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Ketamine Addiction

Ketamine has been around for 30 years and is mainly a party drug when it is being abused. In its normal use, ketamine is used as an animal tranquilizer. It’s a dissociative anesthetic, which means it creates a feeling of separation from the body. At high doses it may lead to feelings similar to an out-of-body experience or a near-death experience, which many party-goers affectionately refer to as the “k-hole”.

Ketamine reduces physical sensations and may cause paralysis and short-term memory impairment, making it commonly used as a date-rape drug.

The effects of ketamine are unpredictable. As with other illicit drugs, the dosing is difficult to control and the user may experience the dissociative state as euphoric or terrifying. Ketamine is most commonly snorted as a powder and using it carries the additional risk of simultaneously using an unknown substance. What’s more, because of the temporary paralysis, there is a danger of choking death by aspiration.

The outward appearance of ketamine use may appear similar to drunkenness–slow, uncoordinated movements; slurred speech, disorientation, difficulty thinking or concentrating, impaired memory, and vomiting. Someone under the influence of ketamine will be less sensitive to pain.

The long-term effects of ketamine may include stomach pain and damage to the bladder and urinary tract which may result in incontinence. Someone on ketamine might injure herself badly, not notice, and continue making the injury worse.

Ketamine addiction appears to be mainly psychological. People who habitually use ketamine may be using it to self-medicate for depression. Ketamine has, in fact, shown promise as a treatment for depression, but mainly as an emergency treatment to relieve suicidal thoughts.

One of the dangers of ketamine withdrawal is the sudden return of depression. Fortunately, most withdrawal symptoms aren’t severe–comparable to the flu–and should last less than a week. However, withdrawal from any deeply psychological drug like ketamine should take place in a residential detox program. With a twenty-four hour staff to support you, you can walk through any challenge either physical or mental.

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