Ketamine abuse is not known to cause the kind of physical addiction that is connected to other addictive drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Ketamine users may experience psychological symptoms that make it hard to stop using. Also, if the Ketamine use began because of a mental illness, stopping may require the supervision of a mental health professional. Treatment for Ketamine addiction can happen in an outpatient facility, in a residential facility, or through partial hospitalization.
Ketamine Withdrawal Symptoms
There have been no physical withdrawal symptoms connected to Ketamine withdrawal. There have been reports of tension, twitchiness, poor attention span, restlessness, and emotional symptoms like depression, irritability, and insomnia. from abstinent long term users of ketamine.
Ketamine, an animal tranquilizer, was first developed in the 1960s. It is now popular in the club and rave scene because of its strong hallucinogenic properties. Street names for Ketamine include K, Special K, and Vitamin K. Ketamine commonly is found as a clear liquid or a white powder. It can also be found in pill or capsule form as well. Ketamine users describe the effects as a pleasant sensation of floating or a feeling of being separated from their body. Also described is something called the “k-hole”, a feeling of complete sensory detachment. Severe side effects of Ketamine include allergic reaction, hypotension and heartbeat abnormalities, difficulty talking, abnormal movement, and slowed breathing.