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Ketamine Addiction And The Best Rehab Centers For Treatment

David Hunter, MA.Ed, LPC

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David Hunter, MA.Ed, LPC

February 13, 2019

Individuals abuse Ketamine because of its hallucinogenic effects, such as sight and sound distortion, which generally lasts 30 to 60 minutes. Leaving its victims powerless, Special K is commonly associated with sexual assault because it is odorless, flavorless, and undetectable in drinks.

Ketamine is a type of anesthetic, most commonly used as a tranquilizer on animals. It’s most commonly used in the street as a hallucinogen with effects similar to phencyclidine (PCP). Ketamine has adopted the street name “Special K,” and is injected as a liquid form when used properly, or swallowed or snorted in off-white powder when used illicitly. Special K is a popular club drug.

Short-Term Effects Of Ketamine

Many people who abuse Ketamine experience a complete catatonia, which leaves them unable to move, speak, or think clearly. A low dose of Ketamine, elicits a dream-like high, but larger doses have a frightening side effect called the K-hole. A person in a K-hole feels completely detached from their body, and feels like they are dying.

A person abusing Ketamine may experience the following side-effects:

  • nausea
  • immobility
  • anxiety
  • amnesia
  • depression

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Long-Term Effects Of Ketamine

People abusing ketamine to get high over a long period of time develop learning, and memory problems. They may also experience traumatic flashbacks from their hallucinatory trips even weeks after they have experienced it. The long-term effects of Ketamine include:

  • respiratory failure
  • psychotic episodes
  • kidney failure
  • abdominal pain
  • high blood pressure
  • thickening of bladder and urinary tract

Treatment for Ketamine Addiction

Ketamine is known for its psychological dependence. A person suffering from a Ketamine addiction often has a need to stay in their dissociative state. Most doctors recommend an inpatient treatment for Ketamine addiction. There isn’t a physical dependence associated with Ketamine, thus a medically-supervised detoxification isn’t always necessary for treatment.

Ketamine is popular among younger generations, so many teen rehabilitation centers have specific treatment programs for this drug. Doctors may suggest that a person with an addiction continues to attend group meetings once drug rehab treatment ends.

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