Ketamine Addiction Treatment
Ketamine is used by medical practitioners as an anaesthetic. A dissociative drug, it acts on different chemicals in the brain to distort sight and sound perception and elicit feelings of detachment from reality.
The effects of Ketamine
The immediate physical effects of taking Ketamine are similar to those of exercising; an increase in heart rate, cardiac output and blood pressure. Due to the unpredictable nature of the drug, an overdose can occur even after taking a theoretically small amount. In fact, respiratory failure is the leading cause of death from a Ketamine overdose.
As the drug is a tranquiliser, users may feel numb, rendering them vulnerable to accident and injury. At worst, complete loss of mobility may occur, leaving them unable to ask for help.
While the high may be short-lived, users can experience prolonged side effects. From flashbacks of hallucinations and feelings of anxiety to loss of coordination and muscle weakness, the ketamine comedown can be severe.
The warning signs of abuse
When users develop a tolerance for the drug, chasing the initial high can often spiral into abusive behaviour. The signs of addiction become more severe with long-term abuse. There are several tell-tale signs to be aware of.
Users may demonstrate an increasing difficulty with learning or thinking. From unusual mellowness or depression to amnesia, individuals may exhibit an increasing disassociation from themselves. Changes in perception can lead to agitation, hallucinations and even delirium.
Slowed breathing, fluctuations in blood pressure and involuntary muscle movements are all physical symptoms that should arouse suspicion.
Treating Ketamine addiction
With the right support, it’s possible to overcome ketamine addiction and reverse many of the drug’s negative effects. It’s important to speak to an addict about their addiction. The first step on the road to recovery is acknowledgement of a problem and the need for help.
While a support network is essential whatever the circumstances, trying to resolve an addiction without professional involvement may prove problematic. In some circumstances, an intervention by friends and family may provide the motivation needed to address an addiction.
Depending on the severity of the case, Ketamine detoxification is often the first, essential step on the road to recovery and should be medically monitored. Withdrawing from ketamine can cause a variety of symptoms. From agitation to a decrease in respiratory and cardiac functions, it’s crucial that the withdrawal process is managed by fully-trained staff. This ensures that the process is safe and that an individual can be made to feel as comfortable as possible.
Care from medical professionals and support from others who have been through the same process can be essential to recovery. A residential rehabilitation programme provides access to comprehensive physical, mental and emotional support. A combination of counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and holistic therapy can provide the tools needed to tackle cravings, avoid relapse and begin the journey to wellness.
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