We understand it’s not always easy to start the rehab process; with different clinics and treatments on offer it can be confusing knowing what rehab entails and how it works.
This page will explain everything you need to know about rehab for ketamine abuse, including detox, available treatments, inpatient vs outpatient programmes and aftercare options. When you are ready to take the next step, we will be here to help you through each part of the journey.
Ketamine is often used in a medical context as a way to treat pain and to anaesthetise both humans and animals. Yet, when this hallucinogenic drug is used recreationally, it is potentially very dangerous and highly addictive. The short-term effects of ketamine include hallucinations, increased heart rate and a sharp increase or decrease in blood pressure. Continued use of the drug can lead to a host of other side effects such as kidney damage and severe abdominal pain.
Someone with an addiction to ketamine will take the drug habitually despite the negative impact on their health, work, finances and relationships. If you use ketamine and notice that this applies to you, acknowledging that you have a dependence on the drug is a vital first step towards receiving help.
The best way to overcome ketamine addiction is to seek treatment as soon as possible. We have several other ketamine rehab treatment centres across the UK which are run by those who have been through addiction and understand the difficulty of being able to stop alone. We are here to help anyone suffering from addiction through the journey to recovery.
Rehab is the most popular option for ketamine dependence treatment because it provides a focused and specialised setting in which to recover, free from the distractions and potential setbacks of the outside world. Everyone responds to rehabilitation programmes in unique ways, so going to rehab for ketamine addiction treatment will allow you to try a range of recovery approaches, such as 12-step programmes, one-to-one therapy and holistic methods like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Importantly, a residential rehab centre is the only place you can access medical care and support throughout your recovery, and is therefore the safest environment for a medically assisted detox.
There are many potential side-effects of ketamine addiction. They can include:
● Muscle spasms
● Dilated pupils
● Behavioural changes
● Double vision
● Upset stomach
● Muscle stiffness
● Changes in perception of time and sound
● Dream-like state
● Impaired thinking
● Reduced focus
● Reduced pain perception
● Feelings of invulnerability
In addition to these, anyone who takes a high dose of ketamine can experience a ‘K-hole’, which is a hallucinogenic state that is often likened to a near-death experience. In some cases, ketamine can reduce the heart rate so dramatically that it is fatal if medical attention is not immediately provided.
There are several key indicators that someone is struggling with a ketamine addiction, and recognising them promptly will decrease the likelihood of severe damage to your body and mind. If you are abusing ketamine, you can eventually develop a tolerance which can lead to the consumption of increased doses, in addition to engaging in delusional thinking and exhibit depressive and dissociative symptoms.
It is also common for a ketamine addiction to result in impaired memory and cognition due to the degeneration of white matter in the brain, and if usage is severe, you may notice slowed breathing, amnesia and delirium.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to ketamine, it’s important to remember that help is available. Getting treatment for ketamine addiction has the potential to reverse many of the negative effects of the drug and help you to return to a life free from addictive substances. The first step towards getting treatment is acknowledging that support from others will help you combat your cravings and offer a network of experience you can lean on to help you through dark times. The next step is learning about your various recovery options.
Trying to end an addiction to ketamine on your own by reducing your intake of the drug may be your initial consideration, but it’s vital to know that seeking help from professionals greatly improves your chances of effective recovery. Private rehab is the most immediate and decisive way to tackle your addiction, as you’ll be provided with medical monitoring and guidance. Healthcare professionals can assist you with your recovery in a variety of ways, including therapy, detox and nutrition management.
A good quality ketamine addiction rehab will first offer you an addiction assessment, so that you can discuss your unique circumstances in a confidential setting and receive expert guidance on the best treatment options available to you, and they will offer a comfortable and safe space to withdraw from ketamine. It is imperative that you do not attempt to self-detox from ketamine, as it can be dangerous to withdraw too rapidly. Detoxification should be supervised by medical professionals in order to ensure that you are safe at all times. If it is deemed necessary, a medically assisted detox will be provided on admission to the rehab centre, and specialised medication may be prescribed in order to mitigate withdrawal symptoms.
As your treatment continues, some rehab centres offer a variety of activities that will assist you in the journey to recovery. These include both individual and group therapy so that you can understand the root causes of addiction and develop tools and strategies to deal with any potential challenges you might face during recovery. It is also essential to make plans for life after your treatment has concluded, and so an important part of rehab is forming connections with your peers through support groups and aftercare programmes. These will provide a space for everyone going through recovery to help one another maintain a life free from addiction.
Commonly, a stay at a residential rehab centre when receiving ketamine dependence treatment will last for at least 28 days, but it is widely acknowledged that the longer that a person stays at a treatment centre, the greater their chances of long-term success. Staying at ketamine rehab for longer allows you more time to get used to life in recovery, and the opportunity to make lasting connections with your peers.
The treatment options for ketamine addiction include free public drug services and private residential programmes. Free services are offered by the NHS, and they are mainly on an outpatient basis, whereas private rehabs offer inpatient programmes that cater to each individual. The best treatment programme for you is dependent on your own level of addiction, personal preferences, finances and schedule.
During an outpatient programme, the person suffering from ketamine addiction is required to visit the treatment premises for each scheduled session, as they live at home for the entirety of the recovery process.
Conversely, during an inpatient treatment, they live at the rehabilitation premises so that they can focus all their attention on recovery. Importantly, when living at ketamine rehab, every resident has access to continual care and guidance, which is a key benefit of being an inpatient during treatment.
A referral from your GP is the first step towards accessing the drugs services provided by the NHS, but spaces are extremely limited and you will be expected to explore other treatment options while you are on the waiting list. NHS services are completely free, but there is limited funding, and it can sometimes take months to receive any treatment for your addiction.
Although residential rehab is expensive, the cost can sometimes be covered by private insurance, and there are several benefits to receiving ketamine addiction treatment in a private facility. Admission to a private treatment centre is immediate, and you will have access to medical advice from on-site professionals. Banbury Lodge, and other UKAT clinics also offer additional services, such as family support programmes, one-to-one therapy, conjoins and access to aftercare and support groups.
As addiction is psychological as well as physical, Banbury Lodge focuses on breaking the cycle of addiction by treating the underlying causes of ketamine dependence. In order to achieve this, we offer non-judgemental support with a range of engaging holistic therapies, in addition to 12-step sessions, and encourage team motivation to help one another through any difficulties. Our recovery approach is based on connection, and we continue to provide this once you’ve completed rehab by offering one year free group aftercare and access to our Alumni community.
Our treatment programmes are managed by a team of medical specialists, addiction counsellors and therapists with experience in mental health and addiction. Before you commit to treatment, we offer a free addiction assessment where you can talk to us about any concerns. We’ll explain the benefits of ketamine addiction treatment and walk you through the process of detox and therapy before you begin. We can also work with your budget and expectations, to assess the right length of stay for your recovery. This may be funded personally or through private insurance.
Our treatment centre has been evaluated by the Care Quality Commission so that you can be assured a safe and comfortable environment in which to recover.
Receiving high-quality aftercare is an essential part of any treatment programme, and at Banbury Lodge we provide all our residents with a full assessment and personalised care plan prior to leaving our facilities. This plan can include continued therapy, information, guidance and access to support groups.
Free addiction treatment services provided by the NHS can be accessed through self-referral, and a GP can provide you with information about local support groups and outpatient services. Charities such as Turning Point can also assist with helping to access aftercare services, and they have a limited number of spaces for residential care and detox programmes if you meet their criteria.
Wanting to help a loved one suffering from an addiction to ketamine is completely natural, but it’s necessary to remember that you can’t force them to access a treatment programme before they are ready. One of the best things that you can do is sit down with them and offer non-judgemental support and understanding; avoid pushing them away, by listening to what they have to say. When they are ready, a high-quality rehab treatment programme is the best way to tackle ketamine addiction and live a life free from addictive substances. Ketamine addiction is serious, so it’s important to seek help as soon as possible.