Ketamine is a powdery substance that has dissociate and relaxing effects. It is used as anesthesia for both people and animals in modern day hospitals.

When used, ketamine produces effects similar to drifting away form reality. Users may experience intense visualizations of patterns, disorientation, and disconnection to the world around them. These otherworldly experiences are what drive those to become addicted to the substance. Short-term side effects of ketamine include memory loss, nausea, vomiting, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, among many others.

Ketamine is not known to produce any long-term physical side effects, but those addicted to the substance will find themselves craving it more and more. Ketamine also has a long-lasting tolerance, meaning that in order to feel the same effects one is looking for, they will have to ingest more ketamine each time.


Ketamine addiction is unique compared to other substances in the sense that it is psychologically addictive rather than physically addictive. Some may become addicted to ketamine due to bewilderment or curiosity.

Recovering from a ketamine addiction is typically not very intense, unless the user has a prolonged history with abusing the substance. In cases like those, cravings for ketamine, the lack of appetite, constant dizziness, drowsiness and disturbances in sleep will likely occur.

Both inpatient and outpatient treatment to start off with are recommended for ketamine abuse. Those who have a long-term addiction to the substance may find more success with inpatient treatment.