Discussions about ketamine addiction do not make the news as much as other alcohol and drug addictions, such as cocaine or heroin, but this drug is much more common than many of us even realise. Ketamine drug is quite popular in the party and club scene, with recreational properties that come from its hallucinogenic properties – though its intended use is in veterinary medicine. People often do not understand the risk of ketamine and believe that it is a non-addictive, which is a contributing factor to the increase of people who need to receive ketamine addiction treatment across the globe.
Ketamine drug addiction describes the psychological tolerance that occurs when a person takes the drug repeatedly. This tolerance causes them to crave the drug and require more of it to reach the same effects. Ketamine addiction can cause a wide variety of side effects and consequences that may include permanent psychosis, long-term side effects and withdrawal symptoms. Even though psychedelic drugs are not commonly known to be addictive, they do have the potential to cause severe psychological dependence, which means that the addict will have to receive psychotherapy once they decide to quit.
Ketamine has not been found to cause physical dependency, but it does become psychologically addictive because of the drugs intense psychological effects and its ability to cause out of body experiences. The drug can be taken in many forms. The effects of ketamine are quickly noticeable when the drug is injected or inhaled, and can cause a trip that lasts for up to an hour. Consuming tablet or liquid types of ketamine can cause a trip that may last for a few hours.
Ketamine use signs are quite noticeable and hard to miss, which is why many people who abuse ketamine have to hide it from their families. It is often used at parties or in isolation. At low dosages, ketamine can cause mellowness, whilst higher doses cause hallucinations and perception distortion by making the user feel out of control and detached from their body. Since the symptoms of ketamine are not long lasting, the user can recover very quickly, which is why it is especially important to be able to detect other symptoms and signs of ketamine addiction.
A person who is addicted to ketamine may display symptoms such as:
Ketamine addiction treatment programmes give an addict all the tools and education that they require to detox and live life without drugs. Ketamine addiction is a chronic disease that takes effort and time to overcome, but it is treatable. During an addiction treatment programme, the client usually starts with a safe drug detox under medical supervision – though the requirement for detox depends on the results of an initial assessment. Ketamine withdrawal may not be a main issue for some and others may have stopped using for enough time that the withdrawal symptoms have subsided.
After detox, the treatment programme largely focuses on therapy and counselling so that they can deal with the emotional rollercoaster and start to regain control of their feelings and thoughts without the drug’s influence. The recovering addict will learn why they started abusing drugs in the first place, how drug abuse can be prevented and what must be done to live a sober and healthy life. Ketamine addiction treatment may also include techniques and therapies such as:
The Dawn Addiction Rehab and Wellness Centre offers a highly-personalised and intensive treatment programme that is tailor-made to suit each individual’s specific needs through a non-religious and holistic approach. Our clients can have access to our onsite medical support which is available around the clock and we also offer a 1:1 staff to client ratio. All of our programmes are very affordable, costing only 1/4th of the price of a Western centre, and we provide online aftercare support at no additional cost.
Our licensed team of professionals have extensive experience in ketamine addiction treatments and are able to use a variety of effective therapies to assist our clients in successful recovery, as well as provide them with the necessary tools to maintain a life free of drugs following treatment.
The best way to overcome ketamine drug addiction is to stop as soon as possible. If you or someone you know is suffering from ketamine addiction, contact us today to receive a no obligation assessment and to find out how we can help you.