increasing the likelihood of stumbling into the road or getting lost in the woods.
Most trips are pleasant experiences, but some are not. Bad trips can be extremely frightening and disconcerting, leading to frantic and erratic actions. In rare occasions, bad trips can cause psychotic breaks in those who are predisposed to mental illness or emotional challenges.
Access to Mushrooms
Over 75 varieties of psychedelic mushroom grow within the United States, making this drug extremely easy for teens to access. Mushrooms can grow in a variety of climates, including in indoor terrariums, providing a simple opportunity for teens to cultivate their own supplies. Spores can be purchased on the internet, and instructions for home growing setups are widely accessible. As a result, mushrooms are cheap to buy and readily available on both high school and college campuses, putting teens around the country at risk.
Unlike drugs that require wrapping papers, syringes, or lighters, mushrooms can be ingested without any special equipment or accessories. For parents looking for paraphernalia, mushrooms provide little in the way of physical evidence of drug use. Enterprising teens may have grow operations established, but most young adults simply purchase drugs from their friends.
Magic mushrooms are most often taken as a recreational pastime rather than a way of life, making it much less likely that teens will be high around the house or during normal daytime hours. Instead, mushrooms are frequently found at parties, camp outs, concerts, and music festivals, away from parents' prying eyes.
Signs of Abuse
While drug users generally take mushrooms with friends at parties or other events, teens who are addicted may find themselves using more regularly. If you suspect that your child has an addiction to hallucinogenic substances, there are several warning signs to watch for.
- Trouble speaking or processing concepts and ideas
- Nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea and stomach cramps
- Lightheadedness, dizziness, and loss of coordination
- Shivering and sweating
- Increase in blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate
If your teen has developed a drug abuse problems, you may also notice behavioral signs. He may become withdrawn, moody, or disinterested in hobbies. He may also display drug seeking warning signs, including lying, sneaking around, stealing, and skipping school. Any attitude change can be a concern, as drugs do not cause the same reactions in all users.
Treatment for Mushroom Addiction
Mushroom use may seem like a minor form of rebellion, but addiction in teens can be a very serious problem. In time, addiction can cause a break from reality, the disintegration of familial and interpersonal relationships, and poor academic performance. For teens with a history of mental illness, prolonged use of hallucinogenics can increase the likelihood of the onset of critical conditions like schizophrenia.
Instead of putting your teen at risk, you can get the help you need from Teen Treatment Center. Offering a compassionate approach to comprehensive rehabilitation, we provide both medical detox programs and therapeutic services to help your child get back on the right track. Our opportunities include:
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Academic support
- Court liaison services
- Recreational therapy
- Basic living skills
- Spiritual care
As the addictive nature of mushrooms is largely psychological, mushroom abusers do not need drug replacement therapy to overcome addiction. However, detox can still be an important step for teens suffering from the burden of substance dependency.
At Teen Treatment Center, our detox process is overseen by qualified medical staff members who can help addicts of all kinds to readjust to clean and sober living. Doctors and nurses are on hand to address withdrawal symptoms, helping patients to commit to a drug-free life. While there are no physical symptoms associated with mushroom detox, teens in treatment may feel anxiety, depression, and irritation throughout the process.
Gender-Separate Approach to Treatment
Being a teenager is hard enough as it is, regardless of the struggles of drug addiction. In order to provide appropriate resources for teen drug users, Teen Treatment Center utilizes on a gender-separate approach to inpatient treatment. By dividing our patients by gender, we are able to eliminate the pressure, judgment, and distractions that can stand in the way of a successful return to sobriety.
In both one-on-one and group sessions, patients will have the opportunity to investigate the root causes of drug addiction while learning healthy coping mechanisms to adopt in place of drug use. With our help, teens can create strong bonds with their peers, using the unique dynamics of our programs to support one another throughout recovery.
Qualified Assistance for Any Teen
Drug addiction is a devastating discovery for any parent, but Teen Treatment Center can help. With teen-specific detox and therapy programs designed to refocus attention and break the cycle of addiction, we can help teens to fully recover from mushroom abuse within a safe, comfortable community.
If you are seeking a resource that can help your teen embrace abstinence, we are ready and waiting. Our staff members are available 24/7/365 to provide dedicated assistance for you and your family. Contact Teen Treatment Center at (844) 319-5239 today to receive a confidential consultation.
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