Ketamine Addiction Treatment

A review of the BEST treatment options when dealing with Ketamine addiction. Find out what professional treatment includes and learn how to provide help to an addicted loved one. More details here.

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Ketamine creates problems

Ketamine is a strong anaesthetic used in hospital and veterinary settings to ease pain during surgery. But the misuse and abuse of Ketamine can result in a variety of negative effects such as:

  • loss of feelings in the body
  • muscle paralyses
  • distortion of reality
  • dependence
  • addiction

If you are facing problems with Ketamine or addiction, there is medical treatment available to help you. In fact, a drug problem is known as a medical condition called “Substance Use Disorder”. Problems with any kind of psychoactive drug(s) are treated medically.

More here on how to identify Ketamine addiction. Then, we review the best practices in addiction treatment and what you can expect from a reputable rehab. Finally, we invite your question(s) in the comments section at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all questions personally and promptly.

Addicted to Ketamine and don’t know what to do?
The solution to your problem = treatment.
Dial 1-877-411-4036 to find a reputable treatment center today.

Is Ketamine Addictive?


Ketamine is an addictive drug.

Because of its addictive potential, it has been classified in the group of Schedule III drugs in the Controlled Substances Act. People abuse Ketamine in different ways, including injection, snorting, or oral use.
However, Ketamine is usually abused in night clubs by young people. When taken, Ketamine produces a feeling of utter bliss and happiness. But no matter how attractive this may sound, tolerance to Ketamine develops rapidly. If a person who’s tolerant to Ketamine does not quit, chronic Ketamine abuse will transform into an addiction.

Ketamine addicts usually manifest the following physical and behavioral signs.

Behavioral signs of Ketamine addiction

  • Avoiding friends and family gatherings
  • Constantly increasing the amounts of Ketamine use
  • Failing to keep up with responsibilities such as school and work
  • Having financial problems because of Ketamine
  • Needing more and more to reach the initial high
  • Obsession with getting and taking each Ketamine dose

Physical signs of Ketamine addiction

  • Bladder pain
  • Frequent state of distraction and/or drowsiness
  • Incontinence
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of concentrating and coordination
  • Reduced ability to feel physical pain
  • Slurred speech

Regardless of how long you’ve been taking Ketamine, programs can help you quit. Call us to speak confidentially about Ketamine at 1-877-411-4036…Day or Night!

STEP 1: Facing the Denial

Addiction is a serious and growing epidemic. In fact, one in three American families are facing addiction at this very moment. Many addicted individuals don’t seem to be aware of it. What’s worse, many don’t want to face or accept the problem. Why is this?

People addicted to drugs commonly face the issue of denial. Denial is a common defense mechanism. It helps keep us in patterns we are used to. So, when a person attends a therapy session or when they hear the results of a screening tests, they act outrageous, saying that the results are exaggerated. Even when facing facts, a person in denial CANNOT SEE THE PROBLEM.

Some of the most common statements people in denial use include:

“That’s impossible. I’m not an addict. I can stop whenever I want.”.
“There must be some kind of mistake in the results. I’m in control of my use.”
“I’m not like those kind of people who act out of control.”
“I only take it sporadically when I’m down.”
“I’m not addicted! I’m just going through a difficult time right now and need a bit of a boost. I can handle it.”

Regardless of our different personal struggles, refusing to admit we need help is often recognized as “denial”. This state usually includes negations used to defend self-integrity and justify the compulsive and destructive behavior.

If you are struggling with denial you risk leaving your condition untreated and can hurt yourself. Do not wait to hit the rock bottom. Reach us at 1-877-411-4036 and find the most suitable treatment option for you.

Safely Ending Ketamine Addiction

Q: What’s the safest way to quit Ketamine?
A: Medical treatment provides you with all the tools and expertise to safely quit Ketamine.

Ketamine addiction cannot be treated the same for each person. We each have a unique set of experiences which drive us to use drugs. We are separate individuals, so this chronic illness cannot be treated generally. Instead, a personalized treatment plan is the best way to ensure a successful recovery and long term sobriety.

Each person has its own reasons why they started to (ab)use Ketamine in the first place. While there are some similarities in the motives, the exact reasons are different and unique. That is why it’s essential that you receive a personalized treatment plan that focuses on your individual condition and goals. Examples of modalities included in the safe, effective treatment of addiction include:

  • Anger Management
  • Biofeedback & Neurofeedback
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Relapse Prevention Instruction

Further, addiction treatment is provided in either an inpatient or and outpatient basis.

Outpatient treatment can work for those who need Ketamine addiction but are unable to stop working or attending school to get it. Although these programs may provide the level of flexibility that you need, their effectiveness can be limited, especially if you require medical recovery services.

Inpatient treatment is often recommended for individuals with high levels of stress and triggers in their environment, who have low or no support at home, who have a history of chronic substance abuse and/or have made unsuccessful treatment attempts in the past.

Ketamine is a challenging problem to face, but there is help available. Call 1-877-411-4036 and choose from the many treatment options and alternatives that can work for you.

What Happens When You Call Our Hotline?

We know that it can be hard to pick up the phone and discuss challenging subjects such as substance abuse and addiction. People we speak to often struggle with:

  • anger
  • fear
  • frustration
  • loneliness

We know this. But when you CALL 1-877-411-4036, we’ll listen without judgement. We understand addiction as a medical condition and we’ll work to provide you the help you need. Plus, our hotline is:


Hotline staffers who answer the phone know how to listen. They understand your struggles and will offer information about treatment services that can best help you. You can talk openly with us about:

  • Your drug of choice
  • How long you’ve been (ab)using Ketamine
  • How much and how often you use Ketamine
  • Whether or not you’re drinking or using other drugs besides Ketamine
  • Other mental health issues you’re battling

Stages of Addiction Treatment

#1: Intake and assessment

When you arrive at a treatment facility, you will spend some time introducing yourself to the medical staff and therapists. During this stage, you’ll discuss a detailed history of your substance use. It’s essential to be 100% honest and open because this will contribute to the creation of your customized treatment plan. Being as upfront as you possibly can about your Ketamine use, mental health, and medical history will be in your best interest during this phase.

#2: Medical detoxification

During this stage, medical professionals will help you clear your body of Ketamine. Detoxification from Ketamine is best performed under medical care and provides individuals with emotional support throughout the process. Ketamine withdrawal duration and symptoms vary from one individual to another. You may be prescribed medication to help you ease withdrawal symptoms.

#3: Treatment

Ketamine rehab lasts a minimum of 30 days, but can be extended to 60, 90 days and longer depending on your progress and needs. The primary treatments are psychotherapy combined with medication(s). In order for you to overcome your compulsion to use Ketamine, you must work on any underlying medical conditions, psychological conditions, or emotional issues connected with addiction. Addiction takes over many areas of life. Your treatment program will help identify any triggers and work through them in a safe and stress-free place with the support of caring professionals.

#4: Aftercare

Aftercare is the final stage of addiction treatment. To be able to maintain your sobriety once you leave rehab, staff members work with you to put together a customized aftercare plan, which might include support groups, individual and group counseling, and ongoing medical care. Sober housing may also be a part of the aftercare plan.

Now that you know what to expect during treatment there is no reason to fear. We can help you feel more comfortable taking the first step toward recovery. All you need to do is call 1-877-411-4036.

Fear of Ketamine Withdrawal

Ketamine withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to bear. Cravings may lead you right back to your previous behavior. Unfortunately, the only way for the symptoms to go away is through abstinence. Because withdrawal can be challenging and accompanied by many complications it’s best not to risk negative side effects. This is why it’s recommended that detox from Ketamine occurs in a licensed clinic.

Be prepared to go through these possible withdrawal symptoms after you quit Ketamine:

  • depression
  • double vision
  • hearing loss
  • increased heart rate
  • loss of coordination
  • loss of motor skills
  • rapid breathing

NOTE: The biggest risk during Ketamine withdrawal is depression. This psychological state might provoke suicidal thoughts. Depression treatment and support group commitment can help people overcome these difficulties.

Get Ketamine withdrawal help TODAY. Call 1-877-411-4036 to get the confidential guidance you need.

What Types of Co-occurring Disorders Exist With Ketamine?

Addiction can be even more destructive when accompanied by a mental illness. When substance abuse is combined with a psychiatric disorder, it is known as a “dual diagnosis”, or “co-occurring disorders”. Mental illness can make addiction treatment even more complicated. Those who abuse Ketamine sometimes try to cover, or self-medicate issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Mood Disorder
  • Personality Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder

Even if a mental health issue is not present from the beginning, long-term Ketamine abuse often creates co-occurring psychological conditions. Focusing solely on addiction, without paying equal attention to the co-occuring disorders makes you more vulnerable to relapse since the symptoms of a mental health disorder will continue to trigger your desire to resume Ketamine use.

Knowing this, it’s important to find a Ketamine addiction treatment program with an experience in dealing with co-occurring disorders. Experienced Ketamine treatment programs use an integrated approach and address both, your addiction and your mental illness together as opposed to treating them separately.

Luxury and Executive Treatment Centers

Located in private and beautiful locations, luxury and executive addiction treatment programs offer highly individualized treatment plans, additional specialized staff, desirable amenities, and private rooms to facilitate the recovery process. These type of rehabs are created to answer the needs of business executives, CEOs and other working professionals. These facilities often allow access to computers and telephones so that business executives can still manage their work duties while recovering from addiction.

If you are looking for discretion, privacy and high level of comfort, then these programs are just what you need. Call us at 1-877-411-4036. We will gladly answer all your questions and make sure to help you find the best luxury and executive rehab.

How to Help a Loved one with Ketamine Addiction

Having a family member or a loved one dealing with Ketamine addiction may feel:

  • exhausting
  • overwhelming
  • traumatizing

However difficult it may make you feel… you must not let it paralyze you. If your loved one is not in a state of reaching out for help, YOU SHOULD take courage and FIND HELP FOR YOURSELF.

After you’ve found out about your loved one’s addiction to Ketamine you are maybe wondering what steps to take? Before doing anything you must calm down. Panic can only make you lose yourself more in the process. So take one step at a time.

Then, start by looking for advice from a Licensed Professional Counselor, Interventionist and/or Family Therapist who can teach you how to start the conversation about addiction and treatment. During the conversation you should avoid:

  • Blaming
  • Criticizing
  • Enabling
  • Fighting
  • Judging
  • Labellng

Instead, try to:

  • Maintain your own balance and integrity.
  • Help your loved one find a treatment program.
  • Provide your loved one with support and show compassion and understanding.

Additionally, you can encourage peer support for yourself or your loved one. Look into 12 Step groups like Al-Anon, A.A. or N.A.

REMEMBER: It is not appropriate or recommended that you attempt to provide therapy or counseling with someone facing a Ketamine problem. Find a professional instead and/or look into the CRAFT Model of family training.

For more help CALL US NOW 1-877-411-4036 to assess and evaluate a loved one’s problem. Questions we typically ask include:

Which substance/drug does your loved one abuse?
What other drugs or alcohol do you think they’re using?
How do they abuse Ketamine (oral, snort, smoke, inject)?
How long do you suspect they have been using?
How long they’ve been showing signs of addiction?
How much can they afford to pay for treatment?
Is insurance an option?
Could you (and/or other close family members) help them out financially?
Does your loved one suffer from any mental, behavioral, or co-occurring disorders?

Ongoing Treatment After Rehab

When formal treatment programs are complete, rehabs often prepare a comprehensive aftercare plan. Relapse prevention coaching should also be part of your discharge process. Relapse prevention techniques for Ketamine addiction usually involve:

  • Learning about the relapse process.
  • Training in identifying warning signs and high-risk situations.
  • Developing coping skills and stress-management skills.
  • Addressing pleasant memories of stimulant use and knowing what to do when tempted.
  • Reminding users not to test the limits of their sobriety.
  • Developing a lifestyle that’s protective.
  • Coaching in addressing slips.

These elements will help prompt you to continue to work on your recovery, so you won’t slip back into destructive habits.

If you or someone you love has been displaying any of the above signs and symptoms of Ketamine abuse, there is something you can do. Call 1-877-411-4036 to receive more information and potential treatment options.

We’re here to help. 24/7, all year round.

Reference Sources: NCBI: Brain damages in ketamine addicts as revealed by magnetic resonance imaging
NCBI: Ketamine abuse potential and use disorder
SAMHSA: Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
NIH: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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