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Ketamine Overview

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication. Ketamine is used to put you to sleep for surgery and to prevent pain and discomfort during certain medical tests or procedures. Ketamine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. You will probably not be allowed to drive yourself home after your surgery or medical procedure. Avoid driving or operating machinery for at least 24 hours after you have received ketamine. Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity after you recover from anesthesia.Since this medication is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur. Your vital signs will be closely watched while you are under anesthesia to make sure the medication is not causing any harmful effects.

Ketamine Abuse Treatment

Ketamine addiction treatment is available in our professional rehab facility in an either ran outpatient or inpatient setting, depending on the specific case. Ketamine addiction treatment may involve the following therapies and techniques:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Group therapy

  • Family therapy

  • 12-Step education

  • Relapse-prevention instruction

  • Individual therapy

  • Medication management

  • Aftercare Services


Ketamine Signs of Abuse

Signs that a person you know may be using ketamine include, but are not limited to:

  • Forgetting what he or she did or said recently

  • Short attention span, confusion

  • Mood swings

  • Dizziness and fainting

Effects of Ketamine Abuse

Ketamine Abuse may lead to:

  • Flashbacks
  • Amnesia
  • Impaired motor functioning
  • Delirium (hallucinations or disorientation)
  • Dramatic increase in heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Loss of touch with reality (derealization)
  • Loss of coordination
  • Sense of invulnerability
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Aggressive/Violent behavior
  • Death from overdose - in severe instances

Ketamine Withdrawal Symptoms

Psychological addiction is the main concern when dealing with ketamine addiction or dependency. However, physical withdrawal symptoms like nausea, dizziness and diarrhea can happen when an individual immediately stops using ketamine; but deep rooted danger is the mental state of the user. Erratic unpredictable behavior, stress, and anxiety are some of the psychological withdrawal symptoms that may be experienced.

Ketamine Abuse Statistics

Here are some recent drug facts in the US on Ketamine Abuse:

  • An estimated 2.3 million teens and adults aged 12 or older used ketamine in their lifetime and 203,000 were past year users.

  • Young adults aged 18 to 25 were more likely than adults aged 26 or older to have used ketamine in the past year

References
http://www.drugabuse.gov
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs
http://www.usa.gov/
http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/factsheets.shtml
http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp

Individualized detox protocols are carefully monitored and tailored to address detox symptoms. As part of our holistic approach, our detox incorporates traditional detox with biofeedback sessions.

Clients being treated in our residential program reside with us for the specific amount of days established in their individualized addiction treatment program.

Our treatment model is rooted in the belief that it is our utmost responsibility to do whatever we can to prepare our clients for life outside of treatment.

In addition to our traditional therapeutic treatments we offer holistic and alternative therapies such as: yoga, chiropractic care, medical massage, personal training and art therapy.