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How Ketamine Infusion Therapy Offers Hope for Those Trying to Kick Substance Abuse

An estimated 20 million Americans have substance use disorders. Substance abuse, also called addiction, is an uncontrollable urge to use harmful substances despite negative effects on your health and life.

Alcohol abuse is the most common type of substance abuse. People can also get addicted to prescription and illegal drugs. Addiction changes the way your brain works, and many people who suffer addiction try and fail to quit throughout their lives.

Annette Lusko, DO, and our expert team at Ketamine Integrative Medicine offer support for those trying to kick substance abuse. Ketamine infusion therapy offers hope by giving people addicted to substances help in their recovery journey.

Why it’s so hard to kick substance abuse

Addiction is a disease that changes the way you think and feel. It’s common to start using alcohol or drugs because of the pleasurable sensations they create in the brain. But, over time, your body can start to crave more, which can lead to substance abuse disorder.

You might have substance abuse disorder if you prioritize the substance at the cost of your quality of life. People with addictions often withdraw from society, struggle in work or school, and experience changes in their relationships with friends and family.

Addiction can ravage your life, but because your brain and your body depend on the substance, kicking substance abuse can be challenging. Trying to quit a substance you’re addicted to can cause intense symptoms of withdrawal and cravings, and many people can’t quit on their own.

Anyone can develop a substance use disorder, but certain factors may increase the likelihood of addiction. Genetics, mental health, and your environment all play a role. If you think you have a substance abuse disorder and you're ready to change your life, book an appointment with Dr. Lusko.

How ketamine infusion therapy can support recovery

Ketamine is a drug that’s been used in medical settings for anesthetic purposes since the 1970s. In recent years, clinical studies have found that ketamine infusions show promise as a method of treating substance abuse disorder.

If you’re suffering from substance abuse disorder, ketamine infusion therapy could be an option for you. Dr. Lusko and our team are here to help you find a path to recovery from your addiction, whether you’re dependent on alcohol, heroine, cocaine, or another drug. 

Kicking substance abuse requires dedication and a clear mind. Ketamine therapy may reduce your cravings, which can help you stay on track and motivated. It may also enhance your experience with psychological therapy, which is another important element of substance abuse recovery, because the infusions temporarily alter neural functions in the brain. 

Ketamine infusions are delivered in our comfortable infusion suites over a period of a few hours. The drug has psychedelic effects that may cause floating or tingling sensations during your session, but side effects stop when your infusion ends.

Always bring a friend or family member to your infusion appointments to drive you home. The number of ketamine sessions you may need will depend on your health and the extent of your condition. Throughout your treatment, we’ll monitor your progress closely and help you make adjustments to your program until you achieve success.

Don’t hesitate to seek treatment for substance abuse. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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