Ketamine Symptoms and Signs of Addiction
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Ketamine Symptoms Are Hallucinogenic
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ketamine is a medication that is approved for use as an anesthetic and is most commonly used in veterinary medicine, but people may abuse it because ketamine symptoms are similar to those seen with drugs like PCP.
This means that ketamine symptoms usually involve hallucinogenic effects. Large doses of ketamine result in feelings of being high, and people may smoke ketamine or inject it to experience this high. Ketamine signs and symptoms can be indicative of drug abuse, and people who have been abusing this drug may need treatment to stop using.
Common Ketamine Signs and Symptoms
As the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, ketamine signs and symptoms that occur when a person is high from this drug include attention problems and difficulty with learning and memory. Ketamine is a hallucinogenic drug, meaning that people who are intoxicated see and hear things that are not actually present.
This is because it alters perceptions and makes people feel as if they might be dreaming. Since ketamine is considered to be a dissociative hallucinogenic drug, it may make people feel as if they are living outside their own bodies. As a result, sometimes symptoms can include feeling out of control.
Complicated Ketamine Symptoms
With especially large doses of ketamine, a person may experience some complicated symptoms. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, these symptoms can include memory loss, delirious behavior, weakened motor skills, elevated blood pressure, and depression. In extreme cases, a large dose of ketamine can cause potentially life-threatening breathing problems.
Other serious symptoms include being unable to move, seizures, psychosis, panic, memory loss, numbness, and high body temperature. Other complicated symptoms include strange or risky behavior due to the dissociative and hallucinogenic effects of ketamine. When under the influence, a person may feel as if they have left their own body, and they may experience things that are not really there.
This can lead to dangerous behavior, such as jumping off of a bridge. For some people, ketamine intoxication may lead to thoughts of suicide, which people may be more likely to act upon when under the influence.
Ketamine Abuse Symptoms and Addiction
The above symptoms can occur when a person is under the influence of ketamine. Over time, a person who abuses ketamine may develop an addiction, or a substance use disorder, which is the clinical term for an addiction to drugs. Some ketamine signs and symptoms that are suggestive of a substance use disorder include taking larger doses of ketamine than intended, being unable to stop or cut back on ketamine use, and continuing to take ketamine even when it is dangerous.
Other symptoms associated with addiction include spending a significant amount of time using ketamine, giving up other activities in order to use ketamine, and using ketamine even though it causes relationship problems or interferes with performance and work or school. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that people who are addicted to ketamine may go on drug binges, experience strong cravings, or develop a tolerance, meaning they will need larger and larger doses of ketamine to experience the same negative effects.
Treatment for Ketamine Symptoms
Someone who shows ketamine abuse symptoms and meets the criteria for a ketamine addiction is in need of treatment to help them stop using this drug. There are no medications currently approved for the treatment of ketamine symptoms, but behavioral treatments, like counseling, are helpful for addiction in general and thus are the typical method for treating ketamine addiction.
Some people may require inpatient treatment, but others can recover successfully while living at home and receiving treatment from an outpatient clinic. In some cases, people with ketamine abuse symptoms may require treatment for an overdose, which involves treating cardiovascular and respiratory problems.
Ketamine Symptoms and Your Mental Illness
Ketamine symptoms can include mental health effects, such as psychotic behavior and depression. This means that the side effects of ketamine use may have a negative effect on your mental health. In addition, if you abuse ketamine, you may find that you start to have signs of a mental illness, or may make a mental health condition that you already have even worse.
You may have initially used ketamine to self-medicate for a mental health condition. For instance, you may have started using ketamine to numb the effects of depression or anxiety, but over time, you will probably find that ketamine makes depression and anxiety even stronger. Regardless of your specific situation, if you are struggling with ketamine abuse, chances are that you may also be in need of mental health treatment.
If you are struggling and have a co-occurring mental health condition, you should seek a treatment program that is qualified to treat both addiction and mental illness.
Ketamine Symptoms Treatment in California
If you have been living with ketamine abuse symptoms and are seeking treatment in California, Resurgence is here to help. We offer a variety of addiction treatment services, including detox, inpatient, and outpatient care. We are located in Orange County, and our inpatient services occur in a homelike setting, with patients staying in bedrooms instead of hospital rooms.
Our centers also offer access to the beautiful outdoors, where you can enjoy swimming pools, waterfalls, beaches, piers, and paths for walking and running.
Covering the Cost of Treatment for Ketamine Symptoms
You may be ready to enter treatment for ketamine symptoms, but perhaps you are concerned about how you will afford rehab. At Resurgence California, we offer a free, confidential insurance verification program to take some of the stress out of the process.
Visit our website or give us a call, and our staff will determine what services your insurance provider covers, as well as how much you will have to pay out of pocket for treatment at Resurgence. Our staff will also communicate with your insurance provider when you begin treatment, so you do not have to worry about whether your services will be covered.
Begin Treatment for Ketamine Symptoms Today
If you are living with ketamine signs and symptoms, today is the day to reach out for help so you can begin your journey toward a drug-free lifestyle. Seeking help can be scary, but at Resurgence, we are prepared to offer you an individualized treatment plan that meets your specific needs.
We are qualified to treat ketamine addiction and co-occurring mental illness, and our staff is trained in a variety of therapy styles, including trauma-informed strategies and cognitive behavioral therapy. Call us today to begin your intake process.
We are pleased to provide 30, 60, and 90-day inpatient programs, as well as extended stay and sober living options, so we truly do have something for everyone at Resurgence.