Ketamine Addiction



Tom Smith

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What you will learn

  • Psychologically, ketamine addiction can lead to a range of issues including mood disturbances, cognitive impairments, and memory problems.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is commonly known for its medical use to start and maintain anesthesia. It’s often used in medical settings as an anesthetic for minor surgeries and procedures, particularly used in the emergency department. Ketamine works by inducing a trance-like state while providing pain relief, sedation, and memory loss. However, apart from its medical uses, ketamine is also known for its recreational use. Oftentimes, individuals who use Ketamine in a recreational setting are looking for a detachment from reality. The drug can induce hallucinations and dissociative effects. Unfortunately, the overuse of Ketamine can lead to addiction. 

Understanding Ketamine Addiction

While ketamine is primarily used in medical settings for anesthesia and pain relief, it is also misused recreationally due to its dissociative and hallucinogenic effects. Like most drugs,  ketamine abuse can lead to tolerance, meaning that higher doses are required to achieve the desired effects. This can increase the risk of addiction as individuals may continue to escalate their use to maintain the desired effects. Long-term Ketamine usage can also lead to physical dependence, where the body cannot function properly without the use of the drug. 

Effects of Ketamine Addiction

There are countless negative effects to Ketamine addiction. Firstly, Ketamine addiction can lead to both physical and psychological effects. Long-term Ketamine usage can lead to physical dependence, where the body cannot function properly without the use of the drug. Psychologically, ketamine addiction can lead to a range of issues including mood disturbances, cognitive impairments, and memory problems. It can also contribute to the development of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis. We can’t forget that addiction will affect social lives and relationships with friends, family, and colleagues. Socially, ketamine addiction can strain relationships, lead to financial difficulties, and cause problems at work or school. The misuse of ketamine may lead to risky behaviors while under its influence, increasing the likelihood of accidents or harm to oneself or others.


Stages of Addiction

Addiction often progresses through stages, starting with experimentation and occasional use, moving to regular use, and eventually leading to dependence and addiction. Oftentimes, we forget that relapse is actually common in addiction recovery and does not signify failure. It is often a part of the learning process and can provide valuable insights into triggers and areas needing further support. Relapse prevention strategies, ongoing therapy, and a strong support network are important for maintaining sobriety.

What to do if you suspect your loved one is addicted to Ketamine:

If you suspect a loved one is addicted to Ketamine, it’s crucial to approach the situation with compassion, empathy, and a commitment to support them through their journey to recovery. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Express Concern
  2. Educate Yourself
  3. Offer Support
  4. Encourage Treatment 
  5. Set Boundaries 
  6. Be Patient 

Remember that you can’t force someone to get help for their addiction, but you can offer support and encouragement along the way. 

Our Treatment Approach

  • Comprehensive Assessment: Each patient begins their journey with a thorough assessment to tailor a treatment plan that addresses their unique needs.
  • Medical Detoxification: Safely managing withdrawal symptoms under medical supervision is the first step in the treatment process.
  • Individual and Group Therapy: Counseling sessions help patients understand the root causes of their addiction and develop coping strategies.
  • Family Support and Education: Involving family members in the recovery process to build a strong support system.
  • Aftercare Planning: Ensuring long-term success with ongoing support and resources to prevent relapse.

Why Milestone Addiction Treatment?

  • Expertise in Stimulant Addiction: Our team has specialized knowledge in treating Ketamine and other addictions.
  • Holistic Care Options: We offer a range of therapies, including mindfulness and wellness activities, to support overall well-being.
  • Confidential and Supportive Environment: Patients receive care in a safe, non-judgmental setting that respects their privacy and dignity.

Take the first step towards recovery from your Ketamine addiction with Milestone Addiction Treatment. Contact us to learn more about our program and how we can help you or your loved one on the path to a healthier, drug-free life.

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