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Ketamine addiction treatment

From Tuesday 10 June 2014 the classification of ketamine was changed from a class C to a class B controlled drug. The implication of this means that the UK government has recognised that the illegal use of ketamine has become a problem and an attempt to make ketamine use less attractive to both the user and the supplier. Persons found in possession of ketamine could now get you up to five years in prison along with an unlimited fine, and supplying ketamine to someone could get you up to a 14 year prison sentence and an unlimited fine.

Ketamine Addiction

Ketamine is a drug that was originally developed to be used in hospitals but is now used by veterinarians as an animal tranquilliser. Ketamine is now growing in popularity in the United Kingdom and America. Most users users will fail to understand the addictive risks associated with ketamine and mistakenly believe that it is a non-addictive drug. Unfortunately the dangers of ketamine addiction are all too real.

Taking ketamine on a regular basis can cause a range of symptoms and increase both your tolerance to ketamine and your dependence to it, causing you to take more. Ketamine addiction may be easier to overcome than some other addictions but that doesn’t take away from how dangerous it is, and how much of a problem the addiction is for those suffering it.

What is Ketamine Addiction?

Abusing ketamine can lead to serious health problems and ketamine addiction. An addiction to ketamine is the tolerance that builds up, either physically or psychologically, as you continue to take the drug. This tolerance causes you to crave the drug. It makes you do more of the drug too because you need to overcome the tolerance. A ketamine addiction can lead to several consequences and the side effects of it include withdrawal symptoms, long-term side effects that can’t be fixed just by beating the addiction including permanent psychosis and a myriad of other problems. Ketamine, much like other psychedelic drugs, isn’t considered addictive, but users do still run the very real risk of become dependent and needing professional treatment to kick the habit.

The majority of ketamine addiction is a psychological issue. Users will think about ketamine and crave it but they won’t feel other physical side effects such as nausea when they don’t take the drug. This doesn’t mean that the psychological dependence is easier to overcome than a physical dependence however. A drug dependency, whether it is physical or psychological, is always difficult to overcome.

The Dangers of Ketamine Addiction

People tend to believe that ketamine isn’t an addictive drug because psychedelic drugs tend to be less habit forming than other drugs. This belief is incorrect however and there are still a number of very real dangers with using ketamine on a regular basis and becoming addicted. Regular use leads to behaviours associated with craving the drug when you stop taking it.

Using ketamine can cause your respiratory system to fail, increase your heart rate, make you unable to understand what is happening around you and, in the most serious cases, can leave you in a coma. As your tolerance to the drug develops you take more ketamine to get the same level of high that you used to feel. This can lead to ketamine overdose; a very serious problem that can be deadly.

Getting Treated for Ketamine Addiction

The best way to treat ketamine addiction, much like any addiction, is to stop it before it becomes a problem. You need to understand that ketamine is a drug that was designed for use in hospitals and veterinary clinics. If you use it recreationally then you’re already running the risk of addiction. The best thing to do is to quit taking ketamine and try and find professional help.

The ketamine addiction treatment begins with helping you to deal with the withdrawal symptoms and other problems of withdrawal. If withdrawal isn’t an issue for you or if you already quit and overcame them on your own, you move on to therapy to understand why you abused ketamine in the first place and how you can avoid abusing drugs in the future to stay healthy and sober.

It may seem impossible to beat your ketamine addiction but you can get sober as long as you believe you can. There are many treatment options out there for you to get help for your ketamine addiction. Or any addiction. If you need help beating a ketamine addiction, or you know someone else who does, then consider getting the help you need.