Like many substances, ketamine can be abused. People who abuse ketamine can quickly become addicted to the substance, leading them to experience many negative withdrawal symptoms if they choose to stop using the drug. This withdrawal period is physically and mentally grueling. Therefore, it’s only natural for those using ketamine therapy to wonder- should I worry about ketamine withdrawal, too?
We understand these concerns. However, it’s important to know that ketamine therapy is closely monitored to ensure that it is safe and non-addictive. In this article, we’ll explain how ketamine withdrawal works. We’ll also explain why these symptoms only affect certain ketamine users.
What is Ketamine Withdrawal?
Drug abuse can alter certain parts of the brain, such as the neurotransmitters that control our pain levels and reward systems. When a person becomes dependent on a drug, these parts of the brain experience that dependency, too. Therefore, suddenly cutting the drug supply can disrupt these brain systems. This sudden change in brain chemistry leads to extremely painful physical and mental symptoms, also known as drug withdrawal. Ketamine, like many other drugs, can cause withdrawal symptoms in people who are abusing the substance.
Why Therapeutic Ketamine is Different
While withdrawal is scary, this is not an issue that people using ketamine therapy need to worry about. Two main factors contribute to drug withdrawal- the amount of the drug that a person is using, and the rate at which they discontinue use. With ketamine therapy, both of these factors are tightly controlled by a medical professional. Therapy patients only receive small amounts of the drug, and their symptoms are always closely monitored so the dosage can be adjusted if needed. You will also be monitored after you stop this therapy to help you control any possible side effects.
Getting Honest Answers
Unfortunately, there is often still a stigma surrounding ketamine therapy. Therefore, it’s important to get all of the facts from a trusted source. At Balanced Ketamine, we have seen firsthand how helpful controlled, therapeutic treatment can be. We are here to answer your questions and help you understand this therapy- even if you ultimately decide to use another treatment. Click here to request an appointment with our team.