Ketamine Use in the UK
Unfortunately, more and more Brits consider ketamine a suitable substance for partying and generally having a good time. The truth, however, is that the search for Ketamine addiction help is on the rise as well.
Reports show that Ketamine abuse is now 3.5 times higher than it was in 2015 with no signs of slowing down.
What’s alarming about these statistics is that the fastest growing user base are between the ages of 16 to 24 years of age, making our children one of the most susceptible groups when it comes to addiction problems stemming from Ketamine abuse.
While the overuse of Ketamine is not often documented as a physical dependency, we understand that your psychological addiction is quite real and when not treated, can lead to a host of physical and mental problems that can easily negatively effect yours or a loved ones family and relationships.
If you or someone you know is addicted to Ketamine, call call our team of friendly experienced counsellors now to schedule and appointment and see how we can help you fight this addiction.
What is Ketamine?
Originally developed in 1962 as an alternative anesthetic, Ketamine was primarily used by veterinarians as a horse tranquilliser due to its safety profile as an anesthetic and its ease of use.
As an anesthetic alternative, Ketamine provides both sedation and pain relief while also maintaining cardiovascular stability. This makes Ketamine a very useful alternative for individuals undergoing surgery that have heart or lung problems.
But lately, it has become a popular recreational party drug and its misuse is negatively effecting a lot of people’s lives as well as their immediate families and those closest to them.
We understand someone’s desire to escape the pain of psychological problems, trauma, or just the daily stress of their lives. But there are healthier options than using hallucinogenic drugs like Ketamine to feel more normal or in control of our lives.
This has lead The Providence Projects to come up with a Ketamine treatment programme that can deal with the increased number of users seeking help, as experts in field of addiction, we understand that quitting ketamine alone will not fix the problem, and an effective treatment plan is needed.
Effects & Symptoms of Use
Abusing Ketamine can have a number of adverse effects on your physical body and psyche. And the severity depends on how long you have been abusing, your frequency of use, and exactly how much Ketamine you’re taking at one go.
And if you’re mixing the drug with others such as heroin or even alcohol, the stress you’re placing on your body can have serious medical consequences.
Some of the short-term effects of taking ketamine may include:
Hallucinations: One of the biggest reasons for the recreational use of Ketamine, the hallucinations can be extremely intense and vivid to the point of being frightening or disorienting.
Impaired Thinking: Ketamine impairs your cognitive functions making it difficult to think clearly or make decisions. Death from accidents is associated with the highest mortality rate of Ketamine users.
Nausea and vomiting: In higher doses, Ketamine can cause uncontrollable nausea and vomiting.
Breathing Difficulties: Larger doses of ketamine can cause respiratory depression, which can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening.
Bladder and Urinary Tract Damage: Ketamine abuse has been linked to Ketamine-Induced Cystitis in 30% of users and leads to urinary incontinence, pain, and other problems.
Addiction and Dependence: Constant use of Ketamine can lead to mental and possibly physical addiction and dependence.
The more serious long term effects of Ketamine misuse are depression, anxiety, irritability, memory loss and a lack of concentration as well as other physical symptoms.
If you or your loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms of Ketamine addiction, it’s time to call us now and let us help. We understand addiction can be difficult to cope with on your own, that’s why we offer complete inpatient treatment in a safe and friendly atmosphere.
Our highly experienced addiction medical staff is always on hand, as well as caring councellors that have years of specialized experience in addiction councilling to support you on your road to recovery.
Signs of a Ketamine Problem
The symptoms of your ketamine addiction will always vary from person to person as far as the intensity of your addiction and what signs are easily detectable.
If you’re becoming uncharacteristically moody or anxious when you aren’t using Ketamine, this usually means you’ve already started seeing the drug as a stress reliever and are associating it with positive emotions, all sign you are experiencing psychological addiction.
If you become uncharacteristically moody or anxious when you aren’t using Ketamine, it’s a strong sign that you are looking to the drug for relief.
Often people who abuse Ketamine fall into depression when not using the drug. You might also feel more lethargic and you no longer sleep as well as you did before. You can also experience heart palpitations or body temperature changes as a result of abuse.
If you are going through Ketamine withdrawals, you may even experience the shakes and feel as though you want to vomit. Despite this, you will continue with drug misuse despite withdrawal and any attempts to quit ketamine repeat the cycle.
At The Providence Projects, we understand how scary and painful an addiction can be. Our team of qualified addiction professionals have years of experience helping individuals just like you overcome drug abuse.
Call us now on 0800 955 0945 to book a free confidential assessment.
How We Treat Ketamine Addiction
Although there are various treatment options for ketamine including outpatient rehab, private residential treatment at The Providence Projects will offer the most comprehensive care for yourself or a loved one.
The drug rehabilitation process begins with a free assessment to assess your level of dependence, and understand your medical history and any co-occurring mental health disorders you may be experiencing.
Upon admission, our in-house GP will examine your overall physical and mental health, and discuss with you any other issues you feel we would need to be aware of in order to provide you with the personalised care you deserve.
We take a holistic approach to ketamine addiction treatment and realise after years of treating others that simply detoxing or removing someone from the drug itself is only a small part of the solution.
Understanding why you look towards drug use to feel better and the triggers that cause these emotions are what really matter.
Without a complete and comprehensive treatment plan for ketamine addiction, alongside a willingness to change, your chances of relapse are significantly higher.
Our programme begins with detox which is the first step on your recovery journey.
Detoxing your body will result in some ketamine withdrawal symptoms.
As a residential rehab programme, detox at The Providence Projects will take place in a safe and supportive environment where our experienced medical professionals will ensure your detox goes smoothly and any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are managed effectively.
Fortunately, Ketamine detox doesn’t have the severe withdrawal symptoms that other drugs do, so the withdrawal process should only last one to three days, providing you have no other dependencies that need to be addressed.
You may not experience withdrawal symptoms in the same way as others do, and if its safe to do so, you may begin the therapeutic phase of our programme on day 1.
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Once you feel stable enough to begin the therapeutic phase of treatment, the next step of your recovery involves one-on-one counselling and group meetings to begin address the underlying reasons for your substance abuse.
Our experience has taught us the most important steps in cementing an individual’s recovery process and preventing relapses when treating ketamine addiction comes from using an holistic approach to therapy.
That’s why at The Providence Projects we have a strong team of highly experienced therapists, using the latest evidence-based addiction therapies that can help you deal with any issues that keeping you stuck in the cycle of dependence.
You’ll experience new ways to deal with your addiction and the triggers that come with it. And learn about tools and strategies to help you make better choices and decisions both in and out of rehab, as well as ways to effectively deal with stress and the pressures of daily life.
Our primary goal is to equip you with the knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your life. And it only takes a quick phone call to get started! Call now on 0800 955 0945.
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