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Ketamine Addiction Treatment

Recognizing the Dangers of Ketamine Use

Ketamine is a minor aesthetic that is used in many minor medical operations, but it can also be abused as a drug. It gives users a psychedelic high and feelings of euphoria, but can become dangerous very quickly.

The dangers of ketamine addiction are serious, and include:

  • Brain damage due to a lack of oxygen
  • Respiratory issues
  • Problems speaking and confusion leading to violent behavior
  • Permanent neurosis
  • Coma

In addition to these side effects, a very small amount of ketamine can cause death. Ketamine addicts may try to take larger and larger doses of the drug in order to get high, and even one gram of ketamine can result in death for the user. As such, you should seek treatment for ketamine addiction immediately if you or a loved one is using the drug regularly.

Knowing the Signs of Ketamine Addiction

Ketamine addiction occurs throughout the United States, but as most people are unaware of the drug and its abuse, it can sometimes be difficult to recognize the symptoms of ketamine addiction in a loved one. Many families are unaware of a loved one’s ketamine use until the actual drug is discovered.

It’s important to note that ketamine is pharmacologically similar to PCP or “Angel Dust,” and addicts of either drug can exhibit slurred speech, disassociation, depression, and odd behavior both during and after drug use. Ketamine is very addictive physically and psychologically, and ketamine users often keep large supplies of the drug on hand if they are able to do so, although this requires access to a drug dealer or to a doctor or veterinarian’s medical supplies. While the effects of ketamine only last for an hour or so, certain side-effects (including the aforementioned slurred speech and unusual behavior) can last for several hours after the high wears off.

Some ketamine users try to disassociate completely from the world around them and may try to reach a point known as the “K-hole” in which a large amount of ketamine is taken to induce a delirious state. If you hear a family member discussing ketamine, contact a therapist or an addiction medicine specialist to seek treatment immediately.

How Ketamine Addiction Is Treated

Detoxification may necessary in extreme cases of ketamine addiction. Detox programs are in-patient and address the body’s physical dependence on the drug. However, many ketamine users need additional therapy in order to treat the reasons that they’d begun using the drug in the first place.

Treatment will vary from one patient to the next, especially if other psychological or emotional conditions are present, but rates of recurring ketamine use are much lower for addicts who use a treatment center, therapist, or doctor as opposed to addicts who attempt to stop using the drug “cold turkey.”

Ongoing treatment will help to prevent a ketamine addict from seeking access to the drug, so all ketamine addiction treatment centers should have long-term options for their patients. You should look for a center that is approved by an organization such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Narcotics Anonymous and similar organizations will also provide information for friends, family members, and other loved ones who need help in convincing a ketamine addict, who has for years used the drug as a means of escape, to seek treatment.

Ketamine addiction treatment can be extremely effective, and as the drug is potentially lethal, treating the addiction by contacting a drug abuse center is imperative. Ketamine addiction requires the right combination of detoxification and therapy, and a trained medical professional can help you or loved one to start on the road to recovery.


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