Is Ketamine Addictive?

Written by Will Long

Ketamine, a medication primarily used as an anesthetic in veterinary medicine and occasionally in human medical procedures, has gained attention in recent years for its potential in treating severe depression. However, it has also become increasingly popular as a recreational drug, raising concerns about its addictive properties and the risks associated with its misuse. In this comprehensive article, we’ll delve into what ketamine is, its various uses, the side effects of abuse, signs of addiction, and how JourneyPure At The River can help those battling ketamine addiction.

Understanding Ketamine: A Dual-Purpose Drug

Ketamine is a Schedule III controlled substance, indicating a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Its primary use is as an anesthetic in veterinary medicine, but it has also found applications in human medicine for pain management, sedation, and more recently, as a promising treatment for severe depression. When used recreationally, ketamine is often snorted, smoked, or injected, producing dissociative effects, hallucinations, and a sense of detachment from reality.

Ketamine for IV use
Ketamine for IV use

The Risks and Side Effects

While ketamine has legitimate medical uses, its recreational use can lead to a range of short-term and long-term side effects. Short-term effects may include:

  • Dissociation and detachment from reality
  • Hallucinations and delirium
  • Impaired motor function and coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure

Prolonged ketamine abuse can result in more severe consequences, such as:

  • Cognitive impairment and memory loss
  • Bladder and kidney problems, including ketamine-induced cystitis
  • Persistent dissociative symptoms, even when not using the drug
  • Increased risk of accidents and injuries due to impaired judgment and coordination
  • Psychological dependence and addiction

Recognizing the Signs of Ketamine Addiction

Identifying the signs of ketamine addiction is essential for seeking appropriate treatment. Common indicators of a ketamine addiction include:

  1. Developing a tolerance and requiring higher doses to achieve the desired effects
  2. Continuing to use despite experiencing negative consequences
  3. Neglecting responsibilities at work, school, or home due to drug use
  4. Spending excessive time and money obtaining and using ketamine
  5. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, or cravings, when not using
  6. Unsuccessful attempts to quit or reduce use
Crystallized ketamine
Crystallized ketamine

The Path to Recovery

At JourneyPure At The River, we recognize the unique challenges posed by ketamine addiction and offer comprehensive, evidence-based treatment programs tailored to each individual’s needs. Our experienced team of addiction specialists, therapists, and medical professionals collaborate to provide a holistic approach to recovery, addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction.

Our treatment options include:

In addition to these core components, we also offer specialized therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed care to address co-occurring mental health disorders that may contribute to addiction.

COntact Us Today

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, know that help is available. At JourneyPure At The River, we’re dedicated to guiding you on the path to lasting recovery. Don’t wait another day to start your journey towards a healthier, drug-free life. Call us at 615-410-9260 to learn more about our programs and take the first step towards reclaiming your future.