Ketamine Therapy Specialist, Dr. Bacchus, MD. for Addiction and Substance Abuse Disorder in Los Angeles CA
Ketamine can help patients overcome addiction and help avoid relapse. Ketamine has been shown in studies to be an effective approach for recovering addicts to extend their rehabilitation. Ketamine therapy for addiction is available at Psychiatry Unplugged. Dr. Soroya Bacchus, MD, can help with fast recovery. For more information, call now or request an appointment online. We are located at 6801 Park Terrace Suite 530B, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
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Can ketamine be used to treat addiction?
What is the treatment protocol for treating addiction?
But I read that ketamine is addictive. Is this a concern?
Substance use disorder (SUD) is the use of a substance despite harmful consequences. People with SUD have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s) such as alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs, to the point where the person’s ability to function day to day becomes impaired. People keep using the substance even when they know it is causing or will cause problems. Addiction to a substance is use that has resulted in tolerance where withdrawal symptoms whether physical, psychological, behavioral, or emotional can occur.
Distortions in thinking and behaviors often accompany substance use issues. Changes in the brain’s structure and function are what cause people to have intense cravings, changes in personality, abnormal movements, and other behaviors. Brain imaging studies show changes in the areas of the brain that relate to judgment, decision-making, learning, memory, and behavioral control.
Repeated substance use can cause changes in how the brain functions. These changes can last long after the immediate effects of the substance wear off, or in other words, after the period of intoxication. Intoxication is the intense pleasure, euphoria, calmness, increased perception and sense, and other feelings that are caused by the substance. Intoxication symptoms are different for each substance.
As board-certified addiction medicine specialists, we are able to treat all aspects of addiction and substance use disorders including detoxification and relapse prevention for marijuana, opioids, tranquilizers, stimulants, party drugs, inhalants, and prescription medications of all types.
The use of ketamine can disrupt harmful behavior patterns, including those related to addiction. Despite ketamine’s negative side effect of disrupting memory formation, this could actually be a positive one in the context of addiction. As a result, it can be used to suppress memories that drive alcohol use and related behaviors.
Ketamine blocks the brain receptor called NMDA (effective in treating depression), which controls mood and memory formation. In other words, ketamine could weaken triggers associated with addiction, or even erase memories. Considering that many environmental factors contribute to addiction for some individuals, such as social settings and drinking associations, this could be quite a powerful approach.
When used in harmony with other treatment methods ketamine can be highly effective at reworking addictive patterns and neutralizing dangerous triggers. As a result, it is an option to treat addiction and help patients avoid relapse long-term.
It is essential that a person’s addiction be treated with individualized treatments, based on the symptoms and underlying causes of the disease, and the consequences it has on different aspects of his or her life. Socialization, physical and mental health, and consequences at work, home, school, or with the law are all considered. Addiction can be effectively treated with many types of therapy.
The use of Ketamine infusion therapy alone for alcohol and substance abuse is not recommended. KIT can, however, be a crucial component of a comprehensive recovery program, which includes other components such as 12-step meetings, outpatient or inpatient rehab, intensive psychotherapy, and medical supervision.
After detoxing, addicts and alcoholics find that ketamine is a very effective treatment for preventing relapse and maintaining sobriety. We offer Ketamine infusion therapy if you have quit, but are suffering from long-term withdrawal symptoms and cravings or if you wish to quit and have failed other detoxification programs. When alcohol, opiates, and cocaine abuse or dependence is handled with the aid of ketamine infusion therapy, cravings can be reduced and sobriety can be maintained.
Ketamine is addictive, however, when administered in the appropriate quantity and under supervision at Psychiatry Unplugged it is perfectly safe to use.
Ketamine users quickly become tolerant of its dissociative effects, requiring greater dosages to achieve the same result. The use of ketamine can become addictive for some people, who use it despite its negative effects or even when they don’t intend to do so. There is no clear evidence that ketamine addicts experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the drug.
Ketamine is an addictive substance, which makes using it as a treatment concern for some. According to experts, addiction is psychological in nature, which means that when the drug is stopped, people will no longer experience physical withdrawal symptoms.
However, when ketamine is administered under proper supervision in appropriate doses there is no cause for concern about its addictive nature. Patients at Psychiatry Unplugged will only be administered ketamine in small quantities and ketamine will always be administered on-site and not sent home with a patient. Therefore, ketamine doses are only available under highly controlled circumstances.
Those with mental health conditions who aren’t responding to conventional treatments can benefit from ketamine therapy under careful medical supervision. Whether ketamine usage is safe or dangerous depends mainly on the control (or lack thereof) of an experienced medical provider.
Drugs such as ketamine are part of a medication-assisted therapy approach, meaning they are not a cure-all, but rather a supplement to a comprehensive treatment program that must include other methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy.
Ketamine therapy for addiction is available at Psychiatry Unplugged. For more information, contact us or request an appointment online. We are located at 6801 Park Terrace Suite 530B, Los Angeles, CA 90045. We serve patients from Los Angeles CA, Beverly Hills CA, Santa Monica CA, Encino CA, and Pacific Palisades CA.