Substance Abuse

Ketamine Infusions for Substance Abuse Treatment

Treatment from substance abuse disorders calls for an individualized treatment approach. Ketamine helps patients regain a sense of control over their physical and emotional symptoms. Ketamine works to provide rapid relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making them an important part of the recovery process.

Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic and pain-reliever used for decades in hospitals around the globe. Recent research in the last few decades indicates that ketamine can affect the central nervous system through interacting with the n-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor. This allows it to help reduce symptoms of conditions like substance abuse disorder.

What Is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse is a complex mental health condition identified by compulsive drug or alcohol abuse that will lead to significant disruptions in a person’s everyday life. This means anytime a person takes drugs that are not legal or uses substances past the legal or healthy limit.

Warning signs of a substance abuse problem include the following:

  • Loss of interest in hobbies
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lack of self-care
  • Eating more or less than normal
  • Sleeping more or less than normal
  • Problems in your personal or professional lives
  • Mood swings

How Does Ketamine Help With Addiction?

Addiction is the result of the brain and body consuming a substance and the ensuing chemical reaction. Over time, dependency forms, and the bliss that you felt when consuming a substance can become harder and harder to maintain, causing you to turn to higher doses.

With ketamine binding to the NMDA receptors, it can help block signals from being sent to the brain which gives the brain an opportunity to reset old connections and forge new ones.

Ketamine Infusion of Idaho’s innovative use of ketamine treatment for addiction can help you or a loved one who may be struggling with substance abuse. Ketamine is a rapid-acting, effective new treatment that we utilize to help patients along their recovery process.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Ketamine is a synthetic medicine that has primarily been used as an anesthetic agent in humans and animals for over 50 years. It is one of the most commonly used anesthetic agents in the world, because of its unique properties that make it incredibly safe to administer. 

Ketamine binds to NMDA receptors, and creates a glutamate surge, releasing growth factors that help make new synaptic connections in your brain. This paves the way for healthier thought patterns and increases your resilience to chronic stress.

The literature for depression shows a 70% success rate. Individual clinics have seen higher rates, because they have seen increased efficacy with increased dosing.

The low doses used for depression are in the empathogenic "heart opening" psychedelic dose range. People report feelings of love, peace, compassion, forgiveness, and a touch of euphoria.

Ketamine will not be provided to individuals with schizophrenia, psychosis, or certain seizure disorders. Those taking aminophylline for asthma or COPD should not undergo ketamine infusions. If you have serious medical problems like uncontrolled high blood pressure, cardiac disease, or pulmonary problems, a clearance will be requested from your primary care physician before undergoing treatment.

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