Dimethyltryptamine, also known as DMT, is a potent hallucinogenic drug that affects the body’s serotonergic system, causing users to experience a psychedelic high and hallucinations. It has an international classification as a Schedule I drug, the highest possible classification.
A fall 2012 Global Drug Survey revealed that 8.9% of respondents had at least tried DMT at some point in the lives, and that 5% of respondents had used it within the past year. DMT had a reportedly higher rate of new users compared to other hallucinogens such as psilocybin (mushrooms), LSD, and ketamine, with the DMT drug use rate being 24%.
DMT seems to be increasing in popularity due to its relatively few negative side effects and lower capacity to cause addiction compared to many other substances, but it still remains a dangerous drug with the potential to cause harm to its users.
If you or a love one is struggling with dimethyltryptamine or DMT addiction, you should know there is hope for recovery. The Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers offer treatment for DMT addiction, and our DMT treatment program provides patients and their families with the tools they need to overcome their addiction and return to living a full and meaningful life. Read on to learn more about DMT addiction and the DMT treatment options available from The Phoenix.
DMT is an abbreviation for dimethyltryptamine, a hallucinogenic drug. According to DrugAbuse.gov, DMT operates similarly to LSD and psilocybin in that it affects the serotonin receptors in the brain, causing perception-altering effects on the brain’s neural circuits and resulting in hallucinations.
People who use DMT and other hallucinogens usually do so to experience the hallucinogenic effects, or psychedelic “trips,” in which they may hear, see, and feel things that aren’t actually there. DMT hallucinations may cause users to experience intensified feelings and experiences, including sharper sounds or brighter colors, and their perception of time may be altered.
DMT can be taken orally or can be smoked or injected, according to the Global Information Network About Drugs (GINAD). Many users assume it is safe because it occurs naturally in the human body in small amounts, as well as in some plants and animals. However, it can in fact be harmful due to the potential DMT side effects, including some physiological effects as well as psychedelic “bad trips” resulting in traumatic experiences for its users.
According to DrugAbuse.gov, DMT in the brain and body can produce several side effects. DMT side effects and DMT health risks may include the following:
DMT in the brain occurs naturally in humans in small amounts, as well as in plants and some animals, according to GINAD. Of course, it can also be artificially manufactured. Recent research has explored the idea that abnormal activity in the brain’s DMT production could cause DMT hallucinations that lead some people to believe they’ve been the victim of an alien abduction, or that they have had a near-death experience or similarly otherworldly experience.
DMT use is particularly dangerous among people who have a history of mental illness or who are susceptible to it due to its ability to amplify the negative feelings they may already be experiencing. The long-term effects of DMT abuse in humans are currently unknown, according to DrugAbuse.gov.
DMT is in itself a sort of street name for the drug, since it’s official name is dimethyltryptamine. Another name for it is “Dmitri.” Because it is not as widely used as many other hallucinogens, there are not many DMT street names. Its lack of popularity is not because it isn’t a powerful hallucinogen, but rather is due to its lack of publicity compared to drugs such as LSD or mushrooms, and the fact that it is difficult to manufacture and therefore obtain, according to GINAD.
Though a study from 2013 suggests that it is unlikely for a human to develop a DMT tolerance, it remains possible that DMT users can develop a DMT addiction. This is because why DMT may not be chemically addictive, its users can still develop a psychological addiction to its effects to the point where they feel they can’t cope unless they’re able to use it, according to GINAD.
The signs of DMT addiction are similar to the signs of other hallucinogenic drug use. DMT users appear to see and hear things that aren’t there, and they may act inappropriately or irrationally. They may have dilated pupils and an elevated heart rate and blood pressure.
Other signs of DMT addiction can be the presence of hazardous chemicals and chemistry equipment, suggesting the user is attempting to manufacture DMT or other illicit substances to either use or sell. Spending time alone is another sign of DMT abuse or DMT addiction, as DMT is not considered a social drug.
The Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers are equipped to offer DMT treatment and therapy. Our services include a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Day Program, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and General Outpatient Program (GOP). If Residential Treatment for stabilization is required during DMT addiction treatment, such cases will be coordinated with a partnering residential treatment facility.
The Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers are driven by this guiding mission statement: “Empowering individuals and families suffering from addiction and mental health disorders to celebrate life through lasting solutions.”
DMT addiction treatment at The Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers is a carefully tailored program defined by research. We make every effort to support outcomes that prepare patients and their families to manage mental health disorders and to reclaim a meaningful life. We equip those we help to overcome DMT abuse with both the knowledge and the applied behaviors they need to continue on a path to success.