Ketamine Treatment

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Ketamine is a synthetic compound used to induce and perpetuate anesthesia in veterinary and human practice. Ketamine treatment can help reduce the need for post-op addictive painkillers. In mild doses, medical professionals use it to treat major depression and suicidal ideations in emergency room settings.

But it’s odorless and colorless properties, along with its ability to arrest voluntary movements has made ketamine a sought-after date rape drug. Dance partygoers are using the drug’s trance-like state and dissociative effects. In fact, ketamine abusers repeatedly use it to experience the “K-hole,” wherein users get an out-of-body experience; but this effect usually precedes overdose.

Sovereign Health offers complete ketamine addiction recovery in all of our residential treatment programs.

Ketamine abuse

Also called, Cat Valium, KitKat, Special K, Super K, Vitamin K, Purple, Ket and Jet, Ketamine can be swallowed as a pill, laced in tobacco or marijuana or mixed into drinks. It’s often cooked into a white powder for snorting.

Like other drugs, a tolerance is built after repeat use. With Ketamine drug abuse, this happens pretty quickly because it wears off after a short amount of time, requiring repeat use to maintain effects.

Its hallucinatory effects begin within a few minutes and ware off in less than an hour. Some users take high doses to achieve the aforementioned K-hole experience described as transcendental by some and terrifying by others.

Symptoms of Ketamine Abuse

Some of the side effects of ketamine abuse may include:

  • Confusion, impaired judgement, delirium or amnesia
  • Changes in perceptions of color or sound
  • Flashbacks
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty thinking or learning
  • Bloody, cloudy pee, trouble peeing or needing to pee often
  • Pale or bluish lips, fingernails or skin
  • Blurry vision
  • Chest pain, discomfort, or tightness
  • Convulsions
  • Problems with swallowing
  • Hives, skin irritation
  • Puffy or swollen face, eyelids, lips or tongue
  • Sweating
  • Feeling too excited, nervous, or restless
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Involuntary muscle movements and slurred speech
  • Insensitivity to pain
  • Numbness
  • Dramatic increase in heart rate
  • Aggression
  • Bladder disease called ketamine-induced ulcerative cystitis
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Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Red Flags of Ketamine Overdose

  • Labored or shallow breathing, respiratory depression which can result in brain damage and death
  • Muscle twitching
  • Cognitive decline
  • Loss of coordination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Impaired vision
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Ketamine Inside the Body

Ketamine overdose can happen with single use. Ketamine destabilizes the brain’s chemical balance by blocking the neurotransmitter glutamate at the receptor, causing a trance-like state and disconnection from one’s environment.

Ketamine is in the same family of dissociative analgesics such as PCP, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and produces hallucinations similar to those while high on LSD.

It causes impairments in brain wiring for both medically prescribed patients and ketamine abusers alike, by spurring a spike in production of superoxide, a toxic free radical.

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Getting Help for Ketamine Abuse

Ketamine addiction symptoms are incredibly damaging to the mind, which is why Ketamine treatment should be inclusive of brain restoration modalities, brain-training tools and cognitive behavioral therapies.

The truth is no one wakes up and says “today I’m going to overdose.” Substance abuse usually ignites from smoldering residual issues of prior trauma, mental disorder or inherited proclivities to addiction. The majority of rehabilitation centers only address the external or acute medical symptoms without delving into the root of the problem.

Sovereign Health presses on, where other ketamine treatment centers stop short. We offer complete ketamine detox, a full spectrum of cognitive therapies and brain wellness tools. Group and individual therapies provide the insight to move beyond substance abuse.

Residential treatment provides a comradery and mutual accountability atmosphere to holistically recover, so an individual can have support from those who are in the same boat. Alternative and experiential therapies provide healthy catharsis and release of energy. A solid Continuing Care program ensures a newly recovered individual will have the safety net of continued brain wellness exercises, practical arsenal of assistance and a new, sober circle for leisure activities and social events.

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Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health is a nationwide treatment provider spearheaded in California. We are dedicated to mental disorders and co-occurring issues like substance abuse and eating disorders. Sovereign avails residential, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment alike to meet each person’s unique recovery necessities.

This is where Sovereign Health stands out. We offer multiple recovery tracks specific to displays of said trauma or mental chaos:

  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorder
  • Dual Diagnosis of two or more of the above conditions