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Ketamine Detox & Treatment Programs in North Carolina

Ketamine addiction can become a serious problem; the physical addiction may not be as severe as it is with alcohol or opioids, but a ketamine user can still develop both a physical and psychological dependency for the drug. Ketamine is a potent dissociative anesthetic, and is only primarily used anymore in veterinary medicine. Ketamine impairs a user's cognitive abilities to such a degree that the desire to use the drug again is very strong. The effects of ketamine are similar to LSD in a way that it can produce hallucinations, and puts the user in a trance-like state. Ketamine addiction is a real problem within the club scene, and the drug is often used by teenagers and young adults. Ketamine addiction can be treated just like any other type of addiction or dependency problem. Drug rehabilitation centers within the state of North Carolina can help addicts and their families. North Carolina drug detox centers will work with ketamine users through the withdrawals, and help them make a smooth transition into a drug rehabilitation program.

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Ketamine, Club Drugs, and Addiction in North Carolina

Per the North Carolina Behavioral Health Barometer by SAMHSA, among people aged 12 and older in North Carolina, approximately 2.7% had an illicit drug problem between 2015 and 2017. During this time, the regional average was 2.7% and the national average was 2.8%. Between 2015 and 2017 in North Carolina, approximately 6.1% had a substance use disorder in the past year. The regional average was 6.6% and the national average was 7.5%. The use of ketamine produces a variety of psychological effects, such as memory impairment, personality changes, slowed reactions, social withdrawal, sleep disturbances, and symptoms of psychosis. Ketamine elicits an intense euphoria, dissociation from pain, and a detachment from one's environment and self. Ketamine is considered a club drug and abused recreationally within the state.

An addiction to ketamine is challenging to overcome without help. The signs of a ketamine addiction include an increase in use, becoming obsessed with the drug, spending excessive amounts of money, failing to keep up with responsibilities, and building a tolerance needing more to feel the effects. Ketamine is an anesthetic used for animals and is a popular club drug among young adults. The combination of ketamine and cocaine is a popular mix used by young professionals. The drug is a dissociative anesthetic and distorts perceptions of sight and sound. Ketamine is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance. The drug is in the same category as codeine and anabolic steroids.


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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.