Understanding PTSD Treatment: The Role of Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event. Characterized by symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and emotional distress, PTSD can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. While traditional treatment approaches have been effective for many, innovative therapies like Ketamine Infusion Therapy are gaining attention for their potential to help individuals find relief and healing who have struggled with traditional treatment plans.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a complex condition that can develop following exposure to a traumatic event. Such events may include combat experiences, accidents, physical or sexual assault, natural disasters, or any situation where an individual’s life or well-being is threatened. While it is normal to experience distressing emotions after a traumatic event, PTSD occurs when these symptoms continue for an extended period and interfere with daily life.

Traditional Approaches to PTSD Treatment

Traditionally, the treatment of PTSD has involved psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both:

Psychotherapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy are two common forms of psychotherapy used to treat PTSD. CBT helps individuals recognize and change negative thought patterns and behaviors, while exposure therapy helps individuals confront and process traumatic memories.

Medication: Medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs are often prescribed to help manage the symptoms of PTSD. These medications can help alleviate anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances commonly associated with the disorder.

While these treatments have been effective for many, some individuals do not respond adequately to traditional approaches or may experience side effects from medication. This is where Ketamine Infusion Therapy comes into play.

Understanding Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic that has been used for decades in medical settings. In recent years, it has gained attention for its potential in treating various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

How Ketamine Infusion Therapy Works

Ketamine Infusion Therapy involves the intravenous administration of ketamine in a controlled clinical setting. The treatment is known for its rapid onset of action, often providing relief within hours or days, compared to the weeks or months that traditional medications may take.

Ketamine appears to work differently from traditional medications. It targets the brain’s glutamate system, promoting synaptic connections and enabling the brain to reorganize itself. This process may help individuals with PTSD process and manage traumatic memories more effectively.

Research on Ketamine for PTSD

While Ketamine Infusion Therapy shows promise in treating PTSD, it’s essential to note that research in this area is ongoing. Clinical trials and studies are exploring the safety and effectiveness of ketamine for PTSD treatment. Early results have been promising, with some individuals experiencing significant reductions in PTSD symptoms.

Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy Right for You?

Ketamine Infusion Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It may be considered as a treatment option when traditional approaches have not been effective or when rapid relief is needed. It is essential to consult with a qualified mental health professional to determine if Ketamine Infusion Therapy is suitable for your specific situation.

The Role of Psychotherapy and Counseling

It’s important to emphasize that Ketamine Infusion Therapy is often most effective when combined with psychotherapy and counseling. Addressing the emotional and psychological aspects of PTSD is integral to long-term recovery. Therapists specializing in trauma can help individuals explore their experiences, develop coping strategies, and work towards healing.

Holistic Approach to PTSD Treatment

A holistic approach to PTSD treatment considers the whole person, addressing physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. This approach may include:

Ketamine Infusion Therapy: To provide rapid relief from distressing symptoms.

Psychotherapy: To explore and manage the emotional impact of trauma.

Supportive Environment: Creating a safe and supportive space where individuals can openly discuss their experiences and concerns.

Mind-Body Techniques: Incorporating relaxation and mindfulness techniques to manage stress and anxiety.


PTSD is a challenging condition that can have a profound impact on an individual’s life. While traditional approaches to treatment have been effective for many, some individuals may benefit from innovative therapies like Ketamine Infusion Therapy. This treatment option, administered in a controlled clinical setting, offers the potential for rapid relief from PTSD symptoms.

If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, it’s crucial to seek help from a qualified mental health professional. They can assess your specific needs and recommend a treatment plan tailored to your situation, which may include Ketamine Infusion Therapy alongside psychotherapy and counseling.

Research into the effectiveness of Ketamine Infusion Therapy for PTSD is ongoing, and as more data becomes available, it may become an increasingly viable option for individuals seeking relief and healing from the debilitating effects of PTSD.

Remember that recovery is possible, and there is hope for those on the journey to healing from PTSD.

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Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD) is unfortunately resistant to many forms of medical treatment including both medication and therapy.

Ketamine has been shown to be an effective, fast acting, safe option for patients with OCD. Over the course of the Ketamine infusions (2-4 weeks) neuroplasticity can lead to a change or abatement in the intrusive, repetitive thoughts and behaviors that typify OCD.

When combined with our unique post infusion integration process, patients with severe OCD can see profound relief of their symptoms.

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Chronic Pain

“There is extensive research currently being done on this topic. I can say from personal experience as a practicing Board Certified Pain Medicine Physician, I have had patients with chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, who have had significant relief of their symptoms with Ketamine assisted therapy. With that said, Ketamine assisted therapy will definitely not work for everyone with chronic pain, and each patient will require a thorough evaluation to ensure they are an adequate candidate for a trial of Ketamine assisted therapy for relief of their chronic pain” -Dr. Justin Yanuck.

The current evidence of Ketamine assisted therapy for chronic pain is fairly mixed. The majority of studies only looked at ketamine infusion without any assisted psychotherapy.

Ketamine has the ability to lead to relief on its own (and the mechanisms for this have been well studied). We feel quite strongly that the real potential for Ketamine to provide relief, especially for chronic pain patients, is when combined with psychotherapy. Psychotherapy allows the individual to process their experience and build off this experience to lead to new psychological frameworks for processing both internal and external stimuli.

Pain is complex, and Ketamine assisted psychotherapy is not one-size-fits-all. Our treatment plan gives patients with treatment-resistant chronic pain and even opiate dependance a chance to try a different and effective treatment. Start here (button) for a free physician consultation to see if Ketamine assisted psychotherapy can help renew you.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a major public health concern, affecting up to 7% of Americans.

As many as half of all Americans with PTSD get inadequate relief from traditional treatments which include antidepressants, antipsychotics, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Ketamine combined with psychotherapy has been shown to be very effective at reducing the symptoms of PTSD. These effects last well beyond its near immediate relief.

Many mechanistic actions for how Ketamine works in PTSD have been proposed.

Ketamine allows people to reacquaint themselves with their past inciting trauma from an emotionally neutral perspective. Ketamine will not make you forget about the trauma. It can allow you to acknowledge its occurrence in a neutral way in order to not be continually re-traumatized by thinking about it.

Depending on the patient, outcomes can be noticed almost immediately with a sense of lightness and joy. Ketamine followed by psychotherapy has been shown to lead to significant relief of the burdens of PTSD.

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Traditional treatments for anxiety will often either work poorly, have addictive properties, or severe side effects including brain fog and drowsiness. Furthermore, these treatments tend to have reduced efficacy over time, and lead to only transient relief of symptoms.

Ketamine, when combined with our novel integrative psychotherapy, can lead to significant relief of anxiety.

During the ketamine infusion and integration process, patients will often get a better understanding of their anxiety, and are able to reframe many of the triggers that often provoke their anxiety.

Ketamine has properties that allow for rewiring of the brain (new synapse formation and repair of existing synapses). Ketamine allows people to effect changes into their own lives. It shows people that they have the power to heal from within and take control of their relationship with anxiety.

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Ketamine has been shown to be extremely effective and safe for patients with depression and treatment resistant depression (those who fail to get relief from two or more antidepressants).

Ketamine is highly effective at rapidly (within 2-8 hours) reducing depressive symptoms. Traditional antidepressants often take weeks to months to work.

Many traditional antidepressants have side effects including reduced libido, weight gain, GI upset, mood disturbances, and unfortunately require daily use for months to years.

Many antidepressants, even if they do work, require you to be on them for years, if not for the rest of your life.

Ketamine treatment has been shown in most patients to lead to resolution of symptoms without the need for any further medications.

Ketamine is not a medication meant to be taken for the rest of your life. The goal is to provide sustained relief after the completion of a set treatment plan. This is accomplished by combining the actions of Ketamine in the brain with psychotherapy. Additional enhancement sessions available as needed.

Unfortunately, there is a significant subset of patients that do not get significant relief from traditional cognitive behavioral therapy. Ketamine acts as a catalyst to stimulate a patient’s innate capacity for psychological healing. This allows patients to overcome past experiences and learned behavior to truly heal. Ketamine, combined with therapists who are specifically trained to work with psychedelic therapies, can lead to profound breakthroughs and deep psychological healing.

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