Ready to Quit DMT?…Get Help!
DMT – or Dimethyltryptamine – is a hallucinogenic drug which the Controlled Substances Act classifies as a Schedule I Controlled Substance. This means that it has a high potential for abuse and currently has no accepted medical use in treatment. How can you know when tripping on DMT has gone too far?
Here, we take a look the difference between DMT use and DMT drug problems. We’ll also dive into the medical definition of addiction and its treatment. Because a drug problem is a medical condition … it is treated medically! Towards the end of the article, friends and families will find suggestions on how to cope with a possible DMT addict.
So, if you think that DMT has become a problem in your life, you’re in the right place!
More here on how to identify DMT addiction. Finally, we offer a section for your questions at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all real life questions with a personal and prompt reply.
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When Does DMT Become a Problem?
Recreational use becomes problematic when you start to become obsessive or compulsive about it. If your days are spent thinking about the next time you’ll get high…or, if you crave DMT, this can be a sign of a drug problem. Likewise, if you keep using DMT despite a downturn in your health or life circumstances…this can also signal a problem. The main characteristics of any kind of drug problem include:
- CRAVING or COMPULSIVE thinking about a drug.
- CONTINUED use despite negative consequences to home, health, work, or social life.
- Loss of CONTROL of drug use or the inability to quit.
If you recognize any of the signs in yourself or a loved one, what next?
Well, you need to admit that you’ve got a problem. Then, you can get help.
How do people use DMT?
Users usually smoke, inject, snort DMT, or take it orally with the intention to:
- Experience heightened awareness
- Get a sense of greater spirituality
- Reach a state of enlightenment and well-being
- Achieve a mind-altering state
- Get high, as a recreational drug
- Reach a psychedelic state and perceive reality differently
- Go on a “existential trip”
But, it’s difficult to predict how DMT will affect you, how intense its effects will be, or how slowly time will pass while under the influence. Some claim it possesses deep-healing powers and can help people have important revelations, calling it “the spirit molecule”. However, there is a risk that a DMT ‘trip’ can lead to dangerous and disorienting psychedelic states.
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Is DMT Addictive?
But, what does “maybe” mean?
Let’s have a look at how addiction is defined in the first place:
“Drug abuse and addiction occur in individuals who use drugs for nonmedical reasons, experience issues with controlling their use of the drug, and continue to use the drug in spite of experiencing a number of negative side effects due to use”
While DMT is not physically addictive – there seems to be no physical urge to reuse the drug – it can potentially become psychologically addictive, and lead you to:
Believe that you need to use DMT again and again.
Become accustomed to the fantasy world DMT produces.
Experience difficulty to re-enter reality.
Engage in various risk-taking behaviors.
Use other mind-altering drugs and alcohol.
Further, it has a high potential to get you mentally ‘hooked’ due to the brain’s ability to develop a tolerance to its usage very quickly. Not to mention this: DMT also has the potential to cause permanent brain damage.
If you or a loved one have gone too far with DMT and would like to stop using, please do not hesitate to contact us right away. Call us at 1-877-958-9219 . We can help you sort through treatment options that match you and your unique circumstances.
The Best Way to Treat DMT Addiction
The best way to address addiction will be different for everyone. The reason is simple: You are not the same as the next person, nor do you have the same level of DMT dependence, life problems, past traumas, or treatment goals…these are unique to every individual seeking help.
Tailor-made rehab programs work best because they adapt the treatment plan to what YOU want and need from rehab. A custom addiction treatment program will include a personalized way to approach the issue. The idea is that you get best result when you treat the ‘whole’ person on several levels. So, a reputable rehab will consider you individual needs, encompassing the:
…aspects of your personality.
In this way, you are expected to have your own specific long and short term goals during treatment. Still, there is some standardization. In fact, all reputable substance abuse treatment programs have three similar generalized goals:
- To reduce your substance abuse or help you achieve a sober life.
- To maximize multiple aspects of your life functioning.
- To prevent or reduce the frequency and severity of relapse.
To explore ways to achieve sobriety, feel free to pick up th phone can 1-877-958-9219 TODAY. Get in touch with our free and confidential helpline to begin your recovery journey. Why wait? We understand addiction. We know treatment. Reach out for help. You are not alone.
Calling 911 for Emergency Help With DMT
If you believe someone is currently under the influence of DMT, pay close attention. Sometimes, DMT trips take a wrong turn and can become extremely frightening and violent for the user. Signs and symptoms of a bad trip can include:
- frightening hallucinations
What you can do in such situation to assist a loved one is:
1. Help them breathe slowly and deeply.
2. Move them to a quiet place without crowds or loud music.
3. Speak to them in short, simple sentences.
4. CALL 911!
When you call the ambulance, inform the contact representative that the person has taken DMT and perhaps any other substances with it. Then, provide clear instructions about your location. You can stay on the phone with medical professionals to receive instructions about how to aid the person until they arrive on the scene.
In the emergency room, the physicians may use medications such as benzodiazepines to help reduce the anxiety and panic. They can also provide the person with an oxygen mask and an IV for hydration to increase comfort.
Choosing The Best Treatment Option For You
If you are looking to get to know your options first, here are the basic choices usually offered during treatment.
OPTION 1: Should I choose an Inpatient or Outpatient treatment setting?
Inpatient treatment centers are safe residential environments, where you can learn new skills that can help you sustain long-term abstinence. This type of treatment is often recommended for individuals who have:
- A history of chronic substance abuse.
- Co-occuring mental health issues.
- High amounts of stressors and triggers in their environment.
- Low support or no recovery support at all from their family, friends, or community.
- Previous unsuccessful attempts to get sober.
Outpatient treatment centers are best suited to people who have managed to maintain a level of stability in their lives. These programs are non-residential. In other words, you attend daily therapy and counseling meetings while continuing to live at home, go to school or work, and take care of everyday responsibilities.
It is advised that you are cautious with choosing an outpatient treatment setting, especially if your doctor suggests you need time away from your home environment. Don’t get carried away with the thought that you need to be able to take care of everything and everyone else…while taking care of yourself. Although these programs may provide the level of flexibility that you need, their services can be limited, especially if you require 24-7 medical and psychological recovery services.
OPTION 2: What duration of treatment will suit me?
MostDMT rehabilitation program last 30 days minimum, or 60 to 90 days or more if needed. The shorter duration treatment episodes may be enough for people who require medical care and support until physical and psychological stabilization is achieved. However, 60 and 90 day programs offer significantly higher success rates. A longer stay in treatment allows more time for physical and psychological stabilization, therapy, and education…especially for individuals who also struggle with DMT abuse and addiction problem, or have a Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorder.
QUESTION: What therapies and amenities should my rehab program include?
First, you should look for a program that includes medical detox. Long-term DMT use can leave you unable to discern between reality and delusions. Medical specialists may prescribe anti-psychotic or anxiolytic medications to help calm your mind that has been over-stimulated or is in shock from DMT. Further, most treatment programs offer a combination of psychotheray to help you uncover the root causes of your drug abuse and teach you new, positive behaviors and ways to deal with triggers.
What happens when you call our hotline?
Our hotline is a safe place to get answers about treatment. We’ll help respond to your questions about DMT, help you explore a possible addiction problem, and provide information. In fact, when you CALL 1-877-958-9219 you can talk openly and honestly about:
- Your drug of choice.
- How long you’ve been using DMT.
- How much and how frequently you use DMT.
- Whether or not you’re drinking or using other drugs.
- Other mental health issues you’re battling.
We know that it can be difficult to seek help, especially if you fear getting judged or shamed because of your substance use. But, calling a helpline is:
Hotline staffers who answer the phone know how to listen. They have been trained to understand addiction as a medical condition and understand what you are going through. So, expect to talk with a caring and non-judgmental person who will work to get you the help you need and offer information about treatment services that can best help you.
What Are the Stages of Treatment?
Before you can accept help you will need to want to get sober and stop using DMT for the right reasons…for YOU!
It won’t work as long as you keep thinking “I don’t have a problem” or “I’ll go to therapy just so my parents/partner/sibling/friend will stop nagging me”. You have to accept that there is a problem when there really is. Then, help is available!
STAGE #1: Determine your course of treatment – Intake and assessment is the first step of your addiction treatment process. Through initial assessment and evaluation , a rehab center gathers information about your physical and mental health, substance use history, family support, and needs. You can expect to complete forms, go through an interview, physical exam, and possible drug testing. The results from this process will help determine the course of your tailor-made treatment.
STAGE #2: Rid your body of all drug toxins – DMT dependence and addiction are not typically associated with a significant withdrawal syndrome. But, you may need to take a few days to adjust to life without drugs in the comfort of the treatment center. The process of medical detox can take a few days to a few weeks depending on which specific substances you used (if any), the severity of your addiction, and the length of time you have been abusing DMT and other drugs/alcohol.
STAGE #3: Engage in psychotherapy and behavioral therapy – DMT addiction treatment programs provide psychotherapy and behavioral therapies to help you uncover and resolve the root causes of your addiction and help you understand your new behaviors that don’t involve DMT use. There are a variety of treatment methods available in DMT rehab programs, and may include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – This type of therapy works to minimize problematic beliefs and behaviors and develop healthier thinking and behavioral patterns to sustain sobriety. Therapy can help you recognize, avoid, and cope with the situations in which you are most likely to use DMT.
Motivational Interviewing – This technique works to help you get ready and willing to change your behavior and enter addiction treatment.
Contingency Management – This treatment approach uses positive reinforcement in the form of tokens or other rewards to encourage ongoing abstinence from drugs.
Medication Assisted Treatment – Addiction treatment doctors may prescribe FDA-approved medications to increase the success of your overall treatment plan for addiction. While these are mainly used to address strong drug problems, it’s possible that short term prescriptions for antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications can be of help to you.
12-Step Programs – These support group programs require complete abstinence from DMT and other psychoactive drugs. You will receive guidelines for achieving and maintaining a sober lifestyle that you can follow on your own or with a support group. In a group, participants are expected to help each other overcome addiction and facilitate recovery through personal stories and narrative.
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy – This type of therapy aims to reduce self-harming behaviors that often accompany mental health conditions that precede or occur as a result of DMT use disorder.
Holistic Programs – Used as an adjunct to evidence-based therapies, these programs teach you how to protect all areas of your health—mind, body, and spirit—to help you quit DMT and stay quit. Examples may include yoga therapy, meditation, art therapy, equine or animal therapy, or acupuncture.
Faith Based or Spiritual Programs – This type of treatment can help you strengthen your spiritual or religious foundation in order to overcome the need for DMT.
STAGE #4: Plan for life after the rehab program – Treatment facilities for DMT addiction often continue their help even after you leave their facilities, since addiction recovery requires ongoing support. Aftercare and relapse prevention programs help maintain the progress you made throughout recovery. A plan may include ongoing counseling, sober living/housing, and a relapse prevention plan.
So, now that you know what DMT addiction treatment generally entails, you are better prepared for what you can expect. Need more info? 1-877-958-9219 will connect you to our 24-7 hotline. Get the answers to your questions today!
DMT & Mental Health
DMT can be detrimental to your psyche even after just one try.
For many, DMT has a lifelong impact on their mental health. Some experience flashbacks of the time they were on the drug, and others may find it impossible to return to normal after going on a powerful DMT ‘trip’. What’s more, anyone with a predisposition to mental health problems can find DMT to worsen and intensify their negative feelings.
Those suffering from a psychiatric disorder that co-occurrs with addiction may experience what is known as a “Dual Diagnosis”. People diagnosed with a Dual Diagnosis face different challenges. These challenges may include:
- Being less likely to seek out treatment for addiction.
- Being more likely to be noncompliant with therapies or medications.
- Using DMT or other drugs to self-medicate the mental health issue.
- Having a greater risk for relapse due to the co-occuring disorders.
But, there is good news!
These issues can be addressed in psychotherapy, in which professional counselors can help the client learn to relax and set realistic goals. With the right course of treatment, strong support network and continued care you CAN manage both conditions successfully. In fact, there is a treatment method called Integrated Therapy that treats the symptoms of your substance use disorders and mental health illnesses all at once.
If you’d like to discuss your needs for DMT dual diagnosis treatment Call 1-877-958-9219 for confidential and professional help. Let us help you sort through the best options for you and your unique circumstances.
How to Help a Loved One With a DMT Problem
When you suspect or know for sure that a loved one is using DMT…don’t wait!
People who have fewer experiences with this drug have greater chances of achieving full recovery. Chronic and repeated use of a hallucinogenic drug such as DMT increases the potential risk of experiencing a bad trip. Bad trips are usually short-lasting, but can result in lingering and persistent:
- depressed mood
- suicidal thoughts
- occasional flashbacks
Plus, DMT use can further impair a person’s cognitive and memory capacity, leading to difficulties with school and work.
But, even when someone is a frequent user of DMT…not all hope is lost. A substance abuse treatment program can help improve your loved one’s ability to function at work and school, establish and maintain relationships and increase self-esteem.
When you are seeking professional help, CALL 1-877-958-9219 for help to assess and evaluate a loved one’s DMT problem. You can also investigate options to help them quit for good. Questions we typically ask include:
- Which substance/drug does the person abuse?
- What other drugs or alcohol do you think they’re using?
- How do they abuse DMT (orally, snorting, smoking, injecting)?
- How long do you suspect they have been using?
- How long they’ve been showing signs of addiction?
- How much can they afford to pay for treatment?
- Is insurance an option?
- Could you (and/or other close family members) help them out financially?
- Does they suffer from any mental, behavioral, or co-occurring disorders?
To get help for your family member or friend struggling with DMT abuse, contact us TODAY. Additionally, you can get peer support for yourself by looking into 12-step groups like Al-Anon or schedule individual sessions with a therapist.
Addiction affects all who love and care for the addict. So take time to recover and take care for yourself while you stay engaged and supportive of your loved one’s recovery.
Ongoing Treatment and Relapse Prevention
For many people, addiction recovery is a lifelong process. Staying away from drugs can require constant work and attention. At times, it can be difficult to withstand the temptation to relapse, which is why ongoing support is crucial.
A comprehensive DMT addiction treatment program should include a full range of aftercare services, such as:
Self-help support groups
Life skills classes
Relapse preventing training
These elements offer support and prevent a relapse They help you stay involved with the sobriety community and prompt you to continue to work on your recovery. Most importantly, aftercare and relapse prevention programs can extend into months and years following your DMT treatment…for as long as you need.
If you are ready to find your way to recovery from DMT, why wait?
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You don’t have to deal with addiction alone!