Ketamine has many medical uses, like treating burns, but is often used illicitly. Known as “Special K”, Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that is can be abused for its physical and mental health effects, including hallucinations.
Side Effects of Ketamine Addiction
As with many drugs, sometimes people become addicted through recreational use, and other times people form a dependency on medicine they’re using to manage chronic pain. Some side effects of ketamine addiction include vomiting, nausea, slurred speech, difficulty concentrating, trouble breathing, acting aggressively, and an increased heart rate.
How Do I Know If I Have a Ketamine Addiction?
Like with many addictions and compulsions, one of the biggest clues a person may be addicted is thinking about their next hit. Often a person addicted to a drug will notice that their body becomes accustomed to the drug and it takes more of it to have the same effects. Another sign is that withdrawal symptoms set in if they’ve not had any.
What About Withdrawal?
Withdrawal can be different per person but ketamine detox can be challenging. At FHE Health, many trained professionals can help a person with ketamine withdrawal through therapy. Some symptoms that a withdrawing person may experience include:
- Intense cravings
- Changes in vision
- An accelerated heartbeat
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of hearing
The amount of time it takes to detox can vary depending on how long a person has been using. And once a person is in detox, using again can be incredibly dangerous because of changes in the body’s tolerance. It is essential to undergo detox with the help of medical professionals.
What Should I do?
If you suspect you are addicted to ketamine or any other drug, call FHE Health Addiction Treatment Center. You can work with experienced professionals who can help you detox and form a clean living plan afterward. Start on the path to ending your ketamine addiction today by sending us a message or calling us at 844-299-0618.