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Month: February 2021

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For Chronic Pain, Are Opioids As Effective As We Think?

The opioid epidemic has reached epic proportions—and continues to wreak havoc on millions of people’s lives.

In 2016, medical professionals wrote about 214 million opioid prescriptions for pain. That is 66.5 scripts per 100 people. More than 11 million of those patients ended up addicted to or abusing those drugs. And the worst part? A new study indicates that opioids are essentially useless for treating non-cancer related chronic pain…

HealthDay News wrote an article summarizing the surprising results of about 96 clinical trials on the use of potentially addictive opioids to treat chronic pain issues. In conclusion, opioids may work “only slightly better than placebos.” Shocking.

“Opioids should not be a first-line therapy for chronic, non-cancer pain,” said lead researcher Jason Busse, of the Institute for Pain Research and Care at McMaster University in Canada. The trajectory towards addiction generally looks something like this: patient’s tolerance to medication increases; prescription dosage is increased…and this cycle continues, usually until a patient is dependent. The long-term side effects of opiate use can be devastating to your nervous system and health. Learn more »

There are several alternatives to opioids when it comes to treating chronic pain. Busse’s team notes that opioids were no more effective than traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. There are also non-pharmaceutical options to help alleviate chronic pain, including: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), physical therapy, or acupuncture.

However, one of the most effective chronic pain treatments available today is ketamine. Ketamine infusions can help to reset neural connections in the brain and spine, and act as a potent anesthetic to decrease pain. Ketamine is not a physically addicting substance, and is not provided as a take-home prescription in most cases. Rather, it is administered by highly experienced physicians in a clinical environment. For some patients, ketamine relieves the symptoms of chronic pain for up to 11 months at a time.

Contact Renew Ketamine

One of the leading ketamine clinics in the greater Chicago area, Renew Ketamine offers ketamine infusions for chronic pain, as well as for psychiatric disorders. If you are suffering in pain—if you have tried everything, but nothing has worked—request a free consultation at our ketamine treatment center. Ketamine infusions may be the chronic pain management solutions you’ve been looking for.

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Ketamine Treatment For Bipolar Disorder

For people who suffer from bipolar disorder, relief may be found with the use of ketamine therapy when conventional treatments options have failed. Ketamine continues to be an effective drug for mood disorders, including this hard-to-treat condition.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric illness that is characterized by intense mood swings and changes in energy levels that affect a persons ability to function day-to-day. Alternating periods of mania and depression are the key episodes experienced by all diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Sufferers may feel extremely happy and euphoric during the manic stage but then fall in to a period of deep sadness and hopelessness during the depression stage. This disorder presents differently in every patient, where some will experience only mild mood swings and others are subjected to frequent and extreme mood variations.

Treatment Options

Approximately 4% of the US population is affected by bipolar disorder. The age of onset is usually mid-20’s but can occur later in life or be identified in the teenage years. The cause of bipolar disorder could be one of many, including genetic factors or imbalances in the brain.
Because bipolar disorder symptoms can vary drastically between person to person as well as the fact that it manifests similarly to other mental health problems, it can be very difficult to diagnose. Once diagnosed, it also takes time to find the right treatment options. Medication and psychotherapy are most commonly used in conjunction with each other for patients suffering with bipolar disorder. For medication, patients are usually prescribed a combination of mood stabilizers, antipsychotics and anti-depressants to address the range of symptoms experienced.

Ketamine Treatment For Bipolar Disorder

Many people fail to find relief and restore balance in their lives when it comes to traditional treatment options for bipolar disorder. Unlike antidepressants and other commonly prescribed medications which take time to work, ketamine can provide relief in a matter of hours. This relief also comes without the unwanted side effects that conventional medications can have.
Ketamine therapy has been an extremely viable option for those with bipolar disorder where they experience treatment-resistant symptoms. After undergoing ketamine infusions, these individuals have often been able resume a happier more productive life.
If you or a loved one are suffering from bipolar disorder, consider ketamine therapy as a treatment option. Contact our office today to learn more about the benefits of ketamine therapy.

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6 Tips For Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses in the U.S, affecting at least 40 million adults. During this time of COVID-19, anxiety disorders are more prevalent than ever. Anxiety is treatable, but most people who suffer will not seek treatment. Without treatment, anxiety can be debilitating with major implications to a person’s daily life.

Here are 6 tips to help successfully navigate through episodes of anxiety:

1. Get an anxiety journal: Set a specific time each day to write down your worries. Don’t think about it until the time comes and then write it all out in a journal. Try to see if your worries are based on evidence, and then challenge those beliefs.

2. Breathing: Deep belly breathing has been used as a way to help calm the body. Lie down on the floor, put one hand on your belly, and then take deep long breaths and remember to exhale for a few seconds.

3. Exercise: Working out is one of the best ways to naturally boost your mood. The endorphins from the workout will immediately make you feel better. Even going for a walk outside has been known to boost moods.

4. Eat whole, nutrient-dense foods: Processed foods and sugar can increase inflammation and affect your mood and energy levels. Eating whole, nutrient-dense foods will give you more energy and help take care of your gut. Take a note the difference you feel when eating a home cooked meal vs. eating out at a restaurant.

5. Having friends and family to visit and have around: Your family and friends will support you when you feel down and lift your mood when you see them—even if via Zoom meeting or other virtual technology. Having “dinner” with them can even distract you from your anxiety for a little while!

5. See a therapist: Professional help is one of the most effective ways to treat anxiety disorders. A good mental health professional can treat the underlying cause of your anxieties by using techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy. Your therapist can help you change your thoughts, which leads to changing your feelings. Most therapists are offering counseling sessions via Telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are still offering in-person appointments on a limited basis.

For many, these treatments aren’t enough to alleviate chronic symptoms of anxiety. For those who have resisted these and other pharmacological interventions, ketamine infusion therapy may be a lifesaver…literally. Ask your primary care physician about ketamine, or contact our ketamine treatment center in Chicagoland for more information and to learn if you’re a candidate. Just complete the brief form below and a member of our team will contact you for a free phone consultation.

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Renew Ketamine is Chicagoland’s leading provider of ketamine infusions for depression and pain. Contact us today for a free consultation and find out if you or a loved one is a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy.

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Nutrition For Mental Health: You Are What You Eat

The body and mind are closely connected, which means the food we put in our mouth directly affects the health of our brain.

Our brain uses more than 20% of our caloric intake to function everyday. In fact, scientists who have researched such diseases as Alzheimer’s and dementia have discovered that these conditions start developing years before symptoms occur, caused by the inflammation of brain cells. Nutrition for mental health —and the connection between what we eat and how we feel—is scientifically proven and impossible to argue against.

Our nutritional intake directly impacts not only the inflammation of our brain cells, but the inflammation of cells throughout various systems in our body.

Nutrition for mental health and foods that are considered good for brain functionality and health include:

1. Whole, nutrient-dense foods: foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and legumes provide essential nutrients, like protein, vitamins and fiber for your body and brain.

2. Plants: plants produce phytochemicals, which are anti-inflammatory and provide natural antioxidants.

3. Fiber: Fiber also makes you feel fuller for longer, which helps with not overeating!

4. A healthy nutrient-dense diet: eating nutrient-rich foods can help fight diseases and infections, and boost our mood and brain activity.

5. A Mediterranean diet: A diet rich in healthy fats and oils has been shown to help reduce cardiovascular disease. Studies show that it can also improve executive function and memory, and lower the risk factors leading to diabetes and stroke.

Which foods can have a negative impact on brain health? Be careful to avoid these:

1. Processed grains, refined sugars, processed oils and fats, chemical additives and preservatives. These foods are highly inflammatory.

2. Highly processed sugars, like sodas and sports drinks. Foods that contain large quantities of sugar can cause the body to produce a rush of insulin. Over time, this excessive sugar consumption can make our body insulin-resistant and lead to diabetes.

3. Processed grains that are stripped of nutrients, like pasta and unbleached flour. These foods leave behind starches, which are absorbed quickly into the gut—like sugar. Over time, it can lead to similar chronic inflammation and weight-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

During this time of quarantine, you may not be getting all the nutrients you normally do. Food options are limited, and even though you may be doing your best to eat a healthy, well-rounded diet…stress is also high, and “food therapy” may be coming into play. Consider supplementing your diet with nutrient-rich IV vitamin infusions at Renew Ketamine. Contact our office for a consultation today, or complete the brief form below.

Contact Renew Ketamine

Renew Ketamine is Chicagoland’s leading provider of ketamine infusions for depression and pain. Contact us today for a free consultation and find out if you or a loved one is a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy.

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The Impact Of Social Distancing On Depression

The practice of “social distancing” has been mandated by our government, which means we are isolated in quarantine, away from our friends, colleagues and extended family members. Even if you are an introvert and don’t love social situations, studies show that too much isolation can be detrimental to our mental health.

For those who already suffer from anxiety or depression, or who have suffered a past trauma, social distancing has a way of bringing painful experiences back to surface. Normally, those people would lean on social support from their family and friends, or from their counselors and therapists. However, with social distancing in place, their mental health may be in more danger than ever—with isolation comes loneliness.

Isolation is physical separation from others, while loneliness is the emotional feeling of being alone. Loneliness is associated with bad quality of sleep, lower immune system, and high blood pressure. Studies show depression is more frequent among those who are lonely.

Not only that, the fact that we don’t know when we will get past the isolation period only makes matter worse. Being unable to control the situation contributes to feelings of anxiety, which can lead to deeper feelings of depression and hopelessness.

There are, however, ways you can protect your mind from going to dark places during this dark time. Here are 6 things you can do to help alleviate your mood during this time:

1. Exercise. Daily movement, even a walk, can alleviate your mood almost immediately.

2. Acknowledge what is happening around you. Don’t deny, but acknowledge it’s there and that it’s stressful.

3. Keep in contact with friends and family. FaceTime, Zoom, text, and call your loved ones to keep in contact.

4. Read less news. Too much news intake can breed anxiety, as headlines often sound scary and seemingly disastrous.

5. Change expectations. Don’t create unrealistic goals. Set realistic expectations that you can meet, or have back-up plans so you aren’t devastated if “Plan A” doesn’t happen.

6. Help someone else. Studies show that when you help another person, you get rewarded with a little burst of dopamine in your brain.

These are just a few tactics you can incorporate into your daily routine to keep your mood elevated and prevent yourself from spiraling out of control. However, if you find yourself having suicidal thoughts, reach out to a mental health professional who can guide you through this time.

Feeling depressed during COVID-19? You are not alone. Call our office for a free consultation. Our clinic is still open and accepting patients on a limited basis. We are following all safety protocols, including staggering appointments to limit patient-to-patient interactions, and carefully sanitizing all treatment rooms between patient visits.

Contact Renew Ketamine

Renew Ketamine is Chicagoland’s leading provider of ketamine infusions for depression and pain. Contact us today for a free consultation and find out if you or a loved one is a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy.

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What Is A NAD+ Infusion And How Can It Help Anxiety & Depression?

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is a coenzyme that is present in most of our cells.

Their role is multifaceted and has many benefits, such as improving metabolic function, boosting brain cell repair and function, and reducing inflammation. NAD+ can help with reducing depression and anxiety by improving cellular function while ensuring that the neurotransmitters in our brain work together seamlessly and symbiotically.

NAD+ is an especially unique coenzyme in that it plays a role in the regulation of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a long-term problem that causes cellular damage, resulting in—amongst other adverse effects—heightened levels of anxiety. NAD+ can potentially correct these imbalances and therefore help with the reduction of anxiety and depressive symptoms.

With a NAD+ infusion, a high dose of NAD+ is injected directly into the bloodstream to provide a faster result. Many IV hydration clinics—like ours—offer an IV drip that contains a saline solution rich with NAD+. Studies show that an increase in general hydration alone can boost the mood, and adding NAD+ to the infusion is the cherry on top. An IV NAD+ drip will not only provide the hydration you need, but also the beneficial properties of NAD+ itself. Not only that, IV hydration with NAD+ can flush out the toxins in your body, including toxic metals that are present in your daily food intake and environment.

The benefits of a NAD+ infusion include:

Increased metabolism

Increased energy

Reduced inflammation

Prevents and corrects DNA damage

Increased anti-aging benefits

NAD+ infusions can be used as a standalone treatment for anxiety and depression, or in conjunction with talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT therapy), or ketamine infusion therapy. Request a free consultation with our wellness center and IV hydration center and learn more about what a NAD+ infusion could do for you.

Contact Renew Ketamine

Renew Ketamine is Chicagoland’s leading provider of ketamine infusions for depression and pain. Contact us today for a free consultation and find out if you or a loved one is a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy.

Why Does Ketamine Work When Other Depression Treatments Don’t?

It’s unsettling to realize that our usually long bout of unhappiness is actually clinical depression.

It just gets worse once we learn that all the current medications offered to treat it aren’t effective. Even though some are fortunate enough to find relief from their depressive symptoms using medications like Prozac and Wellbutrin, the overwhelming majority still don’t find them helpful. Clearly, diagnosing and treating depression effectively requires that we revisit our original interpretation, which suggests that it’s solely the result of a chemical imbalance of serotonin or norepinephrine.

Everyone describes their depression differently, but the underlying issue is usually the same: suffering from a persistent struggle to simply live and enjoy life. According to one report, some of the most common symptoms include:

Apathy or volatility

Sadness & hopelessness

Anxiety & restlessness

Insomnia or hypersomnia

These symptoms, while unpleasant, do not point to anything biological. Rather, they point to something more psychological. Therefore, new depression treatments should offer patients the opportunity to experience short periods of time without the constant reminders of their depressive symptoms, even if they can’t remove them completely.

Thankfully, this is where low dose IV ketamine has proven to be most useful. In the last decade, medical practitioners and researchers alike have found it to be more effective as an antidepressant for most patients with depression, PTSD, bi-polar disorder and the like. So, what does ketamine work when other depression treatments fail? Research suggests that the therapeutic value of treatment as an antidepressant lies in the mild dissociative effects that it produces. Also, a cycle of ketamine infusions for depression was shown to be most effective as a complementary treatment to traditional SSRI’s and SNRI’s.

While typical MBCT works as effectively as an antidepressant medication, it is still less accessible for those who don’t live near large cities. MBB is easily accessible online, narrowing the cost of travel and eliminating long wait times to see a psychologist. Overall, MMB is a highly viable option to help those who need care quicker and at a lower-cost than in-person therapy.

As research continues, the FDA will likely continue to approve more ketamine-based drugs for depression. This is good news since it follows that more insurance companies will likely cover patient treatments. Until then, we encourage anyone struggling to maintain their mental wellness to reach out to our clinic (630-300-0469) to learn about our depression treatment options.

Contact Renew Ketamine

Renew Ketamine is Chicagoland’s leading provider of ketamine infusions for depression and pain. Contact us today for a free consultation and find out if you or a loved one is a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy.

Mindful Mood Balance: A Web-Based Program To Support Depression Treatment

Depression is the most common mental illness in the U.S, with first-line treatments including antidepressant medications complemented by talk therapy.

But now, research is showing a new program that can be added to the list of effective treatments—a treatment that is more accessible to more people: Mindful Mood Balance (MMB). MMB is an online therapy program that can help reduce the symptoms of depression if used in conjunction with standard first-line treatments. Mindful Mood Balance is an online version of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

According to a new study by the University of Toronto Scarborough, MMB can reduce depression and anxiety symptoms and provide a better quality of life. MMB uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help patients use their thoughts to challenge their feelings in order to regulate emotions. It also leverages the practice of mindful meditation to help patients observe feelings, thoughts and sensations rather than acting on those feelings. This helps patients develop coping skills they can use throughout their entire life.

Though there are many effective first-line treatments for those with depression, there are many patients who have lingering symptoms: bad quality sleep, low energy levels, excessive worry. MMB is proven to help alleviate those lingering symptoms.

Coupled with traditional depression treatment, MBB can speed up the efficacy of traditional depression treatments, such as talk. therapy. The study showed that those who practiced MMB in addition to talk therapy and antidepressants vs. those who received just talk therapy and antidepressants, reported a much faster reduction in depressive symptoms.

While typical MBCT works as effectively as an antidepressant medication, it is still less accessible for those who don’t live near large cities. MBB is easily accessible online, narrowing the cost of travel and eliminating long wait times to see a psychologist. Overall, MMB is a highly viable option to help those who need care quicker and at a lower-cost than in-person therapy.

Feeling depressed? The team at Renew Ketamine is here to help. From depression to anxiety and beyond, we are happy to answer your questions about depression treatment options, and how ketamine works to alleviate symptoms. Just complete the brief form below and a member of our team will contact you for a free phone consultation.

Contact Renew Ketamine

Renew Ketamine is Chicagoland’s leading provider of ketamine infusions for depression and pain. Contact us today for a free consultation and find out if you or a loved one is a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy.

Protecting Your Mental Health Amidst The Coronavirus Crisis

The Coronavirus has been an unprecedented disruption to society, affecting all of us in ways we never could have imagined. Not only is it a terrible event for our public health, but it is also a travesty to our mental health. With millions of Americans suffering from an anxiety disorder or depression, having an unknown situation—like a new and novel virus outbreak—only adds fuel to the fire of anxiety. Anxiety makes us feel out of control and uncertain about the future…so how do we protect our mental health during this time when anything can happen?

1. Limit news coverage. News coverage can be anxiety provoking, as the media tends to present sensationalized information without solutions. It may seem like there is so much information to take in, and yet so little time to process it. Sometimes news can even contradict itself, which makes it hard to know fact from fiction.

2. Take care of your health. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Your mental health and physical health are entwined, so taking care of your body will positively affect your mental health, too.

3. Reduce stress and meditate. Stress lowers your immune system and upsets your physical wellbeing. Try to keep stress levels low during this time so you are less likely to contract the virus. Meditating can also help by calming your mind and lowering your stress response.

4. Connect with friends and family. Being socially connected to your friends and family is extremely important during this time. Even if you are in quarantine, there are ways to stay connected via FaceTime, Google Hangouts or any of the many video chat options available out there. Set up time to video chat with family and friends, or maybe even do a virtual workout together and kill two birds with one stone!

5. Limit time on social media. Social media provides a lot of rapid information coming in at once, and it is oftentimes confusing to decipher accurate info from fake news. With information regarding the virus changing by the hour, it is hard to feel in control of your anxieties while scrolling through Facebook.

Is your clinical depression or anxiety reaching higher-than-usual levels during this uncertain time? Contact our Chicagoland ketamine treatment center to see if we can help. Ketamine infusions aren’t right for everyone, but if they’re right for you they could change your life. Contact us using the brief form below.

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Renew Ketamine is Chicagoland’s leading provider of ketamine infusions for depression and pain. Contact us today for a free consultation and find out if you or a loved one is a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy.

Ketamine For Alcoholism: The Surprising Treatment That Could Curb Alcoholism

Alcohol addiction is infamous for being extremely difficult to treat, as there are few effective therapies available.

Thanks to recent research, however, scientists now believe that the drug ketamine may help disrupt harmful patterns of behaviors associated with alcoholism. Ketamine could essentially rewire drinking-related memories, reducing the beck-and-call of the drink and and thus curbing alcohol intake.

Currently the treatments for alcoholism do not target the positive memories that are created from drinking alcohol. These are the memories people create when they associate alcohol with good feelings. As a result, certain environmental cues become ingrained in the minds of alcoholics, which can trigger cravings and drive sober people to drink again.

A study conducted out of the University College London aimed at using ketamine to target these memories and essentially over-write them. To test this theory, the participants were given an alcohol stimulus that would conjure good feeling about drinking. Once the stimulus was introduced, they were administered a ketamine infusion. What the study found was that those who had a memory triggered and then were administered ketamine dramatically reduced their overall alcohol consumption.

The science behind the use of ketamine it that it targets a brain receptor known at NMDA. This receptor is responsible for the creation of memories. The research suggests that if a person is administered ketamine as a memory is recalled, it makes that memory weaker, or completely erases it.

More research needs to be conducted on the use of ketamine as a treatment for alcoholism, however it is a promising therapy option. This can be added to the long list of conditions that ketamine can treat or alleviate, including psychiatric conditions, chronic pain, and migraine headaches. The future is looking bright for this drug.

If you suffer from depression, psychiatric conditions, chronic pain, or migraine headaches, contact our Naperville, IL ketamine clinic to learn more about ketamine infusions and how they work to alleviate the symptoms of these conditions. Using the brief form below, let us know your questions or concerns, and a member of our team will get back to you shortly!

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Renew Ketamine is Chicagoland’s leading provider of ketamine infusions for depression and pain. Contact us today for a free consultation and find out if you or a loved one is a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy.

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