Ketamine Rehab: Inpatient vs Outpatient vs PHP Treatment

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What is Ketamine?


There is a medication being used illegally that you need to know about. It is ketamine, and is often thought of as a “club drug.” It is sold and used in clubs, raves and parties, for its relaxation and hypnotic effects.

Ketamine is also a medication that is used as an anesthetic. It also has pain relieving properties as well. This club drug can be used properly and has other potential uses when it is taken properly, outside clubs.


Ketamine is a drug with accepted medical uses in the U.S., but also the potential for recreational abuse.

In a hospital, clinical and medical settings, ketamine can be used to help patients lose consciousness before a procedure. This anesthetic can also promote a sense of relaxation and can relieve pain. There is current research going on that looks at the use of ketamine as a potential treatment for depression. However, it’s not approved to treat depression at this point.

When ketamine is used in a controlled medical environment, it’s considered fairly safe. When it’s recreationally abused, it can lead to severe mental and physical side effects, including addiction. Ketamine has hallucinogenic and dissociative properties that some recreational users may find desirable. In clubs it is also known as:

  • Special K
  • Vitamin K
  • K
  • Kit Kat
  • Cat Valium

Ketamine may not be as well known as other drugs, but it has dangerous statistics about it. Individuals aged 12 to 25 accounted for 74 percent of the ketamine emergency room visits in the United States in 2000. Nearly 3% of all high school students admitted to using ketamine.

Youth are using this club drug in high numbers, which increases the likelihood of addiction. Ketamine rehabilitation centers are here to help you with treatment and recovery.

Types of Ketamine Rehab Centers

A ketamine addiction requires specialized treatment. Rehab facilities will be able to help you out with a variety of treatment programs to help overcome the ketamine addiction. Treating addictions involves treating the individual, and providing personalized service to meet your specific needs.

In a ketamine rehab facility you can expect to be receiving both individual and group counseling, as well as psychoeducation, teaching you about addiction and its impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Health & Behavioral Health Care

Mental health and behavioral health care are also provided. There is a very high correlation between people who abuse substances and underlying mental health problems. We work to treat the underlying problem to strengthen your recovery.

Treatment centers off several levels of care that can help you. They vary in terms of intensity and time commitment to treatment that is required of you. Let’s look at some of those levels of care, so you can select the one that is appropriate for you.

Detox Programs

Some ketamine rehab centers offer detox as an option. Detox is a program that helps people manage the first few days of being clean and sober. These are often the worst, because withdrawals happen immediately.

Withdrawals are when people have been using a substance for a long time, then stop. The body suffers, because it has grown used to functioning with ketamine, for example, in it. Withdrawals are basically another sign that you need rehab for ketamine.

Some of the symptoms of withdrawal include: anxiety, depression, nausea, double vision, sleep disturbances, rapid heartbeat, and other symptoms, both physical and mental. Detox is often a good first step in the recovery process. There needs to be another step after this. Detox only treats the withdrawals, not the addiction itself.

Inpatient Rehab for Ketamine


Inpatient or residential treatment, is the highest level of treatment provided at ketamine rehabilitation centers. A patient will be living at the treatment facility for on average two weeks, working on their recovery. Patients stay there 24/7 with family visits arranged.

A patient in a residential unit will receive individual and group counseling, psycho education, and other supportive services. This can include a psychiatrist to treat underlying conditions. It also includes case management, and help finding and coordinating social services that may be needed the patient graduates from treatment.

This is intensive due to its time commitment. A person will be working on their recovery from the beginning of the day until the end. Ketamine addiction can lead to serious mental health problems, so intensive treatment is needed.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

Some ketamine addiction rehabs off what is called partial hospitalization programs (PHP) or it is also known as a day/night programs. In a PHP, the patient works on recovery daily, for about 8 hours a day. The patient’s job while in a PHP is their recovery. They will live at home, but will come to the treatment facility every day.

Services provided will be very similar to the inpatient level. Therapy, psychiatric services, education, and case management and supportive services all come together to help you overcome ketamine abuse. A person can start in a PHP or they can transfer down from an inpatient unit, or up from an outpatient program.

Outpatient Programs


The least intensive level of treatment at a ketamine rehab is the outpatient level, also called aftercare. Here a person will be in treatment weekly. The person in an outpatient program will receive the same services, but will only come to treatment weekly. The number of times in treatment will vary.

There are intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and outpatient programs. The major difference between the two is that an IOP requires a larger time commitment every week. An IOP is also more structured than regular outpatient therapy.

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An Overview of Ketamine Inpatient Residential Rehab

Inpatient treatment is the most intensive level of care for ketamine addiction treatment. Here, the patient will live 24/7 at the rehab facility for a period of time, and work daily on their recovery and getting healthy.

The length of time someone will stay at the inpatient level varies. We take this very seriously and try to help people based on their individual needs. On average a person will stay at inpatient ketamine treatment for 2 weeks. This will vary based on the severity of the addiction.

People who would benefit most from ketamine inpatient treatment include those who have had at least one relapse, individuals who have had withdrawals from use, people who have been using even when they have wanted to stop, and those who a long history of addiction and drug use.

What Happens At Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient treatment for ketamine addiction is an intense process. It is one part of the systems of care that rehab facilities have in place to help those with substance use disorder. There are less intense and time consuming levels of care.

People will often move to more or less intense treatment programs based again on their individual needs and the severity of their addiction. At a ketamine addiction inpatient unit, a person will be receiving daily counseling.

Also at inpatient treatment for ketamine addiction, you will receive:

  • Recovery philosophy and the nature of addiction
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy and how your thoughts and interpretations of events cause your emotions and actions
  • Expressive arts, and ways that healing can take place through artistic media like painting, drawing, or music
  • Relapse prevention, what puts your recovery in jeopardy, and what you can do to avoid those things or cope with them
  • Anger management and ways to channel emotion in a healthier manner
  • Addiction education on the nature of the disease model and how it impacts the mind
  • Psychoeducation on the mind, mood, and relationships
  • Medical education on cocaine and other drugs affect the body and the damage that addiction and prolonged use does

Supportive Therapy


There will be individual and group therapy. This will be supportive and encouraging you to look at your behavior to see what was helpful and what was not helpful to your goals.

Cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT) is a form of therapy aimed at the thoughts that control your emotions and behaviors. The theory behind this is that there is a thought, so quick you don’t even notice it anymore, that evaluates and interprets what is going on around you.

In ketamine addiction treatment, CBT is used quite frequently. It is one of the best practices in treatment and a highly effective form of therapy. There will also be other services provided. An inpatient unit will often have a psychiatrist that can prescribe medication. This again speaks towards the number of mental illness that occur alongside addiction.

Case Management & Support

Case management and support services will also be open to you. What case management provides is someone to help you find and receive social services or any other human service. You may qualify for help you do not even know about. It’s their job to help with this.

The other thing case management support does at an inpatient addiction treatment facility for ketamine does is coordinate services. There may be other doctors visits, other caseworkers, therapists, or just other appointments to keep track of. We can help you with that.

Residential Treatment Procedures

If a person is addicted to ketamine, they may require professional treatment. Often, this includes a stay at an inpatient treatment facility. Inpatient rehab can occur after a medical detox if someone experiences adverse withdrawal symptoms from ketamine.

Inpatient rehab can vary in the types of therapy used, how long it lasts and the general treatment plan a patient is expected to follow. The commonality between all types of inpatient rehab is that patients have to check in and spend the night in the facility for a period of time.

How Long Does Residential Ketamine Rehab Last?

When someone participates in an inpatient rehab program for ketamine or any other substance, they do have to leave their home and their daily life. This includes leaving their family as well as their job, school or other responsibilities they may have.

Having questions about such a big decision is natural. One of the first questions people often have about inpatient rehab is how long treatment lasts. Most inpatient rehab programs last for around 30 days, but some may last for 60 days, 90 days or even longer.

The length of time a person is expected to stay in inpatient treatment can depend on factors including:

  • Their individual needs
  • The severity of their ketamine addiction
  • Whether they have tried other treatment programs before
  • Whether or not they are addicted to other substances at the same time they are abusing ketamine

Overall, the longer someone stays in inpatient rehab or treatment, the better their results usually are. Inpatient rehab that lasts for 90 days or less is considered short-term. Long-term inpatient rehab usually refers to any program that lasts for more than 90 days.

What Are the Benefits of Residential Ketamine Rehab?


As was touched on above, inpatient rehab for ketamine addiction does require that a patient leave their home and what they know. This can be a difficult decision to make. Inpatient rehab is also going to be more expensive than other forms of treatment, but there can be significant benefits.

Some of the advantages of choosing an inpatient ketamine rehab, at least in the early days of treatment include:

  • During inpatient rehab, it’s possible for a patient to receive dual diagnosis treatment for any co-occurring mental health disorders. Without an appropriate diagnosis of other mental health disorders as well as treatment, it’s difficult for addiction treatment to be successful.
  • Inpatient rehab offers the opportunity for diverse treatment approaches to be used. For example, someone might participate in group therapy, individual counseling, and supplemental or alternative therapies.
  • Being in the supervised, controlled environment of an inpatient facility can be useful for someone who’s an addict. It eliminates chaos and the opportunities for relapse.
  • Medical care can be provided in an inpatient facility along with psychiatric and addiction treatment.
  • The environment of inpatient rehab is very supportive, both from the staff who provides treatment as well as other patients.
  • Inpatient rehab takes an addict away from their daily environment of drug use and allows them to focus on treatment and avoid relapse triggers.

Long-Term Inpatient Rehab

For the most part, the concept of inpatient rehab is associated with stays of around 28 to 30 days, but there are long-term inpatient rehab programs available as well. Someone with a severe, ongoing addiction may benefit from long-term rehab.

If a person has previously tried other treatment options and relapsed, they might also consider returning to a long-term rehab facility.

The Basics of Partial Hospitalization Programs

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) for ketamine addiction is often used as an in-between step. It can help people transition from an inpatient unit, or it can be a more intensive step for people who are not doing well with outpatient services.

Someone in a ketamine addiction PHP can expect many of the same services that they would receive at an inpatient treatment unit.

During PHP treatment, you will be receiving daily individual or group counseling, psychoeducation, and psychiatric or support services as needed. Also in day/night rehab for ketamine addiction you will learn about:

  • Recovery philosophy and the nature of addiction
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy and how your thoughts and interpretations of events cause your emotions and actions
  • Basics in recovery, the fundamentals of the concept of recovery, triggers, and relapse
  • Relapse prevention, what puts your recovery in jeopardy, and what you can do to avoid those things or cope with them
  • Anger management and ways to channel emotion in a healthier manner
  • Addiction education on the nature of the disease model and how it impacts the mind
  • Psychoeducation on the mind, mood, and relationships
  • Codependency, learning about the ways others can unintentionally support your ketamine addiction
  • Community meeting, talking about the recovery community you are a part of in the day/night treatment program will happen weekly and any issues within the group will be addressed in a healthy and respectful way

Day/night treatment centers will typically require the attendance of alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous, or other 12-step or support group meetings. This helps support you and reinforce your recovery.

How Long Does PHP Last?

PHP is a step down from inpatient treatment. It requires a little less time commitment, but it will still be an intensive program. On average a person will be in PHP for ketamine addiction for 30 days. This again will vary based on individual needs.

We take a very personalized look at addiction treatment and tailor it to meet your needs and strengths. A person will be in PHP daily for about 8 hours a day. This will basically be your job for a month, working towards recovery.

Even though a person is in daily treatment, they will still be living at home. That is the major difference between PHP and inpatient addictions treatment.

The benefit to this is that recovery planning can be created, and skills practiced in treatment, while they are used in real life. The person can come back and talk about how the recovery skills were used. It becomes more like science, finding out what works and what does not, rather than rehab.

Who Needs Addiction Treatment And Php?


Well, that may seem like an easy question. The obvious answer is someone with a substance abuse problem. But how is an addiction to ketamine defined?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, a substance use disorder, or addiction, is defined by two or more of the following symptoms:

  • Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than you’re meant to.
  • Wanting to cut down or stop using the substance but not managing to.
  • Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of the substance.
  • Cravings and urges to use the substance.
  • Not managing to do what you should at work, home, or school because of substance use.
  • Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships.
  • Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance use.
  • Using substances again and again, even when it puts you in danger.
  • Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by the substance.
  • Needing more of the substance to get the effect you want (tolerance).
  • Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance.

The more symptoms that a person has, the more serious their addiction is. If you see yourself or a loved one in two or more of the symptom listed, help is available. Please contact us today!

Levels Of Treatment

Partial hospitalization programs for ketamine addiction are specific levels of treatment for the disorder. It is possible people can start with this level of care, or can transition from another level if a PHP is more appropriate.

People who would be best suited for PHP for ketamine addiction treatment include individuals who have experienced a relapse; people who suffer from withdrawals; individuals who have not been able to stay clean using less intensive forms of treatment.

Outpatient Care for Ketamine Addiction

Outpatient or intensive outpatient levels of care are the least intensive levels. You will live at home, and attend individual or group therapy for a few hours a week. There are two different types of outpatient ketamine treatment: intensive outpatient, and outpatient therapy.

Intensive outpatient for ketamine addiction is the more rigorous of the two for attendance, often requiring the person to attend several of the group therapy sessions a week, plus individual therapy as needed. Traditional outpatient care will be group therapy weekly, with individual therapy as needed. This will have less structure and fewer hours committed to it every week.

Do You Need To Go To Detox Before Outpatient Treatment?

There are many options for treatment. Most ketamine addiction treatment centers offer a continuum of care, with several levels of treatment. Often detox is provided in the rehab unit itself.

People do often start in detox to help with the worst of the withdrawals from ketamine. It is not necessary that they start there.

Outpatient treatment is a level of care. People can just start at a specific level of care, and work their way through that. They can also move to a more or less intense level of care, as needed.

We put the personal attention to each patient first. Addressing your specific needs and wants in treatment is our first priority.

How Long Does Outpatient Treatment Last?

Outpatient treatment for ketamine addiction can last for different amounts of time for different people. We work with you to sort out what you need to support your recovery.

There will be several hours per week as a time commitment. The length of treatment will be based on your individual treatment goals. We will not give up on you if you need extra support to meet those goals.

What Happens At Outpatient Rehab?


Outpatient or intensive outpatient levels of care are the least intensive levels for ketamine addiction. You will live at home, and attend individual or group therapy for a few hours a week.

Outpatient treatment is not as structured, and better for providing ongoing support for people that are well into their recovery. There will be regular therapy and education in this level of treatment.

Also in outpatient rehab for ketamine addiction you will learn about:

  • Recovery philosophy and the nature of addiction
  • Basics in recovery, teaching the group about recovery and relapse
  • Codependency, teaching the group ways in which others can unintentionally support someone with a cocaine addiction
  • Relapse prevention, what puts your recovery in jeopardy, and what you can do to avoid those things or cope with them
  • Anger management and ways to channel emotion in a healthier manner
  • Addiction education on the nature of the disease model and how it impacts the mind

The Services Provided

Case management services are also provided to help clients navigate their way through social services, employment or legal issues, help find supportive housing and other needs that the clients may have.

Medical and psychiatric care is still provided for people in outpatient care as well. Many with an addiction struggle with a mental illness as well. With ketamine, the use likely began as a means to cope with the illness.

12 step meetings and other support groups are strongly encouraged in outpatient treatment. The success rates of people in treatment go up significantly when they attend support groups. It may be difficult at first, but going to 12 step groups really does help.

What Are The Success Rates For Outpatient Treatment?

When it comes to ketamine addiction, people want to know that help is available. Rehab facilities have demonstrated many positive impacts on a person’s life, even if complete abstinence is not achieved. For people who enter into a treatment facility, recovery and sobriety happen daily.

Almost 60% of people who enter treatment will remain in recovery. That is not all that a rehabilitation facility can do, however. For example, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, notes many of the positive impacts of rehab and treatment.

How to Get Ketamine Addiction Help for Yourself or Family


Ketamine is a club drug, used most often in clubs, parties or raves. This puts it in the hands of some of the most vulnerable demographics, youth. Unfortunately, this can lead to addiction or other drug use.

While ketamine is called a club drug, it is also a prescription medication. As a street drug, it is used for its hypnotic properties. It relaxes the person and gives a mild sense of euphoria. It also causes mild hallucinations.

Rehabilitation Philosophy

At ketamine treatment centers like ours, there is an overarching philosophy that guides the program. We follow the 12 step program founded by alcoholics anonymous. The 12 steps are a progressive series of task, introspection, and work towards serenity and recovery.

To understand this philosophy a little better, here are the 12 steps:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

These steps will guide the treatment protocols we follow, and what treatment goals we work towards with you.

Final Thoughts On Selecting A Rehab Facility


We try to offer what you need to increase the odds of your recovery. Think about what is important to you in terms of a facility and how it helps your recovery. If you need medical staff because using has taken a toll on your body, then that would be an important factor in choosing a treatment facility.

Always ask questions before entering into treatment. Have family or friends there with you to help you think of questions, or to help understand the answers. Addiction is a complex disease and it requires complex and innovative treatment models to fight ketamine addiction.

We strive to provide the highest quality of care while affording you the privacy and tranquility you need to begin your recovery. If you have questions or feel like outpatient or intensive outpatient treatment is right for you, please call us at 1-888-447-7724 or click here to reach out to us. Help and hope are here for you.

Written by: Justin Kunst

Written by: Justin Kunst

As a member of the Amethyst Recovery Center marketing team, Justin Kunst dedicated his time to curating powerful content that would reach and impact individuals and families who are struggling with substance abuse.


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