Ketamine Addiction

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What Is Ketamine?

Ketamine–also sometimes referred to as “Special K” or just “K”–is a dissociative anesthetic originally developed to be used during surgery. As an anesthetic, it causes the consumer to feel no pain, and its dissociative properties make the user feel “detached” from their environment. 

Today, ketamine has a very low number of human medical applications, and even these few are controversial due to the intense effect on humans. 

Ketamine is most often used as a tranquilizer for animals–which is why people who use it illicitly often rob veterinary clinics to acquire it. 

Why Do People Abuse Ketamine? 

People who seek hallucinogens or anesthetics for casual purposes consider ketamine desirable as it takes effect immediately, numbs pain effectively, and often gives the user an “out-of-body” experience.

What Are The Risks of Ketamine Abuse? 

Throughout the 1980’s and into the 1990’s, Ketamine became popular as a “club drug” due to its hallucinogen effects and earned a reputation as a date rape drug for its tranquilizing properties. 

Mixing ketamine and alcohol creates especially dangerous reactions that slow motor function and increase risk of amnesia, coma and death.

Other ketamine side effects include:

  • Slowed motor function
  • Bladder pain and ulcers
  • Amnesia
  • High blood pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Disorientation
  • Urinary tract problems

How Does Someone Overcome Ketamine Addiction? 

Short-term ketamine withdrawal symptoms resemble severe flu symptoms, along with nightmares, depression, and cravings for up to a week. Long-term ketamine withdrawal symptoms–including “ketamine PTSD”–sometimes continue for months.

Medically-supervised detox followed by inpatient and extended outpatient therapy are vital for successful ketamine addiction recovery. Finding a quality, holistic therapy rehab center can help you regain your life after ketamine addiction.

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