What is ketamine addiction?
The effects of ketamine
Treating ketamine addiction

What is ketamine addiction?

If you’ve been taking ketamine, although it’s not physically addictive, you can still become psychologically dependent on Ketamine. Ketamine ‘Ket’ is a powerful hallucinogenic dissociative drug that’s available rather cheaply. It’s most commonly available as a grainy white or brown powder, made up of small crystalline shards. It comes as a clear liquid (when used in medicine), and as a tablet but these are less common. Powder ketamine is taken through the nose, usually as small ‘bumps’. It can also be wrapped up in a cigarette paper and ingested as a ‘bomb’.

The effects of ketamine

As it’s a strong anaesthetic, using Ketamine creates a hallucinogenic and dissociative high. It can make you feel happy, relaxed and detached from reality. Motor function is impaired too, with ‘ket-legs’ being a common symptom as walking becomes harder.

Hallucinations occur with higher doses, altering a user’s perception of time and space. Excessive use can cause an out of body experience, known as a ‘K-hole’. In this state, it feels like the mind and body have separated which can be extremely distressing. An addiction to Ketamine can have both physical and mental effects.

  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Paranoia
  • Disorientation
  • Chest pains ‘ket cramps’
  • Bladder problems
  • Incontinence

Treating ketamine addiction

Our expert recovery team at Steps Together, use a detox and therapy programme designed to provide all the support and care to help you overcome your Ketamine Addiction. We understand that admitting your own dependency is difficult. However, at Steps Together, we believe that is never too late to seek help.

Through our detox and therapy programme, we will help stop your ketamine addiction. While this may seem like a daunting prospect, our highly experienced recovery team are well equipped to guide you through the whole process.


The treatment we offer at Steps Together begins with a detox process, which allows the drug to leave your body. During the withdrawal process from ketamine, you may become emotionally unstable and may need professional help. Although these symptoms are not usually life-threatening, there may be some discomfort experienced during this time. Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Feeling shaky
  • Physchosis
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of motor skills
  • Respiratory problems
  • Loss of hearing
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Rage