Ketamine therapy for addiction has been a large part of research in the modern mental health field. Many people don’t quite understand addiction because it hasn’t affected them personally. However, it affects nearly 21 million Americans. This number is staggering and often those within this statistic feel stigmatized and do not receive treatment.
Therapy is a necessity for these individuals and that can be cognitive behavioral therapy, inpatient therapy, or medicinal therapy. Ketamine has been tested and shown promising results in patients with severe addictions. While it may seem counterintuitive to fight addiction with another drug. When administered and monitored by a physician, the effects can show their true healing powers.
Ketamine for Alocoholoism and Heroin Use
In a study by Ivan Ezquerra-Romano I, Lawn W, Krupitsky E, Morgan CJA. Ketamine for the treatment of addiction: Evidence and potential mechanisms. Neuropharmacology. 2018 Nov.
Their findings were promising in patients with severe alcoholism and heroin addictions. The ketamine treatments were shown to prolong abstinence from the substances in detoxed individuals. Some theories as to what mechanisms make these changes are increases in neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. Increased effectiveness of cognitive therapy due to the psychedelic properties of ketamine therapy. As well as treating depressive symptoms that are often the root cause of addiction.
Quite often people think that addiction is simply a lack of willpower or morality. This simply isn’t the case. Addiction is a complex issue that can be rooted in many causes. There are cases of trauma that lead to addiction, poor guidance and values instilled at young ages, and often socially sanctioned substances that honestly aren’t healthy.
Once addicted to a substance the brain undergoes changes that need medical help to be reversed. The mind and body become so accustomed to the substance, whether it be alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. That it needs the chemical to feel “normal.”
Ketamine’s role in this recovery process is to break that normal and create a new one. By shifting consciousness, ketamine is believed to facilitate this process.
If you or a loved one is going through addiction difficulties it is worth checking out the Neuroscience Center and asking for advice. The team is highly skilled and will be able to offer advice as well as treatment for those in need. Addiction is a difficult road and one that shouldn’t be traveled alone. Whether it is ketamine treatment for addiction or a different mental health strategy, we are here to help you progress and get your life back on track.
This is what we are here for. We want to help you and listen to what’s going on with your mental health. We have a large staff of highly skilled and educated doctors and nurses that have made it their life’s goal to helping people. Give us a call at 847-236-9310 or fill out our form and we will reach out. No one should have to go it alone. Support systems are the way to a proper recovery.