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Ketamine Detox & Treatment Programs in Virginia

Ketamine is still a drug that is widely used throughout the United States and is a popular club drug taken recreationally by adolescents and young adults. Ketamine is used medically as an anesthetic, primarily within veterinary medicine, and is not often administered to humans for medical reasons. Ketamine can be bought illegally, and in its street variant, it is often sold as a white powder and can be snorted, smoked, injected, and dissolved in water. Ketamine is also used as a date-rape drug because of how easily the substance can be dissolved in liquids. Ketamine addiction and abuse can become a life-long problem without proper help. Ketamine drug treatment in Virginia should always involve a detox program, followed by inpatient or outpatient counseling and therapy. Throughout the state of Virginia are different types of programs and facilities, and ketamine addicts should reach out to local programs and find the right type of help.

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Polydrug Use and Ketamine Addiction in Virginia

Ketamine is an unpredictable drug, and it is difficult for the drug user to gauge how much is too much. An overdose can occur after a small dose of ketamine, especially if other drugs or alcohol have been used. An accidental overdose occurs when more than one drug is used at a time. This method of drug use is referred to as polydrug use. Polydrug use is when a drug user uses more than one type of drug either at the same time or at different times. For example, ketamine and cocaine, which is also known as Calvin Klein. The use of cocaine with ketamine is believed to enhance the effects of ketamine. However, the mixture of dissociative drugs and stimulant drugs increases the risk of overdose. Polydrug use occurs when a drug user uses two ore more drugs in combination, or uses one drug to counteract another drug, or uses different drugs at different times.

The adverse side effects of ketamine include increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, muscle rigidity, respiratory issues, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, and long-term cognitive difficulties. The common prolonged side-effects of ketamine use include loss of coordination, stumbling, and muscle weakness. According to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, alcohol is the most used and most abused drug in the nation and the state. Approximately 55% of the population in Virginia had used alcohol in the past month. About half of the people who consumed alcohol took part in binge drinking. Within the state of Virginia, approximately 21% of those who consumed alcohol were binge drinking alcohol, and 6.4% of Virginia residents were struggling with alcohol addiction.

Alcohol is a common drug used with other drugs and is dangerous to mix with other drugs. The combination of two central nervous system depressants increases the risk of respiratory depression. Substance abuse treatment centers in Virginia provide various forms of treatment. When searching for counseling and therapy, it is important to choose an approach that will meet your needs. Most drug rehab centers will help you or your family select the best form of counseling and therapy. Recreational drug users such as those using ketamine and other dissociative drugs benefit from outpatient counseling services before the addiction progresses to a more dangerous problem.


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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.