Substance Abuse Treatment

Rapid and Effective Substance Abuse Treatment in Vancouver, Washington

Nearly 20 million Americans aged 12 or older battle a substance abuse disorder any given year. Genetics are thought to contribute as much as 60% to a person’s risk of addiction. Fortunately, substance abuse can be treated with options like ketamine infusion therapy.

At Vancouver Ketamine Infusions, we provide substance abuse treatments that can help you or someone you know find relief, even if your symptoms have been treatment-resistant so far.

Ketamine Infusions for Substance Abuse Treatment

Ketamine infusions have quickly become one of the most popular treatment options for mood disorders, including substance abuse, depression, PTSD, OCD, and bipolar disorder.

Unlike many traditional medications like SSRIs which can take months to start working, ketamine therapy offers patients relief quickly, with some individuals reporting relief within a few hours of their first infusion session.

What are the Symptoms of Substance Abuse?

Symptoms of substance abuse may include:

  • Compulsive feeling that you have to use the substance regularly
  • Intense urges for the substance make it hard to think
  • Needing more of the substance to achieve the same effect
  • Taking more of the substance than you initially intended
  • Hoarding the substance
  • Spending money on the substance even when you can’t afford it
  • Failing to complete work or personal activities because of your substance use
  • Self-destructive or reckless behavior
  • Continuing to use the substance even though you recognize the problems it is causing
  • Withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the substance

How Does Ketamine Help Treat Substance Abuse?

Scientists believe that ketamine infusions help substance abuse symptoms by rapidly boosting the activity of glutamate, a neurotransmitter inside the brain’s frontal cortex, while also allowing new pathways to form in the same area.

The rapid onset of ketamine’s antidepressant effect occurs because ketamine bypasses the conventional serotonin path. Instead, ketamine works on the brain’s glutamate systems.

This is remarkably different from conventional antidepressants, which initially boost serotonin activity levels in several different areas of the brain to then ultimately affect glutamate. This process can take weeks or even months, while ketamine infusions can provide rapid relief from substance abuse symptoms.

Are There Any Adverse Effects of Ketamine?

As a new treatment option for substance abuse, ketamine does have a few minor side effects. These can include a dream-like feeling, disrupted vision, lightheadedness, nausea, or slight anxious feelings after treatment.

Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication utilized for infusion therapy “off-label” use. Off-label use indicates a treatment that the FDA did not initially authorize. The FDA approves prescription medications only for specific uses, but most medications at some point develop off-label uses as a result of the clinical experience that develops with time.

As a good example, the FDA authorized the medication Prazosin to treat hypertension in 1976, but it is now mainly used to treat nightmares in individuals with PTSD, which was not approved at first.

Where Will I Receive my Ketamine Infusions?

At Vancouver Ketamine Infusions we will go above and beyond to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your treatment. Ketamine infusions typically last about an hour for mood disorders, but chronic pain conditions may require a longer infusion time.

Several patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect aids with treatment and helps you provide a positive response to ketamine therapy.

These are all ordinary components of the treatment. Our team will monitor you throughout the process and be readily available should you need anything.

Is Ketamine Treatment the Right Solution for You?

Are you ready to take back control of your life? Are you tired of trying one medication after another, only to be left with the same symptoms? If so, ketamine infusion therapy might be the right treatment option for you.

Contact Vancouver Ketamine Infusions today to schedule your consultation and learn how ketamine infusions for substance abuse treatment can help you find relief.