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The Reality of Ketamine Abuse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ketamine is a dissociative drug that started as an anesthetic. Most people who use ketamine find it at veterinary supply houses and stores all over the world. Veterinary grade drugs are not meant for humans and are often of inferior quality. Many people think that ketamine allows them to experience a different dimension or gain insight into their personalities and the world around them, which accounts for its popularity.

The Ketamine High

Reality of Ketamine Abuse

Ketamine users often feel weak and disoriented after the high wears off.

The descriptions of the ketamine high vary wildly depending on the dosage a person takes. These descriptions are often of mind blowing almost religious experiences or devastating horrific nightmares.

One long time ketamine user describes a trip through a meat grinder complete with the feeling of dismemberment and pain. Although this was a high dose, taken by someone who is an addict, it is not unusual for people to experience pain, disorientation, and fear depending on their usage. Whether it is the first time a person takes it or the thirty-first this sensory distortion is not uncommon in anyone who uses the drug.

Ketamine abusers may also be aggressive. When they cannot distinguish the hallucination from reality and therefore become dangerous. The experience does not have to be negative for someone to be aggressive and overconfident on the drug. It just has to inspire aggression.

The Ketamine after Effects

The ketamine after effects are well known to most of its chronic users. Most users, even casual ones, usually describe a weak, wobbly, disoriented feeling. Any time you take a dissociative drug or psychedelic into your body, it causes fluctuation in the normal pathways of the brain. Memory loss after the trip is not uncommon. Most people do not even realize that they are forgetting the experiences that they had. The experience if not written or recorded at the time becomes like a dream to them.

The disorientation usually goes away after a few hours or a few days, but sometimes it does not. There are instances of the after effects lasting months or years. The people who experience this start to experience some of the more long term side effects.

Long Term Ketamine Use

Due to the receptors ketamine acts on it is possible to experience very severe long term effects. These long term effects need treatment before they become permanent. Some of these are:

  • cognitive dysfunction
  • learning disabilities
  • permanent emotional impairment
  • inability to speak coherently
  • inability to speak at all
  • inability to understand or comprehend normal speech patterns
  • permanent hallucinations

One of the more frequently described long term effects is issues with memory and understanding. The inability to remember anything for more than a short time is frequent among heavy ketamine users.

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How to Get Help

One of the more common things people say after using ketamine is that they want more. Some irresponsible users often take more than they should and maintain the high for several hours by continually reinjecting themselves. This is the addiction. It can be very dangerous and most often results in serious long term consequences for the user. If you feel you are addicted to ketamine we can help. Call us at 800-601-3889(Who Answers?), before it is too late.

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