About Psilocybin Mushrooms

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Thinking of taking a break from regular use?

See the 'Making changes' page for more information on how to Manage withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.

Psilocybin mushrooms, like many psychedelic drugs, do not commonly cause addiction and dependence. However, this isn’t always the case, and some people do find it difficult to stop using psilocybin mushrooms, which is more common in young people.

Some people may not experience addiction to these drugs but may want to cut back or stop using because of the psychological effects or because they are using more than they would like to. Most people who use psilocybin mushrooms regularly will only experience mild symptoms when withdrawing.

If you …

Then …

Feel tired

Feel irritable or agitated

Have mild cravings to use mushrooms

Experience memory loss

Feel anxious

Experience low mood

Have trouble adjusting to reality or understanding what is real and what is not

Try these things at home:

  • Consider counselling or support groups if feelings of anxiety and depression are getting worse.
  • Lean on a support network of friends, family and professionals.
  • Stick to a routine – waking up, eating well, keeping active and rewarding yourself with things that bring you joy.
  • Practise mindfulness by writing down your feelings, doing breathing exercises or meditating.

Have severe memory loss

Experience increased anxiety

Experience increased low mood

Are not able to reconnect with reality for a longer period of time

Have flashbacks

Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)

You can talk to your doctor about:

  • other medicines to help you get through withdrawal
  • rehab or withdrawal clinics in your area – visit Health Point to see what services are available.

Have severe or dangerous flashbacks

Experience psychosis

Call 111

These are signs that something more serious is going on. You or the people around you should act quickly.

 For more information on getting support for drug and alcohol use, see Finding support.

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