Ketamine rehab in Melbourne

Beating the world's most popular dissociative anaesthetic

Ketamine is a popular, addictive, and widely available party substance in Australia. The Hader Clinic is here to help you break free from ketamine addiction with treatment programs specialising in ketamine rehabilitation.

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Ketamine rehabilitation at The Hader Clinic

Ketamine is a type of anaesthetic used to manage pain in animals and humans. Its quick effects and wide availability make it an incredibly popular substance in party culture. Ketamine is classed as a dissociative, causing feelings of detachment from reality. Experiences can vary from overwhelming euphoria to abject terror. The line is very fine, as is the propensity for addiction.

The ketamine rehab program at The Hader Clinic is designed to help addicts overcome ketamine addiction safely. Taking place at our private facilities, our programs are comprised of different therapies and costs determined on a case-by-case basis. We work with patients to find freedom from addiction with solutions that work for them.

The Hader Clinic’s Jackson Oppy explains how addicts are not able to predict how much they are going to use once they start using or control their use.

The effects of ketamine addiction

The true effects of ketamine addiction are not as noticeable as one may assume. However, they can be incredibly damaging to the life of an addict.


  • Elevated or decreased heart rate
  • Increase blood pressure
  • Loss of coordination and affected movement
  • Muscle rigidity or weakness
  • Impaired vision during comedown
  • Respiratory issues and failure
  • Amnesia, confusion, and delirium
  • Overdose and death
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  • Psychosis and hallucinations
  • Decreased cognitive function
  • Triggers, compulsion, and obsession
  • Complete disassociation from reality
  • Excessive fear and worry
  • Flashbacks to hallucinatory stages
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  • Depression and anxiety
  • Memory loss and mood swings
  • Paranoia, fear, psychosis, and aggression
  • Hopelessness and helplessness
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  • Increase in risky behaviour
  • Financial problems
  • Sexual and romantic issues
  • Lack of interest in activities, work, and friends
  • Damaged relationships with family members
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  • Damaged self-esteem and self-worth
  • Damaged relationship with self
  • Inability to function without ketamine
  • Continued use despite negative consequences
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Withdrawal during ketamine rehab

Like many other substances, the chemical appeal of ketamine can manifest in psychological dependence on the drug. Ketamine works on the opioid and dopamine receptors in the brain and restructures them to work in favour of the drug.

Physical symptoms of withdrawal aren't as widely studied, but addicts may feel exhaustion, nausea, loss of motor skills, decreased cardiovascular performance, and hearing loss.

The psychological side effects are far more dangerous, and can result in:

  • Agitation and restlessness
  • Psychosis with delusion and hallucination
  • Rage and anger
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Depression and anxiety

The more unstable a user becomes during ketamine withdrawal, the more likely they are to hurt themselves or others. Fortunately, The Hader Clinic understands and knows how to treat ketamine withdrawal. We employ a multidisciplinary team to address all sides of ketamine withdrawal in safety and security.

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Frequently asked questions about ketamine drug rehab

Who uses ketamine?

Due to its prevalence in medicine and veterinary work, ketamine is widely available. People from all walks of life use ketamine. There is very little to identify a "ketamine addict". You won't see hordes of ketamine users shuffling the streets looking for a fix. You'll see them at bars, pubs, clubs, festivals, workplaces, or in their homes.

I thought my loved one was smart. Why did they get addicted to ketamine?

Ketamine addiction has nothing to do with intelligence or common sense. Addiction is a disease that affects all kinds of people. With increased use of ketamine, addicts tend to use more to get the desired effect. This practice encourages a great dependence on the substance — one that is inescapable for people with the disease of addiction.

Try to see addiction as an illness rather than a choice. This is how we treat addiction at The Hader Clinic — by looking at all sides of the illness and treating them in tandem, holistically.

How does one stay free from ketamine addiction following treatment?

For many addicts, treatment never ends. Ketamine addiction is a lifelong battle against relapse, one that is marked with missteps and difficulty. But it does get easier. Here are some ways to keep free of ketamine addiction following rehab:

  • Identify your triggers and avoid them
  • Avoid old people and places that encourage your addiction
  • Contact close family and friends for guidance
  • Reach out to The Hader Clinic for relapse prevention

What happens if someone relapses during ketamine rehab?

Relapse from ketamine rehab is not a good thing — but it's not a bad thing, either. Relapse is a sign that some element of the treatment is working as well as it could. An addict may not be responding to treatment effectively, or there could be avenues of treatment that have not been considered.

Look at relapse as a small speed bump on the road to a healthier, fuller life. At The Hader Clinic, we offer a complete Outpatient Relapse Prevention program to help users stay clear, even after they have left our facilities.

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