People Dance In Nightclub Party

Understanding Ketamine: Effects, Street Names, and Abuse

Ketamine is an anesthetic that is typically used on animals. It has also been used for pain control, especially in burn therapy and for wounded soldiers. Unfortunately, due to its hallucinogenic effects, ketamine has the potential to cause a club drug addiction.

There are many different ketamine street names, including K, Special K, Super K, Kit Kat, Purple, and Bump.

So, what is this Special K drug, and how does it affect your mind and body?

What Is Ketamine?

Ketamine is considered a dissociative anesthetic. It was initially developed in the 1960s as a replacement option for PCP, which had severe side effects on patients. It’s tasteless and odorless, which makes it easy to be taken (and sold) in pill form, but the ketamine drug is often taken intravenously.

It’s sometimes referred to as a “horse tranquilizer drug,” but that’s a bit of a myth. Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic, but it’s not a tranquilizer. With that being said, this label should give you some idea of just how strong the side effects of taking Special K can be.

What Are the Effects of the K Drug?

Ketamine has become such a popular club drug because it tends to give people a high that offers a floating or “detached” sensation. It often creates a dreamlike state. Unfortunately, that has also made it a popular date-rape drug—it can be difficult to move when you’re in the middle of the high.

It can also cause memory loss, which makes it difficult for victims of the drug to recall what may have happened to them. Obviously, this adds another level of danger to the drug. Because it’s a clear, tasteless powder or liquid, it’s easy to slip into a drink.

Other negative side effects of ketamine include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Hallucinations
  • Numbness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion

Some users can also experience extreme respiratory issues, which could become fatal if not treated immediately.

Disco Balls In Night Club Hanging

Long-term effects can include short or long-term memory loss, as well as other potentially irreversible issues with the brain. More long-term effects aren’t completely known, due to a lack of research.

Users who take high doses of ketamine often call their experience the “K hole,” described as an out of body experience.

Ketamine Abuse and Treatment

Ketamine can be addictive, thanks to the dreamlike state it puts people in. While it’s often used by club-goers, it’s a popular street drug that can be used by anyone wanting to experience the effects of a hallucinogen. It can even lead to the use of stronger hallucinogenic drugs like PCP.

It’s also easy to overdose on ketamine, which can cause respiratory and cardiac issues, as well as dangerous psychotropic effects.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a ketamine addiction, it’s important to seek out treatment as soon as possible. At Yellowstone Recovery, we can help you on your journey to stop the abuse of club drugs and help you find freedom from addiction. Please contact us today if you’re ready to fight back against addiction.

Request More Information

Start your recovery today.

    • Treatment Options
    • Program Curriculum
    • Program Services
    young man talking to his therapist

    Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

    Intensive OutPatient treatment (IOP) helps people establish the foundations for lifelong sobriety…

    patio with tables covered by umbrellas


    Our California alcohol and drug addiction treatment program is predicated on restoring you to your ideal health. Detox is a crucial part…

    gate for one of the rehab facility homes

    Primary Care – Residential Treatment

    The first phase of our program is primary care. During this phase clients will be in a 30-day “blackout” period…

    three straw men standing in front of two trees

    Residential Treatment – Extended Care

    Residential treatment extended care starts on day 31 and goes through day 90. This period is very important for a client in early recovery…

    small outdoor pond

    Outpatient Treatment

    Outpatient treatment serves as aftercare for clients who have completed extended care (90 days of residential treatment)…

    gate for one of the rehab facility homes

    Sober Living

    Sober living at Yellowstone begins after the initial residential treatment portion of the program is successfully completed…

    emotional support group with five men and women

    Weekday Schedule

    Detox and Residential Treatment

    Depressed woman looking away

    Experiential Therapy

    Experiential Therapy is therapy of the mind rather than the body. It is a tool to help…

    typewriter writing the words

    Contact Yellowstone Recovery


    Why Choose Yellowstone?

    Low Cost Pricing

    Financing Available

    PPO Insurance Accepted

    Provide Complete
    Continuum of Care