Ketamine is a type of anesthetic which is closely related to PCP. However, it is free of many of the dangerous side effects which are seen with PCP, which gives it many legitimate uses. It is popular among partygoers due to its powerful rush and dissociative properties. Ketamine exceeds cocaine in potency, which makes it risky to use since one can easily overdose. Ketamine will typically be administered by injection or through smoking, but it can also be swallowed in tablet form. Because Ketamine has no color or odor, it can be easily mixed with drinks and has been used for date rape.
Those who use ketamine will quickly become high, and this high will last for about 60 minutes. The rush will begin about 5 minutes after the drug has been administered, but when injected its effects may start in as little as 30 seconds. Ketamine is highly addictive because of the way it makes the user feel. Some users experience a complete sense of relaxation, while others have reported “floating” or traveling outside their bodies. Users may also experience hallucinations. These heightened experiences will make many users want to keep taking the drug to escape reality.
Warning Signs of Ketamine Addiction
While Ketamine is not as extreme as PCP, those who are addicted to it will give off a number of warning signs, most of which are hard to miss. A Ketamine addict may become mentally detached, and they may experience terrifying hallucinations. Their responses to these hallucinations will frighten and possibly harm anyone in their vicinity. Individuals addicted to Ketamine will exhibit behaviors which are quite bizarre. Perhaps the most dangerous warning sign of this drug is the fact that, because it is an anesthetic, addicts may not feel any pain meaning they will hurt themselves and not know it. Other signs to watch for are:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Detachment from reality
- Blood pressure which is elevated
- Drowsiness or disorientation
- Auditory hallucinations such as hearing voices
Side Effects of Ketamine Abuse
Because the ketamine sold on the street is often mixed with other substances, it is difficult to determine the long term effects of its use. Ketamine addicts have a higher pain threshold due to the fact they don’t feel anything, which means they can badly injure themselves. Other side effects which are associated with this substance are:
- Intense pain in the abdomen
- Inability to urinate
- Kidney problems
- High blood pressure
Those who become addicted to ketamine will be highly dependent on it. Users will also develop a tolerance, and will have to take increasingly higher dosages, which can lead to an overdose. Those that are addicted to this substance will need help breaking free, and the best solution is to enter rehab.
During the rehab phase, you will receive expert help from those who are experienced dealing with addiction. Rehab services may vary, but they all require patients to be reviewed to determine the type and severity of their addiction. Detoxification is more often than not provided, and patients will also receive counseling if they opt for it.
You may also have the misconception that you cannot afford addiction treatment but this may not be the case as more and more treatment facilities today allow alternative payment options besides cash payment. For example, you can also rely on public health plans such as Medicare to offset treatment costs.
If you or someone you know is addicted to ketamine, don’t wait. Contact us at NeuroPsychiatric Addiction Clinic for the best addiction treatment programs in South Florida.