The Quantum Process
Complete Your Intake
This streamlined process includes a series of questions and discussion of your unique needs and goals.
Get The Best Care Team Possible
After your intake, you’ll meet your Care Team, a group of amazing professionals dedicated to helping you make recovery reality.
After you meet your Care Team, you’ll start to receive treatment based on a Care Plan that’s designed to help you achieve and sustain your recovery.
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What is Ketamine?
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic used for medical procedures and to treat pain. It is useful when sedation is needed but a stronger anesthetic may be too much and is more commonly used in veterinary clinics. There is also a use of ketamine for depression. However, it is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance due to its moderate potential for abuse and addiction. For medical purposes, ketamine is available as an intramuscular injection, infusion therapy (IV therapy), nasal spray, and oral liquid or tablet. Illegal, it comes as a white or off powder that can be snorted, injected, or ingested orally. Some common brand names for ketamine are:
Ketamine street names include:
- Special K
- Lady K
- Vitamin K
- Cat Valium
- Jet K
Besides having sedative effects, ketamine can cause a sort of out-of-body experience and the user feels detached from self and surrounding environment. It can cause difficulty moving and distort sights and sounds. Other ketamine effects include:
- Slurred speech
- Blurred vision
- Visual and auditory hallucinations
- Feeling happy and relaxed
- Increase heart rate and blood pressure
- Anxiety, panic, and violence
- Confusion and clumsiness
Signs of Ketamine Abuse and Addiction
Ketamine can lead to abuse and addiction which can cause obvious signs and symptoms including:
- Reduce the ability to feel physical pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Fatigue and lack of motivation
- Frequently distracted
- Slurred speech
- Skin redness
- Bladder pain
- Loss of coordination
Ketamine Withdrawal Symptoms
Frequently abusing ketamine can lead to physical dependence which causes the brain and body to rely on the drug to function properly. It can also lead to ketamine withdrawal symptoms, which are not life-threatening but do come with unpleasant psychological effects and strong cravings. Coming off of ketamine may require medication-assisted treatment or drug detox to successfully complete the withdrawal process. Withdrawal symptoms from ketamine include:
- Chills and sweats
- No appetite
- Nightmares and unpleasant dreams
- Irregular and rapid heartbeat
- Decreased respiratory and cardiac function
- Strong cravings for ketamine
- Loss of motor skills
- Psychosis including hallucinations and delusion
Long Term Side Effects of Ketamine Abuse
Regular use of ketamine can lead to:
- Abdominal pain
- Poor memory
- Mood and personality changes
- Tolerance, needing more to get the same effect
- Ketamine dependence and addiction
- Abnormal liver or kidney function
Ketamine Addiction Treatment
Although ketamine addiction can be difficult to overcome, there are several successful addiction treatment programs that can lead to addiction recovery. Drug detox and drug rehab programs can help treat withdrawal symptoms and provide evidence-based treatments to aid in managing cravings and impulse control. The key to successful addiction recovery is finding the right level of care that will allow you to fully commit to treatment. Levels of care can include residential inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient program (IOP), partial hospitalization program (PHP), and aftercare programs for abuse and addiction. Residential inpatient treatment may be necessary for severe forms of ketamine addiction so you can fully immerse yourself in addiction recovery without any outside distractions. Outpatient programs can allow you to continue working or going to school while attending addiction treatment at a recovery center for several hours a week.
When looking for the right ketamine addiction treatment when dealing with underlying mental health disorders that may have led to your addiction or were brought on by ketamine abuse, you should find a recovery center that offers dual diagnosis treatment. Co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression, PTSD, or bipolar disorder need to be treated simultaneously for your best chance at recovery.
Addiction treatment programs will generally create a customized treatment plan to fit your unique needs and situation. Some types of treatment you find at a drug and alcohol rehab include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- 12-step programs
- Anger management
- Medication Assisted treatment
- Recreational therapies
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
- Fitness and nutrition counseling
- Holistic therapies
Relapse prevention programs are also critical in early recovery which can include helping you develop healthy habits, creating a support system, identifying your triggers, keeping busy, and having a relapse prevention plan when cravings arise. If you need drug rehab-related support, Quantum Behavioral Health Services is available to guide you through the recovery process.