According to the recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 19.7 million American adults battled a substance use disorder in 2017. Almost 74% of those adults suffering from a substance use disorder struggled with alcohol and 38% with illicit drugs. At New Pathways Clinic, we see substance abuse as part of the larger issue of the mental health crisis in America. 8.5 million American adults suffer from both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. We know that people often turn to substance use not because something is wrong with them but because they are trying to find relief.
Ketamine Infusions can help patients struggling with substance abuse in multiple ways for a variety of substances. Perhaps most exciting is its potential to decrease cravings regardless of substance. “These results suggest that ketamine may facilitate abstinence across multiple substances of abuse [Alcohol, Cocaine and Opioids] and warrants broader investigation in addiction treatment.” (Medical University of South Carolina)
Ketamine has also been shown to help decrease post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS), which often include depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, subdued cognition, and irritability. “Both groups [high and low dose ketamine] showed a positive effect on anxiety, depression, mood, and activity in everyday life.” (Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment)
Despite the promise of Ketamine as a treatment for substance abuse, we understand that it is just one part of the path to full recovery for those working towards a healthy lifestyle. We will not treat patients who have not yet detoxified, because the science does not yet support ketamine as an option for treatment at this stage. We fully believe in holistic care and will always encourage our patients to engage in other support systems to ensure the best chance of maintaining their mental wellness. We urge you to learn more about the promising results of ketamine treatment for substance abuse.
Ketamine’s release of Glutamate through the NDMA receptor has been shown to improve brain functionality in patients with a history of substance abuse. “Converging evidence suggests a single sub-anesthetic dose of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist ketamine may work to correct these neuroadaptations and restore motivation for non-drug rewards.” (Columbia University)
Research and treatment results indicate that ketamine treatment for substance abuse and addiction has the potential to actually reverse damage caused by substance abuse and to return the brain to its normal functionality.
Ketamine’s antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects are presumed to occur through activating synaptic plasticity by increasing brain-derived neutrophic factor translation and secretion
Not only does Ketamine work on restoring glutamate imbalances in the brain it is also shown to improve its overall functionality. “Ketamine’s antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects are presumed to occur through activating synaptic plasticity by increasing brain-derived neutrophic factor translation and secretion” (Mt. Sinai Hospital).
At New Pathways Clinic, we see every patient as a human being first and foremost. We are empathetic to those struggling with substance abuse, and we will never make you feel stigmatized. With ten years of experience providing ketamine infusions for multiple diagnoses, you can trust our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nora Finnegan, to give you the best care possible.
Nora has treated patients with substance abuse problems throughout her career and understands its challenges. New Pathways Clinic will always work in collaboration with your support system to ensure the best outcome for your treatment, and we can provide referrals within our network if requested.
Have you detoxified from a substance but are still experiencing withdrawal symptoms? Despite a genuine desire to not use again, are you still having cravings? Have you considered ketamine treatment for your substance abuse?
Then reach out and schedule a free phone consultation with our experienced team today. We are here and waiting to be of assistance, and your privacy will always be respected. Visit our page on ketamine research and discover for yourself how others have found ketamine treatments to work successfully for their substance abuse issues.
Lastly, you can always contact New Pathways Clinic using our easy online form and we will reply to you personally in a short amount of time.