What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is an anesthetic drug used in hospitals and other medical settings. Dissociative anesthetics such as ketamine are powerful drugs that are used to start and sustain general anesthesia during surgery. Ketamine is widely used in veterinary practice and although controversial, researchers have been testing its effectiveness, on the treatment of PTSD, suicide prevention, and substance use disorders.
Ketamine is a derivative of the drug PCP, which is considered by many addiction experts as one of the most dangerous drugs in the world. PCP produces intense hallucinations, long-term psychoses, and other extremely serious side effects. The effects of ketamine, however, do not last as long as those of PCP. While safe to use in a controlled medical setting, ketamine has major potential for abuse due to its hallucinogenic effects. Users describe an “out-of-body” type experience and a strong sense of euphoria while using ketamine.
Since 1970, the number of people who abuse ketamine has increased significantly, and it is popular on the rave and club scenes It is known on the streets as special K, vitamin K, horse tranquilizer and cat valium. Ketamine produces different effects than other popular club drugs such as MDMA-based ecstasy, molly and moon rocks. While these drugs are stimulants that increase brain activity, ketamine produces anesthetic effects, such as slurred speech. Even in low doses ketamine severely impairs cognitive and physical abilities.
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Short-term effects of Ketamine use can include:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Difficulty moving
- Blood pressure problems
- Difficulty breathing
- Slurred speech
Long-term effects of ketamine use can be devastating and include:
- Painful headaches
- Terrifying flashbacks
- Sensory problems/impaired cognitive abilities
- Drug-induced depression
- Ketamine bladder syndrome (characterized by incontinence and bladder ulcerations)
- Coma or overdose risk (The risk worsens after mixing ketamine with other substances)
Taking too much ketamine can cause a terrifying experience for the user – a trance-like state that also induces amnesia. It is colorless, odorless and tasteless. These characteristics have led to criminal use of the drug, including date rape.
Users typically snort or swallow ketamine after it dries and forms a powder. People who take pure ketamine — which may be stolen from a veterinary source — report hallucinations and a sense of floating apart from their bodies.
In addition to these negative effects, people who take ketamine in high doses also risk overdose. The most serious abuse cases can end in overdose as well as the “k-hole,” an intense reaction that many refer to as a near-death experience. Heart rate and breathing can slow to dangerous levels and eventually stop altogether. Should a user fall into the k-hole, serious harm can result because the individual will be unable to communicate or move.
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Ketamine Abuse Treatment: What to Expect
Don’t let the stigma surrounding addiction or the fear of Ketamine abuse treatment keep you from getting the help you need. At 12 Keys Rehab, you will be surrounded by a staff who understand ketamine abuse and utilize the best in evidence-based therapies and methodologies for treating addiction and behavioral health.
Our staff has your overall health in mind, therefore wellness strategies are incorporated into every treatment plan and we encourage each patient to continue these practices in their recovery after leaving treatment. Ketamine abuse treatment is more than just addressing the drug. Read more to see what 12 Keys Rehab has to offer.
Ketamine abuse treatment begins with medically supervised, onsite detox. With the assistance of our knowledgeable and compassionate staff, ketamine withdrawal symptoms become much more manageable. These withdrawal effects can include, intense symptoms such as restless behavior, exhaustion, chills, powerful cravings, profuse sweating, irregular heartbeat, and anxiety.
You can expect around-the-clock care to help make the early days of sobriety easier. Our staff will be there to support you on difficult days and will be there to celebrate your recovery victories.
Individual and Group Therapies
After safely removing the drug from the body, we address any co-occurring mental health disorders with evidence-based and progressive therapies and treatments. It is imperative to treat the mental health aspects of the addiction during treatment to ensure long-lasting recovery. Our therapists and counselors will help uncover the underlying issues that have led to addiction and provide the tools necessary to manage cravings and make better choices.
Our Ketamine abuse treatment program incorporates individual and group therapies as part of the overall plan to address the addiction and to uncover the root cause of the drug abuse. Behavioral therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy can help change the thought process that leads to destructive behavior and provide the coping strategies to carry forward during recovery.
At 12 Keys Rehab, we want our patients to know that long-term recovery is possible for ketamine abuse treatment. We back this statement by providing ongoing support post-treatment with recovery coaching services and innovative technology that helps track daily health, wellness, and recovery goals.
Our staff is dedicated to helping our patients lead healthy, full and productive lives free of drugs. Let us help you regain the life you were meant to live. Call today.
Ketamine Abuse Treatment at 12 Keys Rehab
If you believe you or a loved one is in need of ketamine abuse treatment, our admissions coordinators are ready to take your call. They will provide a free health benefits check and answer any questions you may have about ketamine abuse treatment. Call today. 866-480-4328