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What Does a DMT Addiction Look Like?

DMT addiction therapy and detox are both part of a treatment plan for DMT addiction that many inpatient and outpatient drug rehabilitation centers provide. This treatment is helpful for those who have become dependent or addicted to DMT, whether the addiction is physical or emotional in nature. Physical addictions are treated with detoxification and rehabilitation, while psychological addictions are the focus of 12-step programs and therapies.

Did You Know?

Addiction treatments can help people stop taking a drug without suffering through severe withdrawal affects.

What Kind of Drug is DMT?

DMT, also called dimethyltryptamine, is a hallucinogen. It naturally occurs in a number of plants, but it can also be produced synthetically. It was first created synthetically by a British chemist in 1931, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. DMT has no approved medical use in the United States, so any use of DMT is illegal. It is a Schedule I drug. While it was highly abused in the 1960s, it is still present on the illicit drug market today.

Did You Know?

DMT is normally snorted, smoked or injected.

At doses of 0.2 and 0.4 mg/kg, DMT is known to be fully hallucinogenic. This means that this dosage will cause hallucinations and affect brain function. A person on DMT can expect to experience:

  • Visual hallucinations
  • Depersonalization
  • Auditory distortions
  • An altered sense of time
  • Hypertension
  • An increased heart rate
  • Agitation
  • Seizures
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid rhythmic movement of the eye
  • Dizziness
  • Ataxia
  • Possible coma
  • Respiratory arrest at high doses

If someone you know is experiencing these effects and may have taken DMT, contact a medical professional or call 911. The onset of the medication is rapid, but it normally wears off in about 30 to 45 minutes. A medical detox facility can often deliver an antidote that can stop the hallucinations and other side effects if necessary, and a medical professional can monitor a patient for overdose and life-threatening conditions.

DMT addiction treatment is available for those who want to receive help and to stop taking the drug. Patients may have the option of inpatient or outpatient treatment, depending on the severity of the dependency or addiction. DMT is an illegal substance, so detoxification uses other medications to negate side effects of withdrawal instead of tapering the drug until it is no longer needed by the body. The job of detoxification clinics with DMT treatment therapies is to reduce and control withdrawal symptoms for a patient and to prevent the use of the illicit substance.

Did You Know?

DMT is illegal; if a person buys, sells or transfers the drug, it can lead to arrest.

How Addiction Therapy Affects Treatment

“Inpatient therapy for patients with an addiction to DMT will be comprised of detoxification and rehabilitation.”Inpatient therapy for patients with an addiction to DMT will be comprised of detoxification and rehabilitation. Detoxification is completed first in order to rid the patient’s body of the drug. During this time, the patient will go through a medically monitored withdrawal process. The patient will not interact with other patients in rehabilitation at this point. This is done so that patients in rehabilitation can remain in a positive atmosphere away from drug detoxification, which they have already gone through.

After detoxification is complete, which normally takes a few days to a few weeks, the patient will move on to the rehabilitation process. At an inpatient clinic, the patient will live at the facility 24 hours a day, which allows doctors, psychiatrists or psychologists to be available for the patient at all times. Patients will be surrounded by peer support, and they may attend therapy to work through psychological addictions or to understand why the physical addiction occurred.

Did You Know?

Outpatient therapy allows participants to maintain a normal day-to-day life while undergoing treatment.

At an outpatient detoxification clinic, patients who are dependent or have mild addictions can go through a medically monitored withdrawal while still being able to go home, to work and to school. The normal activities of their day-to-day lives remain unaltered, aside from attending appointments. Outpatient detoxification may require patients to check in with doctors daily, to have blood work completed, and to attend therapy.

Outpatient DMT addiction treatment rehabilitation focuses on the patient’s needs while teaching him or her about stress-reduction techniques. The patient will also acquire life skills and receive behavior therapy. Other therapies may be used, like talk or family therapy. For more information about outpatient rehabilitation as a DMT addiction treatment, call our hotline at .