Ketamine: Treatment and rehabilitation

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 4:47 pm

Though ketamine is still not thought to be physically addictive, dependence on the drug can be developed quickly in some people. Individuals can be so drawn to the feeling of detachment it provides and the emotional insights the drug is said to give to some users that walking away from repeated use may prove impossible for some.
Tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal indicators have been observed in a number of studies. Users who are fond of its escapist qualities say it has a high potential for psychological dependence and that tolerance to the drug develops fairly quickly.
Symptoms reported by ketamine users who have stopped using the drug include drug craving, persistent amnesia, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating. Frequent and persistent use of ketamine over extended periods of time have led to reports of marked personality changes in the user and evidence of brain damage.
Treatment for ketamine dependence may involve psychotherapy or a 12-step program. Antidepressants may be used to treat depression that resulted in the drug use.

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