Ketamine Addiction: Detox and Withdrawal Timeline

While Ketamine may be used in medical situations, excessive use of the drug, especially for recreational purposes, can easily cause a psychological dependence on it. Tolerance will build over time and the need to use larger and more frequent doses to maintain the drug’s effects will culminate in addiction. As a result, when use of ketamine is discontinued or drastically reduced, withdrawal symptoms will begin to manifest.

These withdrawal symptoms will occur because ketamine has altered the brain’s chemistry. Psychological symptoms of withdrawal can be severe and dangerous, with suicidal ideations developing from intense depression putting users at a high risk. If you have abused ketamine to stave off pains, induce sleep, or feel ‘high’, you may be stuck on using the drug for fear of withdrawal.

However, with the help of treatment professionals, through a 24/7 medically-assisted detox programme, you can safely pass through the withdrawal stage. Our drug detox and rehab facility at Primrose Lodge offer the best standard of personalised care that can see you make it through detox and withdrawal in a relatively comfortable manner.

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What is Ketamine Withdrawal?

Ketamine withdrawal is the phase in which a set of physical and psychological symptoms begin to develop when you drastically reduce your normal dose or when you attempt to quit using the drug after a while abusing it.

While there has been debate over the possibility of becoming physically dependent on ketamine, the drug certainly causes psychological dependence and some physical withdrawal symptoms may also be present.

Withdrawal is the main reason some users can’t get themselves to stop using the drug as the symptoms may become too hard to bear and cravings may be overpowering. As ketamine messes with brain function, you may begin to feel like you can’t function normally when you try to quit, which may compel you to use again.

What Causes Withdrawal?

Ketamine is a hallucinogenic that causes a dissociative state where users feel detached from their body and the external world. This is caused by the drug’s interaction with neurochemicals. Prolonged presence of ketamine in the body will lead to dependence, causing any user to consume the drug to feel normal.

The body will also stop responding to initial doses of the drug after it has been exposed to ketamine over a certain period. This will lead the user to consume larger doses in shorter intervals. As a consequence, withdrawal symptoms will occur when the use of the drug is discontinued or reduced significantly.

Most of these symptoms will take the form of psychological issues that occur in cocaine withdrawal and other addictive drugs. Going through withdrawal indicates that you’ve abused ketamine to the point of becoming dependent on the drug.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Ketamine withdrawal primarily comes with psychological symptoms. While there’s inadequate scientific proof of physical dependence on ketamine, the occurrence of physical withdrawal symptoms has been reported by some chronic users. Symptoms will vary from user to user according to how long the drug was abused, the level of tolerance, and the duration of abuse. The most common symptoms of ketamine withdrawal known to occur include:

  • Nightmares
  • Auditory, visual, and, sometimes, hallucinations
  • Aggression
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Shakes
  • Nausea
  • Paranoia
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Powerful cravings

The way you quit using ketamine can also influence the onset and severity of withdrawal. Quitting ‘cold turkey’, where you abruptly discontinue use, can result in dangerous complications as withdrawal symptoms may peak quickly. Going through a residential detox programme, where you’ll be tapered off the drug gradually, will see these symptoms managed and contained.

Users who are going through withdrawal are mostly not psychologically stable. So, if you have a loved one going through this, please approach them in a calm manner and get them to receive help through a detox clinic to save them from the possible dangers of withdrawal.


The ketamine withdrawal timeline is not the same for everyone. However, these are symptoms that you should expect to appear as your withdrawal progresses:

  • Day 1-3: withdrawal symptoms will begin to manifest within the first day after your last dose and may intensify and peak over the next three days. These symptoms include tremors, shakes, insomnia, depression, aggression, delusions, nausea, double vision, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, and hearing loss.
  • Day 4-14: after the fourth day, symptoms will still be present and may persist for two weeks before they start to subside.
  • Days 15+: while most symptoms may have disappeared by this time, changes in the brain will cause certain psychological symptoms like mood swings, depression, and cravings to persist.

You should remember that this is a general timeline on how withdrawal progresses, and you may not experience these symptoms in this order.

Nevertheless, symptoms can be dangerous if not handled properly and you may end up harming yourself due to hallucinations that may seem very real and the effect of giving up on living as a result of depression.

To avoid these dangers, you can go through a residential detox programme in Primrose Lodge, where you’ll be monitored closely and your withdrawal symptoms will be treated in a personalised manner.

What is a Medical Ketamine Detox?

A medical drug detox involves the adoption of medication and psychological therapies, as well as expert supervision, to ensure safe transition from withdrawal to recovery. While ketamine comes with less or no physical withdrawal symptoms, you’ll still be in danger of severe psychological symptoms like hallucinations and depression which need medical management. Our rehab and team of professionals are well-equipped to handle this situation and see you out of detox and withdrawal safely.

Home Detox

Detoxing at home may come with the extra benefits of staying with loved ones, but this can be dangerous as discontinuing your ketamine use suddenly can trigger severe withdrawal symptoms and fatal complications. Going through detox in a professional treatment centre will mean you slowly taper down the use of drugs in a controlled environment, which is the safest way to go through withdrawal.

Benefits Of Private Detox

Your withdrawal and detox can be very safe and relatively comfortable if you go through an inpatient detox treatment in a private rehab facility. This is due to the numerous perks that come with this treatment route. Some of these benefits include:

  • Undergoing detox in a safe and supportive environment
  • Treatment under the supervision and care of a round-the-clock medical team
  • Experienced team of psychologists and doctors
  • Recuperating in a comfortable manner
  • Free post-rehab support for one year
  • Personalised rehabilitation programme which follows detox
  • Addressing the underlying causes of your addiction to ketamine once detox is over
  • Learn skills for relapse prevention

Give us a call today and we’ll ensure your detox runs smoothly and ketamine leaves your body completely.

You can reclaim your life from the hold of addiction

You or your loved can end your ketamine addiction through our person-focused detox treatment programme. We have an experienced team of professionals that can manage your withdrawal and detox adequately regardless of the degree of your addiction. We provide specialist care, a range of holistic therapies, as well as ketamine rehabilitation programmes that can turn your life around for good.

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