Ketamine Detox & Treatment in Manitoba
Medical practitioners and veterinarians use ketamine as an anesthetic, and the drug is also used as a recreational drug. Substance abuse in Manitoba affects many different people throughout the province. Ketamine is used as a psychedelic drug and causes a person to see, hear, smell, feel or taste things that are not there. Ketamine is a type of dissociative drug and creates a feeling of being detached from your body or mind. When the drug is sold illegally, it usually comes as a white crystalline powder and can also be easily dissolved in liquid. Ketamine has no odor or color and has a reputation for being used as a date rape drug. Ketamine is easily dissolved in liquids, such as alcohol, and given to someone who is the potential victim of a sexual assault. The drug often has no taste, and the effects are felt almost immediately.
When ketamine is abused it can be swallowed, snorted, injected, or mixed into a liquid and consumed. The drug can also be smoked with tobacco or marijuana, and the drug affects everyone differently. The effects of ketamine are based on a person’s size, weight, and health. The intensity of the drug is determined by whether other drugs are taken, the amount of ketamine used, and the strength of the drug. The psychological and physical effects of ketamine include feelings of happiness and being relaxed, along with feeling detached from your body. Hallucinations are also possible, and the person using ketamine will feel confused and clumsy. Ketamine will also cause an increased heart rate and raise blood pressure. Ketamine users will suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.
Too much ketamine does cause overdose, and the effects of overdose include an inability to move, rigid muscles, high body temperature, fast heartbeat, convulsions, coma, and, eventually, death. After ketamine has been used the drug user will experience memory loss, impaired judgment, disorientation, clumsiness, aches, and pains, and depression. Long-term ketamine users suffer from ketamine bladder syndrome, which is caused by repeated doses of ketamine. The symptoms include difficulty holding in urine and incontinence, which leads to ulceration in the bladder. Ketamine is a common recreational drug and is often used with other drugs such as alcohol or even opiates. The combination of ketamine, alcohol, and or opiates will cause a depressive state, which can lead to vomiting, shallow breathing, coma, and even death.
It is not uncommon for ketamine to be used with amphetamines, ecstasy, and even cocaine. The combination of these drugs places an enormous strain on the body, which can lead to an increased heart rate. If a ketamine abuse problem is part of a more significant drug problem, there are treatment resources in the province that will help. The Department of Health, Seniors and Active Living is the ministry responsible for treatment services in Manitoba. The drug treatment services are provided through Addictions Foundation Manitoba and eleven provincially funded grant-funded agencies. Withdrawal management in Manitoba is done within a residential setting, and there are no non-residential withdrawal management programs within the province.
The withdrawal process from ketamine can take three to four days and is best done under proper supervision. The withdrawal symptoms include cravings for ketamine, no appetite, tiredness, chills, sweating, restlessness, tremors, anxiety, depress, and an irregular heartbeat. Withdrawal symptoms are treated through detox before therapy. There are many publicly funded treatment programs within the province, and on average, over 10,000 residents each year access these programs.