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What is Ketamine?

Ketamine, otherwise known as ‘Ket’, is a powerfully addictive and dangerous anaesthetic drug, that comes either in powder form which is snorted or swallowed, or in liquid form and is injected. Ketamine was initially designed to be used in hospital or veterinary settings, as an anaesthetic and sedative drug for animals, during operations, surgeries and to help manage pain. Unfortunately, when its effects were discovered by humans it became a huge hit and is used widely as a recreational drug.

An immediate side effect of ketamine use is dissociation – users feel completely detached from their bodies and enter a dreamlike state, experiencing feelings of euphoria. Ketamine can also lead to frightening ‘trips’, where the user enters a ’k-hole’ or ketamine high – a dangerous and potentially permanent distorted state of mind. Ketamine is often used by people to alleviate depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. It is dissimilar to alcohol and heroin, because the addiction isn’t just physical but also psychological. isn’t similar to heroin or alcohol in the sense that the addiction to the drug is purely psychological rather than physical. Our Ketamine rehab programme has been designed to help the individual stop their drug use, address the underlying psychological factors, and develop the tools and coping mechanisms to return to normal life without the need to use ketamine.

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What is Ketamine addiction?

It is very possible to develop both a physical and a psychological addiction to Ketamine. Ketamine is used widely as a recreational drug, at clubs and parties. Due to it’s tranquilising and anaesthetic effect, many people enjoy the pleasure and sense of calm they feel when they take it. Unfortunately, if taken frequently enough, individuals will develop a tolerance to the drug, and become convinced that they need it: they will take more and more ketamine to achieve the same initial effect. Using Ketamine on a daily basis can have a detrimental effect on mental and physical health, and if taken in high enough doses, users will exhibit addictive tendencies similar to those seen in other drugs.

Ketamine addicts will suddenly start to focus all of their energies on obtaining the drug, regardless of negative consequences. Powerful psychological and physical cravings will be frequent, as users will only be able to think about where to get their next hit of ketamine.

The impact of ketamine addiction on family members is severe, and they are often the ones who suffer most. Somehow the ketamine can trap the user into their own world, and they pay little attention to anything or anyone else. The effect on loved ones is detrimental, who often report feeling helpless, frustrated, exhausted and at a loss as to what to do.

If you are concerned about your loved one’s ketamine use, please call us today on 0800 955 0945. Our team of addiction experts would be happy to discuss with you the options for ketamine detox at our drug rehab.

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Ketamine: The effects

The long and short term effects of ketamine addiction can be severe.

  • Long term effects
  • Short term effects
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Amnesia
  • Impaired memory
  • Hallucinations (Auditory & Visual)
  • Kidney damage
  • Severe bladder damage
  • Unconsciousness
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Bad hallucinations
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness/Fatigue
  • Increased heart rate
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • ‘K-hole’
  • Detachment from reality

Ketamine Detox

Ketamine detox is the process by which a person addicted to ketamine undergoes withdrawal from the drug. Professional, medical supervision for ketamine withdrawal is recommended, to ensure a safe, controlled and comfortable detox process. The safest way to detox from ketamine is in a residential private rehab centre with the appropriate clinical supervision. The detox is the first step in the process of recovery, and is necessary to eliminate all traces of the drug from the user’s system. It can be uncomfortable, and intense cravings will often present themselves as the user endures the withdrawal symptoms.

Ketamine is a widely used drug for recreational purposes, but it is still possible to develop a tolerance and dependency on the drug. Our ketamine rehab and detox programmes have been running since we opened our doors in 1996, and we have helped thousands of people to recover from their ketamine detox and go on to lead successful and happy lives in recovery.

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Ketamine withdrawals

Ketamine withdrawals are primarily psychological, although physical symptoms have been reported by some chronic users. The withdrawal process can last anywhere from 72 hours to a few weeks, and is often an uncomfortable process. Typically, symptoms will set in after 24 hours and alleviate after a few days. The length of the withdrawal process is determined by the frequency of the addict’s drug use, the amount they’ve been using, their tolerance level, any other drugs they’ve been using and how long ago they used ketamine. The most common ketamine withdrawal symptoms are listed below:

  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Delusion & hallucination
  • Double vision
  • Hearing loss
  • Anger
  • Agitation
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea & sickness
  • Shaking & tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of motor skills
  • Cognitive impairment

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Ketamine Rehab

Our private residential ketamine rehab programme is designed specifically to treat the individual and help them explore and address the factors which motivated their addiction.

Our programme is intensive, and incorporates several specialist therapies such as individual therapy, CBT, group therapy and motivational interviewing. The treatment is bespoke and tailored to each client depending on their circumstances, needs, and history of substance abuse.

Our approach to ketamine rehab treatment is to provide holistic care, treating the whole person in the context of their own life. We aim to help the person recover as a whole: mind, body and spirit. That’s why our rehab programme also incorporates complementary therapies such as acupuncture, reiki and exercise classes, to help the client rebalance emotionally and spiritually.

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Ketamine Rehab Admission

Here at the Providence Projects, we want to make your admission to rehab as easy and hassle-free as possible. Below we’ve outlined the admissions procedure, but if you have any questions feel free to give us a call on 0800 955 0945 and speak to one of our friendly admissions team who are happy to answer any questions you may have.  

Step 1:
No-obligation, free assessment: These are carried out over the telephone or in-person. Assessments last around 30-40 minutes and are a chance for you to ask any questions you may have about the rehab programme. It also enables us to get all the information we need to make sure we are the right place for you.

Step 2:
Your assessment will be processed, and reviewed by our therapeutic and our medical teams at the Providence Surgery and the Providence Projects. We aim for this to happen on the same day as your assessment. 

Step 3:
We will ring you to inform you of our decision, and whether or not you have been offered a place with us. We hope in most cases to be a suitable setting for your needs, and we can move onto Step 4. If however, we aren’t quite the right rehab for you, we will inform you of this and our reasoning, and of course recommend and refer to suitable rehabilitation settings. 

Step 4:
We will work with you to agree the best possible ketamine rehab admission date. Depending on your individual circumstances, we will arrange immediate or same-day admission, or book you in for a future time and date. Some people will be bound by work, family or financial commitments, and others want to come in straight away. 

Step 5:
Once we have agreed an admission date, we will ask to take a deposit from you for £1,000, which is required to secure your place with us. Then we will arrange to either collect you for your admission date, or you can make your own way to our private rehab facility. We will send you out an admission letter with details of everything you need to bring with you to make your stay as comfortable as possible! 

Step 6:
Arrive at the centre and start your recovery journey!!

All 6 steps of the Ketamine rehab admission process can be completed within 24 hours.

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What are the benefits of going to Ketamine rehab?

Here at the Providence Projects, we want you to know that recovery from ketamine addiction is possible. By entering a private residential ketamine rehab clinic, you will receive professional detoxification supervision, a comprehensive therapeutic programme, and helpful insights and tools to help you manage future cravings and to control impulses. The impact of ketamine addiction on the mind can be devastating – which is why talking therapies are often required to help treat the psychological issues at the root of the ketamine addiction.

The length of your stay in ketamine drug rehab will depend on your individual circumstances, and the progress you make in the first 4 weeks. Initially we would recommend checking in for 28 days, and our full drug rehab programme lasts for 12 weeks. Our counsellors are always available to discuss your requirements, and we provide a free, no-obligation telephone assessment and consultation to answer any questions you may have.

If you’re reading this and are worried about yourself or a loved one’s ketamine use, the good news is that help is available. Ketamine need no longer control your life, choices, behaviours and emotions. In recovery you will learn that you need never use drugs or alcohol again. If you have any questions about ketamine addiction, rehab or detox, then please call us now on 0800 955 0945 – you can change your life today and begin your recovery journey. Alternatively you can fill out our quick and easy contact form, and someone will call you back shortly.

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