Ketamine is one of the few dissociative-type hallucinogens available and is commonly known as the “date-rape” drug. However, when used medically, it is most commonly used as a tranquilizer or anesthetic for animals…
The strong effects of the drug – offering a dissociative experience, relieving pain, and more – make the drug very appealing to some, highly addictive, and very easy to overdose on. The drug actually works by disconnecting the information pathways between the brain and the body. This effect allows the brain to enter an expanded state of awareness, which explains why users report a feeling of being dissociated from their body.
The most common experiences reported during this time include:
- Elevated pain threshold – even breaking bones without knowing
- Loss of motor coordination
- A sense of floating
- Changes in time perception
Because of the psychological dependence, it forms with ongoing use, it can be very hard to get over an addiction to this drug. But, like with any drug, it is possible to overcome it.
If you are suffering from a ketamine addiction – or know someone who is – here are a few tips that might help in recovery:
- Start by tapering.Over time, the drug gradually incapacitates the brain’s ability to regulate normal body functions. Therefore, the addiction sets in and the brain has begun to rely on the ketamine to regulate and even complete normal body functions.
When trying to get clean, slowly start tapering off of the drug to allow your body to realize what is going on.
- Do a detox.
Once you have lowered how much you take, it is now time to detox and get off the drug completely. This might be one of the hardest steps but it is vital for returning your body and brain back to normal.
Enter a detox program and get a set plan for recovery.
- Start psychotherapy.It is likely that a part of your detox program will be psychotherapy. Addiction recovery involves understanding the addiction itself and yourself.
Why did you get into this drug?
Are there other underlying issues?
Psychotherapy can help you cope with stress, anxiety, and other behavioral issues that might stem from sobering up.
- Get involved in support groups.Nothing helps more than having someone who understands first hand.
Continue to meet with your support group to continue to stay on your schedule and remind yourself why you are doing this in the first place.
Accountability makes recovery success that much more likely.