Psychedelic addiction refers to the chemical or biological addiction to psychedelic substances, like LSD, psilocybin, magic mushrooms, mescaline, or ayahuasca. Some people have no idea they are chemically addicted and believe they are simply drug addicts because they want a drug that can relieve pain or make them dance.

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Psychedelic addiction is a unique type of drug addiction. The person does not actually feel the drug and/or the substance, nor does the person experience cravings for the drug. The person continues to use drugs in spite of suffering physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.

Most people become chemically addicted to drugs because of their own beliefs about the nature of the drug. For example, if they know that they may need drugs to get a better job, then they will take more of the drug.

Most drug rehabs will do things like screen addicts for their personal drug addictions and then monitor their success with each of the various addictive substances. The first step in the process is identifying the chemical addiction to the substance, and what sort of feelings are associated with it. The fact that the person is in the rehab program in the first place is an indication that they are chemically addicted.

While some people use psychedelics for the same reasons as others, a psychedelic addict will not experience a strong connection to the substance. They can still experience the side effects of the drug, but will rarely take it in combination with other substances. And even if a person does take a psychedelic, their addiction will only be that one substance, and not other substances that are prevalent in the recreational drug world.

There are four hallucinogens known today: LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, and ayahuasca. All four have different types of psychological effects, but all four have the common side effect of creating altered states of consciousness. Each one creates a different type of mental addiction.

LSD is a longer-lasting, more intense experience. It produces a feeling of profound, dimensional consciousness, which results in “trips” of many different types, often accompanied by visions, unusual behaviors, or vivid sensory experiences.

Mescaline produces a much more visual experience, usually through heightened senses of sound and color. The ‘high’ produced by this drug is mostly a product of the perceptual changes associated with the drug. 

Psychedelic addiction is becoming more well known among the public due to the increasing media coverage of addiction and its effects. The underlying fact of psychedelic addiction is that the user doesn’t feel the drug or substance, and doesn’t experience cravings for the drug.

Psychologists call this type of addiction “recreational” because it occurs when a person uses a drug outside of a therapeutic setting, such as a party, and takes it repeatedly. Because the person doesn’t feel the drug or substance, and doesn’t experience cravings for the drug, and does not experience withdrawal symptoms when withdrawing from the drug, drug rehab professionals refer to the addict as “recreational.”