HOW TO PREPARE FOR KETAMINE THERAPY
Ketamine treatments have incredible healing potential for mental and physical wellness. As a result, more and more men and women are flocking to Ketamine clinics to benefit from this new, innovative treatment.
Ketamine is a medication that was first approved as a sedative by the FDA in 1970. It is a popular anesthetic because, unlike most other anesthetics, it does not depress the respiratory system. This means it will not affect a patient’s breathing. Therefore, Ketamine is often given in the Emergency Room to children. Recent research shows Ketamine, at low doses, provides a profound improvement in a variety of mental illnesses. Studies throughout the country centered on depression, anxiety, addiction, and more continue to show that Ketamine’s effect on the mind leads to unbelievable symptom relief.
If Ketamine is right for you, there are many ways you can prepare for this therapy in order to maximize your experience. Enhance the potential of your treatment sessions by learning about Ketamine therapy preparation.
ketamine therapy Prep list for treatment:
- Do not eat or drink anything except water for 8 hours prior to treatment.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Bring a blanket and pillow.
- Bring a prepared playlist of songs (we recommend music that is relaxing with no commercial interruptions).
- Bring headphones.
- Some patients find it helpful to practice mindfulness or meditation prior to treatment to help them fully relax during the treatment.
COMPLIMENTARY VIRTUAL GROUP PREPARATION SESSION
We invite you to our complimentary, virtual group preparation session held every Tuesday from 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM over Zoom. We welcome all new or returning clients! Cameras and microphones are optional. Please be aware that other patients joining the session will be able to see your display name.
This session is facilitated by our trauma-informed integration and life coach, Ali. Join us with your questions (such as logistics, what to expect, playlist, etc.), and to set intentions for your upcoming session.
If you would like to join us, please click the link at the time of the meeting and enter the passcode.
Before treatment, a licensed provider checks your vitals and prepares the IV or injection. A low dose of Ketamine will be administered intramuscularly or infused through an IV over the next 40-60 minutes. You will be closely monitored and supported during this time. Ketamine is a safe drug that does not affect the respiratory system.
During the treatment, patients may experience an altered mental status, although they will be awake and able to talk. Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that can induce a psychedelic state. Dissociation is a kind of out-of-body experience where you partially lose body awareness, and most patients find the experience relaxing and pleasant.
After your treatment session, you will rest and metabolize for up to 2 hours. Ketamine fully metabolizes within 3 – 6 hours. If you need more time at the clinic, our team at Therapeutic Alternatives will move you into a comfortable resting area. Patients are required to have someone drive them home and should not drive or operate machinery on the day of their treatment.
Most patients report experiencing euphoric, dissociative, and profound feelings in addition to an out-of-body experience. Other patients report blurred vision, confusion, nausea, and slurred speech. Other known side effects of Ketamine include hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and an increased heart rate.
These symptoms are temporary and gradually subside after completion of the treatment. A normal mental state is returned quickly after the procedure is complete.
Just as preparing well for Ketamine treatments can maximize your experience, there are things you can do after treatment to maximize your Ketamine results. Here are a few tips for Ketamine aftercare that can help sustain the benefits of your treatment sessions:
- Therapeutic Alternatives recommends continued follow-ups with mental health professionals after Ketamine treatments. Our providers can provide referrals upon request.
- Continue any prescribed medications. Work closely with health professionals and physicians to align your physical and mental wellness.
- Surround yourself with the support of your family, friends, and other individuals that have your best interest at heart. As you receive Ketamine treatments, you may become ready to make big and small life changes. Having support around you can make the most prominent difference in long-term, positive change.
Read more about Ketamine Therapy Aftercare to get more tips on making the most of your Ketamine sessions.
COMPLIMENTARY GROUP INTEGRATION & PROCESSING VIRTUAL SESSION
We invite you to our complimentary, virtual group integration session held every Tuesday from 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM over Zoom. If you would like to join, we would love to see you! We welcome all new or returning clients! Cameras and microphones are optional. Please be aware that other patients joining the session will be able to see your display name.
This session is facilitated by our trauma-informed integration and life coach, Ali. She will be sharing some skills to help you integrate what has come up during your sessions, and can also assist with any questions you may have. Please come prepared with something to write on (journal, notebook, etc).
We are committed to making affordable Ketamine therapy available to the Salt Lake City area and currently offer the lowest rates.
Ketamine Treatment Prices
Studies have shown there is a positive cumulative effect of doing a series of 6 treatments in a short amount of time.
Infusions are typically given once or twice a week for up to 6 treatments in a series. This treatment plan may vary depending on individual needs and responses.
Following the initial series, maintenance infusions are available on an as-needed basis.
Studies show Ketamine to be beneficial in improving symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, OCD, and addiction. If you suffer from any of these conditions, book a consultation with one of our providers at Therapeutic Alternatives. During the consultation, you can discover more about how Ketamine affects the mind and whether this treatment will benefit your unique needs.
When administered at low doses, Ketamine safely helps the mind become adaptable and release trauma. Our providers are licensed professionals with years of experience in Ketamine therapy. You can rest assured that, with Therapeutic Alternatives, you will be treated with the highest safety and patient care standards.
Most Ketamine providers recommend 6 – 10 sessions for complete treatment. However, because each person’s needs and circumstances vary, a provider can create a custom treatment plan that caters to your specific needs.
Ketamine may be right for you if you experience treatment-resistant symptoms of depression and anxiety. Ketamine may also be right for you if you struggle to find relief after exhausting other forms of therapy and medication. Speak with one of our providers to learn more about this new healing method.
Results from Ketamine treatments vary widely, just as each person’s mental health varies drastically from one person to another. However, Ketamine therapy, although relatively new, is backed by incredible studies and research. Learn about our treatment applications by booking a consultation with Therapeutic Alternatives today.