Substance Abuse Specialist

Annette A. Lusko, DO -  - Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Ketamine Integrative Medicine

Annette A. Lusko, DO

Ketamine Infusion Therapy & Addiction Specialist located in Gilbert, AZ

Substance abuse and addiction are common health problems affecting almost 20 million American adults. At Ketamine Integrative Medicine in Gilbert, Arizona, Annette Lusko, DO, provides compassionate, customized substance abuse treatments, including ketamine therapy. If you’re living with substance abuse or addiction, call Ketamine Integrative Medicine or schedule a consultation online today to start your journey toward sobriety.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse is a brain disease that causes uncontrollable and irresistible urges to seek out and use drugs or alcohol, even when those behaviors have a negative effect. 

Substance abuse may stem from chemical differences in the regions of your brain that control your decision-making skills, judgment, and impulse control. 

However, the more you abuse drugs or alcohol, the more severe those differences become, and the more difficult it is for you to control your cravings. 

Substance abuse causes distorted thoughts and behaviors, including: 

  • Persistent, frequent feeling that you need to use the substance
  • Cravings for the drug or alcohol that block out other thoughts
  • Needing more of the substance to feel the same effects
  • Using more copious amounts of the substance
  • Spending money on the drug that you don’t have
  • Failing to meet work or school responsibility
  • Avoiding social activities and friends
  • Failing in your attempts to stop using the substance
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use the drug

Fortunately, with professional support and treatment, you can recover from a substance abuse disorder. 

When should I talk to a doctor about substance abuse?

You should make an appointment with Dr. Lusko at Ketamine Integrative Medicine if you recognize any of the symptoms of substance abuse. 

Additionally, if you feel like you’re dependent on a substance or that you don’t have any control over your use of drugs or alcohol, it’s time to ask for help. 

How is substance abuse treated?

At Ketamine Integrative Medicine, Dr. Lusko offers ketamine therapy to help you recover from a substance abuse disorder.  

Clinical studies show that ketamine therapy reduces cravings and increases motivation, leading to decreased use of drugs and alcohol. 

Dr. Lusko provides carefully supervised in-office ketamine treatments that help you achieve the clarity of mind that can help you make progress in therapy in adjusting your thought patterns and behaviors. 

When you have a ketamine treatment, you spend a couple of hours in one of the comfortable treatment rooms at Ketamine Integrative Medicine under observation. 

Ketamine can cause floating and tingling sensations. You need a friend or family member to drive you home after your treatments. 

Call Ketamine Integrative Medicine or make an appointment online today to find out if ketamine therapy can help with your substance abuse disorder.