Ketamine Detox Centers
Ketamine use is generally limited to occasional recreational situations. But, people can actually develop a psychological dependence on the drug. You might be using more frequently and in larger doses and find yourself with an addiction. You know that you have developed a true problem when you are experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking ketamine.
According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, there are many research studies that show frequent ketamine use can lead to dependence and/or tolerance. Tolerance, specifically, can be quite high and progress rapidly. Users may find themselves unable to achieve the effects that they initially did when using ketamine.
Tolerance and dependence lead to increased use, which tends to be binge usage. This can lead to a number of adverse, possibly life threatening, symptoms. You know that it is important that you stop using and you probably know that stopping means rehab. What you might not know is that your very first stage of rehab will be detoxification.
The following discussion will cover detoxification, as well as withdrawal symptoms and the type of treatment you can expect. You should get a general idea of the process. To learn more or to find a detox facility that can help you to properly prepare for ketamine addiction treatment, call 800-405-2627 (Who Answers?). Experts are available to help you 24 hours a day. Call now.
What Is Detoxification?
You probably have a general idea what detox is because the name of the process is used a lot in relation to exercise regimens and fad diets, like 7-day detox tea cleanses. Generally, detox is about removing toxins from your system.
In the context of drug abuse, those toxins are the drugs. Therefore, professional detox is the process that leads you from a state of acute ketamine intoxication to a drug and alcohol free state.
A lot of people mistakenly believe that they can detox at home, but professional detox offers complete oversight and a range of medical options for alleviating or easing withdrawal symptoms. Without this level of care, most people return to drug use very quickly in order to eliminate the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms.
What Are Ketamine Withdrawal Symptoms?
Because ketamine lacks a specific ingredient that makes it physically addictive, most users develop a psychological addiction. This means that the brain begins to compensate for the ketamine use and these changes cause the brain to depend on the drug to function. Therefore, when the ketamine use comes to a close, the brain doesn’t think it can continue to function. As a result, it triggers the following withdrawal side effects and symptoms.
- Cognitive impairment
- Hearing Loss
- Psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions
- Loss of motor skills
- Decrease in cardiac and respiratory functions
Some of the symptoms may become quite severe, depending on the degree of addiction. In extreme instances, users may become so emotionally unstable that they are a risk to themselves and those around them. The only solution is isolation.
In general, the withdrawal symptoms of ketamine are not life-threatening.
How Long Will Withdrawal Continue?
The onsets and duration of withdrawal depends upon the quantity of drugs and alcohol in your body, your tolerance level, your history of ketamine use, and whether or not you have other addictions/patterns of drug use. Typically, ketamine withdrawal lasts anywhere from 72 hours to multiple weeks.
During the first three days of detox, you will experience the most acute symptoms. They will begin less than 24 hours after your final ketamine dose. Expect:
- Hearing loss
- Rapid breathing
- Double Vision
Between day four and day fourteen, your symptoms will taper off. After day fifteen, the symptoms should have stabilized. You may still have brain changes that are permanent and these can lead you to experience long-term psychological issues.
How Will Professional Detox Help Me?
Detox offers many benefits, including:
- Dispensing medication to ease or entirely alleviate symptoms like insomnia and nausea
- Providing a safe space for isolation
- Keeping you under the watchful eye of medical professionals
- Treating ketamine addiction as well as any other co-occurring conditions
- Educating you about what to expect, which is actually helpful. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration asserts: “Providing information concerning withdrawal symptoms may reduce discomfort and the likelihood the individual will leave detoxification prematurely.”