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certain drugs can induce a ‘bad trip”. This can be either physical eg:
nausea or convulsions and /or psychological. It can happen with any drug, but
commonly with LSD and MDMA/Ecstasy.
If at any stage you feel overwhelmed, or if you or a friend is experiencing
severe physical or emotional reactions - do not hesitate to get
best way to prevent a bad trip is to follow the guidelines set out in the
in this booklet. There may however be times when a bad trip still happens.
having bad trips can feel a number of things: confused, overwhelmed by crowds
attention, fear they are losing their minds, have hallucinations and can become
paranoid. They can also become dangerously violent. Some describe it as being
stuck in a nightmare that you can’t wake up from. If you have to help
remember to stay calm, as anxiety and fear will worsen the situation.
people will respond to the A R R R T guidelines listed here:
Try to gain the person’s trust and confidence by keeping calm. Try not
to make them do anything they don’t want to do.
Stimuli: It is best to take the person to
a quiet place, where they feel safe
and comfortable, away from loud noise, crowds and bright lights. Sunglasses may
help. Keep your movements slow and smooth, and don’t crowd the person - let
Reassure the person that the drug is causing the effect, that it will go
time and if they try to accept the feelings rather than fight them, things will
look better, sooner.
A positive attitude can often turn a trip around.
Make sure they are comfortable and use simple techniques for relaxation such
as massage or even holding hands. If the person becomes violent or aggressive -
call for help. Someone flipping out on a bad trip seems to have enormous
constantly in a soothing tone. It may help to remind them who they are,
and try discussing peaceful, pleasant topics. If they are having difficulty
get them to focus on your face. By getting them to think simple and happy
creating a positive attitude, bad trips can often be turned around.
not to put off the comedown from the use of a stimulant or upper. Avoid using
downers like heroin, mandrax, or benzodiazepines like Valium to take the edge
put you to sleep. These drugs are much more addictive than the common party
drugs. Your drug-taking could evolve from a party experience to a daily need.
down by chilling out, replenish your body with food, fluids and sleep, videos,
whatever makes you comfortable. The high could be followed by feelings of
or anxiety for days after use - prolonging the comedown could make it worse.
experience with drugs could turn into a nightmare. If you are spinning out, ask
help from a friend, or someone working at the club or party. If someone
call for help immediately but try not to panic.
If you’re using too many drugs too often, you are likely to end up feeling
paranoid and depressed. It’s the Law of Drug Gravity: What goes “up” must
“down” and for every High, there is an equal and often more hectic Low.
and mind needs rest, relaxation and nourishment to replace the things that
take out. So if you feel you’re losing the plot and you’ve been overdoing
it, give the
drugs a miss and see how you feel.
What goes up must come down:
you are having a friend on a bad trip, stay calm.