Ketamine Infusions: Transforming Mental Health

Ketamine Infusions: Transforming Mental Health

The history of Ketamine in the mental health field dates back 50 years. In the 1960s it was FDA approved as a dissociative anesthetic. Due to this dissociative aspect, Ketamine began to be explored within the mental health field in the 1970s, as well as within the discipline of psychology. It was primarily used in medical communities outside of the United States where various psychotherapeutic methodologies were explored more widely. In those early years, Ketamine was found to produce positive results within the discipline of psychiatry and psychotherapy, and as a vehicle for exploration of the ego/Self within the field of transpersonal psychology. Its efficacy in various realms of medicine and healing is well documented, although at that time Ketamine was often used in tandem with other medicinal plants and synthetic combinations. Research and use in the psychiatric field became more common place in the U.S. at the turn of this century. Extensive double-blinded, placebo controlled studies were undertaken, mainly looking at depression but also within pain management research. It is now being used in a wide variety of settings and for a range of conditions on the mental health spectrum, and continues to produce results for pain management. For a detailed exploration of the history and current medical use of Ketamine, I encourage you to read the The Ketamine Papers: Science, Therapy, and Transformation.

There is renewed energy and more than a little hope on the horizon as Ketamine helps us understand more deeply the connections between mind-body-spirit or wellbeing. The overall goal with Ketamine infusions is to evoke a dissociative process that takes place on a neuro-cognitive level, and helps establish an existential stance towards one’s perspective of the Self and the world around them. To evoke a new way of seeing things. One that leads to more depth of self-reflection, and ultimately to the goal of greater understanding of self and others.

Ketamine Health Centers provides you the tools and guidance to work through depression, other mental health conditions, or pain management from a holistic perspective that utilizes this FDA approved medication with an overall approach to wellness and wellbeing. The consultation process is in part where you will discuss how to supplement the work of the Ketamine infusions between treatments, for this is a vital part of creating efficacy and duration of the effects of the infusion. Along with your clinician, you will discuss ways to tailor your experience and establish follow-up sessions. Ketamine infused experiences ought to be augmented by a multifaceted approach to wellness and wellbeing through diet, movement meditation, relaxation methods, breathing techniques or more traditional meditation; along with talk therapy in the follow-up sessions, and perhaps further reflection through writing exercises.

Together these modes of being, of releasing, realigning and recharging our energy, help us build our inner core and provide the mindset to mitigate emotional stress and everyday worries. And with time and practice, and at times through the support that augmented therapies such as Ketamine infusions provide, you will start to create your inner peace. The goal is to learn to stand calm in the midst of a storm, simply letting it wash over you, unmoved, but not unchanged.

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Time to Heal

Time to Heal

I am encouraged by the activism taken up by students this week across the country. Politicians are unwilling to address our national crisis, though as a society we are consumed by it. It is a crisis that reaches to the depths of our being and affects our body politic at its core. With heavy hearts, it is our youth taking up the fight where we adults have failed. Naturally, children suffer the most from our lack of services and continual reduction in psycho/social growth, due to endless budget cuts. They ‘fall through the cracks’ every day. Yet, Nikolas Cruz, who perpetrated the Parkland shootings, did not fall through the cracks. No, he was failed by so many around him. People who saw him suffering and did not address his mental health needs, perhaps because we lack a system that allows for more immediate intervention. Authorities who were contacted and knew of his ultra-right leanings, but did not follow protocol, thus endangering public safety. Why was this child failed on so many levels, with many points of possible intervention? Why was the public safety ignored? We desperately need to have a conversation about our national crisis, which is so complex. Gun violence is a public health issue. Perhaps the best place to start is with a national conversation on mental health.

I understand the reluctance in the public health community to correlate necessary gun control with mental health concerns. I agree there are valid reasons for wanting to keep the two separate when we discuss specific gun control measures. But no denying that many of the school shootings, as opposed to other mass shootings, have been undertaken by isolated individuals who exhibited signs of emotional instability. We need to discuss this crisis exemplified by lack of services across the board. People want to discover various pathways to better themselves, to live more fully. People want solutions and ways to treat a wide variety of mental health needs, some of which have spilled over into public health concerns such as the loneliness experienced by so many, and more pronounced crises such as the opioid epidemic. We need to take action. This week I learned about a type of ‘gun restraining order’ (a measure in place in several states) that allows concerned individuals, who see warning signs in others, to request a temporary hold be placed on that “troubled” individual’s ability to purchase arms. Thus providing an outlet for concerned members of the family and community to take action. It’s an example of sensible gun control.

However, we must go so much deeper than public policy changes. Look at our adult population. We are the most obese, bankrupt, addicted (self-medicated), over-prescribed adult population in the world. The reasons why go so deep and are so multilayered, it is difficult to tease out all of the lines that need to be addressed. But it comes down to our lack of healthy social connections, not building our emotional intelligence as we develop our minds, losing or never developing our spiritual center. Many people, especially among our youth, suffer from a lack of self-worth – that core from which stems love and empathy. As a society, we have not yet moved into the 21st century world of holistic living.

Ketamine infusion treatment, as practiced by Ketamine Health Centers, comes out of a holistic paradigm. One which works to implement the best course of treatment for mental health concerns by using a new “tool” in the clinicians medical bag. A truly revolutionary option now available to individuals who have tried, and yet come up short with, other standard treatment practices. It is meant to be used in combination with other treatment measures for efficacy, yet the immediate relief it provides many is an enormous step forward in addressing very difficult mental health concerns.  Discussing the benefits of Ketamine treatment can also provide a fascinating place to begin our conversation and engage the public in the national debate on mental health.

The Courage to Love

The Courage to Love

There is a hard, individualistic, proudly American spirit in our cultural subconscious that makes it more challenging for many among us to show vulnerability. There is most definitely a stigma for men to show “weakness” and sometimes even love, though thankfully I see that changing with each passing generation. Some subcultures more than others within our communities suffer from a silence of compassion and support. And as a body politic (looking at ourselves from a socio-political perspective) we are suffering mind, body and spirit.

As we enter the month of love and friendship, I want to encourage you to speak from the heart with those most dear to you. Take the time to let them know what they mean to you. Yet, more importantly, I challenge you to open yourself up and let yourself be seen more deeply, loved more deeply.

Especially by your own Self, freely expressing your hopes, dreams, insecurities and shortcomings; or at least start by being honest with yourself about them. It is only when we can honestly stand before our darkest self and embrace what we see with love and forgiveness, and a sense of ‘I am special for who I am, quirks and all’, that we will begin to express love more freely. It is from this position of internal strength that we can positively shape how we interact with the world and with others. Forming a balance with how we develop our core, and how we emanate our true self out in the world, while being open to the influences of other rich perspectives, and of love and connection.

Our ontology, our foundational spiritual and quantum worldviews, reveal a rich tapestry of interconnected energies, truths, and cultural expressions. The world we understand through our medical and cognitive science research, evolutionary and developmental biology, our qualitative research in psychology; and our life-long paths to living faith and learning science, and the fertile intersections of knowledge and wisdom – all point to the same fundamental truth of our interconnected world, at all depths and breadths of our understanding. I do think part of the human experience, part of the why we are here, involves our ability to embrace our Self as a unique being, as someone intrinsically worthy of love, and capable of bringing forth talents and gifts that shape who we are. As a society we have thrived on the synergistic energy of love and human suffering expressed through art, and social/cultural movements. Infinitely seeking ways to express, expound on, and emanate our worth and our desire to connect with others in deep, meaningful ways.

But so many struggle in this aspect of our journey of self-discovery. I have struggled. We all do at some point in our life. I invite you to watch Brené Brown’s Ted Talk to hear her fabulous story about how she came to terms with, and truly began to understand the power of vulnerability, of courage, and the compassion that we first owe ourselves.

Many people feel too isolated to begin this difficult – but ever so important – journey in our lives. I invite you to learn more about how Ketamine Infusion Treatment can help you begin that journey, with the support of a compassionate team here to help you strengthen your core.

A Season of Hope

A Season of Hope

This time of year marks a transformative moment. We sense the impetus for change as the holiday season wraps into the New Year. We honor the marching of the seasons at the Winter Solstice by celebrating nature and the sacredness of light, as the day begins to lengthen again. The holidays encourage us to enjoy our nights with a break from the bustle to reconnect with friends and family. Perhaps shaking off some of the dustier sides of ourselves that have weighed us down throughout the year. Some preparing for a coming resolution to stir up new energy. The very act of decorating lends itself to the transformative arts as we celebrate the miracle of life and the light within. We create beauty and magic around us with holiday spirit, with love, as we recall and reflect on the wonderful traditions that bring us together – some recreating the magic of Santa Claus for our children and ourselves! All the while cherishing the sacred and festive Christmas music that transports and lightens our souls.

The holiday season highlights the miracle of life and the sacredness of light. Various religious traditions remind us of the blessings that abound. For Christians, it involves celebrating the birth of Jesus, and the wondrous journey of the three wise men guided by the light of the Star. Jews celebrate Hanukkah and the miracle of light, illustrated by the story of the temple menorah and how it burned for eight days with only enough oil for it to burn for one. Kwanzaa also celebrates life, specifically the circle of life represented by the first harvest. And miracles can also be lived out daily, manifest in our spirit of giving. We share and spread it through love and as a result that sacred light within us expands and lifts us and those around us. At this time of year, we are reminded more of our responsibilities to our fellow neighbors and communities in need. By spending quality time, sharing our wealth and talents, and expressing our love for others more freely, perhaps festively opening our homes and our souls, we can shine even brighter.

But as lovely and bright as the holiday season can be with its festive lights and scrumptious delights, soulful music and selfless giving – lending it a transformative energy that bolsters our spirits – it can be equally imperiling to others. This is also the hardest time of year for many, especially for those already suffering loss and pain. Chronic pain makes it especially hard to go through the extra hustle and bustle of the season as everyone is so hurried to prepare. Depression makes even the sounds of the season difficult to bear for some. And there are individuals who may face seasonal depression or sense their loss more acutely. There are many extra triggers, more layers of stress. But also equally as many ways to minimize the adverse feelings that accompany this deeply emotional time of year, most important of which is awareness.

Self-reflection helps us understand ourselves and our reactions to situations more concretely. Recognizing the hurried, fast-paced energy that you are emanating may help you slow down and do things with more intention and mind-focus. Finding your peace, your ground, will help you spread energy of love and compassion to those around you. Take a moment to wish those you meet a “Happy Holidays” as you move throughout your day, to sprinkle that little bit of magic that makes us smile. Warm yourself in the evening with thoughts of the blessings that surrounded you that day, or jump start your morning by providing that blessing for someone else. Some individuals need a little extra support at this time of year, reach out to them. If you are seeking a helping hand, reach out to us.

Ketamine Infusion treatment can provide a transformative experience for individuals seeking relief from chronic pain, deep rooted depression, PTSD and other conditions that greatly affect one’s quality of life. The Ketamine Papers: Science, Therapy and Transformation, is a collection of essays that explore the healing nature of Ketamine treatment, and the transformative tool it has proven to be for clinicians. Call or sign up today for a free consultation, to hear various testimonials that speak to this transformative aspect of Ketamine Infusion. We can help you find your peace this holiday season. Healing wishes to all!

Family, Friends and Fellowship

Family, Friends and Fellowship

The holiday season is here! Hard to believe already. Stores went from marking down Halloween items to stocking Christmas decorations, skipping this month of November, it seems. A small section of Thanksgiving table settings remind us of the current season. Many retailers, as you know, began their grand holiday a few weeks early, too, with Black Friday sales starting off the month. I suppose I’m all for it. I am happy to see more signs this year noting store closing hours and the reason for doing so, allowing employees to celebrate the holiday in leisure. Even if it isn’t the most leisurely of holidays. Still, rooted deeply in our history and in our psyche, the Thanksgiving holiday marks a turning point in the year for many. It highlights a sacred time that allows us to take a moment to appreciate and share, and create a space for reflection. A space that emerges as we let traditions bring us together in a spirit of giving that carries into the start of the new year.
Many spiritual themes around the world speak to our need for fellowship and remind us of our responsibility to others, to those less fortunate than ourselves. To fellowship is to break bread with others, to share, to create a space where one feels bolstered by those around. Traditions are like glue, allowing us to join together in fellowship and create a bond, create meaning in our life, establishing a sense of belonging when we celebrate with loved ones and within our communities. True fellowship allows us to see ourselves reflected in others. Reflection is never an easy process, not if you’re honest with yourself. But with the salve that sharing with others during the holidays provides our psyche, often we find that simply being present helps us let go of our stress and often heals our soul. Of course, we do not always have family or friends close by. Some individuals feel more acutely the hardships they carry, and may feel more isolated still if the joy of the holidays feels out of reach. But we are not alone. We are all connected by our common thread – that deep rooted need for fellowship. The magic of this time of year is felt when we highlight that thread and nurture the bonds that grow from it.
But as many have experienced at some point in their life, the holiday season highlights more acutely a sense of loss and loneliness. The holiday blues are real for many who feel the weight of depression and chronic pain. If you or a loved one needs additional support, please contact our knowledgeable staff today for a free consultation, and explore the benefits of Ketamine infusion treatment.
And today, let us honor ourselves by sharing in genuine fellowship with others as we gather around the holiday table. Fill your soul by helping those less fortunate in your community who may not feel close ties. Let us share wholeheartedly in the traditions that bond us. Or begin a new tradition that will set the tone for closer family or community relations. You can challenge yourself in today’s polarized society and open your mind to opposing views should you find yourself sitting next to that “obnoxious” person at the table! Open your heart to understand people different than yourself – with respect one can truly listen. Of course, if you can donate of your time and talents to those in need of fellowship, do so. For it is by virtue of moving past our own needs, and feeding the souls (and filling the bellies) of those around us that we create a richer life for all.

Enhancing Mental Health & Wellbeing

Enhancing Mental Health & Wellbeing

We live in complex times. A nuanced age that astonishes me daily with the power of what we know. A time when words such as ‘multidisciplinary’ and ‘integrated’ pepper all fields of inquiry. As a result, we are creating a rich tapestry of related knowledge that provides us a deeper understanding. The subtleties that we have gleamed through science, and the reach that we have through technology is simply astounding. And thankfully due to our global village mentality that is changing how we see the world, we have a greater respect for (and now more widespread circulation) of local or indigenous philosophies that help enhance our own. These different ways of seeing provide us with a more nuanced worldview to help bring about respect through knowing, and direction for a sustainable future. Today our children are taught more than we were to discover and learn by exploring a topic from various perspectives. A great lesson in life is to take a multi-pronged approach to problem solving. Our pursuit of knowledge, and how we have shared that across the spectrum, provides us with tools to manage life’s complexities. So too when we make long-lasting lifestyle changes from various angles, it helps us create traction and keep-up our motivation to make it stick.

Make a choice to bring forth positive changes in your life. Instead of deciding to stop whatever behavior is putting you on a detrimental course (negative thinking), think instead about starting a new practice that will ensure your continual development. Something that can take the place of the behavior you want to stop. Approach it from a multi-perspective position to help you move forward, to see the strengths and opportunities that change can bring; as well as assess the weaknesses and vulnerabilities that may result. This way you can better prepare for them, rather than be thrown off guard by them. Be honest with yourself about where you are in the process, not only focused on where you want to be. As with all things, it is by way of the middle ground that we build strength in our core – finding that balance of keeping yourself honest without losing sight of your goal.  

Considering the effects of diet and exercise on overall wellbeing, let’s take a multifaceted approach to how one may work on incremental improvements. You can look at how you shop for food (are you hungry and tired while at the grocery store?). How one prepares food (what small changes can you make to eat healthier?). How one eats (are you eating on the run or sitting down for 30 minutes to destress while you digest?). Finally, assess your level of activity throughout the day (how can I add 20min of moderate exercise to my day?). We need to be realistic about our goals so that they fit our schedule and help keep us motivated. Making several small changes to establish a solid routine, rather than setting oneself up for discouragement by trying to take on too much at the start.

So too, clinicians can provide more robust treatment in mental health with a multifaceted approach, and help patients take ownership of their lifestyle changes.

Looking at depression in particular, we know there are many non-medicinal ways to boost serotonin levels to help curb depression. Exercise, diet rich in serotonin producing foods, meditation, building-up social connections, music and drumming, art therapy, etc. There is talk therapy (and psychoanalysis) and various methods that rely on cognitive biofeedback mechanisms, to help one learn to process and move past the depressive state. More often than not, a multifaceted approach using many of these non-medicinal methods is enough to work through one’s depression. However, we know many individuals need more direct support in the form of medication, the use of SSRIs, and thankfully now Ketamine infusion treatment. The downside of medication is the length of time needed for it to begin working effectively, on the order of a couple of weeks to a month. Ketamine treatment has shown tremendous promise. Patients experience immediate relief from symptoms, and together with other non-medicinal methods, will help keep depression at bay. Perhaps even more importantly for certain individuals, it can be an effective prong in a varied approach when one uses Ketamine treatment at the start. Given the timeframe that most SRI/SSRIs require to reach effective levels, Ketamine infusion treatment can provide an immediate relief of symptoms, while giving the body time to develop a more heightened response to medication.

Ketamine for Treatment-Resistant Depression: The First Decade of Progress is, according to the publisher (, the “first book to systematically review the robust clinical and preclinical research on ketamine use for treatment resistant depression.” Regarding depression and OCD, some studies suggest ketamine infusion, combined with other established CBT treatments such as exposure and response therapy or EX/RP therapy (as well as SRI/SSRI medication), may accelerate and prolong the efficacy of overall treatment.

To discuss these findings and learn how Ketamine infusion can enhance your current treatment plan, please call us today for a free consultation.

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