Do You Have a Ketamine Addiction? Ketamine Addiction Treatment Can Help

On the street, the drug Ketamine is often referred to by the name Special K.

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When it’s used properly, it’s very effective during surgeries on animals or young children, and it’s usually included in their anesthetics to keep them asleep. However, like many other drugs, this one has found its way onto the streets, and it can be very dangerous.

Ketamine is usually injected when it is in liquid form. However, it can also be made into a powder that is snorted or swallowed. Ketamine is quite popular in the club scene, because of the way it produces hallucinogenic effects and sensations. People who take it experience visual and auditory hallucinations and distortions. One of the things that may draw drug users to Ketamine is the fact that the high it produces is quite a bit shorter than the high that’s produced with other hallucinogenic drugs. It only lasts for thirty to sixty minutes, as opposed to several hours.

Perhaps you’ve been using Ketamine for a period of time, and you’re considering stopping, but you’re just not sure how to do it. Ketamine addiction treatment centers are available to assist you, and they have highly trained staff members who understand this type of addiction. They can help you stop safely and recover with a much lower chance of relapse.

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The Short Term Effects of Ketamine Abuse

The original and proper use of Ketamine is during surgery while you’re under anesthesia, so it’s not surprising that some of the short term effects of the drug mimic what would happen to you in that situation. It’s very common for people to become catatonic when they’re using Ketamine. Others can feel as though they can’t think straight, or they may feel like they’re in a dream-like state. Additional short term effects of Ketamine abuse can include:

  • The elimination of pain
  • Bouts of nausea
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Amnesia regarding past events

As you abuse Ketamine, you generally need to take larger doses of the drug in order to get the same experience. Larger doses carry more risks, and there is a terrible side effect that’s known as “K-hole.” If you experience this, you feel detached from your body, and you may even feel as though you’re dying.

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The Long Term Effects: Ketamine Addiction Symptoms

With long term usage of Ketamine, you are likely to develop serious issues with your memory, and learning difficulties are very common as well. You may have consistent flashbacks about your experiences while you were high, and this can continue for weeks. Medically, there is a tremendous concern about the possibility of having respiratory failure and continuing psychotic episodes.

Quite often, when Ketamine is in its powdered form, it’s cut with other drugs. For that reason, it can be hard to determine exactly what the long term effects of using the drug might be. You could experience:

  • Serious injuries because you no longer perceive pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Thickening of the bladder and urinary tract
  • Kidney problems
  • High blood pressure

It’s clear that this drug is extremely dangerous, even when it’s only being used for a short time. To avoid experiencing any of these long term effects, it’s essential to get help from one of the best Ketamine rehab programs in the U.S.

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Are There Ketamine Withdrawal Symptoms After You Stop Taking it?

The good news is that because Ketamine isn’t physically addictive, there aren’t really any physical withdrawal symptoms that result when you stop taking it abruptly. Even so, immediate cessation of the drug without professional support is never recommended because of the psychological withdrawal symptoms that can result. It is common to experience extreme anxiety (including panic attacks) and some people go into a severe depression. Getting counseling and psychotherapy at one of the top Ketamine rehab centers can help to control the symptoms associated with these withdrawal symptoms.

Ketamine Addiction Behaviors: Recognizing the Addiction in Loved Ones

If you’re concerned about a loved one who is taking Ketamine, you’re certainly right to be worried. Ketamine is incredibly dangerous; especially considering the fact that the drug is often cut with other drugs that can cause a great deal of harm. The line between abuse and addiction is very unclear, so it’s important to know what Ketamine addiction behaviors you should be looking for. Your loved one may become withdrawn socially, or he or she may exhibit bouts of paranoia. You may notice that your loved one has financial problems because of the amount of money that’s being spent on drugs as well.

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Finding the Top Ketamine Rehab Centers for Your Recovery

The best way to get help for a Ketamine addiction is to turn to some of the best Ketamine rehab programs in the country. There are many in the Pacific Northwest, and here at Northpoint Recovery, we are considered to be one of them. Your Ketamine addiction doesn’t have to control your life, and we can help you recover. Contact us to learn more.