At low to moderate doses, ketamine distorts or enhances sensory perceptions much like the hallucinogenic properties of PCP, but, to a lesser extent. It has the ability to work as a mild stimulant to increase energy and euphoria with a sense of “floating”. At adequate doses, the person experiences a trance-like state where the dissociative properties become much more profound. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “In long-term exposure, high tolerance, drug craving, and flashbacks are described.”
While many people enjoy using ketamine, the withdrawal can produce extremely adverse effects and left unattended, these effects can become dangerous for both the user and others. In the following you’ll see how treatment centers help with ketamine withdrawal.
Detox Comfort and Safety
The psychological effects of ketamine withdrawal appear to be the most disturbing, but, physical effects can also prove dangerous in someone with compromised health issues as well as affect the mental health of the individual, making it difficult to remain engaged in the detox process and possibly leading to other complications down the line.
Treatment centers help with ketamine withdrawal by providing a safe, clean, and subdued environment that helps to minimize the distress of ketamine withdrawal while attending to the comfort and safety of the individual. Medications may be used to keep the person stabilized while the symptoms run their course and around the clock monitoring allows for immediate interventions to any unexpected occurrences or complications.
Reducing Obstacles That Would Interfere with the Detox Process
Intense cravings, hypertension, and irritability are obstacles of ketamine withdrawal that can be more easily managed in a controlled environment. Conditioned cues to use are primary characteristics of addiction and by eliminating any influential “triggers” one finds in their home environment to use, treatment centers can help the person stay focused on their detox goals.
Although reducing the obstacles most likely to interfere with the detox process provides hope and encouragement for the individual, understanding the factors that influence decisions to use ketamine takes a lot more time. The treatment centers can help by providing education, counseling, guidance, and access to treatment resources that are necessary for long -term abstinence goals.
Mental Health Support
The rebound effects of ketamine withdrawal are quite the opposite of the pleasurable and tranquil intoxication effects. Depression, emotional instabilities, cognitive impairments, suicidal ideations, hallucinations, and psychotic symptoms resembling schizophrenia are all grave concerns.
Treatment centers help by providing compassionate support to mitigate stress, fears, and other adverse symptoms by providing professional care for the psychiatric and medical issues and by offering therapies to cope with the detox process while preventing harm to the individual and others.