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ketamineWhat is Ketamine?

Much like PCP, Ketamine is an anesthetic, popular for its dissociative effects and potent high. More powerful than speed or cocaine, this drug is used mostly at parties and can lead to serious health issues, including overdose.

Ketamine can be injected, snorted, smoked or taken in pill form. The high produces can last for as long as an hour and can begin in as little as 30 seconds after being injected. It causes users to feel relaxed, euphoric, and as if they were having an out-of-body experience. They can also have hallucinations while on the drug. It has been used as a date rape drug as it is colorless and odorless and can easily be slipped into a person’s drink without them knowing.

Street names for ketamine include: Vitamin K, Dorothy, Cat Valium, Kit Kat and Special K. As a schedule III substance, it is likely to cause physical and psychological dependence.

What are the Signs of Ketamine Abuse?

Ketamine is a hallucinogenic tranquilizer that produces a complete sense of relaxation, numbness, detachment from reality, and even a feeling of floating or out-of-body experience when taken in higher doses.

Those who abuse this drug often develop a psychological dependence. This means that over time, the person needs more of the drug to produce the same effects.

Signs of Ketamine abuse include:
  • Skin irritation and redness
  • Slurred speech
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Problems with coordination
  • Anxiety

One of the biggest dangers associated with ketamine is accidental overdose. As this drug is deemed illegal for recreational use, and used mainly for veterinary practices, it’s extremely potent and can be lethal in large doses. If someone takes the wrong amount or mixes it with other drugs or alcohol, the side effects can be serious. Due to it’s tranquilizing effects, it can leave users without any sense of mobility, cause respiratory failure and even death.

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What are the Effects of Ketamine Addiction?

Physical and psychological effects of ketamine addiction may include:
  • Cognition problems
  • Slowed movement
  • Raised heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Numbness
  • Respiratory problems
  • Disorientation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychotic episodes
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired mobility

Because this drug contains so many abrasive chemicals, the kidneys an urinary tract can be severely affected. People who are addicted to this drug often suffer from bladder damage, which can cause painful urination and bloody urine.

Ketamine Addiction Treatment

Anyone who is addicted to drugs will experience symptoms of withdrawal when they try to quit or don’t take the drug for an extended period of time.

Common symptoms of ketamine withdrawal include:
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Loss of hearing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Coordination impairment
  • Motor skills impairment
  • Labored breathing
  • Emotional issues
  • Double vision

At Get Treatment, we can help you find a certified drug rehab center that can tailor it’s programs to meet your specific needs for recovery.The best and safest approach for the treatment of withdrawal symptoms is a supervised medical detox program. This treatment protocol allows patients at an inpatient rehab center to be safely weaned off the addictive drug while still being monitored by certified doctors and nurses. They can provide medical attention and medications in order to avoid adverse reactions or emergency situations. Other aspects of inpatient treatment include individual and group therapy, family therapy, alternative treatments, 12 step programs and relapse prevention programs.


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Last updated on July 19th, 2017 at 07:59 pm

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