Ketamine addiction

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Ketamine, also known by street names such as Ket, Special K, Kit Kat, vitamin K or simply K, was originally intended as an anaesthetic and pain reliever. However, due to its hallucinogenic effects, it has become popular as a party drug, leading to issues such as  ketamine addiction. Mental addiction poses a high risk. If you feel you are losing control over your ketamine use, please share your story with our team. They can offer you the support you need right now.

Is ketamine addictive?

Ketamine is a psychedelic drug which can lead to ketamine abuse and addiction as regular use quickly builds up tolerance. This means you gradually need more to achieve the same effects. You can reach a point where you might prefer the dream-like rush over reality. The effects, consequences and risks of ketamine use can be intense and harmful to your health. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. They are more than willing to listen to your story.

Why choose Connection SGGZ addiction care?

  • Our treatments are reimbursed by your health insurer
  • Short waiting list
  • Personalised and specialised treatment
  • Working with recovery mentors
  • Evidence based treatment
  • Custom aftercare programme
  • Excellent family programme
  • Rehab centres in the Netherlands and South Africa

Ketamine effects:

  • your perception of your body and surroundings differs from your actual situation
  • you have difficulty explaining what you see and feel
  • a higher dose can lead to hallucinating and, in some cases, make it impossible to move or talk
  • your orientation and coordination are impaired: you might have trouble walking in a straight line
  • you come across as confused and extremely anxious

Symptoms of ketamine addiction:

  • you build up tolerance and need increasing amounts of ketamine for the desired effects
  • you become obsessive about using Ket and planning your next dose
  • you neglect work, school and relationships with friends and family
  • you think that you can’t function without ketamine
  • you cannot quit, despite multiple attempts

Risks of ketamine addiction:

  • severe brain damage
  • memory and concentration problems
  • bladder problems
  • risk of choking – ketamine can induce nausea and vomiting. If you lose consciousness, you can choke on your own vomit
  • serious self-injury without realising it – ketamine suppresses pain signals and impairs muscle coordination
  • intense anxiety and psychoses
  • K-hole (higher dosage)

Am I addicted to ketamine? 

Determining whether a loved one is addicted can be challenging, because they often deny having a problem with ketamine. If someone is struggling with underlying issues, it can be very hard to break the vicious cycle of addiction without the right kind of support. If a desire to use has transformed into an urge, you may be facing a ketamine addiction. Connection SGGZ can offer specialist assistance to help you achieve sustainable recovery.

During treatment, you are our main priority

Drawing on personal experience, we understand that recovering from the disease of addiction requires the right support. For example, you might encounter withdrawal symptoms specific to ketamine use. At your addiction assessment, we will discuss your personal situation and provide a customised treatment plan. Our team, consisting of specialised healthcare workers and recovery mentors, can give you all the care you need, for as long as you need it. This is why we also offer after care and family support.

Do you need help?

This is the first step

Taking the first step is also the hardest part: admitting that you cannot fight addiction on your own and need help. Only you can take this first step. It requires courage, which we deeply respect. If you are ready to stop using ketamine, Connection SGGZ is here for you. Don’t wait any longer if you are worried about yourself or a loved one dealing with ketamine addiction.

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