Ketamine was originally designed as an anesthetic for use in animals. However, it has become a popular street drug thanks to its psychoactive and stimulant properties. Ketamine can produce a range of effects depending on the dose.
At smaller doses, it can produce feelings of dissociation from one’s body. The user may enter a dreamlike state, and experience feelings of euphoria. At higher doses, the user may enter what is known as a ‘K-hole’. In this state, they will experience intense hallucinations which can be frightening. The user also experiences paralysis, and inability to feel pain or respond to external stimuli.
Impact of Taking Ketamine on Health
Long-term Ketamine use can have serious health implications. The most widely reported health problem arising from Ketamine abuse is damage to the bladder and urinary tract. The prevalence of this problem has caused it to be named, ‘Ketamine bladder syndrome’.
Users with bladder damage may experience frequent need to urinate or incontinence. Bloodstained urine can indicate that tissue is shedding from the wall of the bladder. In some cases, the bladder is so badly damaged that the only option is to remove it.
In addition to these issues, increasing evidence links ketamine use to liver damage and abdominal pain. Heavy Ketamine users will likely develop a tolerance to the drug, meaning that they have to take larger doses to get the same effects. This increases the likelihood that over time, they will suffer serious damage to their health.
Castle Craig’s Ketamine Addiction Treatment
At Castle Craig, we help drug-addicted patients to achieve long-term sobriety. The patient’s treatment begins with a period of detox, where they become clean of any drugs and alcohol. This prepares them to fully engage with the treatment programme.
During withdrawal from Ketamine abuse, heavy users will experience psychological symptoms such as strong cravings for the drug. They may experience some mild physical symptoms such as faster heart rate and loss of motor skills.
Throughout the detox period, the patient is monitored by our team of medical experts. They may be given medication to reduce the withdrawal symptoms depending on their physical and psychological condition.
The residential nature of our programme has several advantages when it comes to detox. The patient is removed from the influences of people or cues in their home environment. This makes it easier for them to resist any temptation and remain clean of drugs. While they are detoxing, they can begin the programme of therapy.
Residential Rehab for Ketamine Addiction
Our residential rehab programme helps patients to achieve long-lasting sobriety through an intensive programme of specialised addictive therapies including individual therapy, group therapy, CBT, and grief therapy. Treatment is tailored to each patient according to their history of drug use and current circumstances.
We take a holistic approach to care, where we consider spiritual well-being as important as psychological health. Our complementary therapies including equine therapy, drumming therapy, dance, mindfulness meditation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy help to emotionally rebalance the patient. Our programme of exercise and healthy meals improves the patient’s physical health and provides them with the energy they need to beat addiction.
When the patient has completed their treatment, we continue to support them in their recovery. We develop a two-year continuing care plan with the patient which guides their recovery process in their home environment. Patients are encouraged to engage with peer support groups upon re-entering their daily life, in order to consolidate their recovery.
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Castle Craig is a world-renowned addiction clinic, with highly trained therapists and excellent facilities. Our clinical model is founded on a solid basis of scientific research and has been successfully treating patients for over 30 years.
Page published: August 7, 2019. Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked January 14, 2022