What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is an anesthesia medication that has been used safely in the operating room for over 50 years. About 5-10 years ago, doctors discovered that it’s effective at relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD. It rapidly reduces suicidal thoughts.
How long has ketamine been around for?
There is a wide base of research and statistics to support the use of Ketamine as an effective therapy. However, Ketamine Therapy is not widely advertised or promoted to the public by medical professionals despite its continued use and positive effects. You may have many questions about what it is and how effective it is. We are here to answer all of your questions and provide a facility dedicated to improving your mental and physical well-being.
Who can benefit from ketamine?
Is ketamine safe?
What benefits are seen with ketamine treatment?
One of the most beneficial is its rapid onset. You can expect to feel the positive effects of Ketamine within 24 hours after receiving a treatment. Some patients even experience its effects in as little as two hours. Other medications can take up to six weeks or longer before any noticeable changes occur, and even then, you may experience side effects or have to switch to another medication.
Studies have also shown that Ketamine has anti-inflammatory effects at critical areas of the body.
There is a large body of research that shows the benefit of ketamine for pain as well.
What can I really expect from my ketamine treatments?
However, patients do not do well if they are unprepared for the process. It is not a magic bullet and much introspection is required for lasting results.
The most successful patients are referred by psychotherapists who can assist in the sometimes-turbulent process of integration after ketamine therapy. That said, If you have suffered from poorly-treated trauma, depression, or certain pain conditions, and have tried medications with little to no success, we highly recommend this therapy.
Your mental and physical well-being is our main concern. We want to give you a real alternative to relieving you of what holds you back from enjoying everyday life. Creating lasting relationships with our patients is as important to us as any treatment we administer.
What are contraindications to ketamine?
We do not recommend ketamine for patients who are in an active addiction. Ketamine may be an effective adjunct to addiction therapy, but patients must be a part of a structured addiction program.
Ketamine is contraindicated in patients with heart failure or recent coronary re-vascularization (ex heart stents).
How does ketamine work?
At Satori, our philosophy is that the transcendent experience of ketamine can be extraordinarily therapeutic. Patients often have a sensation of unity with the universe. The sense of hope for a better future is profound. Patients often rank it as one of the top 5 most meaningful, spiritual experiences of their lives.
What can I expect the day of treatment?
A typical treatment will last between 40 and 50 minutes. Once the treatment is complete, most patients are able to leave within a half hour of a completed session. Again, this depends on each individual and the severity of their illness. Your doctor will decide when it is safe for you to leave.
We do require someone to drive you home after the treatment, as you will be unsafe to drive on your own.
Key to the success of ketamine therapy is the dissociative, mystical or even spiritual state that is induced. For many people it is the first time that they are separated from the intrusive, ruminative thoughts that push them into therapy in the first place. Because the ketamine state is often vulnerable and disorienting, a skilled provider must be present at all times to hold space for patients in need. Our philosophy is not to leave you alone in a room. We want to connect with you and guide you through your healing journey.
How long does a treatment last?
How do you deliver or give the ketamine?
How long do the effects of ketamine last?
Most patients report relief lasting several days, and an improvement in mood that can last years afterward.
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients receive 6 treatments spread out over 6 months.
Can I take other medications while receiving ketamine infusions?
Medications you cannot take are called benzodiazepines and are most commonly used in treating depression.
Conventional SSRIs are safe to continue.
Will I be alone during my ketamine treatment?
What is the role of psychotherapy in ketamine treatment?
Ketamine relaxes ego defenses and is a catalyst for psychotherapy.
The majority of patients describe the experience to be beautiful, but difficult emotions are often encountered during the ketamine treatment. Through a process of integration clinicians, therapists, and patients can make sense of the experience together.
Because the ketamine experience is unlike anything you have ever been through, we also offer group integration sessions for patients to develop camaraderie and support.
Does insurance cover ketamine treatments?
What is the cost?
Most patients receive 6 treatments.
Payment plans are available, where you can spread the cost of treatment over the course of a year without interest. We truly want to offer this service for those who need it. If you are in need of assistance. Please inquire more in person at (435) 669-4403.