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Pete Davidson Says He Took Ketamine Regularly for 4 Years

Pete Davidson came clean about getting clean.

The Saturday Night Live alum, 29, opened his Atlantic City, New Jersey comedy show with John Mulaney and Jon Stewart on Sunday afternoon by addressing his recent stint in rehab.

“I am fresh out of rehab, everyone,” he told the crowd at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Ettes Arena. “I got that post-rehab glow. Seventh time’s the charm!”

Davidson revealed he took ketamine, a dissociative drug used medically as an anesthetic, daily for four years. “It was magical,” he told the crowd.

The comedian recalled the drug’s ability to alter his mind. “One time, I got The Wiggles to mesh with Schindler’s List,” Davidson joked.

The Bupkis star admitted he attended Aretha Franklin’s 2018 funeral while high and said he couldn’t believe he went out in public in that state.

With his 30th birthday coming up in November, Davidson told the audience he believes you “can’t do drugs in your 30s” because “it’s not cute anymore” and “you’re just a drug addict” when you do drugs at that age.

PEOPLE confirmed in June that Davidson checked into rehab to receive in-patient therapy to address issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder.

"Pete will often check himself into rehab to work on these issues," a source close to Davidson said at the time. "His friends and family have been supportive during this time."

Mulaney, 41, took the stage after Davidson on Sunday and referred to himself as “a former amateur drug trafficker” during his set. The dad of 21-month-old Malcolm began a 60-day stint in rehab in December 2020 after relapsing on his sobriety.

When Stewart, 60, closed Sunday’s show, he told the audience they got to witness a full lifecycle with the afternoon’s performers, “from rehab to recovery to hospice.” The former Daily Show host also joked about bringing two comedians in recovery to perform in a casino, calling it the 13th step of a 12-step program.

Davidson confirmed a previous stint in rehab in February 2020 and told Howard Stern he went in 2016 because “there was no way I could stop” using drugs.

“I was like, somebody has to put me in a house where there is literally nothing” Davidson told Stern, 69, in 2018. “I had too much access.”

After completing his latest stint in rehab this summer, Davidson stopped by one of Dave Chapelle’s four New York City shows in August celebrating the Chapelle Show star’s 50th birthday. Along with his tour with Mulaney and Stewart, Davidson embarked on a handful solo standup shows beginning Sept. 5 that will run through Oct. 21.

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by Anonymousreply 50September 16, 2023 3:21 AM

My god, he's another who's done a lot with not very much.

by Anonymousreply 1September 13, 2023 9:08 AM

That cock must touch those clitties just right, R1.

by Anonymousreply 2September 13, 2023 9:15 AM

Well....does that mean Pete will get to be as smart as Elon Musk? (The ketamine king)

by Anonymousreply 3September 13, 2023 9:21 AM

He’s so gross

by Anonymousreply 4September 13, 2023 9:26 AM

Can he still piss?

I know someone who was addicted to ketamine but maintained a high-pressure job.

Until he collapsed, was in the hospital for months, and now can't pee without a catheter. He killed his bladder for life.

by Anonymousreply 5September 13, 2023 9:27 AM

I think Pete is terrific. I really do.

by Anonymousreply 6September 13, 2023 9:36 AM

A little more about how ketamine can cause permanent bladder failure:

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by Anonymousreply 7September 13, 2023 10:23 AM

Ugly as fuck.

by Anonymousreply 8September 13, 2023 10:29 AM

Ketamine is finding its way into a lot of treatments now. I have friends who invested in what are called “Infusion Centers”, which look a lot like teeth whitening “spas” with white leather reclining chairs and LED Lightening and a song list that patients can choose from while they’re being treated.

Some pretty wealthy, lonely and depressed people now visit these Infusion Centers and swear by the uplifting effects the ketamine has on their moods. But my friends who use this treatment regularly are usually perky but “removed” psychologically from conversations. They tend to be super upbeat and super confident in their opinions (like the older “Prozac Personalty” that came out when that drug changed thresholds for self-criticism and social inhibition).

One guy I know can’t stop singing, and he will pick up a phrase in any conversation that recalls a song lyric and begin singing that song. Sometimes on his way home from the infusion center he will get chastised by people on the subway by making strangely intimate conversation with anyone nearby. There is a creepy false intimacy and also sharp disconnection in patients who are dialed up on Ketamine. It’s a little off putting at first.

I also see some memory loss among people undergoing these infusions. Some of these patients tell and retell mildly amusing stories about comical misunderstandings and odd interpersonal interactions at the gym, supermarket, on line in a bank, and commonly on elevators. They also sometimes end up at karaoke bars and piano bars that offer sing along events. Once you notice a person “jacked up” on ketamine, you can’t “unsee” that odd disinhibited personality. It’s sad, but I think Ketamine “removes” friends from intimate, sincere relationships and I hope I’m wrong. I really do.

by Anonymousreply 9September 13, 2023 2:47 PM

There is something called a “k-hole” where a dose of ketamine triggers a darker, visceral emotional response. I think that may be why they want you to stay and be observed before you leave an infusion center.

by Anonymousreply 10September 13, 2023 2:51 PM

i had no idea Ketamine could cause damage to the bladder. I actually looked into participating in a Ketamine study for persistent depressive disorder but didn't meet study criteria because of a previous gastric bypass surgery. I had heard that it (along with LSD and mushrooms) all had amazing efficacy with not just relieving PDD but also for successfully snapping addicts/alcoholics out of their addictive mind-frames, similar to shutting off a switch in many ways. I personally know someone who was a heroin addict in her teen years and with her parents' support took part in a treatment program in Berkeley wherein she dosed on LSD. This was probably about 30 years ago. It cured her.

But as someone who has always had lifelong frequent urination issues (indeed, I have been diagnosed with having an abnormally small bladder), Ketamine is effectively now off the plate for me and I'll move along to other potential future psychedelic pastures.

by Anonymousreply 11September 13, 2023 3:00 PM

R7 That freaks me out, but makes sense that some drugs don’t differentiate between all the useful things your nervous systems do and coordinate. I know some antipsychotics cause urinary hesitancy and strange involuntary muscle movements (I know a guy who has a lot of dental problems from involuntary tongue and jaw muscle movements).

I had a terrible experience with depression when I was in my early 20’s. But I’m glad I didn’t end up dependent on some of the meds my friends take, especially stimulants. Psychopharmacology isn’t a very exact science. I know a lot of people who ended up in a lot of trouble by manipulating physicians into prescribing stronger and stronger meds, and sometimes getting social workers and psychologists to “petition” for meds on their behalf. Most cities have a few clinics like this, “pill mills”. Having a lot of money and good insurance sometimes makes things worse. It’s really easy to get in over your head unless you are brutally honest with your doctors, and with yourself.

by Anonymousreply 12September 13, 2023 3:11 PM

I took ketamine twice back in my drug-taking days in college and it was the greatest feeling I have ever experienced. I've been hoping the talk about it being used to treat depression regularly might come to something because hook me up to that shit.

by Anonymousreply 13September 13, 2023 3:11 PM

R13 I get it. But I know myself too well and I would definitely end up in trouble on Ketamine. I’m way too much of an escapist dreamer to stop using something like that. I would want more and more of it and I’d probably try to get others to try it, too.

by Anonymousreply 14September 13, 2023 3:15 PM

If he was actually funny, he wouldn't bug me. The fact is he lacks basic comedic skills. His timing and delivery are dreadful.

by Anonymousreply 15September 13, 2023 3:19 PM

R5 That high pressure job combined with any propensity to rely on drugs like these is a hard combination. I have a pretty big public job and emotional self regulation is a huge part of hanging on to it. When I got recruited for this job and offered some others, I had a whole battery of expensive psychodiagnostics that effectively “screened” for certain behaviors and habits of mind. I was really intimidated by that idea, but had to participate in that process to advance. I think this might become more common in the near future.

by Anonymousreply 16September 13, 2023 3:22 PM

God he’s awful looking. He got where he is by making everyone feel bad for him because his dad died in 9/11. It’s been 22 years, Pete. Go away.

by Anonymousreply 17September 13, 2023 3:31 PM

I bet Lorne Michaels must delirously happy that Pete and his drama are gone from SNL.

by Anonymousreply 18September 13, 2023 3:39 PM

I like Jon Stewart alright, but Pete Davidson and John Mulaney?!

They're both gratingly unfunny. I guess Jon didn't have to worry about following anyone who killed.

by Anonymousreply 19September 13, 2023 3:44 PM

If Ketamine affects the bladder in a bad way, I wonder how it affected Pete's Crohn's disease?

by Anonymousreply 20September 13, 2023 5:00 PM

Seventh rehab stint.

This guy isn't going to live to old age.

by Anonymousreply 21September 13, 2023 5:10 PM

Yeah, this won't end well 🍿

by Anonymousreply 22September 13, 2023 5:24 PM

R16, without giving yourself away, what field are you in that they required that level of screening?

by Anonymousreply 23September 13, 2023 5:27 PM

R23 Science and media.

by Anonymousreply 24September 13, 2023 8:30 PM

I hate ketamine. Of all the drugs I did, it's probably the one I hated the most. There's a speedy side to it that I did not expected and because I did not expect it, I hated it. It's like your brain frequency goes from 50 Hz to 100 Hz and I didn't like it AT ALL. And then the whole experience felt cold, clinical, matter-of-fact-ish, and I couldn't move at all: I was forced to see things I didn't want to see. Awful. Now the opiates... Hmm the opiates... The warm feeling of opiates/opioids is the complete opposite of the coldness of ketamine.

by Anonymousreply 25September 13, 2023 8:54 PM

Can this ugly mentally deranged fuck go away already?!

by Anonymousreply 26September 13, 2023 8:56 PM

Good for him - he openly takes about mental health issues. And, directly to folks to need it.

by Anonymousreply 27September 13, 2023 9:02 PM

I had such bed experiences on K. I must've done too much each time. I much preferred x or coke.

by Anonymousreply 28September 13, 2023 10:51 PM

R25 You explained my experience with ketamine perfectly. It is headache inducing and a very cold drug.

by Anonymousreply 29September 14, 2023 1:33 AM

R24, so sorry lolol, but I am curious again. Do you know the title of the assessment you were given? And what exactly were they testing you for? I’m just trying to decide what their objective is.

by Anonymousreply 30September 14, 2023 5:09 AM

nobody writes articles about my problems or what i overcame. people act like celebrities introspection and personal growth. big round of applause for skeet davidson, it's truly amazing that a narcissist with BPD has the courage to constantly draw attention to his personal dramas and issues. Kanye should have shot him

by Anonymousreply 31September 14, 2023 5:17 AM

I have PTSD. I recently met a woman (referred through a mutual friend) who also has PTSD. She had undergone ketamine infusions (one per day, lasting perhaps an hour) for five consecutive days.

Of course, these were medically supervised. And she swears by the results.

I'm still deciding but am so desperate to find something helpful for PTSD (I'm in the middle of extended sessions of EMDR, so I'm hoping) that I might give ketamine a try.

by Anonymousreply 32September 14, 2023 5:25 AM

R18, didn't Pete leave SNL to work another Michael's gig?.

by Anonymousreply 33September 14, 2023 6:08 AM

When life is 9x6, you’re bound to be skewed.

by Anonymousreply 34September 14, 2023 6:31 AM

R34 gets it: I once snorted special K off his cock and of course I Oded.

by Anonymousreply 35September 14, 2023 11:31 AM

[quote] “One time, I got The Wiggles to mesh with Schindler’s List,” Davidson joked.

I could do that with a phone call.

by Anonymousreply 36September 14, 2023 12:23 PM

[quote]I took ketamine twice back in my drug-taking days in college and it was the greatest feeling I have ever experienced

I felt that way about quaaludes.

by Anonymousreply 37September 14, 2023 12:28 PM

Jokes about rehab revolving doors. Do people actually laugh at his suicidal behavior? He looks like shit. His deadpan ugliness is fortune.

by Anonymousreply 38September 14, 2023 12:50 PM

I don't understand why quaaludes were banned in the US. No one OD'd on quaaludes. There was no epidemic of quaalude-related road accidents.

They seem to have been a casualty of the primordial US War on Drugs. That turned out great!

When chill-out quaaludes dried up, suburban mothers and their hillbilly relations just picked up meth, fentanyl, and ketamine, which are magnitudes more dangerous and fatal.

by Anonymousreply 39September 14, 2023 1:00 PM

Is he still around? Make him go away.

by Anonymousreply 40September 14, 2023 1:40 PM

I went to a ketamine clinic several years ago for alcoholism. It was the only thing that has ever worked for me. I lost all cravings for alcohol overnight, and I was (am now again) a two bottle a night drunk. I quit drinking for 16 months, after attending the ketamine clinics for 9 months. Most people continue to go in once a month for maintenance, and I didn’t. My health insurance even covered it. I didn’t have any bladder issues, and doubt that they would occur with such infrequent use. I am back to drinking heavily again, but my new health insurance sucks and won’t cover the clinics. I suppose that the money that I’m spending on wine would probably pay for the clinics.

by Anonymousreply 41September 14, 2023 2:25 PM

I find this all too common. Public individuals make the mistake of getting out of rehab and then airing their dirty laundry about their real drug use.

Unfortunately, then after six months to a year they go MIA. They cannot succeed. They are back on drugs. I hope that Pete can finally stay clean and off drugs, but he has a terrible track record. How many times has he been in rehab? I am told many drug addicts fail multiple times before finally getting clean. My gut says his life will end in tears. I pray I am wrong.

by Anonymousreply 42September 14, 2023 2:31 PM

Amazing how many people I have known who are now dead from booze and substance abuse. It’s scary. I’m glad I got sober when I did. Every now and then I get a craving for a drink but it always passes.

I knew people like Pete who were serious abusers who would get sober. They would be in the 12-step meetings shooting off slogans and being patronizing towards newbies. Many of them relapsed after a few months or years. Several of them died. Sobriety is difficult, no lie. I don’t care for his brand of humor and he is overrated af. But for his sake I am hoping he stays clean.

by Anonymousreply 43September 14, 2023 2:58 PM

mind. “One time, I got The Wiggles to mesh with Schindler’s List,” Davidson joked.

This is the kind of thing that guys like Davidison and Elon Musk find hysterically funny and all magical mystical. The rest of the world is like, “Oh haha. You so funny 🙄 “

by Anonymousreply 44September 14, 2023 4:16 PM

Can he just go away? Can rehab be forever for him?

by Anonymousreply 45September 14, 2023 4:19 PM

[quote]I don't understand why quaaludes were banned in the US.

We were having too much fun. My apologies.

by Anonymousreply 46September 15, 2023 7:12 AM

One of the few times I liked Dennis Hopper when pointed out it's called Alcoholics ANONYMOUS, FFS.

by Anonymousreply 47September 15, 2023 7:14 AM

R41 try Kudzu supplements

by Anonymousreply 48September 15, 2023 8:18 AM

We fired a client today for being a drunk who is massively incompetent, a time-waster, nuisance, compulsive liar and completely detached from reality. He just won't be alive in a few years time.

Of course we didn't tell him any of that, we just told him to leave us alone and never contact us again.

People who drink all day, every day and pretend to be business people suck ass.

by Anonymousreply 49September 15, 2023 1:11 PM

[quote] Good for him - he openly takes about mental health issues. And, directly to folks to need it.

He’s a dangerous idiot. He has BPD.

by Anonymousreply 50September 16, 2023 3:21 AM
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