What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a type of dissociative anesthetic that is commonly seen in operating rooms around the world.  It has served a useful purpose as a painkiller, both in classical clinical settings and out in the field used for casualties of war and accidents.   

As a common drug of abuse it is used to achieve hallucinatory states of consciousness that give off a powerful feel of being detached from the world around you as well as giving painkiller-like effects similar to opiates.  

How to treat Ketamine?

Ketamine is not thought to be physically addictive. Urges to use come from the mind, however these cannot be underestimated. Many users find it very overwhelming and simply cannot face the day without using.  Most addicts respond well to interventions, but without successfully removing addicts from their using environments, change can be very difficult to achieve.

At Hope Rehab we can offer you the mental tools to help break these vicious cycles and aid you in changing your negative behaviour patterns.

Although used as a recreational drug at parties and raves, it can be exceptionally habit-forming for a few who are regularly exposed to it.  

Ketamine addiction can be a serious problem, Hope Rehab Center knows how to help

Although considered safe to use in an operating theatre, ketamine is especially dangerous when used outside of that environment.  In small doses it gives off a mild rush of euphoria and "stoned" feeling, however as the dose increases it can cause a state of emergence delirium. Thereby, the user’s ability to judge anything real is considerably hampered and dream-like or nightmarish hallucination takes over. Due to the removed from reality experience of ketamine, users are especially vulnerable to hazards such as falling over, sexual abuse, accidents, choking on vomit and cardio problems.   

Long term usage leads to serious bladder problems, some of which are irreversible. The number of deaths associated with ketamine is escalating yearly across the globe along with number of people reporting an addiction to the drug. Ketamine use can cause damage to the bladder, called ketamine cystitis which cannot be reserved, so stopping addiction as early as possible is vital to health.

Bladder problems are very commonplace for those who use daily.  It does not matter how little or much you use, everyone is different, some more susceptible than others.

Common symptoms of ketamine-cystitis include:

  • Urgently needing to urinate
  • Finding it painful to urinate and having blood in your urine
  • Not being able to hold as much urine in your bladder

Other physical symptoms of ketamine abuse include heart problems (including cardiac arrest). The crystalline-like powder of ketamine causes a caustic effect on the soft tissue inside the nose which erodes over time, this process is often irreversible. Many users who seek the wilder experiences of ketamine begin injecting, risking infection and blood-born viruses such as HIV, HepB and Hep C.

As well as damaging the body physically, long-term use of ketamine causes memory loss, depression and is thought to be a contributing factor of psychosis. Many users of the drug are not able to self-report on this sensation and take it on board as par for the course of its usage.  Some users strongly believe the psychotic experiences of ketamine to be in some way uplifting and confabulate unlikely ideas to justify this and continue taking the drug. 

Some long-term users ketamine can experience withdrawal symptoms from usage, this presents as abdominal pains known sometimes as “ketamine cramps” and sensitivity towards general pains.   As well as physical pain, users may experience increased levels of anxiety, strong compelling urges to use and depression in the withdrawal process.

Ketamine treatment at Hope Rehab Center Thailand


Counseling and Therapy:
You will build a healthy relationship with your counsellor and explore your life history - unearthing reasons why you use or why you can't stop using. 

Group work: Here we share our painful experiences and help each other find solutions.  

CBT: Cognitive behaviour therapy - short term therapy with long term results - helps with positive thinking. 

Addiction program: We use the evidence-based programme to unravel and look at your addictive behaviours. 

Mindfulness: sessions and practice helps calm your thinking and relax the mind. 

Fitness and exercise program: We get up early and go for 40 minutes exercise to help restore health and ingrain a healthy behaviour pattern. I say "get up before your addiction wakes up".

Assignments: Hope workbook is 100 pages long - full of exercises to complete in group, with your counsellor and as homework in the evenings. 

Treatment tasks: In the weekly goals group you are set new goals and paradoxical behaviours to complete and help you change life-long habits. 

Activities: Weekend activities include many new sober fun things to do - this gives you a chance to practise having clean and sober fun.

Relapse Prevention: These classes raise your awareness and teach you to manage triggers and cravings.

Aftercare:  We begin your aftercare plan before you leave Rehab. 

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