DMT Addiction

DMT Addiction: What is it?

DMT Addiction is severe. But, first, what is DMT? Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, is an illegal, psychedelic tryptamine compound found in the human body and at least 60 species of plants worldwide. It causes intense visuals and strong psychedelic mental effects when smoked, injected, snorted, or when taken orally as a tea.

The molecule DMT is a psychoactive chemical that causes intense visions and can induce its users to quickly enter a completely different "environment" that some have likened to an alien or parallel universe.

Although lesser known than other psychedelics such as LSD or Psilocybin (magic mushrooms), DMT produces a brief but intense visual and auditory hallucinogenic experience. Use of DMT can be traced back hundreds of years and is often associated with religious practices or rituals.

DMT is the strongest of the psychedelic drugs and is sometimes referred to as an entheogen, a word meaning "god-generated-within".

The drug is the active ingredient in Ayahuasca, a traditional South American brewed tea.

Side Effects

DMT is commonly taken by users seeking a psychedelic "trip" similar to those produced by the ingestion of LSD or Psilocybin. Many drug users choose DMT as an alternative to LSD because the duration of the trip is much shorter, lasting approximately 30 to 45 minutes rather than several hours, as is the case with LSD.

The drug has a rapid onset and effects are typically felt immediately. Some of the side effects of this drug are:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Involuntary rapid eye movement
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Coordination problems
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting (typically when taken in oral forms such as ayahuasca)
  • Coma and/or respiratory arrest (in high doses)
  • Appearance of DMT withdrawal symptoms (when abused)

In addiction, the following are also signs of DMT abuse:

  • Feelings of loss of control
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, grief, anger or agitation
  • Fear of going insane
  • Violent or unpleasant imagery or sounds
  • Reliving painful memories or traumas
  • Fear of death.

Because DMT is known as the strongest of the psychedelic drugs, it is often and easily abused and the user may quickly develop a DMT addiction.

Addiction & Dependency

DMT has several health risks, can produce terrifying hallucinations and can lead to psychological dependency. When the user has the psychological need for the drug, it often leads to the abuse and even addiction to the narcotic.

While DMT withdrawal symptoms are not a physical phenomenon, it does exist psychologically, wherein the user becomes confused or angered by actual reality because of prolonged exposure to DMT hallucinations and seeks the drug for the purpose of repeated escape.

A DMT addiction is the result of abuse to the point that they experience numerous problems as a result. This may be especially true in cases of poly-substance abuse, where the user is combining DMT with other psychoactive substances. A pattern of problematic hallucinogen use that causes significant problems or distress is characterized as "other hallucinogen use disorder". Signs of DMT abuse can be found below:

Symptoms include:

  • Taking more DMT than intended
  • Unsuccessfully attempting to control or stop DMT use
  • Expending a lot of time and energy in obtaining and using DMT or recovering from its effects
  • Craving DMT
  • Ignoring personal obligations in favor of using DMT
  • Continuing to use DMT in spite of mounting negative interpersonal, social, or physical/mental health problems
  • Abandoning previously enjoyed habits or hobbies to use DMT.

Treatment for Addiction

There are several different types of treatment plans available when someone experiences dependence, incurs in abuse or suffers from a DMT addiction or a poly-drug issue. DMT Withdrawal symptoms can be deadly, you don't want to do this alone.

Before DMT addiction treatment is initiated in either an inpatient or outpatient setting, the person will undergo an intake assessment or evaluation, and once they have been formally admitted into a program, they will begin treatment through group and individual therapies.

If you or a loved one is suffering from DMT Addiction, it is not too late. Get help, learn more, call Denver drug treatment centers today at 303-225-2945.

 

Sources:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/306889.php

https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/dmt/

https://erowid.org/chemicals/dmt/dmt_basics.shtml

http://www.herbmuseum.ca/content/history-dmt-n-n-dimethylaminoethyl

 

 

 

 

 

 

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