The Ketamine Center in Arroyo Grande California.
Experience Relief from Depression, Anxiety, and Pain within hours
Ketamine is now recognized as a safe and effective treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, PTSD, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Syndromes. Ketamine was developed more than 50 years ago as an anesthetic agent. It’s now commonly used in outpatient centers to primarily treat severe refractory depression and pain syndromes like chronic neuropathies. Studies confirming benefits from low dose ketamine infusions have been done at Yale University, The National Institute of Health, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.
The effects of a single infusion are brief. However, most patients will know within hours to days if the treatment was helpful. Repeated infusions prolong the pain and depression benefits from weeks to months. This treatment is life saving for those patients who are struggling and have not responded to more traditional therapies. The protocols developed at multiple centers now recommend a series of 6 treatments over a 2 week period. We follow the protocols from the National Institue of Mental Health. Ketamine infusions have been proven in dozens of studies to effectively treat depression and chronic pain.
Many people are concerned about Ketamine because it is abused recreationally and used as a veternary tranquilizer. Ketamine infusions in the ultra low doses provided under medical supervision are completely safe. Multiple studies repeatedly show 70% of patients benefit from this treatment. Further information can be found at the Ketamine Advocacy Network.
We are the premier Ketamine Center of the California Central Coast. We serve the greater San Luis Obispo Area, Santa Barbara , and Monterey Counties.
Patient Fees for Ketamine Infusions
New Patient Medical Intake: $275
Ketamine Infusion Session: $450
Package of 6 sessions: $2300
4 hour Ketamine Infusion for Pain: $1600
5 day pain protocol package: $7900
Why did you start the Ketamine Center?
For years I have been committed to wellness therapies. I started as a specialist treating patients with substance use disorders and I’ve learned that “ dual diagnosis” patients are the norm and not the exception; meaning most patients with a substance use disorder also have anxiety, depression, and pain. For several years we’ve also become experts in IV infusions that target addiction behavior. That’s why the NAD+ Brain Restoration Therapy Program was implemented. As ketamine therapies have proven effective, it’s a natural extension that we would implement ketamine into our programs to maximize treatment options for our patients.
Ketamine works faster and has less side effects than typical antidepressant therapies
Isn’t Ketamine a party drug or drug of abuse ?
How does it work?
Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist. This is the area of your brain that has a role in pain perception, memory, learning. Ketamine seems to reset this area. Ketamine seems to prime the brain for making new connections and learning.
All your questions can be answered here: http://www.ketamineadvocacynetwork.org
What disorders does ketamine treat?
What are the risks?
What does the ketamine infusion experience feel like?
What do I do during the infusion?
How do I know if the ketamine worked?
Do I continue with my current psychiatrist or therapist?
What is the typical treatment frequency?
How long do the results last?
Depression: the results can last from a couple of days to a few weeks. However, when the treatments are stacked the results are longer lasting.
Pain: Infusing Ketamine for pain results is different than a mental health indication. The infusions for pain are longer and are stacked together. The initial treatments may only result in pain relief for a few hours. However, longer infusions stacked together have a cumulative responsive and the results can last weeks to months. Boosters monthly should be expected if a patient has a good response.
What is the cost?
For Depression and Mood Conditions: Each 40 minute infusion is $450
For Pain Indications like regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia the infusion is 2 hours. The cost is $700. 6 infusions over 2 weeks is recommended.
Insurance doesn’t cover the costs of the Ketamine Infusion as this treatment is not FDA approved and is off label.