Ketamine is a powerful dissociative anesthetic drug that is commonly used in medicine, but the drug is also abused recreationally. Recreational drug users take this drug because of the intense euphoria, and the feeling of detachment it provides from the body. Ketamine can be bought illegally as a white powder, a liquid, and as a pill. Ketamine abuse will cause hallucinations and will reduce physical sensations, and induce temporary paralysis. The long-term use of ketamine is dangerous, and the drug will cause intense dependencies. Drug treatment programs within the state of California can help ketamine addicts and their families. Both inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities across the state can help, and it is important that an addict and their family find the proper program to treat a ketamine addiction. Detox should be the first step, and this can be done through either conventional or medical detox within the state of California.
What are the signs of Ketamine addiction?
Having physical and psychological symptoms, ketamine addiction can be realized when you feel disoriented or detached; when your mood changes abruptly; when you can't think or learn anything; and when you start forgetting things as soon as they happen.
Club Drug Substance Misuse in California, Ketamine Abuse and Treatment
Club drugs such as ketamine tend to be used by adolescents and young adults, and ketamine has a reputation for being used as a date rape drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 0.70% of 12th graders in the nation during 2018 misused ketamine. Ketamine is a dissociative drug, and it disrupts the person's ability to communicate, think, recognize reality, and rationalize what is happening. The short-term effects of ketamine impact the perception and mood, and ketamine is associated with psychotic like-episodes. Among many demographics within California, ketamine is a popular recreational drug. Even recreational drug use does lead to more significant drug problems later in life.
According to Los Angeles County Drug Use Patterns and Trends, the reports of emerging synthetic drugs remains very low. Methamphetamine is the most widely used dissociative drug in the state and accounts for close to 31% of all treatment admissions in Los Angeles County. The drug was also ranked first among drugs for Los Angeles County, based on reports from the National Forensic Laboratory Information System. Tracking the use of ketamine is difficult because of the widespread recreational use. Ketamine is used as a date rape drug because it causes the victim to become susceptible to unwanted sexual advances. The drug is odorless and colorless and has a slightly bitter taste when mixed with liquids. When ketamine is mixed with alcohol, it will amplify the effects of the alcohol causing the effects to be more dangerous.