Ketamine Treatment for Addiction

Whether you’re addicted to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, or something else, there are many treatments for addiction available to you. They include:

  • Therapies such as biofeedback therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Experiental Therapy, Holistic Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), and Psychdynamic Therapy, Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and others
  • Outpatient or inpatient rehabilitation
  • Support groups like Al-Anon and Nar-Anon
  • A variety of medications

Your physician or mental health specialist prescribes the best treatments to help you get back to a good daily quality of life.

Patients who may be appropriate for ketamine treatment for addiction have tried some of these other treatments already. They haven’t worked well enough, aren’t working fast enough, or aren’t working at all. ketamine is another treatment available to you.

Benefits of Ketamine

Ketamine treatment for addiction offers benefits many other treatments do not. For patients who respond well to treatment, the biggest benefit is how fast ketamine works. Studies have shown that patients can have a rapid relief in symptoms. More studies are underway. Like any treatment for addiction, not all patients will have positive results. It’s also important to know that IV ketamine isn’t a cure for addiction, but rather an adjunct to improve your current therapy; it’s a better way to help you overcome your addiction.

Protocol For Ketamine Treatment For Addiction

Protocol For Ketamine Treatment For Addiction

Pre-Treatment Evaluation

You must have documentation of your diagnosis of addiction from a qualified mental health professional. The first step is to complete diagnostics for PTSD, depression, anxiety, drug abuse, and alcohol abuse before a medical screening exam. All test results are shared with your providers.

The next step is to complete a medical exam with Dr. Manno. Dr. Manno will review your medical history and discuss what to expect during the treatment experience.

Induction Treatment Phase

Induction with IV ketamine is 2 treatments per week for 2 weeks. We will schedule an induction phase of treatment for you after completing the pre-treatment evaluation.

Booster Treatment Phase

You may need periodic infusions of ketamine to maintain the therapeutic effects. Frequency of maintenance infusions will depend upon your response. Some patients ask about oral ketamine as a way to extend the time between booster treatments. Each patient is unique and the treatment regimen will be determined by the physician.

Post Induction Monitoring

After the two weeks of treatment have been completed, you'll take the same diagnostic tests given before the Induction Phase. We do this to compare your responses to your baseline and measure the effectiveness of treatment. All results will be shared with the your providers.

Research on Ketamine Treatment For Addiction

Research into Ketamine treatment for addiction is ongoing. Here is a sample of studies published and available to the general public or through a PubMed subscription.

Ezquerra-Romano, Lawn, et al. “Ketamine for the treatment of addiction: Evidence and potential mechanisms” Neuropharmacology (2018) Jan: 1 - 11.