What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a medication primarily used for anesthesia and pain relief. In recent years, it has gained attention for its potential in treating mental health conditions. Ketamine is a Schedule Ill medication that has long been used safely as an anesthetic and analgesic agent and now, often effectively for treatment of depression, chronic pain, alcoholism, substance dependencies, PTSD and other psychiatric diagnoses as well as for existential, psychological and spiritual crises and growth.

How much do ketamine sessions cost?

We require an initial set of intake sessions to determine if ketamine is an appropriate treatment modality. The first appointment is a 90 minute intake with a licensed psychotherapist. The second appointment is a 15-20 minute appointment with a medical doctor. The intake cost is $325.

A package of 6 sessions is $3,330 ( which equals $550 per session). Our sessions are scheduled as 3 hours of time spent with a licensed psychotherapist before, during and after ketamine administration. The price includes the cost of the medication, medical supervision, and the therapist’s time.
A single session is $675.

Medical Follow Ups are $125 and are required after every 4 sessions or as needed.

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Yes, ketamine is FDA-approved for use as an anesthetic. However, it's used off-label for mental health conditions, meaning it's not specifically approved for those purposes.

What does Ketamine treat?

Ketamine has shown promise in the treatment of various mental health conditions, particularly when other standard treatments have not been effective. Here are some mental health issues for which ketamine may be considered as a potential treatment:

  • Treatment-Resistant Depression:
    Ketamine has demonstrated rapid and significant antidepressant effects, making it a potential option for individuals with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) who haven't responded well to traditional antidepressants.
  • Bipolar Disorder:
    Ketamine may have potential in treating depressive episodes in individuals with bipolar disorder, including those with bipolar depression who haven't responded to other treatments.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
    Studies suggest that ketamine might be effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD, particularly intrusive thoughts and hyperarousal.
  • Anxiety Disorders:
    Ketamine may have anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effects and could be beneficial for individuals with various anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD):
    Research is ongoing to determine the effectiveness of ketamine in reducing symptoms of OCD, especially when traditional treatments have been ineffective.
  • Chronic Pain Conditions:
    Ketamine may be used to manage chronic pain conditions, including complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), neuropathic pain, and chronic migraine.
  • Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm Behaviors:
    Ketamine has demonstrated rapid and significant reduction in suicidal thoughts and self-harm behaviors, making it a potential intervention in emergency situations or for individuals at high risk of suicide.
  • Alcohol Use Disorder and Substance Use Disorders:
    Ketamine might show promise in the treatment of alcohol use disorder and certain substance use disorders, potentially aiding in reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Eating Disorders:
    Preliminary studies suggest that ketamine may have potential in treating certain aspects of eating disorders, such as binge eating and body image concerns.

Why 6 initial sessions?

The recommendation for a series of ketamine sessions, often around six, stems from the observed treatment protocols and clinical trials involving ketamine for mental health conditions. Here's why this approach is commonly used:

  • Buildup of Effects:
    Ketamine treatment often involves an initial series of sessions close together to "build up" the therapeutic effects. This helps establish a baseline response to the treatment.
  • Response Assessment:
    Multiple sessions allow healthcare professionals to assess the individual's response to ketamine and make necessary adjustments in dosages or treatment plans based on how the patient is reacting to the treatment.
  • Optimizing Dose and Frequency:
    The first few sessions help determine the optimal dose and frequency for the individual. The response can vary from person to person, so finding the right balance is crucial.
  • Sustained Relief:
    Research suggests that repeated sessions may be necessary to sustain the initial positive effects. This approach helps prolong the antidepressant or anxiolytic effects of ketamine over a more extended period.
  • Long-Term Management:
    Mental health conditions often require ongoing management. By conducting a series of sessions, healthcare professionals aim to achieve a more sustained improvement in symptoms, potentially reducing the need for frequent repeat treatments later on.
  • Enhanced Efficacy:
    Some studies suggest that a series of sessions can enhance the efficacy of ketamine treatment, making it more effective in providing relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

It's important to note that the specific number of sessions and the interval between them can vary based on the individual's response, the clinician's judgment, and the particular treatment facility's protocols. Ketamine treatment plans are typically personalized based on the patient's unique needs and responses to the treatment. Always consult a healthcare professional for tailored advice regarding ketamine treatment.

How can I ensure the highest effectiveness of each ketamine session?

Enhancing the effectiveness of ketamine treatment involves considering various factors to optimize the therapeutic outcomes. Here are several key factors that can influence the effectiveness of ketamine treatment for mental health conditions:

  • Dosage and Administration:
    Individualized Dosage: Tailoring the ketamine dosage based on the individual's weight, overall health, and response to previous sessions can optimize effectiveness.
  • Frequency and Timing of Sessions:
    Treatment Schedule: Establishing a suitable treatment schedule, often starting with a series of sessions close together and then adjusting based on response, is crucial for sustained effectiveness.Booster Sessions: Incorporating booster sessions at appropriate intervals can help maintain the therapeutic effects over an extended period.
  • Psychotherapy Integration:
    Combined with Therapy: Combining ketamine treatment with psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or mindfulness-based therapy, can enhance and sustain the treatment's effectiveness.
  • Patient Monitoring and Assessment:
    Regular Monitoring: Ongoing assessment of the patient's symptoms, progress, and side effects during and after treatment sessions allows for adjustments and a more tailored approach.Outcome Tracking: Utilizing validated assessment tools to track treatment outcomes and tailor future sessions accordingly.
  • Psychiatric Support:
    Psychiatric Expertise: Involvement of mental health professionals experienced in ketamine treatment ensures appropriate evaluation, monitoring, and adjustments for each patient.
  • Safety Measures:
    Safe Environment: Ensuring a safe and comfortable treatment setting with experienced healthcare providers to minimize anxiety and potential adverse reactions.Medical Screening: Thorough medical and psychiatric assessments to identify any contraindications or risks before initiating treatment.
  • Lifestyle Factors:
    Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Encouraging patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and reduced stress can complement the effects of ketamine treatment.

How do I know when I need a booster ketamine session?

Knowing when to get a booster ketamine session depends on several factors, including your individual response to previous ketamine treatments, the nature of your mental health condition, and guidance from your healthcare provider. Here are some indicators and considerations for determining when a booster session might be beneficial:

  • Duration of Relief:
    If you notice a decline in the positive effects of ketamine and your symptoms start to worsen or resurface, it may be a good time to consider a booster session.
  • Symptom Recurrence:
    If you experience a return of depressive, anxious, or PTSD symptoms that had previously improved, it may be an indication that a booster session is needed.
  • Consultation with Healthcare Provider:
    Regular communication with your healthcare provider is crucial. They can help assess your progress, discuss any changes in your symptoms, and recommend when a booster session would be appropriate.
  • Treatment Plan Guidelines:
    Follow the treatment plan provided by your healthcare provider, including any recommended booster sessions at specific intervals. These intervals are typically based on established protocols and your individual response.
  • Discussion During Follow-Up Appointments:
    During follow-up appointments, openly discuss your experiences, symptom management, and any concerns you may have. Your healthcare provider can then recommend booster sessions if deemed necessary.
  • Consistency in Symptoms:
    If you experience consistent, lingering symptoms despite previous treatment, additional sessions, including booster treatments, may be recommended to enhance and maintain the therapeutic effects.
  • Monitoring Your Progress:
    Keep a personal record of your mood, symptoms, and overall well-being. If you notice a decline or fluctuation in your mental health, share this information with your healthcare provider.
  • Life Events and Stressors:
    Major life events or increased stressors can impact your mental health. If you're facing a challenging period, discussing the possibility of a booster session to manage stress and symptoms may be beneficial.

Ultimately, your healthcare provider, who is familiar with your specific case, will guide you on the timing and necessity of booster ketamine sessions. Regular communication and a collaborative approach with your healthcare team are essential in ensuring that you receive the appropriate care to effectively manage your mental health condition.

Who should NOT seek Ketamine for treatment?

Ketamine treatments may not be suitable for everyone, and there are certain contraindications and considerations that healthcare providers typically take into account when determining if a person should receive ketamine treatment. Here are some situations where ketamine treatments may not be recommended or should be approached with caution:

  • Allergies or Sensitivities:
    Individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to ketamine or any of its components should avoid ketamine treatments.
  • Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure (Hypertension):
    Ketamine can elevate blood pressure and heart rate, so individuals with uncontrolled high blood pressure should exercise caution or avoid ketamine treatment.
  • History of Psychosis or Psychotic Disorders:
    Ketamine can induce dissociation and altered perceptions, which may exacerbate symptoms or trigger episodes in individuals with a history of psychosis or psychotic disorders.
  • Active Substance Use Disorders:
    People with current substance abuse or addiction issues, particularly to ketamine or other substances, should not receive ketamine treatment due to the risk of misuse or exacerbation of addiction.
  • Certain Medical Conditions:
    Individuals with severe liver or kidney conditions, acute cardiac conditions, certain respiratory disorders, or a history of intracranial hypertension should avoid ketamine treatment or be closely monitored.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:
    The safety of ketamine during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been firmly established, so it is generally avoided unless deemed necessary and benefits outweigh potential risks.
  • History of Mania or Hypomania:
    Individuals with a history of bipolar disorder or manic episodes should approach ketamine treatment cautiously, as it may trigger or exacerbate manic symptoms.
  • Certain Medications:
    Some medications may interact with ketamine, potentially leading to adverse effects. It's important to disclose all current medications to your healthcare provider before considering ketamine treatment.
  • Active Suicidal Ideation or Behavior:
    Ketamine treatment may not be suitable for individuals with acute, active suicidal thoughts or behaviors, as safety and appropriate care are the top priority in such cases.

What is the difference between sublingual ketamine and IV Ketamine?

Sublingual ketamine and ketamine infusions are two different methods of administering ketamine, each with its own characteristics and considerations:

  • Sublingual Ketamine:
    Administration: Sublingual ketamine involves placing a tablet or liquid form of ketamine under the tongue, where it is absorbed through the mucous membranes directly into the bloodstream.Absorption and Onset: Absorption is relatively quick, and the effects typically begin within about 15-20 minutes after administration.Dosing and Frequency: Sublingual ketamine may be administered more frequently, often at home, compared to infusions. Patients might take it several times a week or as prescribed by their healthcare provider.Controlled Dosing: It offers a more controlled and precise dosing compared to other methods like intramuscular or intravenous administration.Convenience: It provides a more convenient and less invasive option compared to intravenous or intramuscular administration.
  • Ketamine Infusions:
    Administration: Ketamine infusions involve administering ketamine through an intravenous (IV) line directly into the bloodstream, usually over a longer period, often an hour or more.Absorption and Onset: The effects typically start within a few minutes after the infusion begins, and the concentration of ketamine in the blood can be more precisely controlled during the infusion.Dosing and Frequency: Infusions are typically done less frequently, often as part of a series of sessions, followed by potential booster infusions. The frequency may range from weekly to monthly, depending on the individual's response and treatment plan.Duration: Infusions usually last longer, and the antidepressant or anxiolytic effects can be sustained for several days to a few weeks after the infusion.Clinical Setting: Ketamine infusions are typically administered in a clinical setting, often under the supervision of healthcare professionals.
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