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Updated: Sep 15, 2022

Hallucinations are sensory experiences that appear real but are created by your mind it involves a feeling of seeing, hearing, smelling, or tasting things that don't exist outside the mind. Hallucinations brought on by drugs are typically visual, although they can also involve other senses. They could appear as abstract shapes or light bursts, or they might resemble creatures or people. Visual distortions that change how a person sees their surroundings happen more frequently.

Hallucinations are a frequent side effect of many medications, and they can even happen to persons who take prescribed medications as directed. People can experience hallucinations when they're high on illegal drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, LSD or ecstasy. They can also occur during withdrawal from alcohol or drugs if you suddenly stop taking them. Numerous drugs, including opioids, have the potential to result in hallucinations. Opioids, such as Vicodin, are frequently prescribed to treat pain and other illnesses, but when overused, they can send their users into terrible hallucinations.

Risks Associated with Hallucinations

A person is more prone to engage in risky behaviours that could result in physical damage or even assault when they believe they are experiencing a hallucination. Also frequently terrifying and causing panic. A single drug misuse might result in health problems and unsettling side effects including hallucinations. We encourage those battling addiction to seek help from competent professionals.

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Article produced in the framework of the RadioLit project, managed by African Media Association and funded by the US Embassy Malta, through the JuliaTaft Refugee Fund.

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