What are psychedelics?
Psychedelics are drugs and naturally occurring substances that can help treat mental health disorders. Holistic medicine and spiritual practitioners have been using these hallucinogenic ingredients for thousands of years, but they’ve been illegal in the United States since the mid-1960s.
New research suggests psychedelics could treat a range of mental health conditions under expert supervision. Because they’re not legal in Georgia, let alone FDA-approved, Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions is positioning itself to offer these treatments as soon as they become available.
What effects do psychedelics have?
Psychedelics are potent substances that can have mind-altering effects. Research indicates that they affect the neural circuits in your brain that use the neurotransmitter serotonin. Psychedelics produce feelings of relaxation, connectedness, and improved well-being. They also trigger spiritual experiences in some people.
As pleasant as these feelings are, psychedelics can also cause less desirable effects, such as:
- Altered perception of time
- Reality distortions
- Intense emotions
In a therapeutic setting where Dr. Giles can help you understand and use these experiences, psychedelics could be of great benefit in treating depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and addiction.
What psychedelics can treat mental health disorders?
Many different psychedelics could be effective in treating mental health conditions. Some of the most well-known ones include:
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
LSD is famed as a recreational drug that alters mood, perception, and consciousness. It could help treat addiction and anxiety.
Psilocybin is similar to LSD and could be useful for addiction, anxiety, and depression.
MDMA, also called ecstasy, isn’t strictly a psychedelic, but it does produce psychedelic effects like euphoria, increased sociability, and altered perceptions. Research indicates MDMA could help people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Ayahuasca is a tropical vine found in South America. It could help treat addiction, depression, and anxiety.
How are psychedelics administered?
Because these treatments are currently illegal, there are no standardized administration methods. However, your treatment would probably involve taking a low to moderate drug dose under Dr. Giles’ supervision with the assistance of a trained therapist.
The environment in which you experience psychedelic therapy is critical to its success. Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions is creating a safe, comfortable environment for patients who would undergo psychedelic therapy.
Following your treatment, Dr. Giles would work with you on integration — helping you make sense of the experience and process it meaningfully.
To find out more about psychedelics and other innovative treatments for psychiatric disorders, call Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions today or request an appointment online.