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Everything You Need to Know About DMT Addiction

What is DMT, and how does it affect individuals who abuse it?

Dimethyltryptamine or DMT is a popular and powerful psychedelic substance with a Schedule III classification under Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Dealers also call DMT drugs “the spirit molecule” or “the businessman’s trip.” 

Traditionally used in religious rituals, DMT’s psychoactive effects can be accessed by brewing parts of the mind-altering Amazonian plant ayahuasca into a tea to induce vivid visions and a hyper-sensory experience. On the other hand, synthetic or lab-produced DMT drugs are recreationally used by snorting, smoking, or injecting the white crystalline powder form.

Immediate or Short-Term DMT Side Effects

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DMT side effects may vary depending on whether you took a natural vs synthetic version and the method of consumption. Unlike other psychedelics, abusing DMT drugs can be extremely harmful to your physical and mental health and well-being

Here’s a list of known physiological side effects of abusing DMT.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Sudden fever 
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Weird and involuntary eye movements
  • Dilated pupils
  • Severe dehydration

DMT drugs also work as serotonin receptors like antidepressants and MAO inhibitors. Users who take these mental illness medications and consume large doses of DMT are making themselves vulnerable to serotonin syndrome. A severe and sudden accumulation of the serotonin chemical in the body can lead to the onset of mild to severe consequences, from shivering to seizures.

In addition, abusing DMT drugs in exceptionally high doses or mixing them with alcohol and other illicit substances, such as cocaine or opioid painkillers, can cause someone to abruptly stop breathing and fall into cardiac arrest, coma, or worse, sudden death. 

What is a DMT “Bad Trip”?

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Although more extensive research is needed to prove DMT’s long-term side effects, experts agree that users with concurrent mental conditions, such as schizophrenia, face more significant risks due to the possibility of experiencing a “bad trip.”

In the world of recreational drug use, having a bad trip means suffering from prolonged and terrifying hallucinations, flashbacks, and nightmares instead of getting the sought-after high. Potential psychological long-term DMT side effects can last for days, weeks, months, or sometimes years after use. This unsettling experience can trigger debilitating panic attacks or suicide attempts driven by overwhelming fear and persistent paranoia.

Can I Get Addicted to DMT Drugs?

According to current research, DMT drugs exhibit low risks of dependence because it does not cause physical withdrawal symptoms when you pause or quit using them, unlike other hallucinogens. However, the risk of developing an addiction to DMT drugs is still there, especially for individuals who habitually abuse it to escape or make themselves feel better from their bleak reality. 

Other symptoms that may suggest you’re at risk of forming a DMT drug addiction include:

  • Being accustomed to taking DMT in high doses
  • Inability to successfully stop or quit abusing DMT even if you want to
  • Getting into trouble at work or compromising relationships because your DMT drug use comes first
  • Neglecting hobbies and other activities that you previously loved spending time on
  • Feeling inadequate, unhappy, or lacking in confidence without using DMT drugs

DMT Addiction Treatment by Freedom

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There’s currently no available prescription or over-the-counter medication approved by the FDA to specifically treat addiction to DMT drugs. Psychotherapy and effective behavioural therapies may prove valuable in overcoming substance use addiction and ultimately help guide patients to have a happier, healthier life in sobriety.

At Freedom From Addiction, we follow evidence-based approaches to treat different types of substance use disorders. Our world-class addiction specialists develop a customized treatment plan for each patient based on their medical and psychological evaluations. 

DMT drug addiction treatment programs may include:

Detox is the first and most crucial step. A medically guided drug detox ensures there’s no trace of substance in the system while making the patient safe and comfortable from potential withdrawal symptoms.

It’s a one-on-one patient and therapist setting that provides an opportunity to unpack and process past trauma and triggers that may have led to addiction.

In group-based therapy sessions, patients talk about their experiences and feelings in a safe and shared space. It helps them recognize that they are not alone in their journey and allows them to draw inspiration from other participants.

CBT is a specialized type of psychotherapy that focuses on getting rid of harmful behaviours and mindsets and equipping patients with positive coping strategies when they feel cravings for DMT drugs.

Residential treatment lasts for 30 to 90 days. Our clients get full-service therapy from professionals during the day as they remain at their residence in Freedom From Addiction.

    • Outpatient Program

Our outpatient addiction recovery program is perfect for continuing care and relapse prevention strategies. Patients can live with their family or secure accommodation outside our facility and only come in to attend scheduled treatment sessions.

If you or a loved one has suffered enough from DMT side effects but cannot seem to walk away from it, Freedom From Addiction can help you. To know all about our DMT drug addiction treatment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our treatment consultants who are available 24/7.

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