The hallucinogen DMT is not considered to be addictive because it does not produce tolerance and withdrawal symptoms and does not usually cause the same addiction cycle (drug use-withdrawal-preoccupation with using-drug use) seen in addiction to other drugs, such as opioids or alcohol. However, DMT can produce a psychological dependence that leads to the habitual use of the drug, similar to the pattern of addiction that is seen in behavioral addictions, also referred to as process addictions.

DMT use is complicated by other substance use polysubstance use and may be exacerbated by a co-occurring mental health disorder. As well, DMT use may cause residual or ongoing psychotic symptoms. As such, DMT use may be addictive in some individuals, and some habitual users of DMT may need help to stop their drug use and return to good health and function.

DMT Addiction Treatment Options

There are a variety of options available for treating addiction. The type of DMT treatment for those who need help depends on each individual’s needs and personal situation, and the nature of the drug use. The important thing is to identify and address the specific issues that led to each individual’s drug use, and to heal the psychological damage caused by the addiction and related behaviors.

  • DMT Detox

    DMT is not known to produce DMT withdrawal symptoms in people who stop the drug. However, adverse symptoms during and after DMT use may be helped by supervision and medical care, especially during or after a “bad trip.” People who use DMT may be terrified for days after the drug has worn off, and may experience flashbacks or psychosis.

    In such cases, DMT withdrawal and detox care involve supportive care, a quiet non-stimulating environment and sedation. As well, supervision and a safe place are provided to ensure that individuals do not harm themselves or others.

  • Residential Rehab

    Residential rehab involves living at a rehab facility while undergoing treatment for addiction. Special care is given to identifying and addressing the underlying causes of drug use and any complicating factors, such as polysubstance use or dual diagnosis.

  • Outpatient DMT Rehab

    Outpatient DMT therapy involves attending treatment activities during the day and living at home or at a sober living house during the rehab process. This may be appropriate for people whose drug use was limited and uncomplicated.

  • Dual Diagnosis

    Dual diagnosis is present in many people with substance addiction. Many of these people are not even aware of having a treatable mental health disorder or have never been diagnosed and treated.

    Mental health disorders and substance use are closely tied together and can cause and worsen each other. The importance of identifying and treating a co-occurring mental health disorder underlines the importance of dual diagnosis treatment centers that are equipped to deal with both issues.

  • Aftercare & Sober Living

    Long-term recovery requires ongoing attention to sober living and relapse prevention. Rehab provides the tools for doing that, including putting together a plan for aftercare.

    Aftercare drug treatment may involve a number of activities, such as:

    Health care, including maintenance of medications

    Continued individual or group counseling

    Support groups

    Intensive outpatient programs

    Sober living homes

    Follow-up for any co-occurring substance use or mental health disorders

    Relapse prevention training

    Sober living houses may be an especially attractive approach to aftercare for some people in the immediate period following discharge from rehab.

Behavioral Therapies for DMT Addiction Treatment 

Since DMT addiction has a large behavioral element to it, DMT addiction treatment includes a special emphasis on using evidence-based behavioral therapies.

Behavioral therapies address the dysfunctional thinking and beliefs that underlie drug use behaviors and psychological dependence. These therapies may be delivered in a combination of individual and group settings. Behavioral therapies include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Rational emotive behavioral therapy
  • Motivational Incentives

How Long Does Rehab Take?

Various DMT addiction treatment program lengths may differ between various facilities. The length of the program that an individual may choose may depend on the level of drug use and the presence of complicating factors, particularly in cases of dual diagnosis or polysubstance use. On average:

  • Detox is usually around seven days
  • Residential programs average 21 to 90 days
  • Long-term residential care programs are usually 3–12 months
  • Outpatient programs depend on the intensity of the program, but they usually range from a few weeks to three months

According to data from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the average length of stay in drug rehab in general is:

  • 90 days for outpatient medication-assisted therapy
  • 78 days for non-intensive outpatient treatment
  • 42 days for intensive outpatient treatment
  • 39 days for long-term residential treatment
  • Five days for medication-assisted detoxification 

  • What Does DMT Rehab Cost?

    There are a wide variety of drug rehab programs and facilities, with a wide variety of costs to the individual. Some are entirely private, while others may be funded by various levels of government or private organizations, and may include: Private pay treatment, free rehab centers and sliding fee programs.

    Many insurance plans cover substance use treatment completely or in part. The Affordable Care Act requires that all marketplace insurance plans provide coverage for mental health and substance use treatment, even if the individual has a pre-existing condition.

    People who are without insurance may still be eligible for partial coverage or payment plans and/or various alternative options for paying for treatment, such as: coverage from private health insurance, payment plans, crowdfunding or fundraising, treatment scholarships, grants or loans, The Affordable Care Act, state and local government programs, and SAMHSA grants.

    People may contact their local Department of Health and Human Services to find out more about coverage for addiction treatment from various programs, such as: The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), Medicaid, Medicare, and state, regional or city programs

  • Before You Go to Drug Rehab

    Individuals who will be attending drug rehab at The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health is recommended to bring: Two-weeks worth of seasonally appropriate clothing, including sleepwear, a toothbrush and unopened toothpaste, and unopened (sealed) alcohol-free toiletries

    The following items are not permitted at the facility: Drugs or alcohol or related paraphernalia, vaping devices and paraphernalia, weapons, including pocket knives, products that contain alcohol (such as some mouthwash and hand sanitizer products), dental floss (this is provided at the facility), clothing depicting drugs, drug-related paraphernalia or explicit images or language, opened toiletry products, computers and tablets, cameras and handheld video or tape recorders, and electronic devices with Internet access, including e-readers and smartwatches.

  • Recovery After Drug Rehab

    Successful recovery requires ongoing attention to prevent the return of the issues that caused the addiction, and to counter the tendency of people to begin believing that they can use again after a period of time in recovery.

    Recovery programs for drug addiction make sure that a solid plan for ongoing recovery and relapse prevention is in place before people graduate from rehab. It is important that individuals make this ongoing attention to recovery a part of their regular lives so that they do not drift away from recovery activities at their peril.

  • Effectiveness of DMT Addiction Rehab

    Statistics for the effectiveness of addiction rehab are difficult to obtain because many people are lost to follow-up in research studies, especially those who relapse. As well, different studies use different end-points and there may also be competing commercial interests that further skew the results. As well, DMT is not a common drug in the U.S., and specific data for DMT is not available.

    However, it is safe to say that the best opportunity for long-lasting recovery and a return to good health lies in attending a treatment program that addresses the issues underlying the addiction. After all, recovery from drug addiction is not simply the absence of using drugs. It is the result of taking care of the causes and effects of drug use on the body and brain.

Key Points: Understanding DMT Addiction Treatment & Rehab

DMT is a somewhat unusual drug with a different profile of addiction than most other drugs of abuse. Here are some take-home points about DMT addiction treatment and rehab:

  • DMT addiction is usually more similar to process addictions than to other drug addictions
  • DMT addiction is often complicated by polysubstance use
  • DMT addiction often occurs in the presence of an underlying mental health disorder (dual diagnosis)
  • There are various options for treating DMT addiction
  • There are a variety of options for covering the costs of drug rehab

Whether you are seeking rehab for DMT addiction alone or in conjunction with other substance use or mental health disorders, The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health can help.  Contact us today for a confidential discussion with one of our representatives.

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