Ketamine is a tranquilizer and a type of anesthetic drug that is used by doctors. There are very few cases where doctors prescribe or administer this drug to humans; it is mostly used by veterinarians for use on animals during medical procedures or treatment. However, Ketamine has been sold on the streets and is known as a “club drug”, often taken for recreational usage because of its hallucinogenic properties and dissociative nature. The effects of Ketamine abuse range from experiencing different emotions, a mild floating feeling, or a completely hallucinogenic “out of body experience”.
The common street names for Ketamine include K, Special K, Vitamin K, green, and jet. It is important to seek help if you or a loved one is using ketamine because there are dangerous side effects that can include elevated blood pressure, breathing problems, nausea and vomiting, double vision, seizure-like muscle contractions, continued hallucinations, nightmares, sever anxiety, insomnia, psychotic episodes, rash, hypotension, and involuntary eye movements. These side effects can be exacerbated by combining Ketamine with other recreational drugs or alcohol.
How do You Know if You Are Addicted to Ketamine?
It stands to reason that this type of illegal drug activity, even in moderation, is still drug abuse. Taking a prescription medication in a way that is not prescribed by a doctor classifies as abuse and is never good for your health. If you have tried Ketamine at a party or in a club and you are concerned that you might be addicted, here are some signs to look for and will let you know if you should seek further help at an addiction recovery center.
- If you tried to stop taking Ketamine yet you continue to use it.
- Thinking about taking it consumes most of your time daily.
- You are spending a large amount of money or doing things to obtain Ketamine that you normally would not do.
- Foregoing other activities or hobbies that you used to like doing in exchange for using Ketamine.
- Drawing concern from friends or loved ones.
- Lying to your boss, friends, or loved ones about your usage.
- Amnesia about events in your life, especially during Ketamine use.
- Impaired motor functioning and an abnormal lack of coordination.
- Loss of touch with reality, inability to recognize time passing, hallucinations.
- Violent or aggressive behavior.
Ketamine Addiction Help in South Florida at Cornerstone Recovery Center
At Cornerstone Recovery Center, we develop a customized plan for you based on your needs. We have a number of different programs available including our 12-Step Recovery Program and other services, such as holistic treatment options. If you would like to learn more about our Ft. Lauderdale facilities, call Cornerstone Recovery Center at 888-711-0354 or contact us online.