Category: Ketamine

July 1, 2019
: ketamine treatment, ketamine for depression, holistic treatment for depression, the wholeness center, fort collins

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a prescription dissociative anesthetic that was first synthesized in 1962 and has since been safely used to start and maintain anesthesia during surgical procedures. Ketamine has minimal negative side effects and has been shown to be effective with animals, children, and adults.

How is Ketamine Used at Wholeness Center?

At the Wholeness Center, we are using Ketamine at a fraction of the anesthetic dose (10-25%) as a treatment option for treatment-resistant depression. Our patients have found that traditional medications and treatments aren’t effective for them or cause negative side effects. Ketamine is offering them relief – often instantaneously – from the debilitating symptoms of depression. Ketamine is also being used off-label to treat other mental health conditions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and drug and alcohol addiction.

How does Ketamine work?

Ketamine is known for its fast-acting effect. However, our practitioners take time to make sure they can offer the lowest dose that brings the best result for each individual patient. Because of this precaution, it can take a few sessions for us to fine tune the dosage due to each patient’s individual body chemistry and emotional balance. We use three routes of ketamine administration: sublingual (dissolvable lozenges), intramuscular injection (IM), and intravenous line (IV). Dosing strategies and routes of administration will be decided on during the initial psychiatric screening, although they may change throughout the course of treatment, depending on need.

Ketamine works very differently than traditional depression medications. Its purpose is to aid in increasing brain plasticity, to repair rather than suppress. With traditional medications, they are seen as a lifetime choice. They are meant to dull the senses. Ketamine is used to support a sustained healing process, giving our patients the support they need to recover from the damage of long-term stress. Typically, people only need 6-8 ketamine sessions to produce prolonged remission of symptoms, although some need occasional maintenance booster sessions to maintain remission. Statistics have shown that 70% of people experience moderate to significant relief from their symptoms after 6-8 ketamine sessions, while 30% do not respond.

Why do we use Ketamine at Wholeness Center?

The focus of natural medicine, in general, is to get to the root cause of illness and to heal. We aren’t interested in suppressing symptoms, we are here to support you on your journey to healing and to finding your wholeness. Depression is a symptom, not a final destination. Depression causes your whole self (mind, body, spirit) to shut down in an attempt to protect itself from perceived internal and external threats. Ketamine treatment is one of the most effective ways to reverse this self-protective process by reconnecting a person with their inner healing intelligence. When this occurs, someone suffering from depression, trauma, or addiction is able to reconnect with their inner wisdom and sanity, which illuminates the path out of stuckness, debilitating fear, and suffering.

Is Ketamine for everyone?

Our experiences in life, body chemistry, tolerance for change, etc., are all unique. Ketamine has been proven effective for many patients including those who have suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our practitioners offer treatments with a very low dosage during the first few visits to carefully assess your body’s reactions. We work with you to make sure both you and your practitioner feel that Ketamine is the best fit for your needs.

What does Ketamine treatment feel like?

Although different for everyone, generally Ketamine offers a feeling of lightness. Patients describe feeling like they are floating or disconnected. Some say they feel a little drowsy but with a new type of clarity, like they are accessing a different part of their brain. This effect can offer the opportunity to process wounds and begin healing at a much deeper level and with more ease. Ego controls are reduced and our patients can more easily tolerate previously difficult insights.

Is Ketamine addictive?

Ketamine, in our setting at Wholeness Center is not addictive. We use very low doses, infrequent dosing, and all with the focus on healing. Ketamine, like any prescription drug, is dangerous if abused. Taken consistently at high levels, it can be a dangerous and addictive medication.

Is Ketamine Treatment covered by insurance?

Ketamine treatments are usually not covered by insurance. Every insurance company is different and there are some companies who are looking into coverage for the treatment. Unfortunately, many insurance companies are still in the business of chasing and suppressing symptoms rather than investing in long-term, quality of life, solutions for their clients. Until insurance changes, we can work within your budget to help you find the best treatment options. We are here to empower you to take charge of your health, on your terms.

Depression and Anxiety

Experts across the country are concerned about the significant increase, some would say epidemic, of depression and anxiety. At this point, most patients feel that there are limited options for treatments and that the majority of those treatments do not offer healing, only covering up the pain. There are many limitations in the traditional fields of medicine. Wholeness Center pushes beyond those limitations to treat you, as a whole person, and Ketamine is one of the ways we can help.

If you or someone you love is interested in learning more about Ketamine treatments, please call our office today or email us. We are happy to offer a free 15 minute phone consolation to answer any questions and to set up an initial Ketamine evaluation session.

Click here to learn more about our Ketamine Treatment and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) programs.

The Wholeness Center is located in Fort Collins near the intersection of Prospect and Timberline. We’re less than 10 minutes from 1-25. If you work or live near Greeley, Wellington, Windsor, Loveland, Longmont, or Cheyenne, we are within commuting distance to you.

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