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What is a Ketamine Addiction?

Ketamine is an anesthetic used on humans and animals for pain and surgery.  The drug is sold on the streets for recreational use, also. The substance can have various effects on the mind and body.  The clear liquid is called special K or Cat Valium as street names. Ketamine is known as a club drug and a date rape drug.  The sedative can cause someone to blackout or become unconscious. Waking from the sedative is extreme, also. The user can be erratic and distorted.  

Taking large amounts at one time can give the user an out of body experience, or a k-hole.  Delusions and misconception about the body can give the user a near-death experience feeling, while possibly overdosing.  The drug can also be used for sexual assault. The substance is a clear and odorless liquid. When added to a drink, the drug is undetectable.  The predator can take advantage of unsuspecting victims.

Ketamine is a hallucinogenic drug.  The outcome of the high is extremely unpredictable and only lasts a short time.  The user will suffer withdrawal symptoms and crave more of the drug. Similar to other substances, addictive behaviors will begin.  Mood swings, tolerance, and depression can send the user out of control. Impaired motor functioning can end with injury or death. Overdose is possible when excessively used.  

Side effects include:

  • Delirium
  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Impaired judgement
  • Nightmares

Common withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Double vision
  • Hearing loss
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Loss of motor skills
  • Loss of coordination
  • Depression

When Ketamine is consistently abused, the individual’s urinary tract and bladder are affected.  Irritation and the urge to urinate are discomforting. The bladder can decrease in volume or have decreased compliance.  The inflammation of the urinary tract can cause renal papilla or blood in the urine.

Psychosis is common with Ketamine use.  The addict will lose connection with reality.  The user can start to believe hallucinations are real and develop false ideas.  Continued use of Ketamine can cause long-term psychosis which needs professional treatment.  People with psychosis commonly have poor physical health and poor self-care.

Treatment for Ketamine abuse will involve possible hospitalization, detox, therapy, and aftercare.  Someone suffering from substance abuse should seek help immediately. No one should fight addiction alone.  The drug can alter the mind and body, causing serious consequences to personal health and life.

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