Mescaline Withdrawal

Mescaline is the extract of a spineless cactus known as peyote, and it can also be produced synthetically (in a lab). It’s a type of drug known as a hallucinogen or psychedelic. While peyote has been used ceremonially for thousands of years by indigenous cultures such as the Navajo, mescaline is also a recreational drug that may be abused, possibly leading to tolerance and dependence. Outside of ceremonial use by the Native American Church, mescaline is illegal in the United States. Symptoms of mescaline withdrawal may occur in someone who takes the drug often.

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What Are the Mescaline Withdrawal Symptoms?

Mescaline is not physically addictive like some drugs such as heroin and meth, but sometimes it can cause a psychological addiction. It can also cause very unpleasant side effects. These side effects may include restlessness, depression, and memory problems. Other mescaline side effects may include nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, and dizziness, among others.

Like most other drugs, the more someone uses it, they build up a tolerance and have to take more to get the same effect.

When they do stop taking mescaline, they will most likely experience withdrawal symptoms such as a dip in serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps with mood. This dip in serotonin can lead to a state called dysphoria. Dysphoria means the person experiences a feeling of depression and dissatisfaction. They may also feel anxious and restless.

What Are the Stages of the Mescaline Withdrawal Timeline?

Soon after someone stops taking mescaline, they may feel a drop in their mood. They may feel depressed, anxious, and unhappy.

A couple of serious long-term health effects can also result from chronic use of mescaline and other psychedelic drugs:

  1. Hallucinogen-Persisting Perception Disorder (HPDD), also known as “flashbacks.” Flashbacks often occur without warning and may include hallucinations and visual disturbances.
  2. Persistent or drug-induced psychosis, which causes visual disturbances, disorganized thinking, paranoia, and mood changes.

Why Should I Detox?

Even though mescaline isn’t physically addictive, it can be psychologically addictive and that can make it hard to quit. As your body develops a tolerance for the drug, you require more of it to get the same effect. Plus, you may develop a routine or take the drug in the company of certain friends at a certain place. All of these details become part of the process of taking the drug.

As you mentally associate these different activities or people and places with taking the drug, it can be hard to not crave the drug if you find yourself in certain circumstances. Because of this, it is beneficial to participate in a professional addiction treatment program to help you detox with emotional and psychological support, in a safe environment.

If you are also taking other substances, going through a professional detox program will also help ensure your recovery from those substances as well. Finally, a detox program, along with therapy, can help prepare you with coping skills to avoid relapse.

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What is the Next Treatment Step?

Following a full continuum of treatment provides the most comprehensive approach to addiction recovery. Starting with the highest and most intense level of care during the detox phase, it then progresses through less intense levels of treatment. Participating in a full continuum of treatment will position you better to be successful in your recovery. Stages of treatment usually include: detox/inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and alumni or aftercare.


Medical stabilization is the goal during the first stage of withdrawal treatment. First, you will receive a complete medical assessment to determine your level of addiction and any additional medical needs you may have, including addiction to other substances. The assessment will include a medical exam and urine or blood tests to screen for drugs.

Your doctor may also require additional testing such as: additional blood tests, including a CBC (complete blood count), chest X-ray, ECG (electrocardiogram), and testing for other diseases.

Once the doctor has your test results, he or she will design a detox plan for you. Then you will begin the detox process under the care of your medical team. Your medical team will include doctors, nurses, and support staff.

Your treatment plan will also include behavioral therapy and emotional support in addition to medical treatment.


Once you have completed the medical detox phase, you will continue treatment in a partial hospitalization program (PHP). During PHP, you’ll stay at a transitional living facility while undergoing a supportive and structured treatment program. Treatment sessions are typically held daily during the week for six hours each day. A combination of individual, group, and family therapy programs are available to meet your emotional and mental health needs.

The goal during this period is learning positive life skills, coping mechanisms, and techniques to help prevent relapse. Learning these skills and techniques will help you to be better prepared for long-term recovery as you begin the process of transitioning back to your life outside the treatment center.


The next step in the full continuum of treatment is the intensive outpatient program (IOP) stage.

This stage is sometimes used as standalone addiction therapy. However, it is also a vital part of the full continuum of treatment. During this phase of treatment, your therapy sessions won’t be scheduled as often, and the program will be more flexible. However, you will still attend intensive therapy sessions and continue with medication management, if required.

The IOP stage of treatment is intended to help you continue to be accountable for your recovery. It will also include periodic weekly drug testing. The main focus of IOP is to help you continue to build coping skills and prevent relapse.


After you have completed the treatment program, you will have the opportunity to join other treatment center alumni during weekly support groups and social events. These events provide great opportunities to meet other program graduates and develop new friendships. Building social support with others who understand the recovery process can be a vital resource to help you grow. As you continue to adjust to life after the treatment program and take on new responsibilities having this strong network in place can help you stay focused on your recovery.

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

If you’re looking for professional help to recover from taking mescaline, contact the admissions specialists at Ocean Breeze Recovery for free and confidential help. Our specialists can provide the guidance and support you need to start your recovery. They can explain the process and answer any questions you may have. After you speak with a specialist, you will know what to expect from our evidence-based services, and you will feel confident to make an informed decision about your treatment.

Our specialists can also check with your private health insurance to see if your treatment costs will be fully covered. Call us at 844-554-9279 and let us help you get started on your journey to recovery today.