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Ketamine Addiction Treatment and Rehab

Ketamine – a strong dissociative hallucinogen intended for use as an anaesthetic – has been used and abused recreationally for decades in the UK, and a growing number of users have developed an addiction to the drug with very serious consequences for physical and mental health. Fortunately, a number of clinics now provide ketamine addiction treatment services to any such individuals who are prepared to seek help.

Where to Get Help for Ketamine Addiction/Substance Abuse

If you have a ketamine addiction, and you wish to seek treatment, your first stop should always be your GP who will be able to carry out an assessment and potentially recommend treatment options. At the same time you should speak with an addiction specialist who understands ketamine addictionand the UK’s addiction treatment landscape, and who can help you make your way through the various different treatment options which will confront you when you decide to get help. The sheer array of choices before you can prove quite intimidating, and having someone who can guide you through them can make your eventual decision regarding where to get treatment much easier.

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Importance of treating ketamine addiction & when to seek treatment

Taking too much ketamine can be fatal – and even if you manage to survive your ketamine abuse it can have permanent consequences for your health, including serious damage to various systems of the body. Because of this, every day that passes without your seeking help makes your addiction more dangerous, and increases the likelihood that your habit will cause you permanent harm.

Therefore, the sooner you can get help to overcomeyour ketamine addiction, the better the prognosis will be. As soon as you are able to accept that you have a ketamine problem, and you decide to get professional help, contact your GP and/or an addiction specialist to discuss the various treatment options before you and to get the process underway. If you have tried unsuccessfully to stop taking ketamine, and/or if yourketamine abuse has started to cause you or anyone around you physical or psychological damage, it is urgent that you make that call as soon as you can to avoid doing any further harm.

Understanding ketamine addiction treatment and rehab options

Because ketamine addiction and abuse have been recognised for several years as a significant problem in the UK, treating the condition has now become quite sophisticated and there are a range of different treatment organisations and facilities now providing much needed help to ketamine addicts. Which particular clinic you choose will depend on numerous factors including your physical and mental condition, your financial circumstances, where in the country you live and the kind of treatment you wish to undergo, and not every clinic will be appropriate for you. Whether you choose to get help from the NHS, a charity or from a private addiction treatment clinic, however, the key thing is that you do seek help; if you do not, your ketamine addiction could kill you.

  • Charities
  • NHS Options
  • Private Rehab
  • Residential Care

Private rehab vs free treatment options for ketamine addiction

If you are looking for free ketamine addiction treatment options, a number of organisations may be able to help you. The NHS provides addiction treatment services across the UK, while certain charities also offer free treatment. However, spaces in free addiction treatment can be extremely restricted and waiting times very lengthy, and many addicts – especially those experiencing great distress as a result of their addictions – prefer to go into treatment immediately, which often entails going down the private treatment route.

Private addiction treatment, like any private healthcare, has a cost attached, but a number of clinics operating in Britain now offer credit or easy payment terms, while health insurance covers addiction treatment for many people.

Executive/luxury rehab programmes for ketamine addiction

If you are a high net worth individual and are used to a certain standard of living, you may wish to investigate luxury rehab options. Luxury rehabs provide accommodation and other facilities of the same standard as that offered by typical high-end hotels, enabling you to relax in luxurious surroundings and concentrate on your ketamine addiction treatment in great comfort and with minimal stress.

If you work in a senior role, you may feel that you cannot afford the time out from the office which an addiction treatment programme demand; however, your treatment should come first. If you wish to try to balance high-level work obligations withketamine addiction treatment, explore executive rehab options which are designed with senior executives in mind and which will allow you to stay in touch with the office via facilities such as videoconferencing.

What Happens in Ketamine Rehab

No two ketamine addiction treatment clinics are identical; how one clinic provides treatment to clients may differ substantially from the approach taken by another one, and even within individual rehabs treatment may vary significantly. Because of this, you should not go into treatment with too many preconceptions about what to expect from rehab: every addict’s journey through treatment and recovery is unique. However, with that caveat in mind a rough guide to what to expect from ketamine rehab may be given.

Ketamine rehab admission process

It is a priority for addiction treatment clinics to make their admissions processes as straightforward and as hassle-free as possible: people checking into treatment are often extremely psychologically fragile and any extra stress could prove unbearable (as well as potentially driving them into relapse). When you first contact an addiction treatment organisation, you will be asked to give a few basic details regarding your addiction and your physical condition, and the organisation will then recommend a clinic to you. Private treatment organisations will then ask for a deposit, upon the payment of which they will be able to confirm your place in treatment and you can make your way to the clinic (some rehabs will provide transport at this point).

Ketamine addiction assessment

The first thing to expect when you arrive at the clinic is a complete medical assessment which will allow doctors to understand your condition and your medical history so that they can create the addiction treatment plan which will govern the rest of your treatment during your stay. This treatment plan will need to be comparatively flexible to take into account how you respond to treatment and any unforeseen developments which may arise.

Because the assessment will form the basis of your treatment, it is vital that you are completely honest with your doctors throughout your assessment regarding the severity of your addiction and any health conditions you may have. A failure to be completely candid at this point will not only make your treatment less effective but can also be dangerous in that doctors may prescribe medication which could be harmful to you if you have medical conditions about which you do not inform them.

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Medically assisted/controlled detoxification

After you have completed your assessment, you will enter a period of detoxification (detox), during which your system will be cleansed of all substances of abuse including ketamine. Detox removes the physical pressures of dependence and ensures that you will be free of ketamine abuse when you move through into subsequent phases of treatment.

Withdrawal symptoms typically manifest during detox, some of which can be very unpleasant and even dangerous. In rehab, you will have the reassurance of the 24/7 presence of medical professionals there to ensure your safety. Doctors may also be able to assist your detox medically by the provision of certain medications intended to alleviate the worst impact of withdrawal. Depending on your initial assessment you may be prescribed medicine immediately following your assessment prior to going through into detox in order to address as early as possible any withdrawal symptoms which are likely to develop during the course of your detox.

Acceptance of the problem

No treatment will be successful if the addict is unable to accept that they have a problem and truly devote themselves to their treatment. In your initial assessment, doctors will be especially keen to see that you have an acceptance of your ketamine problem and are prepared to do whatever it takes to overcome it. If your doctors do not believe that you have accepted that you have a problem, they will not be confident that you will be suitably dedicated to your treatment, and will worry that you may react badly to the treatment environment – as well as being a potentially disruptive influence on other clients.

Many people struggle to admit that they have a ketamine addiction – or indeed any kind of substance use disorder – because they do not wish to appear weak. However, this is an obstacle which needs to be overcome if you are to make the most of your treatment and optimise your chances of a permanent recovery.


Following detox, you will proceed into the next phase of treatment, sometimes known as rehabilitation (not to be confused with the term “rehab” applied to treatment in general and any clinic in which that treatment may be given). Rehabilitation has therapy at its core; therapy seeks to address the root causes of your substance abuse and addiction and to provide you with various psychological defence mechanisms against relapse and with tools and techniques which will make your recovery easier once you leave the clinic. You will also receive dietary and fitness plans tailored to your specific situation, and will be able to use any facilities such as gyms and pools which the clinic may possess.


It is important not to get into the mindset that your recovery will be complete the moment you leave the clinic; you will be able to achieve a very great deal during treatment, but recovery is a long-term process and one which requires constant dedication and commitment to maintaining the absence which you have achieved during your stay at the clinic. Quality treatment facilities usually offer up to a year’s free aftercare to clients who go through treatment in order to give them the greatest possible support during the recovery period. You may also decide to engage in other activities outside your aftercare plan which will strengthen your resolve and your ability to resist relapse.

What is an Inpatient Rehab Programme?

Inpatient rehab -which is often also known as residential rehab – is what most people have in mind when they think of “rehab”: a client staying onsitein a dedicated facility to receive addiction treatment. Rehabs are secure, pleasant, friendly, peaceful, confidential and substance free environments offering the reassurance of 24/7 medical support, a ready-made peer group in the form of other recovering addicts, and a host of facilities designed to benefit the client physically and psychologically. Inpatient rehab programmes usually last between 30 and 90 days, though programmes of other lengths are often also available.

What is Outpatient Rehab?

If you do not feel that you will be able to square the demands of inpatient addiction treatment with the obligations of your daily life, including those to family and work, you may prefer to investigate outpatient rehab options. In outpatient ketamine addiction treatment you will visit the clinic for appointments such as therapy sessions and checkups, and for the prescription of medication, but will need to carry out other elements of your addiction treatment plan by yourself. While this flexibility can be extremely beneficial, outpatient addiction treatment is not appropriate for everybody: an outpatient programme will not remove you entirely from your daily environment of ketamine abuse and will not prevent you from contacting dealers, making relapse (and possibly treatment failure) much more likely.
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Day programmes

Day programmes are provided by some facilities, in which clients attend the rehab for treatment during the daytime) for anywhere between one and seven days per week), but will home or to any other accommodation each night. Day programmes are often deemed most appropriate for addicts who live near to the clinic; addicts who have strong support networks which can help them avoid relapse when they are not attending appointments at the clinic; anyone who has significant responsibilities at home which would make staying elsewhere overnight somewhat challenging (for example, if they have a young baby); or for clients who have gone through an addiction treatment programme previously and are looking for supplemental help. On the other hand, day programmes are inadvisable for anyone who lives far from the clinic; who suffers from any health complications which may make treatment more difficult or complex; or who does not have a particularly strong support network in place.

Intensive outpatient programmes

Some clinics offer intensive outpatient programmes, which has the name suggests are a more intensive variant of standard outpatient treatment. Intensive outpatient treatment programmes usually require clients to attend the clinic for four or more sessions each week, which are typically significantly longer than those provided during traditional outpatient rehab; clients can then go about their regular lives during the times when they are not at the clinic – which may include going to work, if their employers are able to offer a flexible schedule which works around their treatment commitments.

Intensive outpatient programmes provide plenty of opportunity for addicts to make contact with dealers or to put themselves in situations where ketamine abuse or other substance abuse is feasible; as a result, clients in intensive outpatient treatment are usually required to undergo frequent drug testing to ensure continued compliance with their addiction treatment plans.

Ongoing Care

Ongoing care – usually called “aftercare” – is treatment given by clinics to clients who have completed a treatment programme in order to give them the greatest possible support for their recovery. It is common for recovering addicts to engage in counselling, therapy and other activities to reinforce their previous addiction treatment, and good clinics will provide up to a year’s aftercare which will face this ongoing support within a coherent schedule.
Aftercare plans can differ very significantly from one treatment organisation to the next, and as part of your research into treatment for your ketamine addiction you should enquire about the level of ongoing care which clinics provide, including the degree of flexibility which an aftercare plan offers: can some appointments be carried out over the phone or email, for example?

How is Medication Used to Treat Addiction?

While it is important to bear in mind that there is no pharmaceutical cure for addiction (though a great deal of research is ongoing in this area), and that your ketamine addiction treatment will primarily be founded upon detox and therapy, medication is used in various different ways in the treatment of addiction. Doctors may give medication to lessen cravings; to help reduce dosages; as a substitute for more problematic and/or dangerous substances of abuse; and potentially to disincentivise substance abuse altogether; as well as to reduce the impact of withdrawal symptoms.Of course, ifat any point during the treatment process it is felt that a client’s health is in danger, they will also receive whatever treatment is necessary to save them, potentially including the administration of a huge host of different medications.

Medications used in addiction treatment & rehab

It is important to remember that not everyone going through addiction treatment is prescribed medication: it simply may not be appropriate in your case for you to be given pharmaceutical assistance, possibly because of any co-occurring disorders which you may suffer from, and possibly because medication may interact dangerously with other medications you are taking. Do not conclude, if you are not prescribed medication, that your condition is any less serious, nor that your treatment is any less likely to be successful in the long run. Most importantly, never attempt to self-medicate any aspect of your ketamine addiction: only ever take any medication prescribed to you by a doctor, and only in accordance with their instructions.

Medication is most commonly used in rehab to reduce the impact of withdrawal syndrome, and you may be given medication almost immediately upon entering rehab, following your initial assessment. The type of medication you may be given will depend upon the nature of the symptoms of withdrawal you experience.

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Buprenorphine (Buprenex)
  • Methadone
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Acamprosate (Campral)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Modafinil (Provigil)
  • Desipramine (Norpramin)
  • Mirtazapine (Remeron)
  • Bupropion (Buproban)
  • Gabapentin (Fanatrex)
  • Vigabatrin (Sabril)
  • Baclofen (Kemstro)
  • Topiramate (Topamax)

Psychotherapy for Ketamine Addiction Treatment

As with all addiction treatment, the treatment of ketamine addiction is founded upon therapy. The aim of therapy is to reveal and tackle the psychological causes of addiction and to improve the challenging thought processes and behaviours which have led to the emergence of your addiction in the first place. Addiction is fundamentally a disorder of the mind, and while physical aspects of substance abuse including dependence can be treated via detox (potentially medically assisted) the mind needs to be treated with therapy.

Numerous different approaches to therapy are provided in addiction treatment, some of which are most beneficial when given in conjunction with other therapeutic models and/or with certain medications – some of which, indeed, are only known to be effective when provided alongside therapy.

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Coping-focused psychotherapy

In psychology “coping” is defined as the exertion of conscious effort into the resolution of personal and interpersonal problems, with the intention of minimising, overcoming, or tolerating stress and conflict. Coping-focused psychotherapy methodologies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) are very commonly employed in treating addiction, and aim to enable clients to develop healthier and more effective ways to address the type of challenges which arise in daily life and to which they may previously responded by engaging in substance abuse.

Most people develop effective coping strategies as they mature; however some individuals create harmful coping strategies, including substance abuse which often leads into addiction. Coping-focused psychotherapists help clients understand the flaws in the coping mechanisms they have previously employed, and work with them to create new and improved coping strategies and to develop healthier perspectives on life in general.

Coping strategies are usually developed as a person matures, but some individuals adopt negative coping strategies including substance abuse, which can be extremely harmful.

Social skills/interpersonal/growth psychotherapy

Poor social and interpersonal skills are a frequent cause of substance abuse and addiction. Many people who find it difficult to interact effectively with others can struggle to develop important life relationships, including romantic and professional ones; this can create many substantial challenges which can in turn have profound psychological and emotional consequences. Substance abuse is often engaged in as a coping mechanism by people who experience such interpersonal challenges, and this can lead to addiction which has its own interpersonal and social ramifications as the individuals in question grow increasingly isolated.

Interpersonal psychotherapists seek to improve their clients’ social skills and to enable them to develop new and more effective interpersonal competencies, which frequently leads to much higher levels of happiness and overall well-being and greater success in romantic and professional life; it can also make addiction treatment easier and more effective, as clients become more adept at articulating their thoughts and feelings.

Exploratory psychotherapy

Exploratory psychotherapy – often known as psychodynamic psychotherapy –examines the links between past and present, in particular how past events have affected the addict and contributed to the development of their addiction. Because the events which provoke substance abuse and addiction are often quite traumatic, exploratory psychotherapy can be a rather difficult process for the client, and therapists must be very careful as they seek to get to the bottom of problematic experiences; as a result, this type of therapy can be relatively protracted.

However the benefits of exploratory psychotherapy are often very significant, especially in areas such as self-esteem, self-awareness and mood regulation, and clients who go through exploratory psychotherapy during addiction treatment frequently go on to remain in therapy during their recovery, sometimes for a long time after their last instance of substance abuse as they continue to seek the benefits which the therapy has provided them.

Types of psychotherapy used in ketamine addiction treatment

Many different types of therapy are provided in addiction treatment and it is impossible for anyone clinic to offer more than a fraction of them. If you have experience therapy in the past, even in very different circumstances, and have found success with one particular model, you may wish to seek out that methodology during your addiction treatment. If this is the case, speak with an addiction specialist as part of your research into treatment facilities to find out which clinics provide which therapy models.

You may wish to try out various different therapeutic methodologies before settling on an approach which you feel is most beneficial to you. Some clinics will allow you a good degree of experimentation when it comes to the types of therapy you receive; others however are less willing to provide a degree of flexibility and if you are unfamiliar with therapy and feel that you would prefer to experience several different models before finalising your approach, speak with the staff at any clinic that you are thinking of attending about how much scope you will have to experiment with different therapy models.

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Counselling
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Fitness therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Holistic therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Meditation
  • Music therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
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The Recovery Process

Recovery should always be seen as a long-term process; indeed, it can be helpful to think of recovery as something that lasts a lifetime, so you do not settle into complacency once you leave the clinic and feel overconfident about your ability to resist temptation and relapse. At the end of your addiction treatment programme, it can help to look at recovery as simply another stage in your treatment – and one which has its own challenges associated with it, some of which can be very difficult to manage.

Elements of recovery

Although you can learn a lot from other people’s experiences of recovery, it is a mistake to concentrate too much upon such experiences since everyone’s journey through addiction and recovery is unique. However, it can sometimes be beneficial to break the recovery process down into different components which you can work on individually in therapy. Different therapy methodologies can be particularly useful when addressing specific elements of recovery.
will certainly place great emphasis on these key components during your treatment.

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Every person has different capabilities and skills, and it is likely that you will find that you are especially strong in some areas and less so in others. Do not worry if you feel like you are struggling with some of the elements of recovery: this will give you a useful focus for therapy, especially during the end of your treatment programme.

  • Developing hope
  • Secure base
  • Sense of self
  • Supportive relationships
  • Empowerment
  • Social inclusion
  • Coping skills
  • Giving meaning

How Long are Ketamine Rehab Programmes?

How long your ketamine addiction treatment lasts will depend to a great extent on a number of factors including your physical and mental condition, the severity and duration of your addiction, and the specific addiction treatment programme to which you are signing up; while most stays in rehab last for between one and three months, you should not assume that your own experience of treatment will be of a similar duration. For one thing, the timeframe that you have in mind at the start of your treatment may need to evolve over the course of that treatment: you may respond better than expected to your treatment plan and your doctors may decide that you can leave the facility sooner than expected; at the other extreme, you may experience unexpected difficulties and move more slowly than planned through treatment, in which case a longer stay in rehab will probably be recommended.

What does Ketamine Rehab Cost in the UK?

Very roughly speaking, ketamine rehab in the UK cost between £4000 and £15,000 per month; however, costs range so substantially from one rehab to the next – and even from one type of treatment to the next within a given rehab – that this is the roughest of guides, and you should certainly get specific costings from various clinics before starting to assess the likely overall cost of your treatment. Remember that cost will be impacted by the type of treatment you receive, the standard of the facility you attend, any specialist care you may need and numerous other factors. It may help to speak with an addiction specialist who can explain rehab costs to you and may be able to suggest more affordable options.

Ketamine Addiction Recovery and Aftercare

Good rehabs offer up to a year’s free aftercare for their clients. It is important that you take full advantage of every element of your aftercare plan as it can be a crucial pillar of support during the recovery process; some recovering addicts feel unwilling to return to their facilities as it reminds them of the struggles that they have left behind, but you should embrace your clinic as a place of healing and one which can continue to offer you value long after you complete an initial ketamine addiction treatment plan.

Recovery and community

The stronger your support network, the more confidently you will be able to go through recovery. However, when it comes to what comprises your support network you should not think only of your family and friends. There are now many thousands of recovering addicts in the UK, and this community can also form part of your support base as many of its members are extremely active in helping other addicts go through recovery; moreover you can benefit from helping others as this can feel extremely therapeutic and can help you work through certain particularly problematic issues which may not have been fully resolved during your time in the clinic.

Support groups

Several support group organisations including Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are active in the UK providing support, companionship and advice to addicts of all kinds including former users of ketamine. Support groups typically meet on a weekly basis, with no charge for attending: the only criterion is a commitment to an abstinence life. To discover more about the various support groups active in your area, get in touch with an addiction specialist.


A number of organisations including NA use the 12-step methodology first developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Although this model is not appropriate for everyone (some people find certain steps incompatible with their personal beliefs) it has saved millions of lives worldwide over the last few decades and could be of great benefit to you.Speak with an addiction specialist to find out more about the 12-step model.

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It is no exaggeration to say that abusing ketamine could kill you, and even if it doesn’t your ketamine addiction could ruin your health and your life prospects. The sooner you can defeat your addiction, the greater the likelihood that you will escape without permanent damage – and beating addiction is infinitely easier with professional help. If you are ready to reach out for that help, get in touch with your GP and/or an addiction specialist to discover the treatment options you may be able to benefit from.

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Take control of your life – get started on the road to recovery

Addiction can make you feel you have lost control of your life, and can blind you to the light at the end of the tunnel in the form of an array of excellent treatment facilities which can help you take back that control. Don’t spend another day harming yourself through ketamine abuse: make that call to your doctor and/or an addiction specialist and set out on the road back to the healthy, happy and promising life you want and can still have.

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