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Ketamine Detox and Withdrawal

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication intended for use in veterinary medicine. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ketamine is a club drug that is commonly abused by teens and young adults at bars, nightclubs and parties. It is colorless and odorless, and it is either snorted or injected into muscle tissue. When taken over a long period of time and in high doses, ketamine can cause addiction, and those suffering from addiction should seek professional treatment. If you or someone you love needs information about the best ketamine detox centers that can get you started on the road to recovery, call us at .

Ketamine Addiction Symptoms

Ketamine is used to create a dream-like state. User effects range from a floating sensation to terrifying near-death experiences. The effects are similar to those caused by the use of LSD. The drug is sometimes referred to as a date rape drug because it is often slipped into alcoholic beverages at clubs and parties. When an individual consumes their drink, he or she will experience a decrease in inhibitions and can lose consciousness.

Over a period of extended use, you can develop a tolerance for the medication. It will take more of the drug to have the same effects that it once did, and this is a primary sign of addiction. Other warning signs of ketamine addiction include:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Flashbacks
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Small pupils
  • Disorientation
  • Secretive behaviors
  • Promiscuity
  • Change In sleep behaviors
  • Loss of motivation
  • Stealing to buy more drugs
  • Hostile behaviors
  • Excessive absences at school or work

If you are experiencing any of the warning signs of addiction, you should contact a ketamine detox center as soon as possible. We can help you find one; call us at .

Choosing a Treatment Center

The most important step in your recovery from ketamine abuse is to choose the right addiction treatment program. You should examine several different withdrawal treatment facilities before choosing the one you will use. Tour the facility and ask as many questions as you can. Some of the questions that you should ask the staff at a Ketamine detox center include:

  • Will I be admitted immediately, or will I be placed on a waiting list?
  • Will I be allowed to have contact with friends and relatives?
  • Is the facility close to my home?
  • Will you offer aftercare once I complete the program?
  • Does the program take my insurance, or will I be required to pay out of pocket for the cost?
  • Do you offer special meal plans if I have dietary needs?
  • How long will I need to stay in the facility?
  • Are all staff members certified?
  • What is the staff-to-patient ratio?
  • How long has the facility be in operation?
  • How is the program different from other programs?
  • What is the program’s recovery rate?

Talk to as many staff members who will be treating you as you can. It is important to feel comfortable in the facility. The more comfortable you are, the more likely you are to be successful in your recovery.

Ketamine Detox

The top Ketamine detox centers offer inpatient care to combat the psychological aspects of ketamine addiction. You will be provided with 24-hour supervision, which ensures your safety during the withdrawal period. During detox, the treatment facility will provide you with medications to help ease withdrawal. Detox from Ketamine usually requires treatment for depression and anxiety.


After detox, you should begin a drug rehab treatment program on an outpatient or inpatient basis. Inpatient treatment facilities offer both group and individual counseling. During individual counseling, you will talk to a professional about your prior drug use. You will need to answer questions as honestly as you can. You will be required to meet with your counselor on a regular basis. He or she will help you identify when you began using the drug and what triggers you to continue to use it. Rehab centers will help you focus on new hobbies, techniques and interests that can help prevent you from relapsing.

Group therapy is also required during most ketamine addiction treatment programs. In group therapy, approximately four to 10 individuals meet together with a licensed therapist. The members share stories of their drug use and struggles with one another. Members of the group are encouraged to provide one another with feedback and encouragement. Group therapy helps you find new ways to interact with other individuals, especially those who are going through the same thing that you are going through.

If you or someone you love is in need of a referral to a Ketamine detox center or inpatient or outpatient rehab treatment facility, call us at for more information on the best private facilities in your local area. Calls to our helpline are always confidential and free.


  • Individuals who overdose on ketamine are at risk for respiratory and cardiac failure.
  • Ketamine alters a user’s perception of sight and sound to create a detached state.
  • The effects of a single dose of ketamine can last up to 24 hours.
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