Ketamine Detox

Ketamine addiction can have devastating consequences for the person going through it. Fortunately, ketamine detox can vastly alleviate common ketamine withdrawal symptoms and get you started on the path to recovery.

Ketamine Addiction

Often, people who are addicted to ketamine struggle to achieve sobriety on their own, particularly in the initial stage of ketamine withdrawal. Ketamine addiction, like other substance use disorders, is a severe mental health disorder that causes several harmful effects. 

Ketamine belongs to a class of substances known as dissociative drugs. They can cause people to feel as though they have detached from their sense of self and their sense of reality. At high doses, ketamine abuse can lead to hallucinations and delusions.

Ketamine addiction has several consequences, including:

  • Persistent drug cravings
  • Increasing tolerance to ketamine
  • Loss of interest in favored hobbies and activities
  • Failure to meet obligations at work, school, or home due to ketamine use
  • Multiple failed attempts to quit ketamine abuse
  • Worsening mental health symptoms due to ketamine use
  • Withdrawal symptoms when you suddenly stop using ketamine

People struggling with ketamine addiction can often face severe and debilitating consequences. They may lose their jobs and important relationships and give up on goals and motivations that used to be important to them.

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Ketamine Withdrawal

One of the most challenging aspects of achieving recovery from ketamine dependence is ketamine withdrawal. Ketamine withdrawal symptoms are primarily psychological, but they can be so overwhelmingly powerful that many people return to active substance use rather than continue to suffer from them.

Ketamine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Shakes
  • Insomnia
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations and delusions

Receiving addiction treatment can help people overcome the severe psychological symptoms associated with ketamine abuse and help pave the way for a lasting recovery.

How Ketamine Detox Can Help

At a ketamine detox center, medical and addiction professionals work together to reduce their patients’ withdrawal symptoms and help them achieve sobriety. People in a medical detox are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and they receive targeted treatments to help alleviate negative symptoms that can lead to relapse.

Treatment may include medications to help people deal with anxiety, reduce insomnia, and alleviate nausea. Each patient gets an individualized treatment plan to help deal with their particular withdrawal symptoms. Attending medical detox can make the withdrawal phase from a dissociative drug like ketamine much more comfortable.

In addition to supportive medications, a detox treatment center offers a safe place for people to rest and recover. Often, people living with an addiction to ketamine are bombarded by external triggers, social pressures, and stressful situations that can impair their chances of recovery. 

At a ketamine addiction treatment center like Gloria Rehab, they can find a tranquil and peaceful environment free from these pressures while undergoing treatment.

What Happens During Ketamine Detox?

Ketamine detox focuses on three key areas to help people recover from addiction and provides several different therapies and services to achieve these goals.

1. Assessment

The first step of the ketamine detox process is a thorough physical and psychological assessment. Many people who use ketamine have co-occurring psychological challenges, such as:

  • Intense depression
  • Anxiety
  • A history of traumatic experiences
  • ADHD

Identifying these concerns early in the treatment process can help your treatment team develop a detailed care plan to ensure you have the best chances of recovery.

The assessment stage also answers crucial questions relevant to your detox plan, such as when your last use of ketamine was, how much ketamine you’ve been using, and whether you’ve been using other drugs alongside ketamine.

2. Stabilization

The second stage of ketamine detox is the stabilization phase. This is the time in medical detox when treatment professionals focus on alleviating the physical and psychological symptoms of ketamine withdrawal. Medical professionals monitor their patients to ensure they are safe, comfortable, and progressing in their recovery.

3. Transition

After patients have stabilized from the ketamine withdrawal process, the final stage of medical detox is transition. Detox is a vital first step, but it typically isn’t enough to produce long-term sobriety on its own. It must be followed by an evidence-based treatment program for clients to have the best possible chances of recovery.

After Ketamine Detox

After ketamine detox, clients typically begin professional treatment at an inpatient substance use treatment center. Inpatient treatment is designed to build the skills, resilience, and coping methods required for people to maintain their recovery for years to come.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment is where people learn the tools to overcome their physical and psychological addictions. The best treatment options focus on evidence-based treatments, which have been shown by decades of scientific research to be effective at reducing relapse and increasing the quality of life for people with substance use disorders.

During inpatient treatment, clients live on-site at a treatment facility and receive intensive addiction therapies throughout the day. This includes treatments such as:

Individual Therapy

Working with an individual therapist helps people learn their specific triggers, overcome their unique behavioral and psychological challenges, manage psychological addiction symptoms, and work toward building a better life for themselves.

Group Therapy

Group therapy builds peer-to-peer support for recovery by bringing together several people who share a common problem. It gives a space for people to share their struggles, successes, and experience with a peer group who truly understand.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment combines targeted pharmaceutical therapies for addiction with psychotherapeutic approaches to reduce the risk of drug abuse relapse.

Family Therapy

Addiction often affects the whole family, and family therapy can help to heal damaged relationships and build support for substance abuse recovery.

Self-Help Support Groups

Inpatient treatment can help introduce people to self-help support groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous or SMART Recovery, which can help sustain your sobriety long after you’ve completed treatment.

Start Treatment at Gloria Rehab Today

When you’re ready to begin treatment, reach out to Gloria Rehab by filling out our online contact form. You don’t need to go through ketamine withdrawals alone. You can receive targeted and effective treatment from a team of professionals who truly understand and can help you achieve recovery.

Currently, we are unable to accept: Medi-cal, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, Kaiser, Healthnet, or Humana at this time.


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