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Amidst the Tragic Toll of Substance Abuse, KHC Provides a Path to Healing

Amidst the Tragic Toll of Substance Abuse, KHC Provides a Path to Healing

September marks Substance Abuse Awareness Month. The scope and depth of substance abuse and addiction are devastating not only for individuals and families but also for society as a whole. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017. With the events and tragedies that occurred this past year, it will take years to fully see the ramifications of the events that unfolded in 2020. The economic hardship faced by millions and the many thousands of individuals grieving loved ones will leave an indelible mark around the globe. Even with our current uncertainties, Ketamine Health Centers seeks to curb the most devastating of mental conditions, including substance abuse cases.


Substance abuse is not only a crippling mental illness for society with its correlation with domestic violence and increased crime rate, but also has been associated with lost productivity and is known to cause additional stress on our health care system. It is most preventable within a social framework that allows for healthy developmental growth. Meaning, that in a society that fosters self-care and provides citizens with the tools to manage emotional and mental health concerns, there is no doubt that there would be a curb in substance abuse and addiction per capita. Many individuals fall into addiction as a result of depression, trauma, sustained stress, or social habits and when combined with a genetic predisposition, it leads one down the rabbit hole. Substance abuse, like mental health, in particular, falls along a spectrum.

If today’s youth was equipped with the coping skills to manage difficult and traumatic life experiences (given that not all families can establish healthy dynamics without societal support), many more of our youth and adults will learn to use healthy methods to manage life’s challenges. We are slowly starting to move in this direction with our renewed focus on wellness and growth mindset perspective. Ketamine Health Centers is here to help you re-ground and focus on your overall wellness. 

The benefits of developing coping skills in adolescent years foster a positive mental health environment for children and families. It is important for individuals to understand the unique set of coping skills that are available for different kinds of stressors. Self-soothing, distraction, action, emotional awareness, mindfulness, and crisis planning are some of the categories of coping skills that can support those struggling with substance abuse. Here is our list of suggested coping:

  •  Comforting yourself through your five senses.
  • Taking your mind off the problem for a while. 
  • Doing something the opposite of your impulse that’s consistent with more positive emotion. 
  • Tools for identifying and expressing your feelings. 
  • Tools for centering and grounding yourself in the present. 
  • Contact info of supports and resources, for when coping skills aren’t enough. 

The underlying factors that lead to substance abuse and addiction are unique to each individual, and so treatment must be tailored to each person. Multifaceted approaches to overcoming addiction are essential, as some individuals will need therapy, a change of lifestyle, cutting-edge treatments, and most importantly change of perspective. With our alternative treatment methods for individuals who have found traditional options to fall short of their needs, Ketamine Health Centers is ready to help.

There are layers to every addiction story, and each of those layers may require a distinct approach to healing. First, is the lived experience of the individual that should be worked through in a therapeutic setting. Ketamine assisted psychotherapy provides an alternative method to talk therapy during ketamine infusions, proving to be effective for individuals with a genetic component to their addiction. Ketamine infusion therapy helps dislodge entrenched brain circuitry and reestablish new neuronal connections, thus breaking down some of the genetic pull of addiction.  Other treatments offered at our clinics, such as Stellate Ganglion Blocks (SGB), can provide relief for individuals that have developed an addiction due to trauma by resetting the body’s internal fight or flight responses.  Combining traditional therapy with alternative treatment methods can help one heal more quickly and more effectively, leading to sustained sobriety and recovery from other types of addictive behavior. 

Ketamine Health Centers offers an array of wellness procedures to enhance any therapeutic approach. Schedule your free consultation today to learn how Ketamine Health Centers can help you make your life your own again.

Spectrum of Mental Wellness

Spectrum of Mental Wellness

Processes usually move along a spectrum. Mental health is no different. Our individual mental health changes throughout our life as we develop and experience living in all its variety. We traverse the expanse of mental wellness as we move through the spectrum of mental health, changing as our experiences and coping skills shape us.

Currently, there is a wave of stress that is challenging even the most experienced mental health professionals, as we cope with the enormous changes that we face globally with Covid-19 still on the rise. Without even a chance to prepare for such moments, the required changes to how we behave have also left us with fewer buffers to ease the onslaught. That wave grows in intensity with social and financial stressors, and in many parts of the world, a failure of political leadership. But by recognizing the fluid nature of mental health, we can help mitigate some of the more difficult waves we encounter. Understanding mental health as a spectrum of wellness and illness is a first step towards actively shaping our individual wellbeing and providing support for our loved ones.

Most adults, and sadly more adolescents, live in an almost perpetual state of stress or stimulus overload. Our cultural climate (especially if consumed through social media), and the technology by which we consume it, generate their own levels of stressors. Even before the pandemic, and even if not already stretched by the responsibilities of making a living or supporting others – often experiencing lack of restorative sleep – day to day life has often been overwhelming. We know that we need to follow certain wellness practices to help relieve the pressure, ranging from exercise to meditation, as well as eating a healthy diet, and ensuring restful sleep. Especially in these extreme moments of change, we need to rely on all healthy modes of stress relief and create new modes of human interaction as many have been able to do. But not everyone can find alternative methods as easily. Left unchecked, high levels of stress will move one along the spectrum in the direction of mental illness – towards depression and other physical and emotional conditions. Find a way that works for you to channel that stress into an activity that brings you pleasure to maintain a more balanced mental wellness.

Traumatic life experiences that are left unresolved can also quickly move an individual along the spectrum to PTSD, or towards developing a substance abuse (or an excessive, risky behavior) especially if there is a predisposition to addiction in one’s family history. There are also mental illnesses that do not make themselves evident until a particular age is reached, often around late adolescence to early adulthood. Spotting changes in behavior can help us see early signs of mental health crises that need to be addressed.

The best care we can provide ourselves or our loved ones is to read the signs for help and seek the professional support needed. Social isolation, or changes in mood or energy levels might be easy to spot and may often be the first signs. For introverts, look for changes in behavior towards beloved activities. If you notice a decrease in productivity or activity for some time there may be more serious reasons than burn-out or disinterest. Also consider erratic behavior or distorted thinking as clear signs for help.

Ketamine Health Centers offers a myriad of procedures and therapies to help address the wide gamut of the mental health spectrum. We invite you to review our services to learn about the various therapeutic treatments and wellness options that Ketamine Health Centers provide. We are dedicated to helping our clients reach a balanced state of wellness.

Holistic Therapy and Healing for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Holistic Therapy and Healing for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Many of us experience trauma in our lives. In some respects, hardships are what help us create our character strengths as we grow. Life is hard. Full of great losses and unforeseen events that shape us along the way. But not everyone can overcome every situation as a learning experience, nor with time, reflection or even one’s character armor. Post-traumatic stress disorder may intervene in one’s ability to heal if trauma memories become entrenched and, for a myriad of reasons, block one’s ability to move past the experience. PTSD requires a multifaceted, yet targeted, approach to help an individual process the trauma and move beyond the crippling triggers that impede their healing. 

 Ketamine infusion therapy and trans-cranial magnetic stimulation treatment (TMS), along with the meditative arts and other holistic therapeutic approaches, offer the best way to help individuals who experience the debilitating consequences of PTSD finally heal. According to a 2016 study, only 59% of those afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder find relief from traditional medications, thus alternative methods are required. The study, published in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, highlights that “many existing treatments…do not directly target trauma memories that lay at the core of the PTSD pathogenesis. Notable exceptions are medications like ketamine,” among other treatments such as TMS, SGB (Stellate Ganglion Block) and using yoga and mindfulness. 

 It is important to pair PTSD treatment with yoga, tai chi or some type of movement meditation, which allows the body to release pent-up energy, that visceral body tension that helps trigger an individual. Releasing the energy throughout the body is very important. Muscles are controlled by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, and the sympathetic system produces our fight or flight response. Releasing tension in the body is directly tied to healing the body’s nervous system at the muscular and molecular level. Stretching allows for healing at the physiological level with the release of endorphins. Releasing tension also helps one reach deeper sleep states which is necessary to fully process the experience at the subconscious level. Mindfulness and focusing on breathing allow for the release of healing chemicals such as serotonin, “the feel-good” neurotransmitter, thus working at the emotional level by helping strengthen neural connections. This is precisely the site of treatments such as Ketamine, which aims to dislodge entrenched trauma pathways. And Stellate Ganglion Block treatments which directly target the Stellate Ganglion of nerves that are mainly responsible for the fight or flight response.

Ketamine Health Centers offers these new mental health tools such as Ketamine infusion and ketamine assisted psychotherapy, TMS, and SGB treatments; especially important alternative methods for patients with treatment resistant PTSD (TR-PTSD), but also effective for a wide range of mental health concerns. The meditative arts help enhance these targeted treatments. A holistic approach allows trauma patients to dislodge old neuropathways and create new connections, working through various levels in the body matrix. The key to lending efficacy to these deeper healing methods. 

The meditative practices that should accompany these various alternative treatments are numerous and should be tailored to an individual’s disposition. Contact one of our clinics today to learn more regarding new PTSD treatment options, and a specialist will help you create a treatment plan that best fits your needs. Treatment can be initiated via telemedicine services. Ask about available insurance options at our Coral Gables clinic. We are here to help you, or your loved one, create a path to mental health and wellness.

Curbing the Rise in Mental Illness

Curbing the Rise in Mental Illness

Mental illness has been on the rise for many decades in the United States. There are various reasons for the increase in individuals diagnosed with a mental disorder. Before the turn of the century, we became more informed of mental health in general as we began to chip away at the stigma surrounding it. As a result, many individuals were able to seek help openly. Over the last twenty years, we have learned a great deal more about the social and neuro-physiological ground of mental illness, helping us diagnose cases earlier on. Still, there has been a growth in mental health cases over the last decade, particularly among adolescents and young adults. And suicide ideation has been on the rise within the adult population (see The state of mental health in America.) These numbers surely speak to more than simply highlighting the problem. Our changing environments have outpaced our ability to adapt to them. Financial disparity is growing. Environmental anxiety is on the rise as many more individuals become concerned by the imbalance in nature. Currently, emotional stability is strained by this onslaught to our public health, the abrupt upending of our lives and the financial fall-out of the coronavirus outbreak.

There is such a wide spectrum of experiences during this pandemic, as most of us shelter-in-place, but all of them carry their own weight of challenges; depending on where you live in respect to hot zones, but also by how you live. Do you live alone or are you with family? Is it a loving family situation, or is someone experiencing trauma in the home? Are you in a struggling relationship made more difficult during quarantine? Are you tasked with juggling too many roles as a parent and employee, turned part-time teacher? A caregiver with no relief in sight? Or are you furloughed and bored, maybe drowning in social media? Perhaps you lost a loved one.

At a time when more individuals need mental health support and services, Ketamine Health Centers is pleased to provide an effective alternative to medications. Ketamine infusion therapy is over 90% effective for treating anxiety, major depression (particularly for treatment-resistant patients), and those suffering from suicide ideation. Ketamine therapy is also effective among a range of other mental disorders with a high success rate.

A study conducted in the early 2000s, reported by the NIMH – National Institute of Mental Health, states that “19.1% of U.S. adults had suffered some sort of anxiety disorder in the past year, with an estimated 31.1% of U.S. adults experiencing any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives”. According to the American Psychiatric Association, one in 15 (6.7%) adults experience depression in any given year, and 16.6% will experience depression at some point in their lives. And these statistics are pre-pandemic numbers from 2017. We now face a new set of unknowns that heightens the anxiety felt by many. The need for mental health support to manage this increase grows acutely, especially among our heroes – the healthcare workers on the frontlines. Ketamine Health Centers can provide mental health support that is effective and immediate. Immediate relief is essential for some individuals during this pandemic.

Hopefully you are among the many that have had time to spend with loved ones and reconnect. Or learn a new hobby. Maybe finally putting that bike to use after so many years. I hope this time has afforded you blessings. But if you or a loved one seeks support during these extraordinary challenges, Ketamine Health Centers can provide a range of services to address your needs. Telemedicine services are in place, and we are happy to announce that insurance coverage is available at our Coral Gables clinic, a blessing during these financially trying times. We are working to provide insurance coverage at our other clinics. Ketamine Health Centers can provide an avenue to healing that is more direct and efficacious. Together with a follow-up plan devised with your therapist, you can find that calm to see past the stressors and focus on the opportunities that these challenging times present us. Contact us today for a consultation.

Telemedicine Services for your Wellbeing

Telemedicine Services for your Wellbeing

Ketamine Health Centers is dedicated to your wellbeing in these extremely challenging times and now offers telemedicine services for your wellbeing . We are here to provide the support that you need as we adjust to a different rhythm of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are unprecedented times where all that we know for certain is that we do not have answers to most of our questions. An unnerving prospect for us all. There are subtle ways to help gain some semblance of control in these restrictive moments, such as maintaining the same meal times each day. Set a routine for your weekdays that differ from your weekend days to help maintain your sense of time, or days may begin to run into each other. Make it a point to get outside daily, if possible, and move and stretch – or sit & listen to nature. For emotional health, carve out a space to meditate, or reflect on what you are thankful for. Don’t just let yourself get caught up in home projects and remote work or eLearning. Use this as an opportunity for self-growth.

Thankfully, with all challenges come opportunities. There are many ways to see the positives that this mostly global shut-down has highlighted. I think of the lives of individuals cut off from the daily hustle and bustle. I see two wonderful things occurring as we are forced to slow down. The creative muses have been called from all corners, providing newfound joy and stress release for many individuals. And many family connections have been reestablished, bonds strengthened, and friendships rekindled through a call or text to finally check-in and say hello. There are, however, still so many vulnerable individuals, the poor, the homeless, the elderly who have been cut off from their loved ones; vulnerable to the physical risks, but even more so for most, to the mental health challenges that this new normal presents. Yet, even in the face of physical isolation, many are blessed with the capabilities to connect through technology. Yes, this of course further highlights the digital divide in our society, just as the crisis highlights many insufficiencies in our lives. The optimist in me sees this wake-up call as a gift to make the structural changes necessary to correct some gaping deficiencies. But these changes will come slowly.

For the moment, I am grateful for the resources available to us to remain connected through these challenging times. Ketamine Health Centers, as always, is fully committed to your health and well-being. We know that you need to find a delicate balance between receiving mental health support and staying home and healthy through the duration of this pandemic. Our clinic will provide telemedicine support fully covered by all insurance plans. We can provide your initial consultation, evaluation, and follow-up sessions via live chat Telemedicine sessions (or still by phone if preferred). Our West Palm Beach and Miami clinic locations are still open for scheduled treatment sessions. We can provide teletherapy services as well. Contact us today and let us tailor your treatment sessions with our freely available telemed services. Know that Ketamine Health Centers can support you in various ways to help establish and maintain your mental and physical health, especially during these uncertain times.

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