While many don’t traditionally associate psychedelics with addiction, the reality is that prolonged or frequent use can lead to psychological dependence and harm. Recognizing the unique challenges of psychedelic addiction, we approach it with a blend of traditional therapeutic methods and deep spiritual introspection inspired by Hawaiian cultural principles. Through this comprehensive treatment strategy, Maui Recovery empowers individuals to understand, confront, and move beyond their reliance on psychedelics, guiding them toward a balanced and fulfilling life.

What are Psychedelics?

According to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Psychedelics (also known as hallucinogens) are a class of psychoactive substances that produce changes in perception, mood, and cognitive processes. Psychedelics affect all the senses, altering a person’s thinking, understanding of time, and emotions. They can also cause a person to hallucinate—seeing or hearing things that do not exist or are distorted. There are many kinds of psychedelics. Some occur naturally in trees, vines, seeds, fungi, and leaves while others are synthetic.

Signs of using dissociative drugs

  • Daily use
  • Productivity levels decreasing
  • Increased secrecy
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Being awake at odd hours
  • No longer making responsible decisions
  • No longer interested in personal appearance or hygiene
  • Cannot stay concentrated or remember things that just happened
  • Risk-related behavior
  • Unpredictable moods and behaviors

Types of psychedelics

LSD (d-lysergic acid diethylamide)

One of the most potent mood- and perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs. It is a clear or white, odorless, water-soluble material synthesized from lysergic acid, a rye fungus compound.

Side Effects:
  • Altered sense of self
  • Altered sense of time
  • Crossover senses, synesthesia (hearing colors, seeing sound)
  • Dramatic changes in sensations and feelings
  • Feeling several different emotions at once
  • Swing rapidly from one emotion to another

Psilocybin (4-phosphoryloxy-N, N-dimethyltryptamine)

Extracted from certain mushrooms found in tropical and subtropical regions of South America, Mexico, and the United States.

Side Effects:
  • Drowsiness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Weakness in the muscles
  • Panic reactions
  • Nervousness
  • Swing rapidly from one emotion to another


A hallucinogenic brew made from one of several Amazonian plants containing DMT (the primary psychoactive ingredient) along with a vine containing a natural alkaloid that prevents the normal breakdown of DMT in the digestive tract.

Side Effects:
  • Introspection
  • Anxiety
  • Powerful emotions
  • Intense hallucinations
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate

Salvia divinorum

A psychoactive plant that is common in southern Mexico and Central and South America.

Side Effects:
  • Slur in speech
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Chills
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Loss of control over motor functions
  • Nausea

DMT (Dimethyltryptamine)

A powerful hallucinogenic chemical found naturally occurring in some Amazonian plant species and synthesized in the laboratory.

Side Effects:
  • Agitation
  • Rapid rhythmic movements of the eyes
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Chest tightness
  • Extreme dizziness
  • Dilated pupils

DXM (Dextromethorphan)

A cough suppressant and expectorant ingredient in some over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough medications that adolescents and young adults often abuse.

Side Effects:
  • Rashes
  • Blackouts
  • Vision issues
  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Lightheadedness

PCP (Phencyclidine)

Was initially developed in the 1950s as a general anesthetic for surgery.

Side Effects:
  • Numbness of the extremities
  • Exaggerated gait
  • Amnesia
  • Profuse sweating
  • Violence
  • Blurred vision.


A dissociative that is currently used as an anesthetic for humans as well as animals.

Side Effects:
  • Dreamlike states
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Slowed breathing
  • Stomach pain
  • Kidney problems

Peyote (Mescaline)

A small, spineless cactus with mescaline as its main ingredient.

Side Effects:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Emotional instability
  • Drooling
  • Psychotic behavior.
  • Headaches
  • Paranoia

Psychedelics in the United States

20.6% of global drug users have used magic mushrooms.

The rate of lifetime psychedelic use was most significant among people aged 30 to 34 (a total of 20%, including 26% of males and 15% of females).

Twenty million people in the United States have used MDMA.

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