Ketamine for Substance Abuse
Ketamine is a powerful tool that assists in the maintenance of sobriety from drugs and alcohol. Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) is the emotional and psychological withdrawal phase that occurs shortly after physical detoxification. Ketamine infusions act to significantly reduce PAWS, and the cravings that usually result in a return to substance abuse. In addition, it helps to quickly treat depression, anxiety, and pain, which frequently go hand in hand with addiction. In several recent studies, ketamine has been shown to prolong abstinence from alcohol and heroin in detoxified alcoholics and heroin-dependent individuals. It is able to significantly reduce cravings in cocaine abusers.
What Is Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse is a complex mental health condition identified by compulsive drug or alcohol abuse that will lead to significant disruptions in a person’s everyday life. This means anytime a person takes drugs that are not legal or uses substances past the legal or healthy limit.
Warning signs of a substance abuse problem include the following:
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Social withdrawal
- Lack of self-care
- Eating more or less than normal
- Sleeping more or less than normal
- Problems in your personal or professional lives
- Mood swings
How Does Ketamine Help With Addiction?
Addiction is the result of the brain and body consuming a substance and the ensuing chemical reaction. Over time, dependency forms, and the bliss that you felt when consuming a substance can become harder and harder to maintain, causing you to turn to higher doses.
With ketamine binding to the NMDA receptors, it can help block signals from being sent to the brain, which gives the brain an opportunity to reset old connections and forge new ones.
Renew Ketamine & Wellness Center’s innovative use of ketamine treatment for substance abuse can help you or a loved one who may be struggling with substance abuse. Ketamine is a rapid-acting, effective new treatment that we utilize to help patients along their recovery process.
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If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, and other treatment methods have failed to provide relief, then ketamine may be a viable treatment option for you. Contact us today to learn more about our ketamine treatments now available in Chicago. IL.