Addiction typically occurs due to the brain and body experiencing a form of elation when consuming a substance. As individuals continue to consume the narcotic, dependency can form, and the initial bliss that was felt after consuming drugs or alcohol can quickly turn into misery.
A ketamine infusion works by injecting patients with ketamine, a commonly used anesthetic and pain reliever. By binding to the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NDMA) glutamate receptors found in the body, ketamine blocks the signals to the brain, giving the brain a chance to form new neural pathways.
As addiction is closely related to the memories involved with taking the narcotic, this rewiring can provide patients with relief as they begin dissociating the events and other triggers that commonly prompt cravings.
Through the use of ketamine therapy, we are able to treat the underlying issues that may be causing patients to abuse substances, providing a fast-acting and unobtrusive alternative when other forms of treatment have not worked. To learn more about how ketamine infusion therapy for addiction can help patients manage substance abuse issues, contact us today.