According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ketamine is a dissociative drug that is classified as a psychedelic. It is particularly popular with teenagers and young adults. If you believe that your son is on ketamine, look for white powder, pills, and other paraphernalia. If you have caught your son using ketamine, it is probably time to talk to him about getting treatment.
If you are Certain that Ketamine is the Problem, Talk to your Son
Although there are ways to force someone to get treatment, it is always best to try and talk to them about it first. Some kids get themselves into trouble with drugs before they even realize there is a problem. In these cases, they might want off the drug but do not know how to find help. Telling you might be intimidating to them. They might want help but do not want you to be angry.
On the other hand, they might not want your help. Many people, who are on drugs, do not know they have a problem. Expect them to resist talking to you about their problem. They might lie, they might get angry, or they might just leave. If they do these things, they are not ready to talk. Wait and try again. If you meet with too much resistance or anger or if you have problem with being angry ask if he would rather talk to someone else instead.
Ask him Why he is Using Ketamine
If you can get him to talk, ask why he is using the ketamine. There are a variety of answers to this question but only one that you should not believe. The first answer is often “you wouldn’t understand.” Ask him to explain, you can also ask them to help you understand why he is using. You can also ask them to explain how the ketamine makes them feel. These are often the same question but you might get a better answer.
Do not Judge him for his Reasons
It is important not to judge him. Using ketamine and becoming addicted is a psychological process that is extremely difficult to avoid. Many of the people who are addicted start out trying the drug for another purpose. They don’t intend to become addicts, they simply intend to have fun or try something new. In some cases, they want to expand their consciousness.
Standing in judgment of them only drives them further from you. You want your son to trust you and come to you when he needs to. By judging someone, only push them away in a time that they need your help and support.
Ask him if He’s Considered Treatment
Ask him if he’s thought about treatment or his treatment options. It is important to be able to answer any questions about the different treatment options. If he has considered treatment then it is possible that he knows he has a problem.