ketamine assisted
psychotherapy (kap)

A promising new treatment method for substance use disorder.

what is kap?

Ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) is a progressive new treatment plan that uses ketamine in a supervised setting that assists in both SUD recovery and continued recovery.

what is ketamine?

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that is historically used predominantly in surgical procedures. New studies have proven that ketamine is effective in treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD when paired with psychotherapy. More recently, it’s been shown to effectively treat Substance Use Disorder (SUD) as well.

is kap treatment effective for sud?

Ketamine has been used off-label for treatment-resistant depression and other mood disorders, supported by the National Institute of Health. The NIH concludes ketamine is a useful tool to help people struggling with SUDs and that it can facilitate abstinence across multiple types of abuse disorders.

  • blocks reward system to aid in abstinence

  • backed by research in detox and recovery

  • reshapes neural pathways for effective talk therapy

  • effectively treats depressive symptoms

the lionrock way

At Lionrock, we’re excited to share progressive treatment as a continuation of recovery through a new modality.

Most experienced online program

Lionrock is the most experienced online recovery program. Since 2010, we've helped thousands of people across the country.

We treat the whole person

Lionrock's programs were designed to address a full range of factors that determine a successful recovery, not just symptoms of SUD.

Unique approach to setbacks

Lionrock understands that the path to recovery isn't a straight line. We won't leave you behind even if you stumble.

getting started with kap

step 1

start the conversation

Speak with one of our counselors who has experienced their own recovery with an SUD.*

*Currently serving clients in CA, TX, OR

step 2

tell us about you

They’ll get to know you, your needs, and help to determine if Lionrock’s KAP program is right for you.

step 3

begin treatment

We will work with you and come up with a safe plan to get you started on the road to recovery.

recovery with people who've gone through similar journeys

you're not alone

Anyone can have a drinking or drug problem and many of us at Lionrock are in recovery. We had to find our way, too. Let’s connect you with a counselor who can help. It’s free.

can we talk?

commonly asked questions

  • who is KAP for?

    Kap is for those who are suffering from a substance use disorder, along with depression and anxiety. It can be used as an effective treatment plan when other recovery options have not been successful.

  • is ketamine legal to use?

    The use of ketamine is regulated in the US. It is approved for medical use by registered practitioners.

  • how do I know if I need KAP versus other types of treatment plans?

    KAP works well for those who are suffering from SUD-caused depression and other mood disorders.

  • is online KAP treatment effective?

    Yes, online KAP treatment has been shown to be just as, if not more, effective as in-person treatment. Recent data from multiple federal agencies, including the CDC, found that increased usage of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with a reduced risk of opioid overdoses. This research confirms what industry leaders like Lionrock have been experiencing in their practices; online recovery works and reaches more people.

  • is ketamine safe?

    Ketamine is safe to use, though some may find it slightly increases blood pressure during a session.

  • can i become addicted to ketamine?

    When used in a psychotherapy setting for SUD, there is no evidence that ketamine can cause or worsen addiction.

  • how long is your ketamine assisted psychotherapy program?

    Lionrock’s KAP telehealth program is 11 weeks long. The program includes administration of ketamine via lozenge and program participants will receive individual psychotherapy sessions in addition to group counseling sessions.

  • is my treatment at Lionrock confidential?

    Your privacy is both guaranteed by law (see our consent forms for details) and our priority. From the moment you first interact with us through when you join other Lionrock alumni, we protect your identity and communications at every step of the process. Of course, to benefit from any treatment program, clients must share their thoughts and feelings with their addiction treatment specialists, counselors, and group session members to help them through the recovery process. But how much you share is up to you.

  • how do I start?

    Getting started is easy. Caring and educated counselors are available and ready to help! Get in touch with a Lionrock admissions counselor today to learn more about your personal options for substance abuse treatment. Call us at 800.258.6550 , or fill out a form or live-chat with us at

    Read more about Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy at this link.

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