Ketamine Therapy in Golden, CO
Ketamine therapy is a revolutionary new way to treat anxiety, depression, addiction, pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is often used for people who have treatment-resistant disorders and can’t find success using any other treatment method. Anxiety treatment with ketamine is safe and effective as long as it is administered and overseen by a professional and is carefully regulated for the patient’s protection.
At Kore Regenerative Medicine, we offer ketamine assisted therapy in Golden, CO. We often combine ketamine therapy with other therapeutic methods to offer our patients the best chance of a successful outcome. Our team takes a comprehensive and holistic approach towards health and wellness, and we also offer IV therapy, bodywork, hormone therapy, and regenerative medicine treatments.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a drug that is classed as a dissociative anesthetic. It is a compound used in the 1950s and 1960s as an anesthetic for medical procedures. In later years, it was used in veterinary practices as an anesthetic for large animals. Different versions of ketamine were also used as party drugs and street drugs. In recent years, psychiatrists, doctors, and researchers have been investigating the benefits of using ketamine for therapeutic purposes. Ketamine is FDA-approved for treatment-resistant depression, and it can also be prescribed off-label for treating anxiety, chronic pain, addition, and PTSD.
How Does Anxiety Treatment with Ketamine Work?
Ketamine increases the activity of glutamate in the brain. Glutamate is a chemical messenger that regulates mood, memory, and learning and supports the brain’s ability to change and adapt to new experiences. This ability is called neuroplasticity, and by enhancing your brain’s neuroplasticity, ketamine can rewire your brain and interrupt harmful or dangerous thought patterns. Creating new pathways in the brain can increase your ability to create positive thoughts and relieve anxiety and depression.
What is the Difference Between Using Ketamine and Other Medications?
Other anti-anxiety medications boost brain chemicals like serotonin. Eventually, after using these medications for years, people can become resistant to their effects or are at risk of developing serotonin syndrome. Additionally, not all depression is due to the lack of serotonin, but all medications are made to affect the serotonin pathway in your brain. As mentioned above, ketamine works on a completely different neural pathway in your brain. Anti-anxiety medications can take two to six weeks to start working. Ketamine immediately starts activating glutamate, which offers much faster results. Ketamine can start working in as little as two hours. Plus, ketamine is effective for both generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder.
What Types of Ketamine Therapy Are Available?
There are a few different ways that a doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist can administer ketamine for therapeutic effect or anxiety treatment. At Kore Regenerative Medicine, our goal is to provide a safe, comfortable, and rewarding experience for each patient. We will assess your physical health, your goals and needs, and your lifestyle habits before recommending anxiety treatment with ketamine. We offer intramuscular or intravenous ketamine injections. We sometimes do this in combination with an IV of NAD (B3) for increased cellular uptake and health.
How Effective is Ketamine Therapy for Anxiety?
Ketamine assisted therapy for anxiety is incredibly effective. It works quickly, has lasting effects, requires minimal upkeep, and is safe for most patients. As long as it is delivered in a clinical or therapeutic setting while the patient is being monitored, there is little risk of complications or negative side effects. At Kore Regenerative Medicine, we monitor you continuously throughout your treatment to ensure your safety and health. Studies have shown that a single ketamine injection can relieve anxiety for up to two weeks at a time and can also reduce panic and irritability. When done in a series, ketamine can relieve symptoms for months, or even lifelong. Ketamine is also highly effective at treating anxiety-related conditions, including:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
What Are the Risks and Side Effects of Anxiety Treatment with Ketamine?
At Kore Regenerative Medicine, we reduce your risk of complications or side effects from ketamine therapy by administering the drug in a highly controlled, safe, clinical setting. Because the dose is so low, there is very little risk of side effects, and any side effects that you do have should be mild and temporary. We do not recommend ketamine therapy to patients who are breastfeeding or pregnant, or have unmanaged high blood pressure, a history of substance overuse disorder, a history of psychosis, heart disease, a history of increased intracranial pressure, or who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. The most common side effects of ketamine therapy are:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness.
- Slurred speech.
- Balance and mobility issues.
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure.
- Changes in vision.
- Changes in perception.
What Should I Expect During Ketamine Therapy?
Our ketamine treatment sessions are between 90 and 150 minutes long, and we monitor you the entire time. We will have you lie down on a comfortable treatment chair, provide you with light blocking shades, and a comfy blanket, while we administer the injection. You will have headphones and a curated playlist to listen to. Dr. Quinn and her nurse will be present throughout the treatment to make sure you are safe and comfortable. You have the option to do ketamine solo, or with a group. The group ketamine sessions come with immediate integration with a somatic trained psychotherapist. When the effects of the ketamine have worn off, we encourage you to write in a journal, and sometimes we will ask you to share your thoughts and discuss the experience, if you want to.
What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for Ketamine Therapy?
We will give you a list of instructions for preparing for anxiety treatment with ketamine. We recommend that you avoid eating and drinking for at least two hours prior to your treatment session. You should wear comfortable, layered clothing. You should take the rest of the day off, and find some time afterwards to be with your thoughts and/or in nature to process your journey. In the week or two leading up to your treatment, we will ask you to focus on a few areas of your life that you are dissatisfied with or that are causing anxiety or concern. You should also focus on what you want the outcome of your therapy to be and what you want to change in your life. This can help you work through these issues during your treatment.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Ketamine Therapy
If you think you would benefit from anxiety treatment with ketamine in Golden, CO, call us at Kore Regenerative Medicine today. We will set up a consultation with Dr. Quinn and her team to discuss your needs, goals, and overall physical and mental health. We recommend ketamine therapy as part of a larger holistic treatment plan. Dr. Quinn will recommend treatment options alongside ketamine therapy to offer you the best chance of success. To learn more or to find out if you are a good candidate for ketamine therapy, call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation.