But the good news is that with the right support in place, it is possible to break free of your addiction. Time is of the essence because, as is the case with most drug addiction, ketamine addiction becomes harder to beat as it becomes more ingrained. Taking steps now to beat your addiction will ultimately make the journey to sobriety a little easier. It isn’t enjoyable to accept you are dealing with an addiction, it feels scary and overwhelming. But if you want to leave your ketamine addiction behind and enjoy a new life of sobriety, seeing that you have a problem in the first place is a very necessary first step.
If you need urgent help and are finding the wide variety of treatments on offer overwhelming, we are here for you. The family may have several unconscious disputes which have never been fully resolved, or they may have avoided certain topics of conversation that are necessary for children’s healthy emotional and social development. The goal of family addiction counselling is to help the family identify any unconscious negative patterns of communication that may have been present over the years. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) will help clients understand and correct any negative thought patterns they may be exhibiting which might have set the foundation for their ketamine use.
It also enables the production of more synapses, which allow information to travel inside your brain, in the same place. Ocean Recovery combines comfort and luxury, with an intensive programme of therapy. We understand that taking the decision to commit to rehab can be difficult, you can schedule a tour of one your local rehab centres to see the available facilities, resources and environment. This can help you with taking the first steps towards your rehabilitation. Ketamine is only available legally to veterinarians and medical doctors and has been used for its veterinary properties for nearly 30 years. However, it is then stolen or diverted and sold illegally on the street or in clubs for recreational use.
In some cases, the user can experience flashbacks of their drug experience long after the effects of the drug have worn off. Non-residential programmes are available flexibly and at a tenth of the cost of traditional rehabilitation programmes and are just as effective if not more so. Our online treatment programme is also available to anyone with a computer and wifi, worldwide. You can also help improve their chances of successfully quitting by encouraging them to take up physical exercise.
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Another potentially dangerous health effect is commonly known as a “k-hole”. This is a term used to describe the intense dissociative state that can occur when taking high doses of ketamine. It is often described as feeling completely disconnected from reality and can be a frightening and disorienting experience. Others may start taking ketamine recreationally without realising the potential risks. They may be curious about the drug’s effects, or peer pressure may play a role. Whatever the reason, once they start taking ketamine, they too can quickly become tolerant to its effects requiring higher doses.
Timeline for ketamine taken orally
The first stage of treatment for ketamine addiction is the detoxification stage, which is common practice in all drug rehabilitation programmes. When consumed illegally, ketamine is considered a party drug, meaning that it is often consumed in clubs and social settings. If someone constantly uses ketamine each time they socialise, they may feel like they can’t enjoy themselves without it. Therefore, repeated ketamine abuse becomes a habit that could give way to ketamine addiction. Not only that, but you’re also now aware of all the short and long-term effects that taking this drug can have on either you or your loved ones. The drug has a short-term effect, so most users continue to take more ‘hits’ to prolong the euphoria.
You may experience symptoms such as tiredness, insomnia, psychosis and psychotic episodes, depression, agitation, nausea and confusion. Drug misuse essentially refers to taking a substance for any reason other than its intended purpose. This means that if you take ketamine recreationally, you are abusing ketamine – for example, if you take ketamine to get high, or you take large amounts of ketamine. Like many other illicit substances, ketamine has a range of ‘street’ names – for example, ‘Ket’, ‘K’, ‘Special K’ ‘Vitamin K’, ‘Cat Valium’, or ‘Purple’. Ketamine has hallucinogenic and psychedelic properties which may lead to misuse.
We have a dedicated family telephone helpline to offer support for those who need it from loved ones and for families to support those in need through recovery. Techniques like group therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy can help you to explore the root causes of your substance misuse and to change the way you think and act around the drug. Addiction to ketamine can cause long-lasting changes in the way the brain functions and is characterised by a compulsion to continue taking the drug, even when you know there may be negative consequences. Others can develop an addiction to the drug, which may be gradual or happen quite quickly. You may start to develop a tolerance to the drug, meaning you need more and more of it for the same effect.
Ketamine addiction is tough to overcome without professional assistance. Even if a person wants to stop using the drug, molecular changes in the brain make quitting virtually impossible without professional help. Parties and nightclubs continue to be popular venues for distribution and consumption. This is due to the strong psychedelic effects that occur in physically charged environments. Ketamine has a short-acting impact, which might lead to bingeing in an attempt to prolong the happy feeling. Users may demonstrate an increasing difficulty with learning or thinking.
Most luxury rehabs also provide a ready-made peer group in the form of other recovering addicts and other facilities to benefit the clients psychologically and physically. Ketamine is now commonly used recreationally with feelings of euphoria, dissociation, confusion and hallucinations. A popular ‘party drug’ has led to an up rise in addictions and abuse of ketamine, being either snorted or injected. The risks are linked to bladder problems, seizures, depressions, anxiety and heart problems. Aftercare and ongoing support are important components of ketamine addiction treatment.