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Ketamine Addiction Treatment

Ketamine is a quick-acting general anaesthetic which emerged in the early 1970s. The United States army first popularised it as a sedation and pain management method during the Vietnam War. Ketamine continues to have many medical applications today, with doctors using it as general anaesthesia.

Since Ketamine can put patients into a sleep-like state while also adding a feeling of dissociation to keep them calm, it provides relief to patients undergoing certain treatments. Ketamine has been used during stressful experiences, such as treatment for burns, cancer pain, neuropathic pain, fractures, migraine and other types of chronic pain.

Ketamine also has a bustling recreational demand and an illicit trade to facilitate that demand. Ketamine being a dissociative anaesthetic, can produce hallucinations similar to other drugs such as LSD and PCP. These hallucinations are described as distorted perceptions of sounds and sights. These dissociative effects are one of the primary reasons Ketamine is popular as a “club drug” for recreational use.

Ketamine is known in slang terms as special K, super K and vitamin k, among other slang terms.

Ketamine can cause dream-like states that provide a sense of freedom. Users of Ketamine for recreational use report sensations ranging from a pleasant feeling of floating to being separated from their bodies.

Ketamine can be taken in different doses and dosage forms, which can affect the way your body and mind respond to this stimulus. The effects of the drug can vary depending on the dose and form, as well as whether you’re using it illegally, which often dictates the purity of the drug you’re acquiring. Signs of Ketamine use include delirium, amnesia, impaired motor function, high blood pressure and depression.

Seek out help for Ketamine

Prolonged use for pain relief or recreation can result in a ketamine addiction, as tolerance builds up and cravings for the drug increase. Ketamine addiction usually follows the same ‘binge-crash’ pattern as cocaine misuse, which often makes it harder to stop on your own and needs professional addiction treatment.

Ketamine is manufactured as an injectable liquid, while in illicit use, Ketamine is swallowed or evaporated to form a snortable powder. It is odourless and tasteless, so it can be added to beverages without being detected, inducing amnesia-like effects.

Because it has been used discreetly, Ketamine can also be used to commit sexual assaults due to its ability to sedate and incapacitate unsuspecting victims.

Addiction Treatment

Treating your ketamine addiction

If you feel you have a Ketamine addiction or have a loved one who has a concerning Ketamine dependency, the first step is always to speak to a GP who can carry out an assessment and potentially recommend treatment options. If these treatment options are not making a difference, the next step would be to enter a rehab facility like The Cedars.

Once you’ve booked yourself into one of our facilities across South Africa for Ketamine addiction, our counsellors will work with you on your treatment program. Your addiction treatment can include medical supervision designed to minimise withdrawal symptoms and make the process of recovery less painful.

Along with a comprehensive Ketamine rehabilitation programme that will care for your overall mental health and identify the root cause of your addiction. You will work with our team of counsellors to help identify critical issues driving your addiction, tackle it and work towards a life of sobriety and self-control.

During rehabilitation, you will also be provided with various tools to help you achieve long-term sobriety so that once you’re back home, you have the mental clarity and recovery information to avoid relapsing.

Post-treatment for ketamine addiction

Once you are discharged from our facility, if you wish, you can continue treatment. We are open to providing additional post-treatment support. Studies have shown that recovering addicts who take advantage of aftercare stand a better chance of avoiding a relapse.

Don’t let your addiction to Ketamine rule your life. Take control today by getting in touch with us for professional help.

The pros and cons of ketamine rehab

No treatment for Ketamine addiction will be successful if an addict cannot accept that they have a problem and genuinely devote themselves to their treatment. Seeking support is not a sign of weakness but a sign that you are committed to the recovery process and wish to enact positive change in your life.

The advantages of seeking addiction treatment in a private rehab like The Cedars are numerous. We are equipped with some of the top addiction counsellors in South Africa, with years of experience in helping those battling Ketamine addiction to achieve a full recovery in a safe environment.

Other benefits of getting your addiction treated in our facility include the following:

  • Quick admission
  • Medical supervision
  • Personalised treatment
  • Private care
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Safe and peaceful environments
  • High-quality facilities
  • Aftercare services

These benefits, along with tailored solutions for your specific case, are available to anyone seeking private rehab treatment with The Cedars in South Africa.

Reach out to us today and start your journey towards recovery from your Ketamine addiction.

chemical addictions

  • CAT
  • Cocaine
  • Crystal Meth
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroine
  • Inhalants
  • Ketamine
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA/Ecstasy
  • Prescription Medication
  • Prescription Opioids
  • Prescription Stimulants
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids
  • Synthetic Cathinones

behavioural addictions

  • Eating Disorders
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Gambling Disorder 
  • Gaming Addiction
  • Pornography Addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Shopping Addiction
  • Social Media Addiction

treatment phases & length

Primary Phase

This initial treatment phase forms the foundation of our highly effective addiction treatment program. Our primary treatment programme covered by medical aids is 21 days. The recommended treatment term at The Cedars is 90 days for the best possible outcome. True behavioural change takes time and practice, and it is our fervent belief that adhering to the recommended treatment term offers the client the best chance at sustained recovery. However, we have no rules about length of stay and our program is customized per individual. After abusing substances over a period of years, it can take the brain at least a month to return to the best possible cognitive functioning, where treatment efforts can be of maximum benefit.
After a physical health assessment, a customised medication assisted stabilization plan will be drawn up by our medical doctor and nurse to help clients abstain from substances safely and as comfortably as possible. The client begins one-on-one counselling, 12-Step treatment, group therapy and benefits from a healthy diet and regular exercise. Clients will usually complete the first three steps of the 12-Step program in primary care.


  • Medication assisted stabilization and withdrawal management
  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion
    and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Introduction to 12-Step program and written Step work
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun sober recreational activities
  • Healthy meals prepared by our in-house chef, regular aerobic exercise and yoga classes offered by a personal trainer, excursions

Secondary Phase

In the secondary phase, clients undergo a deeper exploration into the root cause of the substance abuse and other compulsive, self-defeating behaviour. They work hand-in-hand with our expert team to work through the balance of the 12-Steps, using the steps to process the damage and unmanageability their behaviour and substance abuse have caused in their lives, and the lives of their loved ones. They rely on their counsellors and the therapeutic community to identify their self-defeating behaviour and work towards change.
Clients are gradually given more responsibility in the community and given the opportunity to become role models and help the newer clients in their early process. Focus is put on discipline and routine, growth and responsibility, all to develop connection and self-worth. At the end of this phase, discharge planning and relapse prevention tools are explored, and short and long term goals are determined for when the client leaves treatment.


  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun, sober recreational activities

Tertiary Phase

During this final phase, our clients learn how to maintain their life in recovery, prevent relapse and reintegrate into society. Counsellors help the client prepare for a return to employment and family life. Important choices may need to be made that are most beneficial to sustaining long-term recovery. It’s also an opportunity for the client to take up a senior role in the therapeutic community, explore employment options and resolve any persisting behavioural addiction issues in the safest possible environment. Clients are given more freedom and responsibility and are able to work during the day and return in the afternoon.


  • Accommodation and meals
  • Weekly check-in groups
  • Check-in sessions with their counsellor, by appointment
  • Weekly 12 Step meetings

Addiction Treatment

post treatment support

When a client completes treatment, we are very sensitive to the fact that life in recovery is filled with challenges. At The Cedars, we have a number of structures in place to ensure the safest possible transition for clients from treatment and back into life.
We offer family workshops to educate families about the realities of addiction, and how to help their loved ones on their journey. We offer the client deep insight into the 12-Step fellowships, meetings and sponsorship – all vital to an ongoing recovery.
Our multi-disciplinary professionals are available to you when your loved one is ready to move into the next chapter. We are here to help you learn and grow throughout the process.

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