Online Therapy for Ketamine Addiction

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If you’re looking for a flexible, confidential and effective ketamine addiction treatment, why not consider our online therapy program?

CATCH Recovery London has put together a research-informed ketamine addiction treatment program which can be completed from your own home, removing the need for a traditional inpatient stay.

Do I Need Help? The Signs and Symptoms of Ketamine Addiction

Ketamine was originally developed in the 1960s as an anaesthetic medication, this means it causes a loss of sensation. In small doses, it can help manage pain which doesn’t respond to typical treatment.

While ketamine is licenced for use as an anaesthetic, it doesn’t currently have a product licence for the treatment of pain. Despite this, it has been used “off licence” for many years as it has been shown effective at controlling pain.

Alongside its use in the medical profession, ketamine boomed in popularity as a recreational drug in the 80s when it became a regular fixture on the rave and club scene.

Today it is still used as a party drug, favoured by people for entering into a hallucinatory, chilled or ‘tripped out’ state. However how you react will depend on many factors, and you may end up feeling anxious, confused and panicked.

It’s also worth noting that due to its pain relieving properties, you can easily end up injuring yourself and not realising while using ketamine. Mixed with other drugs, ketamine can cause serious harm and even be fatal. It’s a highly addictive substance and if abused can lead to cravings, withdrawal symptoms and physical dependence.

Ketamine Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

After using ketamine for a while, you might also experience some of the following ketamine addiction withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop:

  • Loss of motor skills
  • Insomnia
  • Rage
  • Fatigue
  • Hearing loss
  • Psychosis

If you are experiencing any of these ketamine addiction withdrawal symptoms, it’s important to seek help right away.

Physical Symptoms

Increased heart rate

Increased blood pressure


Loss of feeling

Muscle paralysis

Injury without realising

Bladder problems

Blood in urine


Abdominal pain

Liver damage


Psychological Symptoms





Memory loss

Issues with concentration



Exacerbation of mental health problems

Am I a Ketamine Addict?

When you were reading through the warning signs, did you notice anything, like withdrawal symptoms, that applied to you? Or have you experienced any physical side effects like nausea or wee problems? What about psychological issues like delirium or memory problems? If you have experienced any of those issues, it could be a sign that you have a ketamine addiction.

Are You in Denial?

If you recognised yourself in some of those behaviours and side effects, but you are adamant you do not have a ketamine addiction, this could actually be another indicator that you are in fact dealing with an addiction.

Many people dealing with addiction often experience denial, they are unwilling to see their behaviour as problematic and cannot admit to themselves that it has got out of hand.

Typically, people dealing with a ketamine addiction and stuck in denial are unable to take an honest look at the situation and will instead ignore the issue, play down real concerns or lash out and blame other issues. Ultimately, denial acts as a coping mechanism that enables the person suffering with a ketamine addiction to carry on without making change.

We get it. It isn’t enjoyable to accept you are dealing with an addiction, it feels scary and overwhelming. But if you want to leave your ketamine addiction behind and enjoy a new life of sobriety, seeing that you have a problem in the first place is a very necessary first step.

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Working through this issue and getting out of denial is in itself a challenge, but there are ways you can get there. Therapy works for a lot of people, but you could also try writing an honest account of your addiction or spend some time learning about how addiction works.

When to Seek Help for Ketamine Addiction?

If you have any suspicions that you have a ketamine addiction, the time to seek help is now. This is because ketamine can cause a host of negative health issues and it can even be fatal, which means beating this addiction as soon as possible is important.

If your ketamine usage has got to the stage where you are experiencing any psychological or physical side effects – such as memory loss, hallucinations or bladder problems – it’s crucial that you get support. Likewise, if you are showing any signs of addiction, such as ketamine withdrawal symptoms or cravings, the time to get help is now.

Time is of the essence because, as is the case with most drug addiction, ketamine addiction becomes harder to beat as it becomes more ingrained. Taking steps now to beat your addiction will ultimately make the journey to sobriety a little easier.

We do understand that it doesn’t feel easy though. At this moment, beating your ketamine addiction most likely feels daunting and overwhelming. But the good news is that with the right support in place, it is possible to break free of your addiction.

If you’re ready to take the first step, why don’t we have a chat? Here at CATCH Recovery our friendly team is here to make the journey towards sobriety a little less overwhelming. We understand addiction and you can receive judgement-free help, so please feel free to contact us for an informal chat

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Can Online Therapy Help Me With My Ketamine Problem?

Online therapy for ketamine abuse is an alternative to traditional in-person treatment. While you will remain based at home and complete the program over the internet, the quality of care remains the same.

While online ketamine addiction therapy isn’t right for everyone, it can be helpful to those who are unable or unwilling to travel to London for treatment or find the thought of an inpatient stays too overwhelming. Online therapy is an excellent option for those that for whatever reason do not fit well with a traditional inpatient addiction treatment model.

So how does it work? Our experts at CATCH Recovery will work collaboratively with you to develop a bespoke online therapy programme that works for your specific lifestyle and timetable. Our ketamine addiction treatment is delivered by a team of qualified, experienced addiction therapists who together have a background in a plethora of modalities and techniques.

Throughout the ketamine addiction therapy program, we will work with you to beat your addiction by educating you on the nuts and bolts of addiction, working through the issues that led to your addiction and then building a new life free from ketamine. Specifically, our online therapy program will include:

  • A full assessment before treatment
  • One-on-one and group counselling sessions
  • Access to psychoeducation groups e.g. life skills, relapse prevention

How Does Online Therapy Differ From Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment?

Online therapy for ketamine addiction differs from traditional inpatient or outpatient treatment. Here are some of the key differences you can expect with ketamine addiction therapy that takes place online:

Location: During the course of your online therapy, you will remain based at home. During an inpatient treatment, you would temporarily move into a residential setting and if you were engaged with outpatient treatment, you would visit that setting at agreed upon times to receive your treatment.

Financial: Online therapy is usually a more affordable option when compared with inpatient and outpatient treatment. Along with the cost of treatments, you also won’t have to pay travel costs.

Convenience: You will save money by not having to commute to the treatment facility. All you need to complete the program is an internet connection and device.

Accessible: For some people, the thought of inpatient or outpatient treatment at a dedicated rehabilitation treatment centre feels like too much for them at this stage. For those people, online therapy might be a more accessible option and make it more likely that they complete the treatment.

However, in order for online ketamine addiction therapy to be successful and help you avoid relapse, you will need to be highly determined and motivated. You will also need to create your own structure that you respect and follow. If you know yourself well enough to know this won’t work for you, there are other options.

You could attend inpatient rehab at one of our sister clinics Castle Craig or Smaremore Castle, or you could consider outpatient treatment at CATCH Recovery.

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Outpatient Treatment for Ketamine Abuse

Perhaps you need more structure but are unable to commit to a residential stay in rehab because of personal or professional commitments. If that’s you, you could think about completing outpatient treatment at CATCH Recovery.

This is a great solution for people who have ketamine addiction and who are fortunate enough to have a strong support network around them. If this is you, you’ll also need to ensure you don’t require the round-the-clock care our inpatient treatment plan provides.

Our outpatient option will give you access to one-to-one therapy and support groups, both of which you can attend at a pre-agreed time which suits your timetable. You’ll remain based at home for the duration of your treatment, visiting the centre for your treatment and then returning home.

Inpatient Treatment for Ketamine Addiction

If you require more intensive support – perhaps you have multiple addictions or require a medically assisted detox to get through ketamine withdrawal- inpatient treatment could be the right solution for you. This is also a great option for those that live in environments which contain too many triggers and are not conducive to getting sober.

Your inpatient treatment will last in the region of 30 to 90 days and throughout this period you will be able to undergo a range of therapies, including one-on-one counselling, support groups, 12-step meetings and holistic treatments such as yoga or acupuncture.

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Is Online Therapy for Ketamine Addiction Effective?

As the world becomes more comfortable operating online, it paves the way for online therapy for ketamine addiction. There is even research out of Yale University which found online therapy can actually be more effective than in-person therapy in certain instances.

For some people, inpatient therapy is too daunting which means that they are much more likely to complete the treatment program if enabled to do so from the comfort of their own home. This means they are able to:

  • Complete the CATCH Recovery online rehab program
  • Find and maintain sobriety
  • Stay sober as part of the continuing care plan

So if you’re currently struggling with a ketamine addiction and traditional recovery methods don’t appeal, why not consider online therapy?

Whatever model you choose to undertake, it’s worth noting that ultimately the effectiveness of the program depends on your ability to engage with it and ultimately prioritise sobriety going forward.

Our continuing care programme and 12-step meetings can aid with relapse prevention.

When Is Online Rehab for Ketamine Addiction Appropriate?

Whether you choose to pursue recovery on an inpatient, outpatient or online basis, the most important thing is that you receive the right care to help you beat your addiction. At CATCH Recovery we’re committed to creating treatment plans that work, whatever the form they are delivered in.

That said, not all treatment is appropriate for every person. When it comes online rehab for ketamine addiction, you may find it useful if  you:

  • Can’t commit to inpatient treatment
  • Can’t travel for outpatient treatment
  • Don’t live in the UK but want to work with UK experts
  • Have other commitments that require you to remain at home
  • Can’t afford residential treatment
  • Are not dealing with a severe addiction e.g. no intense ketamine withdrawal symptoms
  • Are highly motivated to beat your addiction and will create a structure

Interested or have some questions? Feel free to contact us and speak to a member of our team who can tell you more about online rehab at CATCH Recovery.

What Are the Pros of Online Therapy?

Some of the benefits of choosing online therapy for your ketamine addiction include:

  • All you need is a device and internet connection and you’re set! You can complete this from home, wherever you live in the world.
  • Online therapy for ketamine addiction is a more affordable option when compared with an inpatient treatment at a residential facility.
  • You’ll have access to some of the best addiction experts based in London without having to actually be in the capital, or indeed country, yourself.
  • You can access this treatment in the privacy of your own home.

What Are the Cons of Online Therapy?

However, online therapy isn’t the right choice for everyone and some of the cons for it include:

  • When you choose inpatient treatment, you are removed from the environment in which your addiction developed. There are no triggers. If you remain in that environment, as you would do with online therapy, you will need a high degree of self motivation to complete the online rehab for ketamine addiction.
  • If alongside your ketamine addiction you are dealing with other addictions or mental health issues, you would benefit from an inpatient treatment program. This is also a better option for those who need to medically detox, as we can better manage withdrawal symptoms in a medical setting.

What Happens in Online Rehab?

Perhaps you’re considering online rehab for your ketamine addiction but would like to know what actually happens.

Our online therapy programme for ketamine addiction usually takes around ten one-to-one therapy sessions, which can be scheduled to fit your lifestyle and commitments.

Together we will draw up an individualised treatment plan, as we do with all our addiction treatment programmes offered at CATCH Recovery, as well as at our sister centres Castle Craig and Smarmore Castle.

This begins with a CATCH Recovery assessment during which we’ll work together to evaluate your ketamine use and look at your medical history in order to create a bespoke program of care. We’ll then link you up with a therapist who we think will be best placed to help support you in your recovery. Your plan will outline:

  • Forms of therapy to help uncover the underlying cause of your addiction
  • Evidence-based treatment shown to produce long-lasting results
  • Healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress in the absence of unhealthy strategies like ketamine abuse
  • The chance to create a healthy relationship with the therapy team for ongoing support
  • An introduction to 12-step recovery

Which specific therapies you use will depend on your specific issues, personality and preferences, but our therapists work across a range of modalities including trauma-based therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). They also speak multiple languages including English, French, Spanish, and Russian.

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CATCH Recovery’s Addiction Treatment Model

Our treatment programs are centred on the 12 Step philosophy and informed by a range of therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing.

Experience has shown us this format is successful with many people, and we hope it can help you too.

What Is the 12 Steps Framework?

The 12-step therapy model was first formed by  Alcoholics Anonymous and has since become an evidence based intervention for addiction. It was initially developed as means for overcoming alcohol addiction, but it has since been successfully used on all sorts of addictions including ketamine abuse. The 12 steps include:

  • Step 1: Honesty – The vital first step which means admitting you have a problem and are not in control of your addiction.
  • Step 2: Higher power – Seek out your own higher power, some people pick a religion, other people choose the universe or even a specific concept like karma.
  • Step 3: Surrender – Accept support outside of yourself and begin to trust in your higher power.
  • Step 4: Soul searching – Find out what issues caused your addiction and get to the bottom of it
  • Step 5: Integrity – Unburden yourself and be honest about any negative consequences that happened because of your addiction.
  • Step 6: Acceptance – Let go of the negative behaviours previously.
  • Step 7: Humility – Stay humble and accept support to help you overcome your human shortcomings.
  • Step 8: Willingness – Recollect anyone you might have hurt during your addiction.
  • Step 9: Forgiveness – Make amends, if appropriate.
  • Step 10: Maintenance – Keep your behaviours in check and own any mistakes quickly and authentically.
  • Step 11: Making contact – Stay in connection with your higher power.
  • Step 12: Service – Empower other people on their journey towards recovery.

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