Ketamine has been widely used in medicine since the 1970s as an anesthetic and has FDA approval for this purpose. Newer applications of the drug treating cases in mental health care have more recent origins, but substantive clinical research is underway and look promising.1
Ketamine is a type of medication with effects similar to those of psychedelics. The effects among medications thought of as psychedelics (MDMA, psilocybin, and ketamine, for example) induce changes in the brain that appear to allow a kind of consciousness “reset” to happen.
In a clinical setting, administered by a medical professional, ketamine has been shown to be effective at quickly – sometimes within hours — relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, substance use disorder, chronic pain, and other conditions.2,3
How Does it work?
Ketamine works differently from other antidepressants to affect the brain’s performance.4 More research is needed, but one of the effects of ketamine is like getting a reboot on your brain chemistry.
Here’s some of what it does5:
- Ketamine sets off reactions in the brain that grow new neural pathways between brain cells.
- The forming connections between growing brain cells trigger the production of glutamate, a powerful neurotransmitter that kicks off the production of yet more neural connections. The state of increased growth of brain cells is called neuroplasticity.
- As the new pathways form, the destructive patterns, or old pathways, can gradually be replaced with new connections. This is part of the guided care of Ketamine treatments and the part of care which results in the lasting change, sometimes called “rewiring” the unhealthy parts of your brain.
- Repeat ketamine treatments can help to establish these new neural pathways and move you beyond depression, chronic pain, anxiety, and other disorders into better, healthier directions.
Well-Earned Reputation for Effectiveness and Safety
Ketamine, administered by knowledgeable professionals in a medical setting, can be a powerful treatment. Ketamine’s restorative effects may be perceived within an hour or two of treatment, providing significant relief of symptoms for some patients for days or even up to a week, and in some cases, even longer for difficult-to-treat conditions, including depression, PTSD, and other conditions.6
The positive effects of ketamine on symptoms can begin within hours and last for days, in some cases up to a week or even longer. Unlike with most antidepressants, there’s no need for a long-term, daily dose.
And while rigorous research is needed to detail the many aspects of ketamine’s effectiveness, the limited clinical trials have generally found it safe and tolerable.7
Because of ketamine’s unique effects, supportive guidance is essential. Planning beforehand and directed work after your ketamine treatment are both integral to achieving lasting success.
MaxWell patients receive close attention and customized care at every stage of their ketamine treatment plan. Our experienced staff will make sure you know what to expect before your first dose, clarify why each aspect of the process is essential, and help you to best position yourself for the best, lasting results.
Together, we maximize the benefits of ketamine’s attributes by strategizing with you and coordinating all aspects of your care.8
Your clinician and your certified Ketamine Integration Coach can help you prepare for your experience with ketamine and guide your expectations. Your dreams, personal experiences, and unique difficulties are important aspects of your new beginning, and we help you integrate them into your treatment.
Learn more about
Dr. Haase’s experience with Ketamine
The MaxWell Difference
MaxWell Clinic emphasizes the therapeutic aspect of ketamine therapy because of its powerful potential for supporting and effecting lasting change.
It’s part of our commitment to enable the safest, highest-quality experience for each patient
With You Every Step of the Way
Once your dosage of ketamine has been administered, your brain will have achieved a state of heightened neuroplasticity – the condition of creating hundreds of new neuronal connections.
This “fertile” time for your brain is when our therapists will help you by guiding the integration of your personal ketamine experience to help you identify and focus on a path forward that will allow you to forge ahead in healthier, more productive directions.
Ketamine may be an unusual, surreal, or even mystical experience. Those who benefit from the treatment have described its experience as enhancing the sense of self, reality, and potential. Many describe a feeling of tapping into a “higher, healing wisdom.”
Setting an intention for your experience before you begin can help. Personal, focused examples of intentions may include things like changing habits (such as substance use, exercising, etc.), eliminating self-defeating patterns of thought, and so on.
Our team will assist you in the selection of your goals. Working with a team you trust will help you to establish the best possible experience with the most beneficial outcome.
And if your experience creates challenges or vulnerabilities for you, our well-trained professionals will be with you every step of the way to support you and resolve them with you.
The Highest Standards
Ultimately, our focused purpose is to help you identify and alter destructive thoughts and life patterns. Integration Coaching and ketamine together have been shown to be much more powerful than either alone.
Even if your previous attempts to find healing and wellness have not been fruitful or lasting, we want to encourage your hope. Our only goal is for you to successfully experience lasting betterment. Your overall experience will benefit tremendously from your committed involvement with all parts of the process.
Customized Attention to Meet Your Wellness Goals
Your experience will be uniquely your own, and each session will be different. This is the nature of the power of the program.
Approaching your treatment with faith in the process and an acceptance to address what it reveals will contribute significantly to the quality of your outcomes.
While many enjoy this journey, everyone responds in their own way. But all come through it, frequently with greater insight into themselves and their lives.
Ketamine Infusions Have Been Shown Effective in Helping to Treat:
*Ketamine Infusion Therapy may be one element of a treatment plan. Repeated infusions may be necessary. Results vary from patient to patient.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a current patient of MaxWell Clinic to schedule ketamine infusions?
No, you do not need to be a current patient of MaxWell Clinic to schedule ketamine infusions.
What happens during a ketamine infusion?
Ketamine therapy is given through intravenous infusions that last about 40 minutes. Ketamine patients sit in comfortable chairs under the supervision of our staff. The number of ketamine sessions varies on a case-by-case basis. Book your initial consultation to learn more about what the treatment would look like for you.
What are the fees?
Please contact us at Call 615-370-0091, ext 1170, and we’d be happy to discuss general pricing. Due to the nature of our highly personalized, customized care, the exact cost will need to be determined by the evaluation and prescription.
Are there any risks with ketamine infusions?
Ketamine infusion therapy has been safely performed on most individuals. We will review your health history before recommending ketamine for you to help ensure it’s safe to proceed in this manner.
Does insurance cover ketamine therapy?
Unfortunately, most insurance doesn’t cover ketamine infusions. Contact us to learn more about your options.
Can I use my HSA or FSA?
Many of our patients use Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) to pay for care at MaxWell Clinic. This allows you to use pre-tax dollars, which can save you money. We encourage you to check with your individual plan for your coverage benefits.