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Mescaline Addiction Treatment

A Psychological Addiction

Mescaline isn’t technically medically addictive. A moderately strong hallucinogen and psychotropic drug, it can cause psychological addiction, however. Such addictions are based on habit and conditioned response, rather than to profound alteration of the body and brain structures and systems. Treatments for mescaline addiction are, therefore, aimed at psychological approaches rather than medical ones.

Mescaline and its treatment

Peyote, the Source of Mescaline

Peyote is a small, spineless wild cactus native to much of Southwestern America and Mexico. When sliced and dried, it is referred to as peyote buttons. Reduced to a fine brown powder, it’s sold as mescaline.

Mescaline is usually taken orally, though it can be injected. It has a mild hallucinogenic effect but generates erratic responses in users: some experience anxiety, panic attacks, behave erratically, and otherwise encounter unpleasant responses. Others injure themselves while under the effect of the drug. Physical side effects aren’t unknown, including raised blood pressure and increased pulse rate. For those who find the experience pleasing, however, there’s a strong motive to return to mescaline many times.

Causes of Psychological Addiction

Psychological addictions, unlike medical addictions, are habits formed from a combination of emotional response and physical response. These addictions, however, involve little if any change in the human body. The driving motivation for a psychological addiction is tied to perceived pleasure and to a conditioned response.

A psychological addiction will usually involve some drug that offers an effect the user finds pleasing and desirable. While desire isn’t the same as compulsion, it’s still a strong motivating basis for repeating an experience. Over time, the mind creates an association of desire, behavior, and satisfaction/pleasure, with each new use cementing the habit more firmly in place.

Kicking the Habit

Getting rid of a psychological addiction is primarily a matter of behavioral modification, motivational counseling, and in some cases supporting secondary therapy such as hypnotherapy. All these forms of counseling are aimed at either providing new activities to replace old ones, or strengthening the will and desire to see the habit change through to completion.

Behavioral modification grows out of behavioral psychology studies, based on a narrow consideration of actions and reactions, and conditioning methods. Conditioning at its worst is often called “brainwashing.” When seen in a more positive light, it is seen as learning, creating good habits, and building stable actions and reactions. Behavioral modification is likely to focus on techniques for blocking old behaviors, and substituting new behaviors that can be rewarding and self-maintaining.
Motivational counseling deals with methods for keeping your focus on your goal, and holding out till success is achieved. This form of counseling is often very similar to career coaching, life coaching, and other forms of practical, small-focus counseling modes.

Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to implant mutually agreed on triggers and mental patterns and images to encourage and support the effort of habit reformation. An effective tool for many people struggling with day to day problems, hypnotherapy has been very useful in reinforcing efforts made through more direct ways.

Finding a Great Therapy Team

When putting together a great team to help kick a mescaline habit, it’s good to make use of the many resources available to offer you referrals to reliable, responsible professionals. For the type of counseling in question, your doctor, a local hospital, or a good professional referral service are probably good starting points. When you describe your needs and expectations, be sure to make clear you’re seeking motivational help reforming bad habits.

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