What is DMT?
DMT, short for N, N-Dimethyltryptamine, is a highly potent hallucinogen that can be found in South American plants or made synthetically in a lab. Also called Dmitri, the drug can be consumed by chewing, smoking, brewing into tea, or swallowing a pill or liquid forms. DMT is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act since it has no known medical purposes and is only used recreationally. DMT addiction requires professional treatment to overcome the powerful control of this substance.
Hallucinogenic drugs produce many psychedelic effects on the individual. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), states that “Some of their most prominent effects occur in the prefrontal cortex—an area involved in mood, cognition, and perception—as well as other regions important in regulating arousal and physiological responses to stress and panic.” This substance can be hazardous to an individual’s mental health short-term and long-term.
What are the Effects of DMT?
Many short and long-term effects are associated with DMT. Hallucinogens like DMT disrupt the brain’s two significant functions: brain chemical serotonin and brain chemical glutamate.
When the brain’s serotonin is disturbed by the DMT, people may experience slight changes such as mood swings, sleeping problems, loss of appetite, irregular body temperature, or usual sexual behavior. When the brain’s glutamate is altered by the drug, emotional unrest, memory problems, processing information, and sensory adaptation may be changed.
Short-Term Effects — DMT produces a “trip” felt by the people consuming it. This “trip” can be described as a short period of euphoria, altered perception, hallucinations, detachment from the environment, or intense visual perceptions. Users may also experience “bad trips,” which consist of confusion, unpleasant hallucinations, loss of control, and extremely negative emotions. A trip can cause individuals to keep coming back for more.
- Irregular sleep schedule
- Unusual eating habits
- Intense emotions
- Increased heart rate
- Anxiety and panic
- Increased blood pressure
Long-Term Effects — The main long-term effects of DMT use are persistent psychosis, flashbacks, and hallucinations even when not on the drug. These psychological disorders may make people feel like they are experiencing a “bad trip” and scare them.
- Speech problems
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
Paranoia, visual disturbances, mood swings, and having symptoms similar to neurological problems are also long-term effects of using this drug.
Can You Become Addicted to DMT?
There is no evidence suggesting that DMT addiction exists, which means the body needs the drug to function properly over time, or that people can form a tolerance, which means the body needs more and more over time to achieve the same effect. Although, a psychological addiction can develop due to its effects on the individual’s mental state. Psychological addictions to DMT is classified as a having a hallucinogen use disorder. Since the effects only last for 30 to 45 minutes, users may continue consuming the drug to prolong their “trips.”
How Can You Help a DMT Addiction?
Approach them — the first step in helping a DMT addiction is to approach them with positive communication. Being confrontational and angry only makes the problem worse and will result in the other person resenting you, not being honest with you, or not confiding in you for help. Focus on their behaviors at first and share how concerned you are about them. It is important to educate yourself on addiction beforehand so that you have some insight to what the person is experiencing.
Family counseling — Addiction always takes a toll on the family. Family counseling helps the members sit down with one another and share their frustrations, feelings, and hopes for the future. It is crucial for the family to have open and honest communication with each other to move forward in the recovery process.
Interventions — intervention is defined as: “an organized confronting of a person who has a serious problem.” When a loved one has an addiction, family members may all come together and talk to the addict at once. Each member talks about their feelings with the addict and encourages them to start living a healthy lifestyle. Interventions usually end in the addict being admitted to an inpatient facility.
What are the Forms of Treatment for DMT Addiction?
Outpatient Programs — outpatient programs are best for those who are in the addiction recovery process but want to maintain their daily lifestyle at home. These programs may encourage the individual to attend weekly support group meetings, see a counselor periodically, or go to family counseling. These programs help individuals learn how to begin living a healthy life while still in the comfort of their environment.
Inpatient Programs — these programs are beneficial for those who want to escape the distractions, triggers, and temptations of their environment at home. Individuals will temporarily be removed from their typical routines to learn about a healthy lifestyle. Holistic approaches are practiced in inpatient facilities; this is when the person improves their mental health, physical health, and spirituality all at once.
If you or someone you know is addicted to DMT, call our toll-free number today. A Forever Recovery wants to help get you started on your journey into a healthier, drug-free lifestyle. Call today to learn about the different treatment options and resources suited to your individual needs.