DMT may sound like a vague drug but chances are, you’ve heard of it in the past. It is N,N-dimethyltryptamine, which is a hallucinogenic drug. The interesting thing is that this is something that happens naturally. The problem is when it is created synthetically. It may not be as addictive as certain other drugs like opioids, but it is addictive in its own ways. Here is what you should know about DMT and how to get help if you have a dependence on it.

If you are having addiction problems with DMT or any drug, we help you become sober and healthier with rehabilitative counseling and treatment at Transformations Treatment Center. Just reach out and we will help you get your life back.

All About DMT

DMT is found in plants in South and Central America but it also happens naturally in our brains. It is one of the lesser psychedelic drugs and weaker than those like LSD or mushrooms.

People use DMT because of the supposed enlightened state that they experience. The time it lasts is approximately 30 minutes but those who use it feel as if they have reached a state that opens their minds. The trip is also different from other hallucinogenics because it takes users to other worlds and a different plane of consciousness. Most have difficulty explaining it since it is so different from what know.

It is typically drank, snorted, injected, or smoked. Injecting it is particularly dangerous but the main way it is used is in a tea. In fact, Amazonian tribes brew it as part of spiritual ceremonies. The tea is called ayahuasca and is a mixture of DMT with specific plants and vines – those containing naturally occurring MAOI, a natural form of antidepressant.

One reason it is so different is that it has a correlation to near-death experiences, according to many users.

According to Business Insider:

The link between DMT and spiritualism has been around a long time. A common theory about why DMT is in the body is that we release a large dose of it when we die. When people come back from a near death experience, and report seeing a white light or divine beings, some say this is the result of a release of DMT, which gives the brain a final, all-encompassing hallucination.

The problem with this is that being so far from reality may damage the person mentally. Some may find it hard to get back to the real world after a trip and want to continue using the drug to experience this same feeling. This is the same problem with any drug that creates a sense of euphoria or “feel good” reaction.

Signs and Symptoms of DMT Use and Addiction

Like any drug, there are side effects. Those who use and/or abuse DMT may experience side effects such as:

  • Pain or tightness in the chest
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Dilated eyes
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Higher body temperature
  • Hypertension and increased heart rate

Those with a per-existing heart condition are particularly in danger due to it raising both the heart rate and the blood pressure. It is simply not safe to use and not just for the physical reasons alone. Mental well-being may be damaged as well. Since DMT causes the brain to release serotonin, high doses of the drug may send the body into a serotonin syndrome. While this is a condition that does not cause issues one the levels of serotonin are stabilized, if it is not treated the person may become unconscious and it can lead to death.

Addiction Stats for Hallucinogens

There aren’t statistics available for just DMT use but there is information on hallucinogenics in-general.

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 17 percent of Americans ages 18 to 25 used hallucinogens in their lifetime and about 7 percent used a hallucinogen in the past year.

Treatment for DMT Addiction

While DMT is on the lower spectrum of addiction, any type of drug that interferes with your normal and healthy lifestyle needs attention. And even if they are not as addictive as some drugs, the psychological and physical effects may last for years. It is important to know that taking this kind of drug can lead a person to possibly do things they wouldn’t normally do. They may take risks or participate in behavior that is abnormal and dangerous. And while it is not addictive in the same vein as some drugs where the person’s reward center is activated, it can still cause psychological dependence.

Treatment may include learning the reasons why you feel you need the drug and continue to use it. If there is a co-occurring disorder, then it is especially important to have treatment. A co-occurring disorder is when a person has a mental health issue and is addicted to drugs or alcohol. In the past, this was treated separately so one had to choose. Now, they are treated together for the person to get the best care possible for both issues.

Recovery and a Healthy Lifestyle

Here at Transformations Treatment Center, we customize each plan to fit the individual’s needs. Our wealth of knowledge and treatment options mean that you get the best care possible and can be on your way to a drug-free life. If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with DMT use or any other drug, learn more about what we have to offer.

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