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How A Better Today Recovery Services Treats Ketamine Addiction

Veterinarians popularly use Ketamine as an anesthetic for animals in surgery. Also known as K, Special K, Vitamin K, Jet, and many more. This drug is a favorite among partygoers and ravers for its dissociative and euphoric qualities that can give the illusion of an alternate reality. As this drug was created specifically for its sleep-inducing nature, its recreational users often experience similar effects of sedation and weightlessness.

Ketamine is also known to cause hallucinations and other forms of psychosis, which can become permanent if the user overdoses. Evidence of the drug relieving unyielding cases of depression lead experts to believe that it interferes with brain chemicals, but more studies are needed to further our understanding of the benefits, and harm, of its use. The majority of Ketamine abusers are teens and young adults, most of whom mix substances. This practice can prove to be fatal.

While we still have much to learn about Ketamine and its long-term effects, we are seeing it being used recklessly in the hands of partygoers. Roughly one half of a line of Ketamine is equal in strength to roughly one line of coke. A heavy dose, a relative term, causes the experience of the K-hole, a frightening out of body experience while incapacitated.

Personalized treatment for Ketamine abuse is crucial to discovering any underlying issues the abuser may have that could be contributing to the dependency. It’s not enough to simply treat the Ketamine dependency alone. Treatment designed by an experienced therapist offers your best chance at long-term success in recovery.

Inpatient Treatment FAQ’s

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a hallucinogenic substance and a dissociative anesthetic. It is often used as a short-acting anesthetic for humans and animals. Ketamine can cause immobility, sedation, pain relief, and amnesia. It is usually abused in order to produce dissociative sensations and hallucinations. It has also been used as a date rape drug.

What is Ketamine’s origin?

Ketamine is legally produced in many countries, including the United States. However, it is often stolen from legitimate sources, such as veterinary clinics, and trafficked into the United States through Mexico.

What are Ketamine’s common street names?

Purple, Special La Coke, Super K, Cat Tranquilizer, Kit Kat, Vitamin K, Super Acid, Cat Valium, Jet K

How is Ketamine abused?

Generally, Ketamine is smoked in pipes or joints, it can be swallowed, injected and snorted as well.

What is Ketamine’s effects on the mind?

As a hallucinogen, ketamine distorts the mind’s perception of sight and sound, and creates a dissociated feeling. Hallucinations last thirty minutes to an hour, and are referred to as “baby food,” “K-hole,” “God,” and “K-land” depending upon the kinds of hallucinations experienced. Ketamine can also cause unconsciousness, agitation, amnesia, cognitive difficulties, and depression.

What is Ketamine’s effects on the body?

Ketamine can cause dilated pupils, nausea, increased heart rate, salivation, stiffening of muscles, lack of response to stimuli, tear secretions, increased blood pressure, and involuntary rapid eye movement.

What are Ketamine’s overdose effects?

An overdose of Ketamine can cause unconsciousness and fatally slowed respiration.

Which drugs cause similar effects as Ketamine?

Ketamine shares similar characteristics as PCP, Mescaline, PCP, GHB, Rohypnol (R), some depressants, and other hallucinogenic drugs.

What are the withdrawal effects of Ketamine?

When the user stops taking ketamine, he/she could experience withdrawal symptoms such as aggressive behavior, de-realization, flashbacks, confusion, and possibly death.

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What is Ketamine?

Ketamine was created to replace PCP as an anesthetic for surgical procedures in 1962, but its use was discontinued in the 1970s, as patients reported effects of uncontrollable hallucinations. By that time it had already found its way into the hands of recreational users. Today, Ketamine is a Schedule III or Class C drug, and being in possession of it is punishable by a limitless fine and up to 2 years in prison.

In a recreational setting, Ketamine is usually in a white powder form for snorting or sometimes, in a tablet or capsule form. While Ketamine does not share the same addictive qualities as opioids and alcohol, it is still a substantial problem among teens and young adults. The body builds up a tolerance to the drug requiring more of it to get the same effect. Binge amounts of this anesthetic, especially mixed with other substances, can lead to coma and cardiovascular failure.

Providing the Treatment You Need for Ketamine Addictions

The goal of treatment is to remove Ketamine and other drugs from the body and then reconnect people with who they were before the dependency.

The first priority is removing Ketamine from your system and then stabilizing your brain function. These things will occur primarily in detox. The first few days are the hardest but as each day passes, it becomes easier.
Once these toxins are removed from your system, you will transition into treatment. Treatment consists of cognitive therapy, group therapy and other individualized treatments tailored specifically to your needs.

Many people who abuse Ketamine have other health concerns. Some people may have gained a dependency on the drug because of an underlying struggle with depression or maybe their Ketamine abuse goes hand in hand with their alcoholism. Your specialized treatment plan will include recovery from these diagnoses as well.

During the final days in treatment, the center of your focus will move to live outside of the safe, facility environment without Ketamine. Additional forms of support will be offered to coincide with a sober lifestyle, and a plan to avoid relapse will be constructed.

In the midst of a chemical dependency, it’s near impossible to imagine happiness without the drug. Priorities devolve to focus on the next opportunity to use Ketamine instead of reaching important, healthy goals. After treatment, relationships are healed and fulfilling again, your sense of self is re-established, shame and guilt no longer make their daily appearances, and your goals become reachable again.

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Drug & Alcohol Interventions for Ketamine

Watching someone you care about take compulsively self-destructive actions, is heart-wrenching, and can cause you to feel exceedingly helpless. It becomes especially alarming when your loved one seems to be in denial about what everyone around her or him can easily see.

Sometimes it becomes necessary to step in before real harm is done. The best part is, you do not have to do it alone. Hosting a Ketamine intervention is not easy and can be very stressful, but when it comes to your loved one’s life, we want to give you the best advice so that you succeed. You do not have to feel helpless anymore and ABTRS can help you along the way to ensure you gave it your best shot.

ABTRS is more than happy to guide you with videos about hosting effective interventions and a 7 step guide to successfully communicating your message of concern about their Ketamine abuse. Often, people who are abusing substances don’t see how their actions affect other people. If their most respected loved ones come together in their interest, it shows that the issue is more serious than they realize, and they may open their mind to giving rehab a try. Interventions are designed to convey a message of love and concern about their drug-seeking behaviors and encouraging them to end the abuse of the substance.

From the Club to the Doctor’s Office: Treating Depression With Special K

Coincidentally, with all the risk associated with Ketamine, there has been a glimmer in the medical industry about its potential in treating tenacious depression. In approximately 20 percent of those diagnosed with depression, the illness is treatment-resistant.

A small study was done in regard to Special K and depression, with positive results. While this evidence is hopeful, the study is insufficient and no long-term studies have been done. The short-term results do encourage further study but doctors do not recommend self-medicating with Ketamine.

If further studies support the current evidence, doctors will be able to prescribe it with clear dosage directions and less risk. At ABTRS we respect the scientific research being conducted for the greater good of our society. However, we share a concern about a potential increase in Ketamine abuse and the need for treatment.

This scientific research may not directly have an influence on the rate of Ketamine abuse but it is worth keeping in mind as science continues to experiment with commonly abused substances as forms of treatment for illnesses.

Over 2.3 million people admitted to having abused Ketamine.

Common Behaviors Associated With Ketamine Addiction

The effects of Ketamine are directly related to the dose ingested, with considerations for body weight. One will usually experience a sensation of separating from the body, weightlessness, euphoria, an altered reality, delirium, a feeling of overall numbness, temporary immobilization, short-term memory loss and much more.

Many Ketamine users enjoy it at dance parties where the music and lights can become irresistible. However, arm and leg movements are often sluggish and heavy, which institutes higher chances for falling and serious injury, especially since Ketamine’s characteristic numbness can make the injuries hard to notice at the moment.

Arguably, one of the most dangerous social situations that Ketamine can cause is a heightened opportunity for rape. Since Ketamine has no taste or smell, it is often used as a date-rape drug. With the above-mentioned effects of numbness, immobilization, and short-term memory loss, Ketamine creates a dangerous situation for those under the influence.

Signs & Symptoms

With the short-term effects of Ketamine, friends and family may not be in the presence of their loved one when they’re using Ketamine. Effects usually last from 1-2 hours and are usually used in party-like settings. However, some prefer to use it alone as it can cause intense self-reflection and a sedated mindset.

You may be able to identify someone abusing Ketamine. The longer it has been abused, the more severe many of these signs and symptoms become:

  • Amnesia
  • Incontinence
  • Nausea
  • Struggles with thinking or learning
  • Muscle Twitching
  • Separation from identity or body
  • Slower breathing
  • Changes in blood pressure


Ketamine detox requires medical, emotional, and psychological support. The first couple of days can be intense, and then symptoms fade with each passing day. Here are some of the things you can expect:

  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Violent tendencies
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Psychosis

Withdrawal can be agonizing and dangerous, so a supervised detox in a recovery facility is recommended to keep you stabilized and as comfortable as possible. Once detox is complete, lingering cognitive effects still present will be addressed in recovery.


Dosing recreational uses of Ketamine is rooted in guess and opinion, so it’s easy to accidentally overdose. A Ketamine overdose is treatable if caught early enough, however, when not caught in time, may result in respiratory failure, and accordingly, death. The chances of overdosing increase significantly when combined with other drugs.

Someone experiencing an overdose of Ketamine may be suffering from involuntary sedation, fatigue, and a loss of the sense of what’s real. Be especially mindful if a mix of drugs has been recently ingested. If you suspect that someone you know is suffering from a Ketamine overdose, call 911 immediately.

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Reliable Sources Matter to ABTRS

Getting unbiased information that you can trust in is important to ABTRS. It is vital to know where your information is coming from and whether you can trust in the source to make the life changing decisions you need to make. Knowledge has always been considered empowering. Especially when it comes to taking control of your disease of addiction and seeking the treatment you need to live a life that is fulfilling and rewarding.

When it comes to substance abuse treatment, our patients and their families need reliable resources that are unbiased and proven or tested to be effective by the scientific or psychology community. We take pride in providing knowledge from reputable sources that are up to date and relevant. Checkout the list below to learn more about where ABTRS got their information for this webpage.

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Nimh.nih.gov. (2019). NIMH » Highlight: Ketamine: A New (and Faster) Path to Treating Depression. [online] Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/strategic-planning-reports/highlights/highlight-ketamine-a-new-and-faster-path-to-treating-depression.shtml [Accessed 26 Feb. 2019].

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