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Ketamine Addiction

Facts about Ketamine

Ketamine was first developed to replace PCP and was mainly used in veterinary medicine to tranquilize animals before procedures. Ketamine is a fast-acting anesthetic that is highly potent when used for recreational means. After its approval for human use in the mid 1970’s, it quickly made its way to the streets and sold as a hallucinogen. While ketamine is manufactured as a liquid, drug abusers often dry it out and sell it in powder form, which can be mixed with other street drugs such as MDMA. Ketamine addiction has become an epidemic in many major cities across the nation and its abuse can lead to serious health complications. Should you be concerned about a loved one, and fear there may be drug addiction, our Huntington Beach rehab center is a phone call away.

 

Over the past few decades, ketamine became known as a club drug and its popularity among teens and young adults exploded. Ketamine has no detectable taste or smell, which makes it harder to detect, especially when added to drinks or food. This makes abuse of the drug easier for users and lures some to use it as a sort of date rape drug. Ketamine addiction can happen within the first few doses of the drug and often leads to increased ketamine tolerance that requires medical intervention. There are psychological and physical aspects associated with ketamine addiction and abuse. For more help with ketamine addiction and other illicit drug addictions, inpatient rehab in Huntington Beach can help. Ketamine street names include the following; Vitamin K, Kit-Kat, K and Special K.

Ketamine Addiction Dangers

For ketamine addicts, extended ketamine abuse can take a heavy toll on the body. Because of the way ketamine is metabolized, it’s negative effects can cause issues to almost every organ system. Often, the first symptom ketamine abuse causes is problems with digestion, specifically the stomach. The damage done to the digestive organs can cause incredible pain and is often one of the main reasons individuals struggling with ketamine addiction reach out for help. Other organs damaged by repeated ketamine abuse are the bladder and entire urinary tract. There is a condition known as ketamine bladder syndrome which can lead to incontinence, hematuria and ulceration of the bladder lining.

 

The loss of pain sensation is another major ketamine addiction danger. Pain is the body’s way of sending signals to the brain letting us know we should stop what we are doing. Ketamine blocks painful stimuli from ever reaching the central nervous system, as it works well as an anesthetic. This can lead to major injuries such as burns, deep lacerations and even loss of life. When the body cannot sense pain, the urgency to stop what is causing it is gone. The hallucinogen effects of ketamine contribute to the likelihood of severe injury while on the drug.

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Ketamine Addiction Symptoms

Most individuals struggling with ketamine addiction did not envision the drug wreaking so much havoc on their minds and bodies in such a short period of time. Those experimenting with ketamine begin by taking enough to achieve the desired dissociation from reality that allows them to feel free. Usually, ketamine abuse causes a complete absence of awareness, meaning that individuals are not responsive to talking or other noise. When someone repeatedly abuses ketamine, they will start to develop a psychological dependence, which can be very strong. Once dependent physically and psychologically on ketamine, individuals will begin to show severe signs of drug addiction including the following:

  • Uncharacteristic calmness
  • Detachment from reality
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Learning difficulties
  • Amnesia
  • Hallucinations
  • Decreased respirations
  • Signs of delirium
  • Digestive issues

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