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Ketamine Detox & Treatment Programs in Louisiana

Ketamine is a dissociative type of hallucinogen and anesthetic, and produces intense euphoric effects. When ketamine is abused it will leave the user in a trance-like state and will cause hallucinations, and the effects are very similar to being intoxicated and similar to LSD. Ketamine addiction and abuse can happen very easily, and most addicts start with experimenting with these types of drugs. Ketamine is also commonly used with other drugs such as alcohol, and this will intensify the effects of the drugs. This combination of alcohol and ketamine is very dangerous and will only increase the risk of a potential overdose. Ketamine addiction can be properly treated with the right help, and within the state of Louisiana are various types of programs and services such as rehabilitation methods provided through inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities. Drug detox should be the first step, and this will alleviate the withdrawal pains and symptoms, and help an addict make an easy transition into treatment.

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Polydrug Use and Ketamine Addiction Louisiana

According to a Greater New Orleans Situational Drug Report, heroin is considered the more significant drug threat in the Greater New Orleans area, which then overflows to all parts of Louisiana. More law enforcement resources are spent on heroin than any other drug. The city of New Orleans continues to be a heroin source city for the southeast part of the state and southern Mississippi. The police department in New Orleans believes that heroin trafficking and abuse are partially responsible for the city's high murder rate. Other drugs considered a significant threat in the area are fentanyl and synthetic opioids. Methamphetamine is the third most significant threat in the Greater New Orleans area. Approximately 66% of local treatment and prevention personnel reported either high or moderate levels of methamphetamine abuse in their area.

Many of the drug problems in the state begin with using more than one drug. Polydrug use is when a drug user is using more than one type of drug at the same time or at different times. Polydrug use occurs when drug users are using different drugs at different times over a period of days or weeks. Polydrug use also involves using one drug to counteract the effects of another drug or using two or more drugs in combination. For example, ketamine and cocaine, also known as Calvin Klein, is a popular combination among working professionals. The cocaine is believed to counteract the dissociative effects of the ketamine but increase the euphoric effects. This is a dangerous combination and does have the risk of causing an overdose. Most people who use illegal drugs report that they have also used other drugs or alcohol as well.

When you begin to search for a drug treatment program in Louisiana, it is essential to consider more than one option, such as outpatient or inpatient treatment. Counseling and therapy are necessary to address the underlying problems of the addiction. When proper counseling or therapy is gotten, it increases the ability to remain sober. There are various methodologies of treatment available in Louisiana through both private or state-operated treatment services.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.