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After completing a medical detox, the next steps are to focus on the psychological aspects of addiction. Counseling can help identify and address the underlying cause of ketamine use.

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Ketamine Addiction Treatment

Although it is difficult to overcome a ketamine addiction, there are many successful treatment programs that can lead to recovery. Professional detox and rehabilitation treatment programs can help the user through the withdrawal and detoxification phases, and provide helpful insights and tools to help the user manage cravings and control impulses.

There are several options for ketamine addiction treatment, with inpatient residential treatment providing the highest level of care.

Inpatient treatment programs monitor the often dangerous ketamine detox process, as well as help treat the longer term psychological issues from chronic ketamine use. If these issues are not addressed, the user often relapses back to ketamine use. The more well-rounded the treatment program, the better chances the user has for sustained sobriety.

Another option is therapeutic outpatient services. An outpatient program should also include the option for medically treated withdrawal and should feature professionally supervised withdrawal and detox. Outpatient programs can also offer group therapy, family counseling, 12-step meetings and other support groups.

Ketamine Inpatient Rehab

Long-term chronic ketamine use has a devastating impact on the mind. As such, it is important to address the psychological issues that were the cause of ketamine abuse or were amplified by it. Full recovery is possible and ketamine addiction is best overcome in an inpatient treatment facility.

Residential rehabs often have more diverse services available, enabling the case manager to tailor the program for the specific ketamine user. Many factors determine the treatment plan for ketamine abuse, including the person’s age, gender, scope of drug abuse, underlying mental health disorders, co-occurring drug use and length of time involved in drug use.

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With just 30 days at a rehab center, you can get clean and sober, start therapy, join a support group, and learn ways to manage your cravings.

Typically, an inpatient treatment center has an on-staff medical team that should consist of:

  • A medical doctor
  • Registered nurses
  • Masters-level clinical therapists
  • Case managers
  • Nutritionists
  • Support group leaders
  • Recreational therapists

Typical services included in a residential treatment facility include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Neurofeedback and/or biofeedback
  • 12-step program education and access to meetings
  • Anger management
  • Holistic therapies, such as yoga, meditation, art and music
  • Medication management
  • Recreational therapies, such as planned outings and exercise facilities

Certain modalities of psychological counseling are particularly effective in treating ketamine addictions. The most promising have been:

Inpatient treatment for drug addiction is a process that starts with detoxing the body from the drug and monitoring withdrawals. The balance of the program guides the user toward behavior choices that lead to a sustained recovery, motivates the user to desire a life that is clean and sober, and, ultimately, breaks the dependence to the drug. Inpatient treatment services can last anywhere from 28 days to six months, depending on the severity of the addiction and the presence of any underlying mental health disorders.

An effective inpatient program for ketamine addiction will place great emphasis on identifying the psychological issues that may be driving the addiction and the powerful triggers that could lead to a relapse. Relapse prevention should be a significant focus of a quality treatment program. Part of relapse prevention is knowing what you’re staying sober for.

Never stay still. Always strive for your next step or goal in life…I’m so grateful I was finally able to get clean and stay clean. Life is still hard, but only because I’m always striving for better.

- Jessie, in recovery from ketamine addiction

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Ongoing Treatment and Relapse Prevention Strategies

It is much easier to stay sober while in the secure and controlled inpatient facility. There, the user is removed from their home and peers and is surrounded by support and structure. Once discharged from the facility, a newly recovering ketamine addict may struggle to remain sober.

Outpatient treatment options can help continue the treatment process and solidify recovery.

Outpatient programs are also helpful for addicts who simply cannot uproot their lives and enter a residential program.

Outpatient treatment programs offer excellent services that can help those in early recovery avoid relapse. By regularly attending support group meetings and seeing a counselor, the newly sober person can utilize the tools and techniques they were introduced to in rehab. Being accountable to a counselor or a support group on a regular basis can help prevent relapse.

Relapse prevention is critical in early recovery. Some tips for avoiding relapse include:

  • Develop healthy habits

    Maintain a schedule, get enough sleep, develop healthy eating habits, and get regular exercise.

  • Have a support system in place

    Find a support group that fits your needs and attend meetings regularly. Get a sponsor and surround yourself with people who have your best interest in mind.

  • Identify your triggers

    The counseling sessions and support groups should have allowed the user to begin identifying the people, things, places, events and stressors in their lives that trigger the desire to use ketamine.

  • Avoid people associated with drug use

    Although it can be difficult to leave your friends behind, it is imperative to avoid anyone who will encourage you to use after you have finished treatment.

  • Keep busy

    Too much unstructured time can lead to boredom and the desire to visit the wrong friends, which can lead to relapse. Start a new hobby or find something that interests you to fill your time instead.

  • Have a counselor, therapist or sober coach in your corner

    It helps to have people to be accountable to, to get support from when needed, and to help process feelings of anxiety or depression.

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You can beat ketamine addiction. Medically assisted detox and a quality treatment program can help you reach sobriety safely and effectively. Don’t waste another minute of your life on an addiction to ketamine.

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