Understanding K Abuse

K, also known as Special K, cat valium, Vitamin K, Kit Kat, or Dorothy, is generally used as an anesthetic for animals. It has seen increased popularity on the club drug scene as a recreational drug because it produces a dissociative experience where the user feels detached from their surroundings and experiences distorted sights and sounds.

K has been used in medical settings to sedate children who have adverse reactions to other anesthetics, but it can lead to psychological and physical dependence when abused. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of k abuse and how a k abuse treatment program for teens can help.

Signs & Symptoms

If you’re worried that your teen may be abusing k, look for these signs or symptoms:

  • Loss of Coordination
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Red Skin
  • Slurred Speech
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Inability to Sit Still
  • Depression
  • Rapid Eye Movements

Side Effects of K Drug Abuse

 K has very serious side effects that may affect your child for the long term. Some short-term effects include increased heart rate and blood pressure which can cause a lot of strain on the heart. Long term cognitive difficulties, paranoia, and depression will also begin to affect your teen from prolonged k drug abuse.

K Abuse Treatment Program for Teens

At Ascend, our focus is on treating your child as a whole person. We look at the causes behind the abuse and create a treatment plan that addresses all of their concerns, triggers, and traumas. Our k abuse treatment for teens teaches your child healthy coping mechanisms to deal with future obstacles and explores how to rectify current stressors in their everyday environment.

Reach out to the admissions team at 310.388.3713 to discover how Ascend can help your child today.