In psychiatric medicine there are many antidepressant drugs targeting the neurotransmitter model of depression. 30% to 50% of people do not respond to these drugs, which begs the question, "Why is the neurotransmitter model of treatment the most widely accepted?"
This way of thinking has carried over into the treatment models using ketamine, which targets the glutamate system, not the serotonin system. While ketamine is tremendously more effective in that model, it still doesn't represent the weight of ketamine's true relevance. Instead, ketamine can be psychologically transformative. Transformation can be directly linked to the experience, not an overly simplistic and incomplete model of chemical imbalance.
Knowing this is beneficial for patients so that they may lean more heavily on the experience of the treatment, and not simply an antiquated model of pill-popping. This would mean that in a perfect world you would not need further treatment after the initial treatment. Results vary widely, and we see lasting effects from 1-6 months before needing a booster. Our patient's results are more directly related to the quality of the experience, not on a theoretical model of imbalance.
Knowing this, it is in your best interest to properly prepare for your series of infusions. Take the following into consideration in the days leading up to your treatment.
Adam and Shanna Angel.
Our job is incredibly interesting as providers of IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy (IVKIT). Patients make new discoveries during treatment, and as your assistant, we do to. Firstly, each of our patients have taken incredible initiative to seek this experience. The power of deciding to take this first step is itself part of the healing process. Once you are in our clinic, we are there with you not as therapists, guides, or shamans. We are not here to make decisions for you. Our job is simply to provide the opportunity for you to pay attention to the deepest parts of yourself and to do with it what you will. Your experience can create new tools to live by and to own your life experience.
The decision to begin IVKIT is a big one. You will be committing two weeks of your life to the process. There might be ups and downs, and while you may feel benefits immediately, there is also opportunity to unpack the experience for months or years to come. Each individual experience is as unique as the individual, and it is in many ways an exploration. With exploration comes uncertainty. In this case uncertainty is a good thing because it creates new potentials that didn't exist before the treatment. Those that decide to begin treatment are courageous individuals ready to expand their perception and therefore their life.