There are currently no FDA-approved treatment options for ketamine abuse or addiction. However, many individuals do require treatment for these issues, as “there have been reports of people binging on ketamine” and because the drug can cause users to develop tolerance and cravings (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
As a general rule of thumb, if you think you may require treatment, you usually do, but it is still important to consider the facts of your situation and to ask yourself if treatment for ketamine abuse may be necessary.
There are a number of questions you should ask yourself to find out if ketamine addiction treatment is necessary for you. In general, if you have been abusing the drug for more than a few months, you will likely need treatment in order to stop, but answer the questions below to find out if you are beginning to fit the profile of a ketamine addict.
- Do you abuse ketamine every day?
- Do you think about abusing the drug even when you are not currently taking it?
- Do you become angry, upset, or depressed when you cannot take the drug?
- Have you ever overdosed on the drug?
- Have you ever stolen money, prescription pads, or anything else in order to obtain more ketamine?
- Do you need more of the drug in order to feel the way you felt before with smaller doses?
- Do you use the drug in a binge-crash pattern, taking a lot at one time and then sleeping for a long time to avoid negative side effects?
- Have you experienced physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms as the result of stopping your ketamine use?
- Has your use of the drug caused extreme problems in your life such as the end of an important relationship, the loss of your job, serious financial problems, getting arrested, failing out of school/getting expelled, etc.?
- Despite these issues, do you continue to take it?
- Do you feel that you cannot stop abusing ketamine on your own?
If you answered yes to the above questions, consider calling our helpline toll-free for immediate assistance in further determining your treatment needs. Counselors are standing by to take your call at 800-601-3889 (Who Answers?).