Ketamine For Substance Abuse

How Does Ketamine Help With Substance Abuse?

Recovering from substance abuse disorders requires a customized approach to each patient.  Ketamine serves to lessen the physical and emotional burdens on the patient, as they seek to empower themselves to walk a healthier path.  With Ketamine Therapy, our clients can limit or eliminate the physical craving, and withdrawal symptoms, for alcohol or illicit substances, IMMEDIATELY.  Alongside a formal recovery process, including group and cognitive behavioral therapy, we are able to provide vital tools to our clients’ journeys.

We are in the midst of a substance abuse crisis worldwide. A clear and alarming example is the current opioid addiction and overdose epidemic, representing a serious global health problem as well as a significant social and economic burden.

What Creates Dependency?

Those with history of substance abuse have physiologic differences, versus individuals without such histories.  After Ketamine therapy, many patients see these changes, such as cravings and physical dependence, reverted back to a state of being before their nervous systems were exposed to various substances of abuse.

  • At the molecular level, substance abuse and addiction reflects our bodies reward center’s reaction to certain chemicals.
  • Tolerance of that chemical initiator, which develops at different rates, in different individuals, with different substances, reflects our nervous system receptors becoming acclimated to, and thus requiring increased amounts of those triggers, with increasing necessity.
  • Both physical and psychological dependency on this newly created, and abnormal balance in our bodies, makes reverting back to our original behavior patterns increasingly difficult.
  • Symptoms of withdrawal, both physical and emotional, prevent many people from ending substance abuse behavior, and/or maintaining that sobriety from alcohol, or their preferred drug of abuse.

It is important to us at NeuroRelief to serve the public.  In coordination with other health care professionals, especially in the context of the ongoing opioid epidemic, we seek to provide vital assistance, and alternatives, to patients suffering from these unfortunate and dangerous addictions.  Ketamine has been shown to reverse symptoms such as opiate craving, tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms.

You Are NOT Alone

  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), almost 25 million Americans (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2019, with only 10% receiving treatment.
  • Drug use overdose deaths have tripled since 1990; from 1999 to 2017 more than 700,000 Americans have died due to drug related overdoses. 
  • Almost 74% of adults suffering from a substance use disorder in 2017 struggled with an alcohol use disorder.
  • About 38% of adults in 2017 battled an illicit drug use disorder.
  • That same year, 1 out of every 8 adults struggled with both alcohol and drug use disorders simultaneously.
  • In 2017, 8.5 million American adults suffered from both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorders.
  • Drug abuse and addiction cost American society more than $740 billion annually in lost workplace productivity, healthcare expenses, and crime-related costs.
  • Genetics, including the impact of one’s environment on gene expression, account for about 40% to 60% of a person’s risk of addiction.
  • Environmental factors that may increase a person’s risk of addiction include a chaotic home environment and abuse, parent’s drug use and attitude toward drugs, peer influences, community attitudes toward drugs, and poor academic achievement.
  • Teenagers and people with mental health disorders are more at risk for drug use and addiction than other populations.

Ketamine Helps in Substance Abuse

  • Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic medication that acts on the central nervous system, chiefly through antagonism of the n-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor.
  • Recently, Ketamine has attracted attention for its efficacy in reducing problematic alcohol and drug use. Ketamine has been shown to effectively prolong abstinence from alcohol and heroin in detoxified alcoholics and heroin dependent individuals, respectively.
  • Moreover, Ketamine reduced craving for and self-administration of cocaine in non-treatment seeking cocaine users. 
  • Ketamine is non-addictive, in the manner that it is delivered to patients at NeuroRelief™.
  • The Ketamine experience not only provides direct relief from withdrawal symptoms, but also serves as a form of self-therapy.
  • In a soothing manner, patients are able to self-examine and form healthier thought patterns.

At NeuroRelief™, we use evidence-based approaches to patient care.  Along with counseling and well-rounding substance abuse therapy, Ketamine is serving as an excellent tool for individuals attempting to regain control over their lives.  We also refer clients to official, substance abuse professionals, thereby contributing to an effective recovery team.  Our participants achieve amazing results; let us help you free yourself from the negative cycle of addiction and withdrawal symptoms. In addition to assisting in the recovery and elimination of withdrawal symptoms, our clients are gaining newfound confidence and empowerment.  We look forward to providing the highest level of service to our clients.

Ketamine Cost

Ketamine treatments are very individualized, therefore cost is determined on a case-by-case basis

At NeuroRelief™, the initial treatment plan we recommend for new patients is to come in for 6 infusions over a 3-4 week period of time.  

The recurrent administration of Ketamine during this time provides a consistent application that disrupts the pathological connections that create disharmony in our nervous systems, while simultaneously building and restoring the connections between synapses.

Contact us to find out how Ketamine can help you manage substance abuse.

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