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Ketamine and Addictions
Ketamine and Treatment of Addiction
Substance abuse can have lasting effects on brain chemistry. Most substances, if abused like drugs and alcohol over time, can create an altered state which can be perceived as “normal” or baseline. When drug or alcohol use is ceased, the baseline is skewed which often sends the brain into the opposite of the perceived normal.
Many substances when abused and become addictive can trigger bipolar mania, severe depression, and extreme anxiety in those suffering from mental illness. The withdrawal period, when the substance is no longer being used, can also become more difficult to manage with pre-existing mental disorders. When undergoing recovery, it is especially important for those with mental disorders to have psychiatric monitoring to ease the detox and rehabilitation period.
At Riverwoods Behavioral Health we have developed a successful addiction recovery program. This program utilizes the “Biopsychosocial” Model of Recovery that is distinctive from all other out-patient addiction recovery programs. Unlike many models that feature a single approach for recovery, the groundbreaking “biopsychosocial” Model focuses on three aspects of a patient’s life: (1) Biological: Advanced medication- assisted treatment to address the biological drivers of addiction with IV amino acid therapy and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, (2) Psychological: Intensive positive psychological therapy that focuses on changing the patient’s mindset, often using experiential learning techniques, and (3) Social: Group therapy, family therapy, aftercare and transitional support. Together, these three components provide an optimal plan for successful addiction recovery.
Mental illness and substance use disorders are often intertwined, and many clients benefit from learning therapeutic interventions to better cope with life’s challenges. Therapy may not be limited to the individual, but may also include family members. Loved ones can be both a source of support and conflict, however, including them in treatment can help them understand, gain coping skills, and improve communication.
Our addiction treatment program includes a critical element which is Integrated Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (IKAP). IKAP is the combination of psychotherapy and an IV ketamine infusion. This process invites neuroplasticity (the ability to change and grow) within the brain’s neural connections. This allows clients the ability to process, embrace change, and focus on hope for the future. Addiction is a disease of the brain and needs to be treated as such. Ketamine will help the brain heal in a more efficient way. It works on the glutamate side of the brain which is the neural pathway part of the brain. Entrenched messages are quickly changed to more functional ones, helping those with addiction problems recover more fully.