Ketamine addiction can be treated in an outpatient, residential, or inpatient facility. Whether or not one treatment option may be right for you, however, depends on the severity of your addiction, your condition when you begin treatment, and several other factors associated with your recovery.
The Severity of Ketamine Withdrawal
Like other drugs of abuse, ketamine can cause dependence, and most individuals need to go through a withdrawal period before they can begin true addiction treatment. Unfortunately, the withdrawal syndrome associated with ketamine abuse has not been entirely pinned down, and most of the research on this syndrome is related to personal accounts. That said, ketamine withdrawal does seem to cause serious symptoms in some cases, and this can affect whether or not an individual is able to attend outpatient care.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “In clinical settings, ketamine and PCP require management for the agitation and psychotic features produced during acute use; occasionally oral or parenteral uses of sedating medications such as benzodiazepines will be required.” In the case that the individual experiences psychosis during their withdrawal period or other intense symptoms, they may need to stay in an inpatient setting for the first few days of treatment. Depression can also occur, which may cause the individual to require the same type of care, especially if they are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Ketamine Addiction and Outpatient Care
Though ketamine withdrawal and addiction recovery can be difficult, it is possible for a person to attend outpatient care for both of these issues. If they are experiencing a milder form of withdrawal or are not in need of a controlled environment during addiction treatment, this option can be very helpful. Other factors may increase an individual’s chance of attending outpatient care as well, such as:
- Having a strong support system at home of friends, family members, and others who support the individual’s decision to stop abusing ketamine
- Having a particularly mild addiction to ketamine and no issues associated with polydrug abuse or addiction
- Being very motivated to stop ketamine abuse and working to avoid places where you once abused the drug in order to minimize the chance of triggers and cravings occurring
- Not having high psychiatric severity or any other serious mental health problems that could possibly be associated with your addiction
- Having a safe and secure home life, especially during treatment, and either living with someone or having a friend or family member live with you while you attend outpatient care
It can be harder to resist the temptation to abuse drugs while in outpatient care, so any factors in your life that can help minimize this chance are important. But yes, depending on your needs and the severity of your condition, you may be able to attend outpatient care for ketamine addiction.
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