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Ketamine Detox

ketamine-detoxKetamine detox facilities strive to provide the right combination of treatments to help people recover from abuse and addiction to the medication. The purpose of ketamine detox is to rid the body of the drug in order for the person to begin recovery and aim towards living a clean, drug-free lifestyle.

How Does Ketamine Detox Work?

The detoxification process begins within hours of taking the last dose of Ketamine. A person who has been abusing the drug for recreational purposes may have developed a dependency on the substance, which could result in the emergence of withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of ketamine withdrawal are caused by changes within the brain’s chemistry, as it tries to adapt to living life in the constant presence of the drug. Over time, the brain learns that it can only respond to stimulus if the drug is present, which causes the user to feel strong cravings to take more.

When intake of the drug stops, the brain can’t adapt quickly. The result is a range of withdrawal symptoms that can be unpleasant enough to cause the person to relapse back into a cycle of drug abuse.

Should You Detox At Home?

Many people feel as though they can simply quit drugs by detoxing at home. Some don’t understand the severity of addiction. Others may believe they’re saving money by avoiding a rehab center for treatment.

Either way, detoxing at home without professional or medical supervision can be extremely dangerous. It’s common for people to underestimate how powerful the triggers from the brain can be to take more of the drug during withdrawal. Withdrawing at home means the person still has access to people and places associated with drug abuse, which increases the risk of returning to addictive behaviors.

It’s also common for many people to not recognize the medical implications of some withdrawal symptoms. For example, an increased heart rate during withdrawal combined with slowed breathing rate could be considered a medical emergency requiring immediate attention.

However, one of the primary things most people don’t realize about detoxing at home is that detoxification from the drug is only the first step to recovery. Unless the psychological aspect behind the addictive drug abuse is addressed properly, the person is likely to return to self-destructive behaviors.

It’s important that the detox process is conducted in a professional facility with proper medical supervision for the person’s own safety. It’s also advised that rehab therapy is integrated into the person’s treatment plan.

Types of Detox Programs

There are two primary types of detox programs for treating ketamine addiction. Natural detox is more commonly known as “cold turkey.” The user simply stops taking the drug and remains abstinent. The biggest problem with natural detox is the increased risk of relapse, especially if the patient isn’t properly supervised through the process. Undergoing natural detox in a residential treatment center offers the support and supervision required to complete the detox process in a safe environment.

Medically-assisted detox programs may provide prescription medication to help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Medication may also be given to treat any other conditions that could complicate treatment, such as antidepressants.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Ketamine Detox

Detoxification from ketamine can induce a variety of withdrawal symptoms, which include:

  • Strong cravings 
  • Double vision
  • Hearing loss
  • Loss of touch with reality (dissociation)
  • Loss of coordination
  • Increased heart rate
  • Decreased respiratory function
  • Aggression
  • Flashbacks
  • Vivid nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Depression 

Benefits of Professional Treatment in a Residential Treatment Center

One of the key benefits of receiving professional treatment in a residential center is having access to medical supervision throughout the process. Medical staff can administer prescription medications to alleviate the worst of any withdrawal symptoms, which help to make the process easier.

Residential ketamine rehab programs also provide strong support in the form of counseling and therapy to help address the psychological triggers behind the addictive behaviors. Individual counseling and therapy can help to correct dysfunctional behaviors and replace them with positive new habits designed to facilitate a drug-free lifestyle.

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