Ketamine is an anesthetic used mostly in veterinary surgical procedures but has recently gained notoriety with the club scene as a party drug. It is usually snorted or injected. Ketamine is very dangerous and can cause hallucinations and psychosis in patients that abuse the drug intentionally. While scientists are still trying to find the exact reason this happens, they are not still sure what causes the hallucinations.
According to NIDA, “research suggests that they work at least partially by temporarily disrupting communication between neurotransmitter systems throughout the brain and spinal cord that regulate mood”
Finding yourself addicted to Ketamine can be quite a battle. Most will need professional help for their drug addiction. Choosing the right treatment for your recovery is key. There are many different types of drug treatment centers out there. Some focus on spiritual recovery while others take a more medical approach. Either way, the treatment will be offered in both inpatient and outpatient settings. There are pros and cons for both.
Benefits of Outpatient Ketamine Addiction Treatment
The biggest advantage to outpatient recovery is that there is less disruption to your normal daily life, other than the fact that you are no longer using drugs of course. Inpatient and outpatient recovery centers both offer the same kind of treatment. The biggest difference in the two is where you stay during treatment.
In an outpatient recovery center you get to live at your home during treatment rather than living in the facility. You have more freedom in an outpatient recovery center. You can come and go as you like. This is very beneficial to people with like to be in control of their own treatment options and some feel a larger sense of accomplishment when they can manage their treatment on their own. Everyone reacts to treatment differently so treatment should be personalized to best suit the recovering addicts needs.
Outpatient recovery allows the person to keep their job and stay with their families, whereas in an inpatient recovery center a leave of absence must usually be taken and family visits are scheduled and don’t last very long. This can be especially hard on small children who’s parent’s are in treatment for Ketamine addiction.
Counseling is a very big part of the recovery process whether you choose an inpatient or outpatient recovery center for your Ketamine addiction. It considered vitally important for any kind of treatment to be successful, but especially so in the case of Ketamine as it’s effects during use and withdrawal are mostly psychological. In an outpatient setting counseling sessions are usually done in group settings but can be individual too. Many drug counselors come from a place of experience and have often overcome addictions themselves.
How Long does Treatment Last?
Most inpatient recovery programs usually last from 30-90 days depending on the program. Some offer longer programs if needed but can be very costly, which often deters longer stays. Outpatient recovery centers are much more flexible and let you decide how long you need to be in the recovery program. They are also less expensive because your lodging and food are not included in the treatment. For information on finding a treatment center near you use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).