If you believe that someone you know might be addicted to Ketamine, the steps that you take to help them could make a difference between whether they accept the help—or turn their back on you. Although it’s unclear as to whether Ketamine really is addictive or not, the dangers of Ketamine abuse are definitive and real; as such, helping someone you love who may be abusing drugs can be both rewarding and life changing.
Confronting a Loved One
The first step to helping someone who suffers from ketamine abuse or possible Ketamine addiction is to confront them about their problem. According to NIDA, “many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs.” As such, when you confront a loved one about his or her Ketamine abuse, be sure that you do so with an open mind; don’t be judgmental or confrontational.
Don’t Place Blame
It’s important that you don’t place blame on your loved when you confront them about their Ketamine abuse but it’s equally important that you don’t blame yourself for their actions. Addiction and drug abuse will often cause people to point fingers and to blame others. The loved one may even say that he or she uses drugs because of you or because of something that you did. Don’t allow them to blame you for their actions and try not to be blameful towards them either.
You may feel like your loved one has hurt you so many times that you really don’t want to help him or her anymore. Maybe your loved one has turned down your offering for help in the past and you just feel like giving up hope. Regardless of the situation, it’s important to offer help to those you care about. Even if you’ve offered in the past, offer to help your loved one get into treatment or find support so that he or she will stop using Ketamine.
If your loved one is abusing Ketamine and he or she will not get help when you offer it, consider setting some guidelines upon which you and your loved one can move forward. For instance, you will need to make sure to let the individual know that you will no longer support his or her actions, provide any financial assistance or otherwise facilitate their drug habit. It’s also important to set guidelines for yourself that will prevent you from enabling and making yourself sick over the fact that he or she won’t get the help that is necessary to recover.