Ketamine for Substance Abuse Treatment
Ketamine has come a long way since its initial introduction in the medical world as an FDA-approved anesthetic. Now, when infused at a low dose into the bloodstream, IV ketamine treatments can bring about relief in those who suffer from substance abuse.
The treatment for substance abuse itself tends to call for an individualized approach.
How Does Ketamine Help with Substance Abuse?
Ketamine affects more than just neurotransmitters in the brain that help fight the symptoms of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, etc. Research shows that it also can affect the central nervous system by interacting with the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, therefore allowing it to reduce symptoms in patients with conditions like substance abuse disorder.
The way that addiction works is the brain and body consume a substance that causes a chemical reaction that, over time, develops a dependency. Over time, it becomes harder and harder to sate a craving due to the body requiring more in order for the brain and body to feel that same level of initial bliss.
Ketamine works to restore connections in the brain and foster new ones, which can be beneficial in the treatment of substance abuse. Because ketamine binds to the NMDA receptors that block the craving signals being sent to the brain, this gives the brain a chance to heal and tend to those connections, both new and old.
Is Ketamine Right For Me?
Ketamine has shown to be an effective treatment for those struggling with substance abuse.
Please schedule an appointment today with Advanced Wellness and Pain to see if we can help you restore some quality back into your life utilizing Ketamine for Substance Abuse Treatment.