Flow Integrative Ketamine: Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
Flow Integrative Ketamine has been specifically designed to advance the body's ability to shed stress, return to a state of rest, and restoration through the combination of medicinal ketamine and discovery through dissociative therapy and a continuum of care options.
Myth: Ketamine* is a club drug Fact: Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy may be the most important breakthrough in treating mental illness in the last 50 years. Ketamine is a psychedelic drug that works like a flash mob on certain parts of the brain and rapidly quiets depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal ideation. Click to Tweet
What Is Ketamine?
Ketamine is an FDA approved medication that was synthesized in 1962 and was approved for use as an anesthetic medication in 1970. It is a blocker of the cellular NMDA receptor, a neural receptor for glutamate that has proved to play a significant role in major depression. It is known to stimulate neuronal growth, synaptogenesis, and neuroplasticity*. It is a Schedule III drug and should only be used and administered by a skilled licensed anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, or trained physician.
A ketamine treatment session has the potential to create a unique state of consciousness and facilitate a profound experience that can change one's perspective on life. The psychedelic aspects of the ketamine experience may open a person up to think, feel, and talk about their lives in ways they are typically not willing or able to. Thus, besides the biochemical activity of ketamine as a medication, it can confer additional benefit by serving as a tool within psychotherapy.
* More About Improved Neuroplasticity
From the beginning of our lifetime, our bodies are continuously shedding and replacing cells. Our brains also perform a similar activity clearing out, deleting neural pathways that are no longer necessary or useful. This operation is part of what is called neuroplasticity. Early in our growth and development, we experience an explosion of synaptic activity as we are learning about everything from language acquisition to walking. This period is called exuberant synaptogenesis. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, change, grow, learn, and remember in response to its environment. We understand that our bodies change with time, and many factors reduce or deplete synaptic activity in certain regions of the brain, including stress, sleep, age, brain injury, environment, nutrition.
Ketamine is a bridge supporting healthy brain communication by working entirely differently than other antidepressants by inducing changes in synaptic brain circuit functions by affecting the neurotransmitter glutamate, which plays an important role in both learning and memory. Ketamine also stimulates neuronal growth, synaptogenesis, further supporting brain neuroplasticity.
How Does It Work?
Ketamine works by reducing NMDA receptor function, modulating or preventing the brain’s glutamate transmission. This leads to a rapid increase in glutamatergic activity, regeneration of synaptic connections between brain cells that have been chronically damaged by stress, anxiety, and depression. It is a sort of “rebooting” for the communication system between areas of the brain and body that have previously been damaged by these chronic conditions.
Recently performed and published studies have shown that a very low dose of ketamine infused slowly has had a dramatic positive effect on clinical depression, especially towards suicidal feelings and in cases that don’t respond to standard treatment. The results indicate an immediate resolution of depression, and the relief from a single infusion can last for as little as a few hours to as much as a few weeks.
Set + Setting
Set and setting is a commonly discussed component of the Ketamine treatment. Rightfully so, because it is about the expectation of what each patient plans with specific intention to address, accomplish, release through Ketamine therapy treatment. We optimize set and setting in an attempt to provide an experience that will have a long-term positive impact on you. This includes customizing your Ketamine dosing based on a variety of factors. Set is the current state of mind of the individual patient. The setting is the physical space treatment will take place, which includes the room, our presence, and guidance through your treatment session experience. Questions that may help narrow down the goal of treatment:
- What are the causes of my depression or anxiety?
- Show me how I can be a better partner to my significant other
- Help me understand what's holding me back at work
- I will be more patient and empathetic
- How can I overcome my bad habit?
Common Goals Of Treatment
Improving awareness of strengths, weaknesses, blind spots, roadblocks, etc.
Exploring creative problems and inspirations
Healing from past traumas
Overcoming bad habits
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