Ketamine, designed only for use in hospital settings, works as a anesthetic for animals and humans. In recent years however, Ketamine has become popular as a “club drug” used by teens and young adults. American Addiction Centers can help you or your loved one conquer Ketamine addiction. Call us today at 877-640-1943.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine, also known by its pharmaceutical name of Ketamine hydrochloride, is a “dissociative anesthetic” used in both hospitals and veterinary clinics. Ketamine separates perception from sensation, and in this respect is similar to other drugs such as PCP or nitrous oxide, or laughing gas.
Ketamine was developed in 1963 as an alternative to PCP in hospitalizations where anesthesia was required. In recent years, however, Ketamine, has gained popularity as a “club drug” with young adults, often taken at dance parties known as “raves.” According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, much of the Ketamine now sold illegally on the streets has been diverted from veterinarians’ offices.
Street names for Ketmaine, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, include Special K, Jet, Super Acid, Green, K and Cat Valium.
How is Ketamine consumed?
Ketamine comes in a clear liquid and a white or off-white powder form. When used illegally, the drug is typically snorted or swallowed, not injected. The liquid form of Ketamine is often evaporated in order to create the desired powder.
Ketamine is odorless and tasteless, so it can be added to beverages without being detected. Because of this, and because Ketamine also induces amnesia, the drug has been associated with “date rape”-type sexual assaults.
How Widespread is Ketamine Addiction?
The growing popularity of Ketamine as a “club drug” has led to a whole new generation of Ketamine users, many of which find their lives upended by full-scale Ketamine addiction.
According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 2.3 million Americans aged 12 or older have used Ketamine for non-medical reasons at least once in their lifetime.
Other federal data shows an increase in Ketamine abuse among teens. Between 2007 and 2008, the percentage of past-year Ketamine use rose among all three age groups included in the Monitoring the Future survey within 8th graders, 10th graders, and 12 graders. Though that trend is alarming, Ketamine use in teens is still far less frequent than other drugs such as marijuana – only about one to two percent of U.S. teens have used Ketamine in the past year.
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What are Ketamine’s short-term effects?
Ketamine, according to the Patnership for a Drug-Free America, can cause dream-like states and hallucinations. Other short-term effects experienced by users include:
- Impaired attention, learning ability, and memory
- Impaired motor function
- Near-death experiences – known as the “K-hole”
- Potentially fatal respiratory problems
Ketamine’s long-term effects:
- Psychological dependence – leading the addict to keep using despite Ketamine-caused problems at work or home
- Flashbacks – these may occur as long as a year after Ketamine use has stopped
- Because Ketamine causes erratic behavior and stops the user from feeling pain, addicts may cause serious physical harm to themselves while under its influence
According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, in 2001 there were 679 emergency room visits where Ketamine was a factor.
What are the risks of Ketamine addiction during pregnancy?
Ketamine, when used in a hospital setting and administered by medical professionals, may not be detrimental to the health of the newborn. But as with any drug taken during pregnancy, women should talk with their doctor about the possible ramifications and side effects of Ketamine before deciding its use.
However, high doses of Ketamine taken by hard-core addicts are, in fact, life threatening to both the mother and the unborn child. Fatal Ketamine overdoses do occur, and mothers acting under the hazy thinking of a Ketamine “high” may engage in risky activities that ultimately hurt her baby.
In situations where recent mothers are taking Ketamine in a responsible hospital setting, breastfeeding should be safe approximately 11 hours after the last Ketamine dose.
Why is Ketamine addiction so hard to overcome?
Ketamine addiction can leave the addict mentally drained or drowned in psychosis and delusions. Quitting Ketamine requires conquering not only any physical compulsion to use again, but regaining a psychological sense of balance and stability.
With the expert treatment available through American Addiction Centers, you or your loved one can stay clean through the difficult Ketamine withdrawal period, a period that includes symptoms such as:
- Irrational fears
- Panic attacks
- Lack of motivation
Once you’re clean, we’ll make sure Ketamine addiction stays a distant memory.
Every year, millions of drug users addicted to Ketamine and other substances decide to quit, and are able to stay clean. At the same time, however, there are countless others who fail in their recovery efforts and end up suffering again.
With our help, you’ll get better in a bright, welcoming facility, surrounded by other clients whose experiences with which you can relate. Our network of drug rehab centers includes adolescent rehab and other specialized programs. Call American Addiction Centers today at 877-640-1943.
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