Effective Solution For Nicotine Dependence

Effective Solution For Nicotine Dependence

Stop Smoking Today – Regain Control 

From the debilitating mental health symptoms to the desire to quit smoking, many look for alternative ways to meet their health goals and regain control. The CDC reported an estimated 34.2 million American adults smoke in the United States and of those smokers, more than 16 million live with a smoking-related disease. Of these active smokers, 70% have expressed interest in wanting to stop smoking, but in reality, only 7% manage to successfully quit. Based on these facts, tobacco use is still an issue for many, which can be attributed to the highly addictive nature of nicotine.

Nicotine dependence is linked to many conditions, like heart disease and cancer, and due to its sedative and stimulant properties, can cause a surge of adrenaline by the adrenal glands and a reduction of insulin in the pancreas. These effects lead to increased heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Additionally, nicotine is associated with many brain pathways related to the reward system, which is believed to involve the autonomic nervous system. 

The toll of nicotine dependence can leave many feeling overwhelmed, but Ketamine Health Centers is here to bring hope for a better tomorrow through life-changing techniques. 

What is a Stellate Ganglion Block?

A Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) is an injection of local anesthetic (numbing medicine) using ultrasound guidance on the sympathetic nerves, located at the base of the neck. By targeting the sympathetic nervous system, which is a part of the autonomic nervous system, the body’s response to stress, also known as your “fight or flight” response, can be reset to baseline. Dysfunction of the sympathetic nervous system can lead to prolonged hyper-arousal, hyper-vigilance, and stimulated PTSD related anxiety symptoms. Stellate Ganglion reduces the nerve impulses and messages sent to the brain center, thereby, providing relief in the symptoms. 

This minimally invasive procedure has low risks and no major side effects and takes less than an hour and a half! Results and relief have been seen within 30 minutes and can last from a few months to years. SGB can be used to treat many conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Lymphedema, Nicotine Dependence, Migraines, Facial Pain, Upper Extremity Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Post-Herpetic Neuralgia, Hot Flashes, and Hyperhidrosis. 

The overall benefits of SBG include improved quality of life, better sleeping habits, decreased alcohol and substance use, improved cognitive function, improved physical functioning or exercise capacity, and healthier relationships.

While the Stellate Ganglion is not FDA approved, the FDA has ruled that approval is not needed for this approach since SGB is a conventional procedure that has been used worldwide since 1925.

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Here at Ketamine Health Centers, we have expert faculty to perform this procedure in the safest and most effective manner. We offer a professional and relaxing environment for the best patient experience.  If you or anyone you know would benefit from this treatment, we urge you to contact our team for a FREE consultation: 1-833-542-3040.

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.

Effective Communication Matters For Improved Relationships

Effective Communication Matters For Improved Relationships

Do you ever feel misunderstood? Do you ever find it hard to get through a conversation with someone? It may feel as if the lines of communication were jumbled, leaving you puzzled. No one is at fault if communication modes are not understood and making a conscious effort to improve those interactions is possible. It helps to be aware of the various dynamics that can play out when interacting with others.

There are diverse and unique communication styles. As individuals, we approach one another from a different point of reference based on every stage and every encounter of life. These approaches are a result of how our consciousness moves us through the world, creating analytical, intuitive, functional, and personal communicators, to name a few. 

The greatest challenge in any relationship comes down to communication. The difficulties of people relating to one another are universal, and not restricted to interpersonal relationships. All encounters that are filtered through our personal experiences, shaped by our social, and cultural variations, make us unique. This individuality complicates our modes of interaction, increasing the need for improved communication channels. 

Clear communication and mutual respect are the cornerstones of any healthy relationship. Often, we are unaware of these varied differences between relationships, which can strain our professional and personal lives. 

  • Business relationships require open lines of communication, respect, and trust. Based on the setting and the mode of communication, the tone of the conversation may need to be revised and adjusted to ensure the successful transmission of your message. From personal interactions and formal written correspondences, effective communicators are able to build relationships, share ideas, delegate tasks, and manage their workload productively. Set personal goals, be intentional in your nonverbal language, and strive for simplicity when working to improve communication in business relationships.
  • Friendships and family relations require varying levels of vulnerability, which can only be established through clear modes of communication. Making a daily effort to become a better listener and improve talking skills can avoid stifling connections. 

These key features need to be fostered throughout our development into adulthood. In today’s social climate, honing our communication skills are central to a balanced approach to healthy living. Consider the challenges that we face at various stages of our development regarding how we communicate our needs and desires to others. Now, these difficulties can be compounded by language barriers, personality traits, and mental health conditions that may delay many aspects of clear communication.

Despite the challenges that all relationships face, it is possible to enjoy a healthy dynamic with others, even as one manages a significant mental health illness. The key, which becomes crucially important within the dynamics of mental disorders, is to establish clear boundaries. This ensures that all parties have a clear understanding of those boundaries through unimpeded lines of communication, a two-way process. From reflective listening with the goal of understanding to effective expression ensuring messages do not turn into background noise, communication is crucial to ensure sentiments are heard and feelings are understood. 

It is helpful to understand more specifically how a particular illness may complicate communication. It may not be possible for an individual experiencing mental illness to articulate their range of emotions, or to do so in a manner that makes full sense for the person they are trying to communicate with. Language in these instances falls short and perspectives are not clear. Often communication is affected by our emotions and motivations, but by using concise sentences and allowing proper processing time – the information is less likely to get jumbled with the already existing thoughts. 

Ketamine Health Centers recommends using the LEAP system when collaborating with someone with mental illness: 

  • Listen to understand.
  • Empathize with how the person feels. 
  • Agree on goals for both parties. 
  • Partner to work towards those goals.  

Additionally, a mental health professional can help you or loved ones find effective ways to learn or establish new modes of communication within relationships facing mental health challenges. Ketamine Health Centers’ team of counselors and medical professionals offer a wide array of mental health solutions and treatments to assist individuals facing a variety of communication-based challenges. Schedule a free consultation at any of our based clinics today. We are available via virtual, phone, or in-person visits. Our leading mental health team across Florida and Mexico can help you establish clear goals with specific options for alternative modes of treatment. Contact our team today – we are ready when you are. 

Reflections: Shimmers on the Horizon

Reflections: Shimmers on the Horizon

It’s the end of the decade. To a certain extent, it’s the end of an era. It’s fascinating to look at our trajectory since the turn of the century, for it certainly feels as if we are at a crossroads entering 2020. As we move solidly into the 21st century, we can’t help but reflect on where we’ve come and where we are heading. There is a historical weight at present that brings us to a point of closure and requires an open eye to the future.

If you are a Star Wars fan, no doubt you are reminiscing about what this cultural phenomenon has meant to you and your childhood or your children’s. There is a buzz around the sunset of this story that in a very real way forms a bridge between the end of the 20th century, pocked by previous centuries of nation-building and war machines, to the rebellious spirit that marks the start of the 21st century as we moved into a new era of geopolitics. There is a nostalgia that looms as we say goodbye to this amazing galactic world that we know will continue to be a force in our lives. Its influence has been that widespread in our culture.

As we round out the decade, we also face a historical political moment that highlights the changes to our social and political landscapes, as they have been transformed by the digital era. There is a need for reflection; an earnest need to reshape our trajectory given the very real local politics that we face as we tackle huge challenges ahead. Coming to a crossroads elicits a Janus stance to establish a delicate balance between honoring tradition and stability and embracing change and new cycles. So too must we embrace new perspectives that carry with them the weight of experience and growth through change. We must prepare our minds and bodies for the demands that a nimble future will present us.

Reflecting on the past with an eye to the future allows an open, but rooted approach to manage the many areas in our lives that require attention and refocus. Life feels out of balance at the crossroads. In the final analysis, we realize that we must care for ourselves and for the social fabric that subtends us (through our relationships with others) with a healthy equilibrium. We cannot lose sight of the threads that tie us, nor can we be tethered by them. That balance of stability and growth, or tradition and possibility, often through the unknown, is what we honor in various cultural (holiday) traditions. What marks each tradition that I can think of around the globe is the connection with family and friends that comes about through fellowship and gathering around food, sustenance for our body and soul. And the honoring of traditions that unite us and provide a ground for us to reflect on our past, as well as looking to our future promise in part by instilling these connections in the youngest generation.

As we start to say farewell to 2019, to another decade, let us reflect on the blessings that have touched us, and the ways we have helped create a brighter future. There is immense possibility for holistic and synergistic growth leading to new patterns of living. And we are here to move that paradigm of growth forward. Ketamine Health Centers would like to wish you all growth and stability in health this holiday season!

Expand Your Mind

Expand Your Mind

In our hyperpolarized world, it is ever more important to actively practice a change in perspectives. Especially, if we are ever to reestablish balance, and approach the Other with respect and decency. Role-playing various perspectives can be an eye-opening experience that can also serve you well when making difficult choices. You’ve heard, no doubt, the suggestion to take a walk when you’re stuck or when faced with something you just can’t figure out. Stepping away from your intense focus on a particular issue allows your mind to disengage and loosen its grip on an entrenched idea. The space that opens up when you change your scenery, and see with fresh eyes, gives your mind the opportunity to make new connections, to allow you to see something that was not apparent before. Or simply to clear your thoughts and allow you to refocus on something new that provides a way forward. That is a passive way to change your perspective and help your mind process information differently, often resulting in a ‘Eureka’ moment.

Role-playing is an active method to help you reach other points of view, or other facts that will help you see things in a different light. One suggestion, I read recently, is to imagine 3 or 4 fictional characters taking on your task. Say you are having a difficult time deciding how best to complete a project that you know will meet resistance from others. Imagine your scenario from the perspective of an elderly woman, a Greek philosopher, the first female leader of a nation, a poor peasant – the more culturally and historically diverse the better. These wildly diverse character filters will force you to see your problem from very different life perspectives. Be as creative and far-fetched as you can in order to stretch your mind to focus on a multitude of factors. Such a diverse group of filters will help you consider consequences to your decision that you likely have not thought of, thus expanding your mind. This is a fun and useful exercise, and also serves to keep your mind flexible and open to new ideas. It can be easily adapted to consider diverse social viewpoints that could help you bridge the gap with polar opposite individuals.

Ketamine infusion therapy proves to be effective along these lines of helping expand the mind after experiencing a new way of being in the world. Ketamine helps dislodge entrenched neuropathways via an expansion of one’s sense of self that occurs during the process of ‘ego dissolution’. Many clients have shared experiences of seeing anew regarding their lives, after sensing they are part of something larger than themselves. New ways of seeing, of sensing one’s ground, provides new pathways to help establish alternate ways of living. Especially when lifestyle changes accompany one’s treatment. The expansion of one’s mind often coincides with a change in perspective and opens a space for healing on a deep-rooted level. To learn more about how ketamine infusion therapy can expand your possibilities for mental and emotional rebalance, please contact one of our Ketamine Health Centers today.

2019 American Society of Ketamine Physicians Conference

2019 American Society of Ketamine Physicians Conference

Ketamine Health Centers recently attended the 2019 ASKP Conference in Denver, CO. This is the second annual conference for the American Society of Ketamine Physicians. A conference involving multi-disciplinary speakers discussing ketamine use for mood disorders, psychotherapy and pain conditions.

As the leading provider of IV ketamine infusion therapy in South and Central Florida, our goal is to provide relief and offer hope to those who suffer from treatment-resistant conditions.

We are one of the very few centers specializing solely in ketamine infusion therapy with a team of mental health and certified anesthesia professionals to help our patients on their journey to recovery.

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