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Ketamine Addiction

Ketamine is a drug that has been gaining a lot of popularity among the young population of America. It is known for its medicinal properties, but while it is legal for medical use, many individuals obtain and use it illegally, sometimes in combination with other drugs. Unfortunately, even children in the 12th grade have been using this drug.

Ketamine is not the most fatal drug out there, but it still carries a lot of risks, mainly because it can develop into an addiction, which decreases the quality of life. There are a few signs that someone has developed a ketamine addiction. Knowing these signs will allow you to help someone in need.

Understanding Ketamine

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic drug that is often used for medical purposes. It is used in order to treat pain in some patients. In other situations, the drug is used in the veterinary field as a dissociative tranquilizer.

Ketamine is a hallucinogen – therefore, when it is consumed, it can lead to very strong hallucinations that can have unpredictable results. The substance triggers the activity of a neurotransmitter known as glutamate, which is located in your brain’s frontal cortex. On top of that, it allows more synapses too, making room for information to flow inside the brain.

Ketamine comes in two forms, respectively liquid or powder. Depending on the form, people will use ketamine by mixing it into drinks, injecting it, smoking it, or snorting it.

The drug has a very quick effect, and the blood pressure will go down while the heart rate will speed up in an instant.

Ketamine Addiction

When used continuously for the effects it can offer, ketamine can cause the user to become addicted. The drug changes the chemicals in your brain, and it makes you build tolerance over time, getting used to ketamine consumption. Therefore, it will lead to an addiction, which can hardly be escaped without going to a rehabilitation center and getting treatment.

Ketamine alone may not be fatal as long as overdose amounts are not reached, but it is still dangerous, and it can affect the individual in the short-term and long-term.

The user will be detached from the world. This can affect various aspects of their life. They will not be able to focus on school or work anymore, and they may even be unable to maintain relationships with other people or take care of themselves.

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Common Ketamine Drug Combinations

Ketamine is not always consumed by itself. In fact, many users prefer to combine it with other drugs. Unfortunately, this is what makes the negative side effects of the drug even worse.

The liquid form can be mixed into alcoholic drinks, while other people prefer to add it to Marijuana joints. This can be very dangerous, especially as the drug can reach the brain very quickly with these methods.

Moreover, some people like to mix ketamine with other depressants. Considering that ketamine is also a depressant, these combinations can greatly affect the respiratory function and heart rate.

Other than that, people combine ketamine with powdered drugs like Ecstasy, which can be extremely dangerous because ketamine is a depressant and MDMA is a stimulant. Some individuals also mix ketamine with psychedelics like DMT and LSD.

Signs of Ketamine Addiction

When someone uses ketamine, they will usually show some symptoms. Since ketamine leads to psychological dependence and the body will build a tolerance, the individual will use larger amounts in order to reach the effects they love so much. So, the following signs may become more obvious:

  • Depression
  • Skin redness
  • Rapid eye movements
  • Irritability
  • Loss of coordination
  • Antsy behavior
  • Insomnia
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of motivation
  • Fatigue
  • Bladder pain
  • Hard time concentrating
  • Drowsiness or distraction

Ketamine addiction should be treated as soon as these signs of abuse become obvious. Professional care should be offered to the addict to help them stop abusing the drug and decrease cravings.

Ketamine Side Effects

Ketamine is not always consumed by itself. In fact, many users prefer to combine it with other drugs. Unfortunately, this is what makes the negative side effects of the drug even worse.

The liquid form can be mixed into alcoholic drinks, while other people prefer to add it to Marijuana joints. This can be very dangerous, especially as the drug can reach the brain very quickly with these methods.

Moreover, some people like to mix ketamine with other depressants. Considering that ketamine is also a depressant, these combinations can greatly affect the respiratory function and heart rate.

Other than that, people combine ketamine with powdered drugs like Ecstasy, which can be extremely dangerous because ketamine is a depressant and MDMA is a stimulant. Some individuals also mix ketamine with psychedelics like DMT and LSD.

Overdose Symptoms

When someone uses ketamine, they will usually show some symptoms. Since ketamine leads to psychological dependence and the body will build a tolerance, the individual will use larger amounts in order to reach the effects they love so much. So, the following signs may become more obvious:

  • Depression
  • Skin redness
  • Rapid eye movements
  • Irritability
  • Loss of coordination
  • Antsy behavior
  • Insomnia
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of motivation
  • Fatigue
  • Bladder pain
  • Hard time concentrating
  • Drowsiness or distraction

Ketamine addiction should be treated as soon as these signs of abuse become obvious. Professional care should be offered to the addict to help them stop abusing the drug and decrease cravings.

Treating Ketamine Addiction

The safest and best way to treat ketamine addiction is by going to a rehabilitation center. Rehab centers will offer detox programs and therapy among other solutions. This can help a person get off the addiction and slowly work on improving their lives.

Why Should You Choose Real Deal?

At Real Deal, we can help you get rid of your ketamine addiction and cravings. At the same time, we will help you treat the issues that may have led to ketamine consumption.

We offer a detoxification program and therapy, which can allow you to form new skills. This way, you can work on improving your life. We are here for you on your way to sobriety.

Reach out for help if you or someone you know is addicted to ketamine. The sooner you contact us, the higher the chances of preventing body and mind damage. Call us today and we’ll be there to support you.

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