Ketamine is a strong psychoactive drug that is usually found in the form of a white powder but can also be found in a liquid state. It’s known for being relatively cheap and causing a strong body and mind high. It is known on the street as ‘ket’.
Many ketamine addicts begin consuming the drugs at parties for the high. However, unfortunate users can be pulled into a dependency which can be difficult to overcome without professional intervention. As with the majority of drugs, users build up a tolerance and have to keep upping the quantity consumed in order to continue to experience the high.
Withdrawal can be another challenging element of this drug’ addiction, as a variety of painful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms can emerge which can make the user start using again.
How does ketamine addiction work?
Ketamine is a potent dissociative and psycho-active substance, it can distort the user’s perception of reality, and cause a separation between the mind and the body. This disassociation effect is known colloquially as the ‘k-hole’. This state can lead to psychosis where the user is trapped in a distorted cognitive state.
Users often use ketamine to escape an existence of fear, anxiety and depression. Unlike addictions with physical addictive qualities like cocaine alcohol and heroin, ketamine is instead, purely psychological.
Health implications of being addicted to ketamine include
- loss of balance
- a feeling of nausea
- Tachycardia – a condition that makes your heartbeat over 100bpm
How ketamine rehabilitation works:
- Initial assessments – we work out what your particular issue is and decide on the best course of treatment.
- Detoxification – You are looked after and monitored while you wait for the toxicity of the drug to pass from your system.
- Counselling and talking therapies – We talk through your problems and find the source of your trauma.
- Relapse prevention – You are taught a toolkit of coping mechanisms and healthy lifestyle habits.
- Aftercare preparation – we make a plan for your future recovery
- Aftercare and continued support – you are supported following your discharge and guided towards continued sobriety.
During the detoxification process, you will be under evaluation for an agreed period of time, while the ketamine has time to be cleared from your body. Psychological withdrawal symptoms associated with ketamine detox will be monitored closely, and you may be offered a number of pharmaceuticals to ease the transition. These are carefully prescribed to help you with the dangerous symptoms associated with withdrawal.
Following your detox process, you will be transferred through to counselling and talking therapies section of the rehabilitation. This will work to give you the tools you need to maintain sobriety.
This will also work to unearth the underlying cause of the addiction, which is usually attributed to psychological trauma. Also, you’ll be taught some strong coping mechanisms and methods that you can turn to in times of crisis to prevent a relapse.
Ketamine therapy comes in the form of individual or ‘one on one’ therapy with a trained psychologist or psychiatrist. Group therapy is a really integral part of the process as its important you have support from a group as well as be involved in other’s people’s recovery.
If you are ready to begin your recovery journey, pick up the phone now. Here at the recovery trust, we will work to direct you to the best programme for you. Your recovery and the perfect regime for you is our top priority.