Dissociative Anesthetics

Dissociative anesthetic drugs, or dissociative drugs, are a class of hallucinogens that distort one’s sense of time, vision, sound – and self.

Sovereign Health of Arizona provides women with treatment for dissociative drugs, utilizing cutting-edge and evidence based modalities as well as cognitive and alternative therapies.

Types of dissociative drugs include:

  • Phencyclidine, or PCP
  • Ketamine
  • Dextromethorphan, or DXM
  • Salvia divinorum

Abusing Dissociative Drugs

Dissociative drugs make users experience a detachment from the reality that surrounds them. For some who have experienced severe trauma or have untreated and disturbing mental disorder, this escapist quality is enough to lure them into dissociative addiction.

Symptoms of Abuse

Physical effects of dissociative drugs include:

  • Anxiety
  • Changes in sensory perception
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Hallucinations
  • Increase in blood pressure, heart rate, respiration
  • Nausea
  • Numbness
  • Paranoia

Red Flags of Abuse

DXM abuse red flags include:

  • Bluish fingernails and lips
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle twitches
  • Palpitations
  • Stomach spasms
  • Vomiting

Ketamine abuse red flags:

Symptoms of abuse that may indicate the need for ketamine addiction treatment include:

  • A trance-like state known as a K-hole
  • Amnesia
  • Impaired vision
  • Loss of motor coordination
  • Muscle twitches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting

PCP overdose symptoms may include:

  • Catatonia
  • Convulsions
  • High blood pressure
  • Psychosis
  • Uncontrolled movement
  • Violent behavior

Salvia abuse red flags include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Withdrawal Symptoms

If someone is abusing different types of dissociative anesthetic drugs, they may end up experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms may vary depending on which substance is abused.

Withdrawal symptoms of PCP can include:

  • Seizures
  • Weight loss
  • Memory problems
  • Poor reflexes
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Coma

Ketamine withdrawal symptoms:

  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Psychosis
  • Insomnia
  • Slowed respiration and heart rate

DXM withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness

Salvia withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Paranoia

Dissociative Drugs Inside the Brain

Most dissociative drugs work by throwing a wrench in the communications of the neurotransmitter glutamate. That’s an excitatory brain chemical responsible for activating various neurons, including cognition, memory and learning.

Salvia activates particular opioid receptors in the brain.

At high dosages, dissociative drugs may damage the brain and can cause aggressive behavior, seizures, coma or death.

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Getting Help for Abuse

Dissociative drugs can widely differ in the toll they take on the body, so addicted individuals will benefit from treatment programs geared specifically toward their drug of abuse: treatment for PCP and ketamine addiction treatment have nuances that a trustworthy treatment provider should fluidly be equipped to navigate.

Women who are addicted to dissociative anesthetics can overcome their addiction through medication management, cognitive behavioral therapy and alternative therapies that teach her cathartic techniques to triumph life’s circumstances instead of looking to escape from them.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health is a Joint Commission Accredited, nationwide trailblazer in behavioral health. We are licensed to treat mental health issues and many of its manifestations: mental and eating disorders, as well as substance abuse issues. Our Chandler, Arizona facility specializes in trauma-informed care for women exclusively, who’ve overcome abuse and other traumatic events.

What sets us apart is our commitment to a gold standard of measurement-based care and tailor-fit treatment, inclusive of dual diagnosis recovery from multiple disorders.

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