Ketamine

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 ?
Yes it is. However, the doses used in our infusion program are significantly lower than those used in the setting of recreational drug use. The development of addiction in this setting would be unlikely.
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?
At this time, ketamine is used for severe depression and chronic pain syndromes. About 15% of people treated for depression will be resistant to traditional methods. The depression can be the depressed phase of bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Pain syndrome include chronic headaches, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (complex regional pain syndromes) and fibromyalgia.
What are the risks?
Ketamine does increase blood pressure and heart rate. Patients are required to have a normal blood pressure prior to infusion. Emergence reactions can occur as well. This is when patients come out of the sedated state and have terrors or severe anxiety. Medications can be administered if this occurs and this syndrome is brief.
What does the ketamine infusion experience feel like?
Patients feel “intoxicated” or like “floating”. Often time they feel “disconnected”. The medication is given over a 40 minutes period with another 15 minutes for patients to recover.
What do I do during the infusion?
Chill. Bring an eye mask or music if you like. You really won’t be able to carry on a conversation. You’ll be in a comfortable recliner in a room by yourself during the infusion. A nurse or physician will be frequently checking in on you.
How do I know if the ketamine worked?
Some patients will know within 1 hour after the infusion. Most patients within 24 hours will feel more hopeful, happier and more content. Some patients report increased calmness and an overall better outlook. Over the course of treatment further improvements are seen.
Do I continue with my current psychiatrist or therapist?
Yes. We are consultants who provide the Ketamine Procedure. We are happy to offer our therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioner for your services if you like.
What is the typical treatment frequency?
Patients know in just 2-3 treatments if Ketamine is helping them. If so, we recommend 6 treatments initially over a 2-3 week period. Patients will need to do boosters frequently to maintain their response. The total treatment program is uniquely dependent on each indivisuals circumstances.
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.

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