DMT treatment and rehab

Modified: 22nd Jul 2019

Although not as common as opioids, there are still over 30 million U.S. psychedelic drugs users. What’s more, this number accounts only for lifetime users recorded in 2010. According to SAMHSA, there were also 936,000 first-time users back in 2014.

LSD, Ecstasy, and hallucinogenic mushrooms are the most common forms of these hallucinogens. But DMT, a lesser-known drug of this class, is seeing a rise in the number of people using it.

DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) is a naturally-occurring drug found in animals and plants. Dubbed the “spirit molecule,” it creates intense psychedelic experiences. It generates brief but powerful visual and auditory hallucinations.

If it’s a loved one you suspect of using DMT, intervention can prevent deadly consequences.

DMT Inpatient

Is DMT addictive? According to Medical News Today, this drug doesn’t appear to cause physical dependence. Research (or lack of it) hasn’t found this hallucinogen to cause addiction.

It does point out that frequent use can make people crave its psychological effects. Because it creates real-like hallucinations, some may want to keep experiencing it. Especially those looking for an escape from what they think is a harsh reality.

DMT may not create a physical addiction, but it can lead to psychological addiction. Any type of addiction can ruin a person’s life, reducing their chances to a happy and productive life.

Prompt treatment can help lessen the risks of DMT “addiction.” Treatment can help them “unlearn” what it’s like to be on this drug. This can then help them conquer their cravings and start a new, hallucinogen-free life.

What Is Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient DMT treatment combines detoxification and rehabilitation methods. In this case, the patient lives at the rehab facility, overseen by the staff 24/7.

Inpatient treatment is often best for people who have established dependence or addiction.

Standard Length of DMT Inpatient Treatment

Detoxification is the first step to treating DMT dependence or addiction. Medical doctors supervise the patient as they go through this part of the program.

How long it takes to rid the patient completely of the drug depends, although, it’s only a few days for some. For others, it may take several weeks.

Patients going through detoxification are often separated from those already in rehab. This is to help keep the rehab patients from having “interaction” with DMT again.

Once a patient completes the detox program, they can then proceed to rehab. From here, they’ll be part of behavior therapy, counseling, and activities like yoga. They will also begin their 12-step program.

Inpatient treatment requires patients to live in the facility itself. This may sound scary to some people, but in some cases, 24/7 monitoring is most effective.

First, they’ll be in the constant company of understanding medical and psychological doctors. That means professional help is always available to them.  The facility’s compassionate staff members will also support them through their ordeal.

DMT Outpatient

Another option for DMT users is outpatient treatment. This treatment is ideal for patients who only have mild dependence or addiction to DMT. Those who have already gone through detox can also opt for this treatment.

What Is Outpatient Treatment?

This allows patients to stay in their own homes while still under medical monitoring. They can go through detox or rehab as they go to work and school.

In short, outpatient therapy lets patients keep their normal day-to-day schedules. Their treatment schedules are much like any other visit to the doctor or dentist. They may, however, need to keep in daily contact with their doctors.

Once they finish the detox phase of their treatment, they can move on to rehab. Again, they don’t have to live in the facility, but their doctors will still keep in close contact with them.

Outpatient rehabilitation often includes programs where patients learn of stress-relieving techniques. They also have scheduled therapies, such as behavior therapy. They may also opt for family and talk therapies.

Standard Length of DMT Inpatient Treatment

As for length, most outpatient treatment programs for DMT run for 30 days.

Again, this depends on the extent of dependence or addiction. Some programs can last 60 to 90 days, or for as long as the patient needs professional help and guidance.

DMT Sober Living

Being sober doesn’t only mean staying away from alcohol. Sobriety is, in general, not consuming anything intoxicating. That includes hallucinogens like DMT.

Sober living houses help recovering addicts keep away from these substances.

What Is DMT Sober Living?

When DMT users enter a treatment program, their top priority is to stop their use of this drug. But before one can “abstain” from this hallucinogen, they first need to go through detox. Removing all traces of the psychedelic from their system is a key step to becoming sober from DMT.

Living a DMT sober life also means managing the emotional symptoms during withdrawal. Overcoming these symptoms is as critical to living a DMT-sober life.

All these are already huge achievements for those who’ve become dependent on DMT. The thing is, going back to the “real world” means being once again surrounded by temptations. It’s for this reason many recovering addicts choose to live in a sober house.

Sober living facilities bridge the gap between the “real world” and inpatient facilities. You may have heard of them called halfway houses. That’s because they house individuals who are halfway between recovery and “actual living”.

Think of them like dorms, wherein “students” share a space with other “students”. Only, in this case, the students are recovering addicts. They share similar experiences and hardships, which is why they can support each other.

Living in a sober house allows you to receive “extra” help and guidance to adjust back to daily life.

What to Expect

As mentioned above, sober living houses are a home to other people in substance recovery. Since they’re like “dorms,” they have rules like curfews, no alcohol, and no drugs. But unlike inpatient facilities, residents can come and go whenever they want.

To ensure that everyone stays sober, these facilities often conduct random drug tests. Such rules ensure that residents stay true to their goal of living sober.

One of the biggest advantages of living in a sober house is being in the company of other recovering people. Because everyone went through dependence or addiction, they understand each other. As such, they can create friendships with other people with the same goal of living a sober life.

Ongoing Recovery

While stopping the use of DMT is the first step to treatment, it is only the first step to recovery. Recovery is the work that follows after stopping its use. This includes the detoxification, rehabilitation, and sobriety phases of the treatment.

It’s through this work that DMT users can create a new life for themselves free of the drug. It is far from being a simple task, but it is achievable through continued help and support.

It is also important to stay away from triggers that can bring back memories of DMT use. These include people, places, and things connected with past use of the drug.

Early DMT Treatment Is Key to Preventing More Serious Consequences

Again, DMT use may not be as widespread as opioid addiction, but it can still ruin lives. It still has potentially lethal consequences that you shouldn’t ignore.

As such, getting treatment right away is of utmost priority. If you or anyone you care about uses DMT, prompt treatment can prevent these fatal effects.

Reach out to us as soon as possible so we can start helping you or your loved one start the journey to recovery.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPA

Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPADr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished and internationally recognized expert in the field of addiction. He has earned diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.