Rehabilitation for ketamine addiction

Anyone considering getting treatment for ketamine addiction should remember that help and guidance are always available to them. The following sections will help you learn how to recognise the symptoms and signs of ketamine dependence and the differences between free and private treatment. We will describe how rehab for ketamine addiction works, and the steps that should be taken to help you make a long-term commitment to becoming free from addictive substances.

What is ketamine addiction?

Ketamine is a medication that is used for its anaesthetic effect in humans and animals, as well as its ability to induce relaxation and relieve pain. However, it is commonly used in a recreational context because of its hallucinogenic and dissociative effects, which you may use to escape reality or reduce stress. It can be very dangerous and addictive when abused in this manner, as prolonged use of ketamine can lead to tolerance and psychological dependence, as well as several other adverse effects.

If you continue to abuse ketamine despite the negative impact on your relationships, health and financial wellbeing, you are likely suffering from a ketamine addiction. Seeking help as soon as possible is essential because ketamine can have a severe impact on your long-term physical and mental health.

Going to rehab for ketamine is the best way to put a stop to addiction, as professionals can provide you with expert guidance and support, and you’ll be exposed to different approaches of controlling your cravings.

Why rehab for ketamine addiction?

Going to rehab for ketamine dependence treatment provides a safe and comfortable environment in which you can focus all of our attention on recovery, free from the potential distractions, stresses and setbacks of everyday life. At a dedicated residential rehab facility, you will be provided with medical attention and care, ensuring your safety and wellbeing as you detox from ketamine use.

A medically assisted detox will be available if necessary, along with a range of recovery options such as one-to-one therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), group therapy, family support programmes and 12-step programmes.

Possible side-effects of ketamine addiction

Using ketamine can induce several side effects. They include:

  • Reduced pain perception
  • Feelings of invulnerability
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Blackouts
  • Reduced focus
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Changes in perception of time and sound
  • Muscle spasms
  • Behavioural changes
  • Amnesia
  • Fainting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Double vision
  • Dream-like state
  • Impaired thinking
  • Nausea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness

If a high dose of ketamine is taken, you might experience a hallucinogenic state that is colloquially known as a ‘K-hole’. This is a traumatic event that is likened to a near-death experience. Ketamine also has the potential to fluctuate the heart rate and blood pressure so dramatically that medical attention is immediately required.

Recognising ketamine addiction

Recognising the key signs that someone is struggling with an addiction to ketamine can reduce the likelihood of permanent damage to their mental and physical health. If you notice that any of these symptoms apply to you, we advise that you seek immediate support. It’s never easy fighting addiction alone, and support from a peer group and those that have been in your shoes will give you the comfort you need to face any deeper issues that may be contributing to your habit.

Ketamine dependence can often be expressed through a person’s behaviour, and long-term users will likely display depressive and dissociative symptoms coupled with delusional thinking and bouts of amnesia. If ketamine is continually taken over a long period of time, an increased tolerance will likely lead to the consumption of larger doses and the appearance of symptoms such as slowed breathing and delirium.

Getting help for ketamine addiction

Acknowledging that you need help and exploring your different treatment options is the first step towards recovery from an addiction to ketamine.

While you might consider reducing your own intake of the drug in order to end your addiction, it’s vital to remember that accessing professional help and expert advice is the best way to achieve abstinence from ketamine use. Getting ketamine dependence treatment as early as possible can reverse many of the drug’s negative effects, and private rehab presents the most immediate and direct way to tackle addiction.

At a dedicated rehab clinic, healthcare professionals, having lived with addiction themselves, can provide you with comfort, medical monitoring, a variety of therapy options and a treatment plan that is tailored to accommodate you with a variety of holistic approaches, so you can decide which method works best for your progress.

Anyone taking a proactive step towards recovery from ketamine addiction should take pride in the knowledge that they are starting a journey to live a life free from harmful substances.

What does rehab for ketamine involve?

Admission to a rehab for ketamine addiction should be as fast and easy as possible, and you could arrive in a private, en-suite room within 24 hours of making an initial phone call. Once you have booked into a clinic, a healthcare professional will carry out an assessment in order to make a treatment plan that is tailored to your personal needs. If it is determined that you would benefit from a medically assisted detox at this point, you will be prescribed with medication that aims to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. After the detox process, or when you feel comfortable, you will be able to join in with a wide range of group activities and therapies that help you develop close connections with your fellow residents at the rehab. Having this in-built support network is a key benefit of residential rehab for ketamine addiction and a huge driver of successful abstinence.

You will also take part in a variety of approaches that help you to deal with the root causes of your addiction and develop strategies to help you with long-term recovery from ketamine use. After you have left the treatment centre, it is essential that you maintain an aftercare programme to help you stay committed to recovery during your return to everyday life.

How long does rehab for ketamine last?

It is trusted in the medical community that the chances of long-term recovery increase if a person spends longer in rehab, so we’d advise ketamine dependence treatment to last for at least 28 days. Longer treatments will give you more time to get used to the feeling of detox and life in the rehab centre, as well as more opportunity to make the most of the guidance offered by the onsite professionals.

Rehab options for ketamine addiction

The NHS offers free services on a mostly outpatient basis, whilst some private rehab clinics offer both outpatient and inpatient services that cater specifically to the needs of someone with an addiction. There are benefits to each treatment option for ketamine rehab and choosing the best one for you can be challenging, so you should make a decision based on your own level of addiction, schedule and finances.

Inpatient vs outpatient

When taking part in an outpatient programme for ketamine addiction, you will live at home and visit the treatment centre for scheduled sessions, whereas during an inpatient programme, you will live on the premises.

An inpatient resident will benefit from medical relief that is provided at the facility, alongside a support network of peers that are living at the centre.

In contrast, outpatient treatment is a viable option for anyone who has work or family commitments. But please bear in mind that it does offer less structure than a residential programme, and treatment will take longer as sessions are spread throughout each week.

Private vs NHS

A GP referral can be used to access free drug services that are provided by the NHS, but there is limited funding and spaces, and a long waiting list should be expected. Sometimes it can take months to access any treatment, and you will be required to search for other recovery options if you need immediate support.

Although private residential rehab is costly, the expense can often be mitigated through private insurance. Ketamine dependence treatment at a private clinic is immediate, and you will be able to try a range of recovery approaches and additional services such as family support programmes, conjoins, support groups and free aftercare to give you the best chance of successful recovery.

Because ketamine addiction can have damaging effects on your mental and physical wellbeing, receiving fast and effective treatment is of the utmost importance, and private rehab gives you the best chance of reversing the negative effects of ketamine addiction and remaining sober long-term.

What does Recovery Lighthouse offer for ketamine rehab?

At Recovery Lighthouse, we offer ketamine detox and rehabilitation in a high-quality facility in Worthing. We have highly committed staff and a luxurious seaside setting to ensure that you have a comfortable and relaxing environment in which to recover. In order to provide a space that is free from the stresses of the outside world, our facility includes beautiful gardens, recreational and counselling rooms, a clinical assessment room, catering facilities, a private chef and gym visits that are available every week. Everything is taken care of, so you can focus entirely on your health and recovery.

Because our clinic is completely residential, you will benefit from forming close bonds with the other individuals living in the premises, as well as our dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about treating every aspect of addiction. Every resident at recovery lighthouse is also provided with up to one year of free aftercare, and automatic and free access to ourĀ Alumni community. This allows you to access online tools, attend events and activities organised by the community and stay in touch with their peers whilst maintaining recovery at home.

Recovery Lighthouse is fully CQC registered, so we can guarantee the highest standard of treatment and safety for each of our residents.

Ketamine rehab aftercare

Aftercare services play a vital role in all ketamine dependence treatments because they help to ensure long-term commitment to recovery once you have left the rehab centre and returned to everyday life. Once you have finished your treatment, and it’s time to return home, you will have access to one-year free group counselling sessions if this is necessary for your recovery. We advise that you also attend other free support groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), for extra encouragement throughout the week.

It is also possible to receive aftercare through the NHS via self-referral, and charities like Turning Point can also help you to access certain services.

How to help someone with a ketamine addiction

Accessing ketamine dependence treatment is a deeply personal journey, and you can’t insist that someone gets help for their addiction before they are ready to do so. Instead, it’s best to offer your support and understanding and avoid pushing them away by listening with an open mind.

It’s natural to want to help a loved one who is suffering from addiction, and so you can guide them towards getting professional help when they are ready to commit. When they want to tackle their addiction head-on, a residential stay at ketamine rehab is the most immediate and decisive action that they can take to begin a life free from substance abuse.

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