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> I don't think our friend OP's current ketamine use is life affirming but I don't see much difference between that and much of Nietzsche values..
Because you know nothing of Nietzsche's philosophy to be blunt, or more likely you don't look at it charitably because of the beliefs you already have when approaching it. Nihilism is a potential trend in society he identified that he was trying to warn us about, not something he was an advocate for. What he personally would say of OP's condition is irrelevant here and we'll never know, it's silly to speculate on in my view, Nietzsche is not someone who I would want to sit down and chat with, he's not someone I would likely have any interest in maintaining a personal relationship at all, we're talking about what he wrote here not who he was, which is an important distinction you seem to gloss over by referencing "Nietzsche's values", as if it matters at all who was, what actually matters is the sensible marks he left us and their utility in our own lives in this time and place.
He is known to have used drugs in his life, but was in no sense an unrestrained advocate for drug use. I would argue drug use of the kind and at the level OP is talking about would be life denying because it's anesthetizing and that seems to be the allure in this instance. They don't seem to be taking the drug to learn more about the world or themselves, or for the sake of the experience itself, as a social ritual, to grow as a person etc. all of which would be life-affirming, instead they seem to be using it as an escape, and it seems to be hindering other aspects of their life that keeps it from being wholly lived, so in that it's a life-denying behavior in the same way I would view the rigid rules and dogma of exoteric religion are life denying, both restrict one in the act of radical self-creation, the only difference is in the method.
This is a good read that touches on some of this stuff:
That said, you can use drugs and not be ensnared by them and there are tools for getting unstuck, religion can potentially be one of them, but one that's unreliable, very few people arrive at true faith when they set out to "find God", the mystery of God is something that finds you, and it finds you as you exercise your own Will, God is the All and we ourselves are the All in All, that doesn't mean we individually "are" God, we are finite temporal cogs in an infinite eternal machine, all we can do is wonder at the unbroken chain of fantastic events we are part of, and create of our own lives a unique work of art, not a facsimile or some boring still life, but an awe-inspiring work all our own, worthy of being hung in God's gallery.