Find Support For Ketamine Addiction

Used to relieve pain and promote anaesthesia, ketamine is a widely used medical drug. However, down to the sedative and daze-like state that it induces, branded as a hallucinogenic, ketamine is also illegally abused through recreational use.

Resembling cocaine for its image, ketamine is a drug in itself, down to the indefinite feelings it transpires of escapism, of pain relief and of sedation. Such characteristics make ketamine an extremely dangerous drug when misused, driving the formation of many ketamine addiction diagnoses.

While through consumption, ketamine may feel good, it will in fact be causing significant harm internally, to vital organs and systems. Not to mention the psychological impacts it can induce, down to placing the brain into consistent sedation.

As a ketamine addiction, consistent and extreme consumption can result in such harm, along with the usual consequences that addiction incurs, leading a quality life is very unlikely through ketamine exposure. The best way to revert such impacts will be through ketamine addiction treatment & rehab programmes, in place to withdraw, restore balance and promote relapse prevention.

If you’re struggling, ketamine addiction help is here at Asana Lodge, through our treatments and therapies. Reach out to find out about our therapies and support services, directing you towards ketamine addiction recovery.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is commonly associated with its role within anaesthesia and pain relief. It’s a medically advocated drug, which places operating patients under sedation, while also reducing pain post-op. Through such exposure, it’s an extremely effective substance.

However, ketamine is also a Class A illicit drug, which is regularly distributed and consumed through illegal means, mixing it with other harmful substances. It’s favoured for the psychological escape it offers, along with the attributes of sedation, relaxation and of euphoria. Ultimately, ketamine is abused to feel chilled-out and detached from reality, almost defined as dreamy.

The effects of ketamine last on average between 30 to 60 minutes, which also stands as a fast-acting drug once it enters the system. However, through its strength, attributes and short lifespan, ketamine is in fact an addictive drug.

From adapting perceptions to reducing the feelings of pain, ketamine addiction can be extremely difficult to manage, as its set so far away from reality itself. Illegal consumption is also dangerous, down to the inconsistent mixing of ketamine on distribution, placing it within a high-risk category for health concerns.


How Addictive is Ketamine?

Ketamine is highly addictive when abused consistently, all down to the addiction cycle that it forms. It’s a short-lived drug that induces strong effects, meaning that such effects will be craved psychologically on a regular basis.

As it’s a hallucinogenic drug, ketamine does adjust reality, it’s branded as a dream-like substance that is appealing to those who long for detachment, and it’s also hard-hitting, meaning that effects are short yet extremely powerful. Through exposure to ketamine, a degree of reward will be encountered, which will drive ongoing consumption of its effects.

The addiction cycle can quickly form through regular ketamine exposure, as an internal tolerance will develop, along with reliance on functionality. As it is also known to influence mental health symptoms, the ongoing presence of ketamine will be required to work through the vulnerabilities that it initially causes, plummeting users into an aggressive spiral.

Long-term ketamine abuse can lead to addiction, can lead to psychological impairment such as memory loss, can lead to paralysis, can lead to organ failure, and can also increase the risk of overdose or fatality. All can however be avoided by completing ketamine addiction treatment & rehab steps, followed by sustainable management.


Signs and Symptoms of Ketamine Addiction

While on the surface, ketamine consumption results in chilled-out, dreamy effects, deep down, the signs and symptoms of ketamine addiction will be developing.

  • Panic
  • Memory loss problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • A lack of consciousness
  • The inability to move through excessive consumption
  • A need to be exposed to ketamine
  • Prioritising consumption over other areas of life
  • Experiencing psychological withdrawal symptoms
  • Feeling isolated from others through drug associations
  • The inability to feel pain
  • Consuming higher quantities to fully encounter the effects of ketamine

Signs and symptoms will fluctuate through the degree and regularity of consumption. Yet, as ketamine is also cut with other substances, encountering a degree of unpleasant side effects is very common, down to the strength of the drug and the adaptations it influences on brain activity, on the central nervous system and on overall stability.

If you’re experiencing any degree of symptom, accepting ketamine addiction help could be lifesaving for you.


The Necessity of Ketamine Addiction Help

Drug addiction of any degree is extremely difficult to overcome alone. While withdrawing from a physical perspective may be aimed for through cutting off exposure, psychological cravings and attachments will reside.

Visiting a private drug and alcohol rehab clinic will therefore be necessary to encounter ketamine addiction treatment, appropriate therapies, safe detoxification, and steps towards addiction recovery.

Without accepting help, the addiction cycle will continue to churn and can develop into some life-altering conditions, side effects and consequences which we hope can be avoided for you.

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Ketamine Addiction Treatment and Rehab Services

Make such consequences avoidable by completing ketamine addiction treatment & services that are accessible to you here at Asana Lodge.

Detoxification will be a clear recommendation to rebalance the body and aim for sobriety. Psychologically driven treatments and therapies will also be recommended to detach the cognitive benefits of ketamine. Dual diagnosis treatment will be advised for those who struggle with mental health symptoms, paired with customary experiences of cognitive behavioural therapy, exposure therapy, motivational therapy, and further appropriate treatment services.

Rehabilitation services will also span across relapse prevention and aftercare efforts will help you plan for a ketamine-free life, and will also work to promote holistic addiction recovery.

While ketamine is an easily adopted drug, it can be difficult to break the cycle, requiring an intense bout of residential addiction treatment. Experience it here to recover from ketamine addiction safely, sustainably, and securely.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to access Ketamine addiction treatment and rehab

While it may feel daunting to access treatment and rehab services, it will be the best step you take. You can do so here at Asana Lodge through a self-referral, where you’ll have full involvement and control over your impending rehab experience. Through a pre-rehab assessment, an admission process, and the formation of your own programme, you can access and experience ketamine addiction treatment & rehab services.

What happens after Ketamine addiction treatment and rehab?

Treatment will come to an end as you approach your personal sobriety milestones, usually after a 28-day rehab programme. You’ll then transition back to your home life, yet you’ll slowly adjust by experiencing aftercare, relapse prevention planning sessions and wellbeing management.

This will be a testing transition yet a worthwhile one as you learn to put your new skills, from rehab, into practice.

What is the role of peer pressure with ketamine addiction?

Peer pressure can influence the initial use of ketamine, as social influences are extremely common. Whether the pressure is linked to toxic relationships, down to the desires to be liked, or down to social stereotypes, peer pressure can trigger the emotional need to try ketamine. Through a number of exposures to ketamine, through such pressures, abuse can amount which if enabled will result in addiction.

Many factors can influence a ketamine addiction, which is usually out of the user’s control. You can however regain control through ketamine addiction treatment & rehab services here at Asana Lodge.


John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 30 July 2021

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

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Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
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– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
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