Ketamine Addiction Treatment
Ketamine is a powerful drug used by many as a recreational drug. When abused, ketamine has potent hallucinogenic properties that lead to highly unpredictable results. Because ketamine affects people very differently, there is no way to know which dosage levels could be dangerous, making it a highly dangerous drug.
Ketamine produces hallucinations as a result of a blockage to the chemical activity responsible for sensory input to the brain. This blockage creates visions creating a dream-like state of mind. Users who abuse ketamine feel detached from their bodies and reality. It is important to understand all the facts and seek professional help if you believe you or a loved one may be developing a ketamine addiction.
What Is Ketamine?
Ketamine, also known as “K” or “Special K” is a dissociative anesthetic, primarily used for medical and veterinary purposes. When ingested, ketamine can cause users to hallucinate, reduces physical sensations, and even induces temporary paralysis, meaning users are awake but experience limb paralysis or even speech paralysis.
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Ketamine Addiction Symptoms
The effects of ketamine are non-lasting, which is why detecting symptoms in loved ones or family members can be difficult. Abuse of ketamine more often leads to a psychological dependence, and users tend to develop a tolerance for the drug, which means they seek higher doses to get the same effects.
- Dilated pupils
- Feelings of dissociation from identity or body
- Problematic breathing
- Redness of the skin
- Slurred speech
- Distorted perception of color
- Distorted perception of sound
- Rapid eye movements
- Lack of coordination
- Involuntary muscle movements
- Changes in perceptions of sound
- High blood pressure
- Elevated heart rate
- Impaired motor function
- Unusual mellowness
- Difficulty thinking
- Mood swings
- Antsy behavior
- Psychotic episodes
With ketamine, withdrawal symptoms are primarily psychological. Although withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person, common withdrawal symptoms from users quitting ketamine may include a mix of the following symptoms.
- Short attention span
Ketamine is considered a club drug, which attracts younger addicts. The majority of ketamine incidents involve people aged between 12 and 25. Ketamine effects can trouble users after only one use, and without proper medical support, these effects can be hazardous. With continued abuse, ketamine effects can leave long-term, irreversible damage.
- Altered hearing
- Blurred vision
- Impaired judgement
- High blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
- Involuntary eye movement
- Psychomotor retardation
- Altered body image
- Seizure-like movements
- Blood in the urine
- Decreased bladder volume
- Reduced bladder compliance
- Overactivity in muscles that control bladder movement
- Reduced spatial working memory
- Delusional symptoms
- Irritative urinary tract symptoms
- Permanent damage to internal organs
Getting Ketamine Addiction Help
Destination Hope offers inpatient and intensive outpatient ketamine addiction treatment programs. The decision to enter rehab is ultimately yours, our admissions specialist will help you determine which program best suits you. Ongoing treatment is also crucial for staying sober, which is why our treatment programs also help former ketamine addicts stay focused on sobriety.
You’re one step away from conquering the ketamine addiction battle. Contact Destination Hope and get started on your path to recovery.
Call 888-354-8422, ext. (4673).