Frequently Asked Questions
About Ketamine Therapy
Discovered in 1962 by organic chemists at Wayne State University, the benefits of ketamine therapy continue to be uncovered. Biologically, we know that ketamine blocks the NMDA receptor, which is responsible for receiving pain signals from the peripheral environment.
By stopping the cellular transmission of pain to the brain, ketamine acts as an anesthetic (approved by the FDA in 1970). This process increases the availability of glutamate – an excitatory neurotransmitter.
Glutamate production plays an important role in neuroplasticity, enhancing the structural connectivity between neurons. This means that on top of ketamine’s anesthetic qualities, it also has lasting effects on how the brain is wired.
During the reuptake of excess glutamate, a time delay is created for the patient to go through a painful event without instantly having a preprogrammed reaction.
If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, BPD, or another disorder and haven’t found relief through other treatment methods, ketamine therapy may be right for you. You are more than welcome to schedule a consultation with our medical team to discover if you may be an eligible candidate for treatment. In order to begin treatment, you will need to obtain a referral from your healthcare provider. Ketamine therapy may not be recommended if you experience any or some of the following contraindications:
Significant history of substance abuse
Medication risks (opioids or benzodiazepines)
Ongoing Substance Abuse
History of Psychosis
Recent TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
Allergy to Ketamine
Ketamine is administered at a relatively low dose (compared to what is used for anesthetic purposes) for treatment of psychiatric disorders. It is exhibited to have high physiological tolerance in both children and adults. With that being said, like any medical and most nonmedical substances, there are possibilities for side effects, including:
A reduction in the sense of ego
Impaired coordination and balance
Visual and auditory effects impairing the ability to see, hear, or feel objects with precision
Drowsiness, confusion, or difficulty speaking
Anxiety, fright, nausea or vomiting
Experiencing Ketamine Infusion Therapy with the correct set and setting is of high importance to mitigate these side effects.
Ketamine can be taken through a variety of methods, including intravenously, nasally, or sublingually. The most widely used approach is through IV drip in a controlled environment, as this is the form most easily monitored for individual administration on a case by case basis.
Ketamine-enhanced psychotherapy is used to dive deeper into the psyche during therapy sessions in order to release blockages caused by stressors experienced throughout your life. Before treatment begins, our medical team will walk you through the logistical process of how ketamine infusion therapy is administered, and provide you with extensive resource material and exercises to complete.
Psychedelic experiences are different for each individual, but one commonality includes the effect of perceiving your mind and body from outside of yourself – this can be equated to a diminishing sense of ego and self. At first it can be an unfamiliar feeling, but after acclimating , it may feel euphoric, tranquil, or spiritual. Even if it is overwhelming at first, the perception of new insights is very common. Through psychotherapy talk sessions, these new insights are then integrated into your daily experience in order to provide lasting relief from blocking thought patterns.
You will arrive at your treatment location 15-20 minutes before treatment begins to adjust to the environment and talk over the process with your physician. After infusion begins, effects take place within 5 to 10 minutes. The experience will last between 45 and 60 minutes, for a maximum appointment time of an hour and a half.
You will be prescribed 4 to 6 infusion sessions paired with post-integration talk therapy sessions, depending on your initial consultation. Generally you will have one treatment per week in order to allow time for processing and exploration after each treatment.
Through our program, Ketamine is $350 per treatment session. This multiplies to a total cost of $1400-$2100 after the prescribed number of treatment sessions.
Under the guidance of a registered psychotherapist, you may be eligible to receive a psychologist benefit depending on your provider. We are more than willing to provide the documentation needed in order to pursue reimbursement through your insurance program.