Learn more about the dangers of ketamine addiction and how Continuum Outpatient Center can help you heal.
Ketamine has evolved from its origins as an anesthetic into a multifaceted drug with many applications. Its addictive nature lies in its ability to alter perception and produce dissociative effects.
Addiction can feel all-encompassing. The effects of ketamine addiction extend beyond the individual to relationships, professional life, and well-being. It’s essential to fully comprehend the scope of this addiction and seek help.
If you or your loved one are ready to begin recovery, know that our Continuum Outpatient Center team is here to help you heal.
Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic agent. It was initially developed in the 1960s as a safer alternative to phencyclidine.
Ketamine primarily interacts with NMDA receptors in the brain, resulting in:
Ketamine has a potential for addiction. For recreational use, the allure of ketamine’s euphoric effects is a typical draw. People may start relying on this medication to cope with stress or enhance social experiences. This may lead to psychological dependence.
In cases of heavy and prolonged use, physical dependence may also develop. As tolerance builds, people may increase their dosage, potentially resulting in addiction.
It’s important to note that some factors play significant roles in ketamine addiction, including:
The prevalence of ketamine addiction and misuse has varied trends. In 2021, ketamine use among high school seniors was reported at 0.9%. Alarmingly, there was a noted increase in depression risks among these individuals.
The same year, only 0.13% of adults experimented with ketamine. However, reported cases of ketamine poisonings in the U.S. significantly rose by 81% between 2019 and 2021.
The rate of nonmedical use of ketamine also showed an increase in the periods from 2006 to 2014 and 2015 to 2019. Additionally, police seizures of recreational ketamine escalated dramatically from 2000 to 2019. It reached an all-time high in 2019. These figures indicate a concerning trend in ketamine misuse and addiction and the importance of professional support.
Signs and symptoms of ketamine addiction can be physical, psychological, or behavioral. At Continuum, we emphasize recognizing these signs and symptoms, as early detection is vital to effective treatment.
Here’s an overview of what to look out for:
Some physical signs of ketamine addiction include:
Some psychological symptoms may include:
Behavioral symptoms that may indicate a ketamine addiction include:
Some short-term consequences of ketamine misuse may include:
These may include:
At Continuum, we pride ourselves on offering evidence-based therapies to treat ketamine addiction. These therapies are rooted in scientific research and are proven effective in treating substance use disorders.
The following are some of the integrative treatments opportunities our Texas team provides:
CBT is a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a practical approach to addiction treatment. It aims to change patterns of thinking or behavior that can lead to ketamine misuse.
At Continuum, people learn techniques to solve problems relating to ketamine addiction. With CBT, patients move from a ketamine-centric worldview to a more balanced and healthy perspective.
DBT is effective for people who experience intense emotions and impulsive behaviors. Continuum integrates DBT to help clients manage the emotional turmoil that fuels addiction.
DBT helps people to be fully present in the moment. This increases awareness of thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations related to their cravings.
Often, addiction is rooted in past trauma. At Continuum, EMDR is a critical component for those whose addiction is intertwined with traumatic experiences.
Using DBT, patients recall events while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation. The aim is to change the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the traumatic memory.
Group therapy includes regular sessions where people share their experiences and challenges with addiction. The sessions occur in a supportive, peer-led Continuum environment.
It provides different viewpoints and coping strategies from various group members. Members can practice new behaviors within the confidentiality of the group.
At Continuum Outpatient Center, we take a family system approach to recovery. This addresses the impact of addiction on both the individual and their loved ones.
We teach family members effective ways to communicate. We also educate them about addiction and recovery. Family therapy rebuilds trust and helps repair relationships damaged by addiction.
Continuum employs dual diagnosis treatment for people who suffer from both abuse and mental health disorders.
It treats addiction and other conditions at the same time through a combination of:
Continuum Outpatient Center embraces a holistic approach to treating ketamine addiction. We recognize that true healing extends beyond traditional methods. We design our holistic therapies to treat the whole person and complement our more traditional treatment modalities.
By focusing on the entire well-being of our clients, we aim to facilitate a more profound, more sustainable journey.
Continuum offers specialized yoga classes to address ketamine addiction. We focus on poses and breathing techniques that:
At Continuum Outpatient Center, we introduce clients to a variety of meditation styles, including guided visualization and progressive relaxation to help find inner peace.
Our health professionals design meditation sessions to reduce common triggers for relapse in addiction. We equip clients with skills they can continue to practice even after treatment.
Continuum also provides extensive mindfulness training. Patients learn how to maintain focus on the present moment. This enhances emotional regulation and reduces tendencies toward negative rumination.
Mindfulness principles are woven into other therapeutic practices at Continuum. This approach augments the effectiveness of the overall treatment plan.
Our Continuum team also offers art therapy. This holistic treatment opportunity enables people to express emotions and experiences in non-verbal ways. Therefore, they facilitate deep emotional healing and self-discovery.
Furthermore, art therapy encourages clients to explore and develop new hobbies. These hobbies serve as positive coping mechanisms and sources of personal fulfillment.
Continuum Outpatient Center stands at the forefront of addiction treatment. We offer a diverse array of programs tailored to meet the unique needs of those battling ketamine addiction.
Let’s delve into how we implement these therapies:
Continuum’s OP is ideal for people who have completed a more intensive treatment program or have less severe addiction issues. It allows patients to receive treatment while continuing with their daily lives.
The focus is on therapy sessions. It may include individual, group, and family counseling. We also educate patients about substance abuse and relapse prevention strategies.
A PHP serves as a middle ground between inpatient and outpatient care. Our PHP is suitable for people who need more intensive treatment than outpatient care but can manage without 24-hour supervision.
This program involves attending therapy for several hours a day. Our health professionals focus on both the medical and psychological aspects of addiction.
An IOP is less demanding than a PHP but more intensive than standard outpatient programs. Continuum designs our IOP for those who need more support than occasional therapy but can maintain their daily responsibilities.
Treatment often includes:
This program is tailored specifically for young adults struggling with addiction. It addresses the unique challenges faced by this age group. Continuum incorporates elements of:
Aftercare and alumni services are crucial components in the journey toward long-term recovery. The transition back into daily life after treatment can be challenging. Additionally, maintaining sobriety often requires continuous support and resources.
Continuum offers weekly alumni meetings virtually or in person every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. These meetings are often facilitated by professionals who can provide guidance and advice. This ensures that alumni continue to have access to expert care. They are also kept up-to-date with the latest information and strategies for maintaining sobriety.
Continuum Outpatient Center’s approach to healing is deeply rooted in specific core values. These values define our organization’s identity. They also guide our practices and interactions with clients.
Here’s a look at each of these values:
Ready to take the first step toward a healthier, addiction-free future? Our team is here to guide you through each stage of your journey. Whether you’re seeking comprehensive treatment options or supportive therapies, we have the resources to help you overcome ketamine addiction.
Don’t wait any longer to reclaim your life. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and begin your path to lasting wellness and sobriety.