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Ketamine Treatment for OCD | Revolutionary Therapy for OCD

Ketamine treatment therapy is proving to be fast-acting with positive, long-lasting results for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Many using Ketamine to treat OCD report a loss of compulsion after just one session and improved symptoms for weeks after treatment. Ketamine is a synthetic drug that was first used as an anesthetic on the battlefield. 

Years of medical advancements and research have been dedicated to studying Ketamine. The benefits of this revolutionary treatment have moved Ketamine from the battlefields to the front lines of mental health.

Learn more about Ketamine treatment therapy by calling Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives, the premier provider of this revolutionary treatment for OCD and other mental illnesses, located in Salt Lake City, UT. Call today at 385-685-1410 to learn more about what Ketamine treatment can do for you.

Benefits of Ketamine Therapy

  • Improve mental wellness
  • Near instantaneous relief
  • Loss of compulsion
  • Rewires the mind
  • Different from traditional OCD treatments

The FDA first approved Ketamine in 1970. Ketamine is very popular as an anesthetic because it does not depress the respiratory system; a patient’s breathing is unaffected. Ketamine is often given in emergencies in hospital settings. In veterinary medicine, it is used as an animal tranquilizer. Since its first discovery many years ago, Ketamine has proven to be full of surprises. In 2019 Ketamine received ‘breakthrough’ clearance from the FDA for treatment of depression. Furthermore, research shows that Ketamine given at low doses improves many mental illnesses. Among depression, anxiety, and PTSD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is also one of the many mental illnesses Ketamine can treat.

Ketamine for OCD in Clinical Studies

In 2012, Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, Ph.D., was a researcher at Columbia University and ran a clinical trial to test Ketamine as a treatment for OCD. Jerry Rivas, a participant of that trial, opted in to find answers to the suffering he was experiencing due to OCD. Rivas said that with just one infusion, he was able to experience what life is like without the compulsions and obsessions he’d been subject to for years. Rivas said, “I felt like, for the first time, I was able to function like a regular person.”

Rodriquez is now an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University and continues to study Ketamine as a treatment for OCD. But, she says, “What most excites me about Ketamine is that it works differently than traditional antidepressants…Using Ketamine, we hope to understand the neurobiology that could lead to safe, fast-acting treatments. I feel that is part of my mission as a physician and researcher.”

In 2013 Rodriguez completed another clinical trial of Ketamine and OCD. Theories that Ketamine affects the levels of glutamate in the brain and that glutamate plays a role in OCD symptoms pushed Rodriguez and her colleagues to do this trial. They were hoping to discover better and faster treatments for OCD. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that essentially allows cells in the nervous system to communicate with each other. Glutamate is also essential in normal brain function. Patients given Ketamine in this trial reported dramatic decreases in OCD symptoms mid-way through infusion and even said that the decreases lasted through the following week.

Treating OCD with Ketamine

Ketamine treatment for OCD is bringing hope to a demographic of patients who have very few treatment options. Some of the options available to treat OCD, like Prozac, take months to have any real effect if they have any effect at all. Those who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder are often tormented with intrusive thoughts and habits that interfere with their lives, jobs, and relationships.

How Does Ketamine Work?

Ketamine for OCD and in treatment for other mental illnesses is unique because it works differently than all other antidepressants and current options. Ketamine doesn’t merely dull symptoms. It works first to target the mind. Because Ketamine promotes glutamate production, the brain becomes more adaptable and creates new neural pathways. Ketamine quite literally allows the brain opportunities to restructure itself.

Dr. John Krystal of Yale Medicine, a chief psychiatrist, and pioneer of Ketamine research, explained that “when you take Ketamine, it triggers reactions in your cortex that enable brain connections to regrow. So, it’s the reaction to Ketamine, not the presence of Ketamine in the body that constitutes its effects”.

Treatment Applications

Ketamine improves a variety of conditions. These conditions include:

  • OCD
  • Depression
  • Treatment-resistant Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • PTSD
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Chronic Pain

How Much Does Ketamine Cost?

The cost of Ketamine treatments for OCD or other mental illnesses varies per patient. Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives is committed to making Ketamine treatment therapy affordable and available to the Salt Lake City area. We currently offer the lowest rates.

We offer treatments on a self-pay basis, as Ketamine for OCD is not covered by health insurance. Scheduling a consultation is the best way to learn if Ketamine is right for you and what it costs. If you are determined to be a good candidate, our staff creates a personalized plan to meet your needs and budget.

What To Expect During Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine therapy for OCD is safely administered by professionals and occurs in a controlled and supervised environment. During treatment, Ketamine is administered via infusion during a 40 – 60 minute session. A provider closely monitors your progression throughout the treatment time. Ketamine takes almost immediate effect, and patients may experience an altered mental state during this time. However, the respiratory system is unaffected, and patients maintain consciousness. Therefore, a series of 6 treatments is recommended for complete treatment.

Why Choose Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives

Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives takes detailed measures to create an environment that feels safe and comfortable. Our Ketamine therapy rooms are designed to be relaxing, making you feel at home instantly. We believe your treatment setting should inspire a sense of security with surroundings that enable healing. Our providers are board-certified nurse practitioners and mental health professionals trained in emotion-focused Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy.

Ketamine For OCD In Salt Lake City

Learn more about this innovative healing of Ketamine for OCD by contacting us today. Schedule a free consultation by calling Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives at 385-685-1410 or by filling out the form below. Our mental health clinic is devoted to bringing this new treatment to patients looking for healing that they cannot find elsewhere. Contact us today and discover how you can change your life with Ketamine treatments.

Schedule a Ketamine
Treatment Consultation

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Schedule a Ketamine
Treatment Consultation

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(385) 685-1410
or fill out the form below:

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