Definition of Trip Sitter - Center For Addiction Recovery

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Trip Sitter Certain drugs come with a reputation that precedes them. Their reputation as being "powerful", "mind blowing," or "life-changing" often get people thinking before they try the drug. Of course most don't fully back out of trying the drug altogether; they at least think of a precaution before testing the substance out. A trip sitter is a person who remains sober while others use recreational or psychedelic drugs. Although trip sitters are effective for all types of drugs, it is largely the psychedelic drugs which can be dissociated, hallucinogenic, and psychosis-inducing, which trip sitters are most popularly involved with. Drugs such as these include PCP, psychedelic mushrooms and acid, also known as LSD.

Unlike marijuana, alcohol, or other typically "easy to control substances," drugs that many people enlist a trip sitter for can be unpredictable in the effects they cause. For example, an individual who is taking a psychedelic drug can have a good trip in which they feel happy and euphoric, while experiencing spiritual or deep revelations. Alternately, the same drug can induce thoughts of doom, panic, paranoia and other negative feelings. When dealing with these kinds of drugs, the individual's mindset and surroundings are thought to have a large impact on whether they have a bad or good trip; in other words, it can be very easy for anything to be perceived negatively and change the mood quickly.

A trip sitter is most often used when it is an individual's first time experiencing a drug. The trip sitter is supposed to make sure that the influenced individual does not cause harm to themselves, others, or things around them. They help maintain a peaceful surrounding and often help the tripper with things, such as making sure they drink enough water and remain conscious of their actual surroundings.

Another form of trip sitting is when a sober individual takes on the role of a trip guide. A trip guide does much of what a trip sitter does but with an added role. Instead of remaining largely uninvolved in the drug use and only taking part when control or help is needed, a trip guide enhances the trip and guides the users to experiences or revelations that are considered good, enjoyable or remarkable.

Most people will choose only a trusted individual to be their trip sitter. Often times the trip sitter will be a family member or a very close friend. However, nurses or psychiatrists can also act as trip sitters when psychedelics are being used in tests or therapy. Generally, most powerful drugs that need a trip sitter are dangerous and should never be used outside of doctor orders, which is rare. Drugs such as PCP have been known to cause violent and unstable behavior in people where the trip sitter proved to be ineffective.

In any case, should an individual choose to try a powerful drug in which they have any small suspicion that the experience might be too intense to deal with rationally alone, a trip sitter can be a necessary and beneficial person to have around. If nothing else, it will ensure that the trip is enjoyable. Most importantly, the trip sitter can keep a violent or dangerous situation from escalating.

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