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Enjoying an occasional drink with your friends, family members, or colleagues is familiar and pleasurable for some people. Situationally, there are many occasions where alcohol is a typical visitor as a means of celebration, such as weddings, birthdays, or holidays. However, in many situations, people begin overindulging alcohol or drugs because of the gratifying sensations these substances create in the brain. The body starts to crave these substances more, leading to substance abuse, which frequently develops into addiction. Whether it’s opioids, cocaine, alcohol, or any other substance, addiction kills thousands of Americans every year and impacts millions of lives.[1] Addiction is a mental disorder that drives someone to repeatedly use substances or behave in specific ways despite the detrimental consequences. These deepening cravings for the substance do not go away and often intensify and worsen over time. Addiction ultimately destroys marriages, careers, friendships, and the most valued relationships in your life. Additionally, whether it’s drug or alcohol abuse, addiction has severe adverse side effects on your physical health. Trying to fight addiction can be challenging, making it difficult for the average person to quit without some type of support. At Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives, we are committed to bringing this revolutionary treatment option of Ketamine in Salt Lake City community. Ketamine therapy takes place in a safe, comfortable setting where maximum mind and body healing can occur.

Ketamine for addiction | How does it work?

The human brain is constantly changing based on behaviors and habits in everyday life. As we engage in new activities frequently and consistently, new neural pathways form. These pathways get more substantial with repetition until the behavior becomes the new normal.[1] Understandably, as addiction deepens, new neural pathways form in the brain, perpetuating and encouraging addictive behavior to continue. Therefore, it becomes increasingly difficult to give up your substance of choice with use and time.

Ketamine in Utah works by promoting glutamate production. Glutamate is a prominent brain chemical that assists in communication between neurons in the brain. Glutamate is responsible for neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s unique ability to alter its physical structure by repairing synapses and creating new neural pathways in response to learning and experiencing new things.

Essentially, Ketamine therapy permits the brain to rewire itself. Ketamine for addiction helps one abandon the neural connections fed by addictive behaviors and establish new neural pathways. This rewiring in the brain can lead to new ways of thinking and behaving. Therefore, in the long run, Ketamine therapy helps one stay motivated and abstinent from their substance of choice.

What conditions can Ketamine therapy treat?

Multiple national surveys have found that about half of all people who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa.[1] In addition to Ketamine for addiction, Ketamine therapy successfully improves symptoms of many other conditions and mental illnesses such as;

  • General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Migraines
  • Phobia related disorders

Ketamine Clinic in Utah | What to expect during a treatment session

During a typical Ketamine session, a medical professional will distribute the Ketamine medication via intramuscular injection or infusion. Your provider will then administer a low, therapeutic dose of Ketamine over the next 40-60 minutes. During this time, the patient is then monitored closely by one of our providers.

Ketamine in Clinical Studies

Chief of psychiatry at Yale University, Dr. John Krystal, states that with Ketamine “We’re reaching out in a new way to patients who have not responded to other kinds of treatments and providing, for some of them, the first time that they’ve gotten better from their depression.” Dr. Krystal further states that “when Ketamine is in your system, you’ll likely have the dissociative effects, but that’s not the treatment… that’s just something you go through to get the treatment. The ketamine treatment is your brain’s reaction to ketamine, how your brain responds to exposure to ketamine.”

The Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute recently conducted clinical studies on Ketamine for addiction. One study tested patients with addiction to cocaine, and the other on patients addicted to alcohol. In both studies, a partial number of participants was given Ketamine combined with existing forms of therapy. Results of the study show that Ketamine “significantly increased the likelihood of abstinence, delayed the time to relapse, and reduced the likelihood of heavy drinking days.” Researchers want to continue Ketamine for addiction research on a larger scale to understand how ketamine affects glutamate in the brain and what additional benefits those who suffer from addiction can hope to experience.

The Cost of Ketamine for Addiction Treatments

Ketamine for addiction is relatively new in the industry of mental health treatments. Therefore, the cost of ketamine treatments is not typically covered by insurance. Ketamine is also a personalized and unique treatment, so the cost varies per individual.

Ketamine therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives is dedicated to offering affordable treatments for all in the Salt Lake City community and beyond. The best way to learn how much ketamine for addiction will cost you is to speak with a provider at Therapeutic Alternatives in a complimentary consultation. If ketamine is right for you, a personalized treatment plan is made for you based on your budget and unique circumstances.

Does Ketamine therapy have any side effects?

Throughout the Ketamine treatment, patients may experience an altered mental state. Some patients report mild side effects such as confusion, dizziness, nausea, and slurred speech. However, these symptoms are temporary and gradually disappear after the treatment. Patients are required to have someone drive them home after their Ketamine for addiction treatment.

Is Ketamine for addiction treatment safe?

Yes, IV Ketamine therapy and Ketamine infusion treatments are safe and do not affect the patients breathing. This medication has a long history of use as an anesthetic and, in that capacity, has been in use for several decades. Patients will always be conscious and able to speak during their treatment and have a medical professional nearby should any issues arise.

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Why choose Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives? | Salt Lake City, Utah

At Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives, we are devoted to bringing this life-changing treatment ketamine for addiction option to the Salt Lake City, Utah community. Our goal is to create a safe and comfortable environment that encourages each patient’s maximum healing potential. Candace, our licensed mental health professional, and Austin, our board-certified nurse practitioner, are trained in Emotion-Focused Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy. Additionally, each of them has substantial experience working in mental health settings. Together, they created the Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives in Utah.

To learn more about our treatment plans centered around Ketamine for addiction, call (385) 685-1410 to schedule your free consultation today.

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[1] “Addiction Statistics – Facts on Drug and Alcohol Use.” Addiction Center, 24 Mar. 2021,

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