Although Ketamine has legitimate use in both human and vetinary medicine it is also commonly used as a drug of abuse. It can induce a state known as “dissociative anesthesia” which is the effect that recreational users seek. In humans ketamine can be used for analgesia or anesthesia, depending on the dose. Other effects include hallucinations and an increase in blood pressure.
Ketamine has also been successfully used to treat depression in patients with a bipolar mood disorder who have not been responsive to other anti-depressants. Patients who suffer from major depressive disorder can also be treated with Ketamine and experience a far more rapid recovery than they would by using typical antidepressants.
Ketamine and Addiction Treatment
Interestingly Ketamine has been the subject of experiments in treating addiction. Doctor Evgeny Krupitsky, the Clinical Director of Research for the Saint Petersburg Regional Center for Research in Addiction and Psychopharmacology in Russia, claims to have encouraging results in using this drug to assist in treating alcoholism. His method involved blending psychotherapy, group therapy, and controlled ketamine use. He found that 60 of the 86 study participants remained fully abstinent throughout the year of treatment
Not withstanding the medical uses Ketamine is a dangerous street drug. When sold on the street it usually comes from diverting legitimate supplies or through theft. Ketamine has also been known to be one of the chemicals “cut” into Ecstasy tablets, creating an especially dangerous form of this drug. If you suspect that your loved one is using Ketamine then please call us on +27 61 26 73422 for confidential advice in finding the best rehab options. It is always best to seek professional assistance in treating any manner of substance abuse disorder.
Effects of Ketamine Abuse
Ketamine has both physical and psychological effects. Short term side effects include slurred speech, nausea, out-of-body experiences, increased heart rate, sedation, numbness, hallucinations, loss of coordination, double vision, and and euphoria.
Using it over a period of time may lead to memory loss and problems with urinating. Long-term ketamine users may have an increased need to urinate, and pass blood through their urine.
How does Ketamine rehab work?
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Ketamine rehab involves a number of different steps that will help your loved one stop using, make changes to behaviours, learn new skills, and stay abstinent. The initial phase is known as detoxification (or “detox” for short) and should be undertaken under the supervision of a suitably experienced medical doctor. Ideally you will be admitted to a ketamine detox center where nurses and doctors are available around the clock.
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Following the detox phase the patient is admitted to a psychotherapeutic programme that helps them to identify the patterns of thought and behaviour that support addictive behaviour. Practical skills are taught to patients to help them cope better with the stressors of life. Typically a world class addiction treatment center will use a multi-disciplinary team to provide therapy. This allows for a comprehensive understanding of the patient to be built through a collaboration between physicians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other professionals.
In many cases the patient will be referred for ongoing treatment at secondary care treatment centers. These programmes are less intensive than the first few weeks spent in the primary drug rehab center, but will explore deeper levels of thought and behaviour. Patients may spend a few months in such a center while they learn to live life without the use of drugs.
Choosing a Ketamine Rehab
It might be a tough decision to have to choose a Ketamine rehab. Here is a list of factors you should consider as a starting point:
- Is the facility properly licensed by the relevant government bodies?
- Are all of the staff properly registered with professional bodies. Addictions counselors are required by law to register with the Health Professionals council in South Africa
- Are doctors and nurses available 24 hours a day during the detox period?
- Does the facility offer a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment?
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