Ketamine Therapy

What is Ketamine Assisted Treatment/Therapy?

Ketamine is a medicine that’s been used as an anesthetic for decades. Now, it’s becoming increasingly popular for its ability to benefit people struggling with addiction and mental health disorders.

Ketamine is a safe, well-researched medicine which 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. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Ketamine treatment centers all over the US as of 2021. 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 Parkinsons Disease.

Ketamine is widely used in the mainstream medical system and is an effective treatment for:

  • Drug addiction
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain

Because of its effectiveness within just a few sessions, ketamine therapy is becoming more widely available. But what makes it different at The Sanctuary is how it’s woven into our holistic treatment process.

What is Residential Ketamine Treatment?

A Holistic Ketamine Treatment Center

KAT is known more widely as KAP, or Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. At the Sanctuary, we refer to it as KAT because clients are receiving not only group and individual psychotherapy, but also other holistic modalities which make the most of Ketamine-assisted psychological and spiritual growth.

At the Sanctuary, the Ketamine treatments are integrated into the other sessions. Our treatment program is truly holistic. Ketamine Assisted Therapy, in conjunction with other healing modalities, takes advantage of the medicine’s unique ability to enhance neuroplasticity and promote change and personal growth in mind, body, soul, and spirit.

  • Mind – Meditation, psychotherapy, brain-healthy nutrition, and supplements
  • Body – Movement therapies, bodywork, trauma release
  • Soul – Creative expression, breathwork, ceremony, and ritual
  • Spirit – Energy medicine, nature-based practices, sound healing

These methods work together to help you open to change. And your treatment team collaborates daily. This means that everyone you come into contact with is up to date on what you’ve done, and what you most need next.

This isn’t just a temporary experience; it’s part of a complete healing journey that leads to long-term, sustainable change. Ketamine therapy is one of many tools we use to help you transform your life and be recovered.

Diving Deeper Into the Healing Journey

Ketamine increases your brain’s ability to change. As such, many people find this therapy helps shift their awareness. This can lead to major breakthroughs that change your relationship with addiction or depression.
Ketamine can also aid the talk therapy process. Ketamine creates a relaxed state that helps you open up to new perspectives. It can make it easier to talk about trauma and uncomfortable issues. Gaining access to blocked emotions is also a common ketamine experience. Beyond simply finding answers that make sense logically, this helps you understand them in an embodied way.

We incorporate ketamine therapy into our holistic process to maximize its healing potential.

How it Works

The Sanctuary approaches this therapy differently than any other rehab center. We treat ketamine not just as a drug, but as a medicine. As such, our sessions are held in a ceremonial context, in a non-clinical setting.

At The Sanctuary, we take extra care to create a relaxed, contained environment where you’ll feel safe to start changing old patterns. This means:

  • We begin each session with a guided intention-setting process
  • A dedicated member of our team will sit with you throughout the session, while the entire group process is overseen by our medical staff
  • A specially curated playlist sonically supports your journey
  • Your body and brain are further repaired by a detoxifying diet of organic, anti-inflammatory superfoods

An entire session typically lasts for about two hours, including recovery time. We provide surrounding support designed specifically for those in ketamine treatment. This allows for recovery time, emotional processing, and related therapy sessions the following day.

Ketamine infusion works best in a series of up to six sessions. This takes place alongside your overall program and doesn’t require additional time in treatment.

Types of Ketamine Therapy We Offer

Ketamine Therapy for Addiction

Changing patterns as engrained as addiction requires us to make changes deep within ourselves. That is, full recovery can’t be achieved with talk therapy alone.

Ketamine overrides the part of your brain that controls your habitual behavior. You can then access your subconscious, where your core issues lie. This allows you to disrupt unwanted behaviors and sets the stage for lasting change.

Ketamine Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder

Several recent studies specifically speak to the effectiveness of ketamine in treating alcohol addiction. In one, researchers found that people who used ketamine as an alternative to midazolam (an anti-anxiety medication) drank less frequently, drank in lower amounts, and reduced their rates of relapse.

Ketamine blocks the brain receptor related to your memory and moods. This weakens triggers, which is especially useful for alcohol cravings as drinking is often associated with environmental cues.

Ketamine Therapy for Depression

Ketamine is well known as an effective depression treatment. It’s helpful for reducing general depression symptoms, as well as suicidal thinking. It also helps people who struggle to feel pleasure, a key feature of bipolar disorder.

Ketamine can be a useful alternative for “treatment-resistant” depression. This means that even people who haven’t had success with traditional depression treatment may benefit from the method. It’s short-acting, and its benefits can last for a long time, even after a single dose.
This is different from antidepressants, which people need to take for some time and can’t stop abruptly.

Ketamine Therapy for PTSD

A growing body of research also supports the use of ketamine for treating PTSD. Ketamine can have a positive effect on stress response, traumatic memory, and physical symptoms of trauma. One study showed ketamine to be more effective than prescription anxiety medication for easing PTSD symptoms.

Ketamine Therapy for Anxiety

This therapy is also a viable option for anxiety disorders. Ketamine IV therapy can improve concentration and overall function in people who struggle with everyday tasks due to their anxiety. Studies show that ketamine therapy can help anxiety sufferers make positive changes in their work, academic and social lives.

Ketamine Therapy Side Effects

Ketamine is a controlled substance and has been used safely in the medical field since the 1960s. The WHO considers ketamine one of the safest available drugs, and deems it an “essential medicine.”

The most common minor side effects of ketamine infusion are nausea, dizziness, and blurred vision. These normally don’t last beyond the session itself.

Most major side effects of ketamine occur as a result of chronic or excessive use. Ketamine can be dangerous when as a recreational drug. Because it causes a dissociative state, it shouldn’t be used in unknown settings. The lack of control involved in misusing ketamine can also lead to improper dosing.

But when used under proper care, the dosage and environment are therapeutic. We use a much lower dose of ketamine for therapy than what’s used for anesthesia. All of our staff members are trained in ketamine therapy protocol, and we monitor clients throughout the process to make sure they’re comfortable and safe.

Isn’t Ketamine Addictive?

Some people who used to use ketamine as a party drug understandably have concerns about using it for treatment. But the setting this therapy takes place in provides an entirely different context. Most people find that it doesn’t cause cravings. On the contrary, it may help them delve deeper into the healing process and address the cause of their addiction.

Who can Receive Ketamine Treatment?

In general, most people are good candidates for Ketamine. A few conditions require special consideration and MAY make someone ineligible for Ketamine Treatment such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, certain serious heart conditions, a history of Bipolar Mania, a history of hallucinations due to schizophrenia, a history of severe dissociative disorders such as multiple personality disorder. People who take anti-anxiety or sleeping aid medications from the drug class known as benzodiazepines (lorazepam, clonazepam, diazepam, zolpidem, etc) are asked to skip their medications on the day of the session, as these can reduce the effectiveness of Ketamine. Otherwise, most medications do not pose a negative interaction with Ketamine Treatment, including antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and medications used to treat common health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Personalized Ketamine Treatment at The Sanctuary

All clients at The Sanctuary go through a thorough intake process. During this time, you’ll meet with members of our clinical and medical teams. We’ll answer any questions you have, and help you decide whether or not ketamine therapy is a good fit for you.

A New Life Awaits – Call us Today

The Sanctuary’s one-of-a-kind holistic treatment program is a turning point for so many clients who didn’t get the results they wanted elsewhere. People come to us for trauma, anxiety, or addiction, but they discover so much more. This is a healing process aimed at total life transformation.

“I came in knowing that I needed help with my drug consumption, my food habits, and the depression I was feeling. I feel I’ve received so much more than that.”

Contact us today to find out where this journey can take you.

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