Addiction, depression, trauma, anxiety — these experiences can leave people trapped in a web of confusing and painful emotions, as well as negative thoughts and beliefs about oneself, other people, and the world. To find true healing, one must dive a little deeper into the healing journey. Ketamine-Assisted Therapy combines the power of Ketamine treatments with our integrated holistic therapeutic approach which includes, talk therapy, energy medicine, bodywork, breathwork, ceremony, nutrition, and nutraceutical support. Our unique approach to Ketamine-Assisted Therapy allows you to explore and reframe a new and different perspective on the emotions, memories, experiences, and beliefs tying you to addiction, trauma, or other emotional and mental difficulties.
The Sanctuary offers Ketamine-Assisted Therapy as an add-on with additional cost to our holistic 30-day, residential drug, and trauma recovery program. We administer the Ketamine intramuscularly and not intravenously.
What Is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a synthetic compound and medicine that’s been used as an anesthetic and analgesic for decades. Ketamine is a safe, well-researched medicine that is 100% legal and FDA-approved for many indications related to anesthesia. It is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines and has been credited with saving lives when used as an anesthetic, pain reliever, and anxiety reliever.
Ketamine is also used in hospices around the globe for treating end-of-life anxiety, pain, and fear. It is being investigated as an agent to treat other serious conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease.
More recently, Ketamine has become increasingly popular and widely used in the mainstream psychiatric system for its ability to benefit people struggling with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Ketamine treatment centers all over the U.S. as of 2021. Trained clinicians have been using Ketamine safely as an adjunct to psychotherapy for almost 20 years. Because of its effectiveness, sometimes within just a few sessions, Ketamine therapy is becoming more widely available.
Ketamine is not safe or recommended for people with a history of manic episodes/Bipolar 1 Disorder and/or mood cycling between highs and lows that are not well controlled with medication. Ketamine is also not safe or recommended for people with psychotic symptoms including hearing or seeing things others don’t, not knowing what is real and unreal, believing you have special powers or are receiving special messages and/or paranoid symptoms, even if these symptoms were induced by substances. In addition, people with certain medical conditions including untreated high blood pressure, untreated cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, untreated glaucoma, and pregnancy among others, should not take Ketamine. Our doctors and clinical team will evaluate your unique situation and decide with you whether Ketamine, a prescription medication, is right for you.
For people who are eligible, Ketamine can be effective within 4 to 6 sessions.
What is Ketamine-Assisted Treatment/Therapy?
The Sanctuary at Sedona pioneered Ketamine-Assisted Treatment (KAT), which differs from and goes deeper than the more widely known Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). KAP combines Ketamine with just talk therapy, most often done in a medical clinic as an outpatient procedure. But what makes KAT different at The Sanctuary is that it is woven into our unique holistic treatment process, a multi-modal integrative approach, that is within the safe container of a 30-day residential treatment program allowing you to go substantially deeper into your therapeutic recovery process.
Ketamine treatment works by modulating a neurotransmitter called glutamate. In the right dose, it amplifies the ability to access painful emotions and memories including those that may not be fully conscious and accessible in traditional psychotherapy.
Everyone has barriers and defense mechanisms they use to push away, disown, and repress painful memories, emotions and fears, and negative beliefs and thinking patterns related to these emotions and memories. Ketamine lowers these barriers and defenses and allows more access to these emotions, memories, and related negative beliefs. This process promotes neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain and nervous system to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections. This change in brain reorganization and activity promotes changes in thinking, emotions, and perspective. Combined with psychotherapy, or talk therapy, KAT allows clients to examine and work through painful experiences and shift underlying issues and root causes related to substance use in a safe and freeing environment.