Esketamine has been around for decades for various uses, although more recently, nasal esketamine treatment is being utilized by psychiatrists and other health professionals to treat depression. By learning more about nasal esketamine treatment, you can determine whether pursuing treatment is right for you.Studies of nasal esketamine are still ongoing, but many patients who have depression…
How a Ketamine Infusion Can Offer Hope for Drug Abusers
A ketamine infusion is an alternative method of drug abuse treatment. Although the drug has been used medically for more than 50 years, ketamine to treat drug and alcohol abuse is relatively new, so you may not know much about it. The following is a review of the purpose of a ketamine infusion and the benefits treatment can offer.
How a ketamine infusion can help with the fight against drug abuse
As anyone who has battled or is currently battling drug use disorder (drug addiction) knows, overcoming the condition takes dedication, support, and a well-formulated treatment plan. A ketamine infusion is one of several ways psychiatrists can treat drug abusers safely and with a higher chance of success.
The purpose of a ketamine infusion for drug abuse treatment
Ketamine is an approved drug that has most notably been used as a sedative since the 1970s. Over the past couple of decades, psychiatrists are beginning to use ketamine infusions — meaning ketamine administered intravenously — to treat drug abuse patients who are in recovery. When used appropriately, ketamine may reduce cravings to use drugs and improve the mood of the patient to help them win the battle with their addiction.
The benefits of choosing ketamine infusion treatments
Ketamine infusions have helped many patients find relief from their drug addiction. Several of the more notable benefits of ketamine infusions as a part of a recovery treatment plan include:
- A safe, in-office treatment option
- Often effective when other treatment fails
- Many have reduced cravings after treatment
- May reduce triggers that stem from memories
- Professional assistance and treatment monitoring
A ketamine infusion can affect the power that memories have, which reduces the strength of drug abuse triggers in the mind that can lead to cravings. To learn how a ketamine infusion can benefit you specifically, schedule a visit with a drug abuse psychiatrist.
Potential risks and side effects of a ketamine infusion
As is the case with any drug treatment, there are possible side effects that may develop as a result of ketamine infusions. Most notably, patients may experience psychedelic effects during each session, which should go away soon after treatment ends. After treatment, patients may experience nausea and a headache. Because of this, patients should have a ride home following treatment as they are not allowed to drive for several hours.
What to expect during a ketamine infusion session
Every ketamine infusion is tailored to the patient's needs. It typically begins with documenting the patient’s symptoms, medical history, blood pressure, and pulse rate before administering the ketamine intravenously. The session may last between one and two hours, during which the patient can read a book, answer work emails, or simply rest their eyes until treatment is complete.
Schedule a visit with our team to discuss drug abuse treatment
Visit our psychiatrist’s office to discuss ketamine infusion treatment for drug abuse. We are here to help you in your fight toward sobriety and living a happy and meaningful life, and we can tailor a personalized treatment plan to help you overcome your addiction.
Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Read our Yelp reviews.
Spravato® is a brand-name form of nasal esketamine. Esketamine is a drug that has been used medically for decades, but Spravato® has only been approved for use in patients with depression and related conditions since March of 2019. This review aims to provide a clearer definition of Spravato® with insights into what it is effective…
Nasal esketamine treatment is a relatively new development in pharmaceutics as it related to treatment-resistant depression and drug abuse disorder. Since many patients are unfamiliar with how it works, they often feel nervous or unsure about this treatment, and understanding what to expect can help you decide whether nasal esketamine treatment is right for you.Nasal…
Looking into depression treatment options from a psychiatrist? Spravato® is a prescription medicine recently approved by the FDA. It is the first nasal spray medication for adults who have already tried taking anti-depressants and experienced no or few positive results.Considering a new depression treatment? Spravato® was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration as…