Ketamine is a party or club drug that has gained in popularity over the past ten years. It is a medication used mostly in veterinary care as an anesthetic for surgery or on humans that might have respiratory problems and cannot tolerate other anesthesia.
Since the mid 1980’s young people have been using Ketamine recreationally by either snorting or injecting the drug to enhance the club or rave experience. According to NIDA, “Ingesting hallucinogenic drugs can cause users to see images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem real but do not exist.”
Ketamine users claim to be feel enlightened and spiritually awakened and that it makes them feel like they can dance all night, but sometimes the party turns into a nightmare of addiction and mental turmoil. As with any drug, Ketamine can be addictive when in used in excess. Those who find themselves addicted to Ketamine or other psychedelic drugs can find it very difficult to stop using the drug on their own.
Getting on the Road to Ketamine Addiction Recovery
Those who suffer from an addiction to Ketamine or other psychedelic drugs face a different problem then others in recovery for drugs such as opiates or barbiturates. While the withdrawal symptoms of those drugs are mostly physical, Ketamines withdrawal effects are mostly psychological. Users feel that it gives them spiritual insight and can bring them closer to God. When the drug is no longer in the system, to say the user feels depressed is an understatement and recovery can be one an emotional ride.
Ketamine withdrawals are mostly psychological but none the less very real. It can leave the person feeling like they have lost all reason to live and can even cause suicidal thoughts for many. Many describe the withdrawal from Ketamine as falling into the very pits of hell and will often relapse because the distress is too much.
They can even suffer from psychosis and hallucinations that may require hospitalizing or professional help from a drug treatment facility. There are some physical symptoms associated withdrawal of Ketamine like nausea, dizziness and diarrhea but they are usually mild.
Ketamine Addiction Treatment
The first step of Ketamine recovery is detoxification of the drug. This process generally takes from three days to a week but can be very unpleasant. It is recommended that detox occur in a professional drug treatment center that specializes in drugs like Ketamine and other psychedelic drugs. Counseling can be crucial in getting someone through the darkness of Ketamine withdrawal. Once the detoxification process is complete long term treatment should be sought.
There are many different kinds of treatment centers available that offer a combination of medical and behavioral services to keep you on the road to Ketamine recovery. There are also community organizations like Narcanon that offer support through group counseling and spiritual enlightenment. There are churches and religious organizations that offer drug treatment programs as well. Treatment is available for those who can’t afford to pay or need help paying for their treatment.