Ketamine is used to treat depression and as a sedative. It’s also a widely abused club drug. Known as “special K,” this drug distorts a user’s perceptions, creating audio and visual distortions. Like GHB, it also has a reputation as a date rape drug due to its sedative qualities.
It’s unclear if ketamine is addictive. However, long-term ketamine abuse is extremely damaging to the brain and digestive system. Infamously, ketamine abuse damages the bladder, resulting in ketamine bladder syndrome, a serious and often untreatable side effect, resulting in incontinence.
Recovering from ketamine abuse should start with detox. In a safe, monitored clinical detox environment, ketamine users can focus on healing.