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Hallucinogens Addiction Treatment

Hallucinogens are a diverse group of drugs, but all have one thing in common, their effects are the ability to alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings and their control over thoughts and feelings.

While there are many variations of hallucinogens, the most common categories are:

  • Classic hallucinogens (such as LSD)
  • Dissociative drugs (such as PCP)
  • Deliriants

Many hallucinogens have been extracted from plants or mushrooms throughout the years. Historically, people and cultures that discovered these properties in plants used hallucinogens for religious or healing rituals.

Today hallucinogens can still be found in their natural form. Still, due to increased demand, the synthetic (human-made) market has expanded with the intent to mimic the effects of profit from the demand for the experiences hallucinogenics provide when ingested.

In modern society, people report using these drugs for social or recreational purposes, including to have fun, deal with stress, have spiritual experiences, or as a form of escapism.

At The Cedars, we understand every journey is unique, and our team of counsellors work with patients struggling with addiction to hallucinogens and who require help to master their cravings or urges.

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Psychedelic drugs allow the brain to process everything in an individual’s environment rather than filtering it out. With this unfiltered experience, the brain is extra sensitive, making it harder for participants to remain grounded in reality.

Common classic hallucinogens include the following:

  • LSD (D-lysergic acid diethylamide)
  • Psilocybin (4-phosphoryloxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine)
  • Peyote (mescaline)
  • DMT (N,N-dimethyltryptamine)
  • 251-NBOMe

Examples of dissociative drugs include the following:

  • PCP (Phencyclidine)
  • Ketamine
  • Dextromethorphan (DXM)
  • Salvia (Salvia divinorum)
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Side effects of hallucinogenics

Hallucinogens are mind-altering substances that can cause lasting changes to the way the brain interacts in the future. Exposure to these substances can cause many side effects that are especially disturbing for those abusing hallucinogenics.

Known side effects from regular use of hallucinogens are:

  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Constant anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Nausea and vomiting

As you can tell from the descriptions and your possible experience with these substances, or a loved one who uses them, recovery is not a simple process to approach. The different types of hallucinogens each have their own various effects and can affect the recovery process. If one does not seek professional help despite the claims they can stop, substance users, with time, can still lead to potentially serious legal and personal consequences.

We specialise in treating various addictions, especially addiction to hallucinogens and other illegal drugs and prescription medication. To help you fully recover, we will first carefully assess your condition before providing an individualised course of treatment in our comfortable facilities that offer a tranquil place for you to work through our program.

Treating your hallucinogenics addiction

Your addiction treatment can include medical supervision that’s designed to minimise your withdrawal symptoms and make the process as painless as possible.

Along with a comprehensive rehabilitation programme that will care for your overall mental health and identify the root cause of your addiction, tackle it and work towards a life of sobriety and self-control.

During rehabilitation, you will also be provided with various tools to help you achieve long-term sobriety so that once you’re back home, you have the mental clarity and recovery information to avoid relapsing.

Post-treatment for hallucinogen addiction

Once you are discharged from our facility, if you wish, you can continue treatment. We are open to providing additional post-treatment support. Studies have shown that recovering addicts who take advantage of aftercare stand a better chance of avoiding a relapse.

Don’t let your addiction to hallucinogens rule your life. Take control today by getting in touch with us for professional help.

The pros and cons of hallucinogenics rehab

The advantages of seeking addiction treatment in a private rehab like ours are numerous. We are equipped with some of the top addiction counsellors in South Africa, with years of experience in helping those battling with hallucinogenic addiction to achieve a full recovery in a safe environment.

Other benefits of getting your addiction treated in our facility include the following:

  • Quick admission
  • Medical supervision
  • Personalised treatment
  • Private care
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Safe and peaceful environments
  • High-quality facilities
  • Aftercare services

These benefits, along with tailored solutions for your specific case, are available to anyone seeking out private rehab treatment with The Cedars in South Africa.

Reach out to us today and start your journey towards recovery.

chemical addictions

  • CAT
  • Cocaine
  • Crystal Meth
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroine
  • Inhalants
  • Ketamine
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA/Ecstasy
  • Prescription Medication
  • Prescription Opioids
  • Prescription Stimulants
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids
  • Synthetic Cathinones

behavioural addictions

  • Eating Disorders
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Gambling Disorder 
  • Gaming Addiction
  • Pornography Addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Shopping Addiction
  • Social Media Addiction

treatment phases & length

Primary Phase

This initial treatment phase forms the foundation of our highly effective addiction treatment program. Our primary treatment programme covered by medical aids is 21 days. The recommended treatment term at The Cedars is 90 days for the best possible outcome. True behavioural change takes time and practice, and it is our fervent belief that adhering to the recommended treatment term offers the client the best chance at sustained recovery. However, we have no rules about length of stay and our program is customized per individual. After abusing substances over a period of years, it can take the brain at least a month to return to the best possible cognitive functioning, where treatment efforts can be of maximum benefit.
After a physical health assessment, a customised medication assisted stabilization plan will be drawn up by our medical doctor and nurse to help clients abstain from substances safely and as comfortably as possible. The client begins one-on-one counselling, 12-Step treatment, group therapy and benefits from a healthy diet and regular exercise. Clients will usually complete the first three steps of the 12-Step program in primary care.


  • Medication assisted stabilization and withdrawal management
  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion
    and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Introduction to 12-Step program and written Step work
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun sober recreational activities
  • Healthy meals prepared by our in-house chef, regular aerobic exercise and yoga classes offered by a personal trainer, excursions

Secondary Phase

In the secondary phase, clients undergo a deeper exploration into the root cause of the substance abuse and other compulsive, self-defeating behaviour. They work hand-in-hand with our expert team to work through the balance of the 12-Steps, using the steps to process the damage and unmanageability their behaviour and substance abuse have caused in their lives, and the lives of their loved ones. They rely on their counsellors and the therapeutic community to identify their self-defeating behaviour and work towards change.
Clients are gradually given more responsibility in the community and given the opportunity to become role models and help the newer clients in their early process. Focus is put on discipline and routine, growth and responsibility, all to develop connection and self-worth. At the end of this phase, discharge planning and relapse prevention tools are explored, and short and long term goals are determined for when the client leaves treatment.


  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun, sober recreational activities

Tertiary Phase

During this final phase, our clients learn how to maintain their life in recovery, prevent relapse and reintegrate into society. Counsellors help the client prepare for a return to employment and family life. Important choices may need to be made that are most beneficial to sustaining long-term recovery. It’s also an opportunity for the client to take up a senior role in the therapeutic community, explore employment options and resolve any persisting behavioural addiction issues in the safest possible environment. Clients are given more freedom and responsibility and are able to work during the day and return in the afternoon.


  • Accommodation and meals
  • Weekly check-in groups
  • Check-in sessions with their counsellor, by appointment
  • Weekly 12 Step meetings

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post treatment support

When a client completes treatment, we are very sensitive to the fact that life in recovery is filled with challenges. At The Cedars, we have a number of structures in place to ensure the safest possible transition for clients from treatment and back into life.
We offer family workshops to educate families about the realities of addiction, and how to help their loved ones on their journey. We offer the client deep insight into the 12-Step fellowships, meetings and sponsorship – all vital to an ongoing recovery.
Our multi-disciplinary professionals are available to you when your loved one is ready to move into the next chapter. We are here to help you learn and grow throughout the process.

If you require post-treatment counselling, please click here