Ketamine is a medication that is professionally used for starting and maintaining anaesthesia, such as during surgery. However, as with many other recreational drugs, ketamine no longer stays in the doctor’s cupboard.
Although Ketamine users may start out thinking that they are going to have a bit of fun, it isn’t long before they can find themselves addicted to this substance. Ketamine addiction can cause a lot of physical, mental, and behavioural issues, so it is important that you recognise the signs as early as possible.
There is a great risk of addiction with all kinds of drugs, including those that can be prescribed by a medical professional for pain or as other treatment options. Ketamine is one such drug that has a high risk of addiction, yet it can go unnoticed for long periods of time.
Regular abuse for ketamine and other substances, which many people start as a ‘fun’ experience, can lead to addiction.
This article is going to highlight the risks of ketamine abuse and how it can be treated.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a hallucinogenic dissociative substance that is used to control anaesthesia. However, it is common to see it used socially (i.e., in the club or at parties) as a recreational drug.
Ketamine is normally used in anaesthetic medicine for humans and animals, but when it is used abusively, it can be snorted in powder form. Some people will inject Ketamine for a ‘bigger hit’ as this makes the drug go directly into your bloodstream.
The Effects Of Ketamine
Ketamine is a very dangerous anaesthetic drug that is made for use by professionals in the medical field on their patients. With this in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that ketamine abuse can cause a lot of physical and mental health issues.
Those who abuse ketamine are at great risk of fatality, especially if it is being mixed with other illegal substances or drugs of any kind.
Upon taking ketamine, your heart rate and blood pressure will increase. This can have negative long term effects on the body and brain, but will instantly cause feelings of confusion, agitation, depression, and delusion.
Disconnected From Reality
Ketamine addiction typically starts from people wanting to try out the hallucinations that this drug can cause. This should not be an attractive prospect for anyone, as taking ketamine can make you feel delirious and will result in feeling disconnected from reality.
This is made worse by the fact that ketamine can result in muscle paralysis, which is a loss of feeling, and you may not be able to experience pain when it is being abused.
This can make you act in ways that you wouldn’t do when sober as you do not feel as though anything is real. Therefore there are no risks. This can have dire and sometimes even fatal results for those struggling with ketamine addiction.
Those who have abused ketamine will notice significant damage to both their short and long-term memory. This can cause other brain problems and induce psychological issues.
Serious Bladder Problems
Ketamine abuse and addiction can also result in some serious bladder problems as it causes muscle paralysis. Those who struggle with ketamine addiction will feel the frequent and urgent need to pee.
Going to the toilet when using ketamine can be very painful and can also cause your urine to be blood-stained, which is often a sign of internal bodily damage.
The use of ketamine can result in potential permanent damage to the bladder that can only be remedied by surgery. It is possible to reduce these symptoms by stopping your abuse of ketamine, but this often comes too late.
The Risk Of Ketamine Addiction
It is possible to become addicted to ketamine, and this will often occur after regular abuse. Those who experience ketamine addiction will continue using the substance regardless of the negative cognitive and physical issues it causes.
The more that ketamine is abused, the higher your tolerance will be to it. This means that many people will use higher doses of the substance in order to feel the same ‘high’ they used to – which will only lead to more severe issues.
How To Manage Ketamine Addiction
The main addiction treatment that is recommended for any substance is to become sober.
This is something that can be very hard for both your physical and mental health due to withdrawal symptoms that your body will express when it no longer has access to its addiction.
In order to successfully go through addiction treatment for ketamine, or any other substance for that matter, including alcohol, it is recommended that you seek professional help. Inpatient rehab centres, doctors, and others in the medical profession who have spent years in the study of drug addiction will be able to give you the support you need.
Some treatment for ketamine will be private, such as a residential centre, which is best suited to an individual with serious issues who needs a total recovery.
There are actually no physical withdrawal symptoms related to ketamine. This is why this substance is often referred to as a psychological dependence drug.
In order to effectively treat a ketamine addiction, talking therapy is essential and can help you treat any other mental condition that has been caused by the abuse.
Contact us today for help in dealing with ketamine addiction, we offer a free, confidential consultation.