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Slang Terms: Special K, Cat Valium, K, OK, KO, Key

  • Designed as an anesthesia to replace PCP in 1963, Ketamine is a dissociative substance or tranquillizer, that causes a psychological disassociation, or out of body experience.
  • It has also been used medically to treat chronic pain or complex regional pain syndrome, depression, and in other unorthodox practices, treatment for alcohol abuse.
  • It was originally meant strictly for medical purposes but came out on the recreational “party” scene by the early 1970’s for the effects similar to that of PCP or DXM
  • Ketamine can be snorted or sniffed, ingested, or injected to produce its euphoric effects and phenomenon experience. Because the liquid form, that is usually injected, is odorless and tasteless, it can be added to any beverage and has been related to “date rape” drugs.
  • Effects when someone is using Ketamine can include but are not limited to impaired motor function, hallucinations, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea or vomiting, altered hearing, impaired attention memory and judgment, nightmares, and delirium.
  • Dangerous effects of continual use of ketamine are high blood pressure, memory loss, depression, hypertension, urinary tract problems, fatal respiratory problems, and psychological dependence.
  • Ketamine is dangerous alone but is often mixes with other substances, which in turn can accelerate harmful effects of each substance.
  • These effects may be reversible when the user or abuser, is abstinent.
  • The effects of ketamine alter perception dramatically, sudden abstinence for a chronic user can cause withdrawal symptoms like that of depression, mental fatigue and imbalance, “flashbacks”, psychosis panic, insomnia, and lack of motivation.

Ketamine Addicts Can Recover

There are options for the treatment of Ketamine that include various levels of treatment ranging from: outpatient to in hospital care. This is determined by the needs of each individual.

It is also encouraged for the Ketamine addict to participate in 12-step or abstinence based fellowships and support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous.

If you or your loved one is seeking help Hopelinks is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week – call today 866 806 2821.

We look forward to helping you and your loved one.


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