Nearly 15 million people in the United States struggle with alcoholism, affecting physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being. Though there are many treatments for alcoholism, researchers find that ketamine infusion therapy may be one of the most effective. At Infuse Balance in Hickory, North Carolina, the experienced team of anesthesia specialists provides ketamine infusion therapy for alcoholism treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online today to schedule your alcoholism treatment consultation.
Alcoholism, now known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction to alcohol. It’s a chronic disease that affects the structure and function of the brain.
People who struggle with alcoholism are unable to control their drinking, even when their alcohol use affects their personal health and safety, as well as their job performance and relationships.
When they make attempts to stop drinking, they may experience life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Like any other disease, alcoholism requires medical intervention to manage symptoms and prevent life-threatening health complications.
There are many treatments for alcoholism. The type of treatment you need may depend on the severity of your addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and overall health.
Traditional alcoholism treatment includes:
Ketamine infusion therapy is an emerging treatment option for alcoholism.
Ketamine is an anesthetic that works as an analgesic, amnesiac, and sedative by acting as an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist. The NMDA receptor in the brain plays a role in regulating pain and the formation of memories.
Though it’s not completely understood how ketamine works, it’s theorized that by blocking the NMDA receptor, ketamine forces the neurotransmitters in your brain to activate other neural receptors. This helps create new communication pathways that may change how you think and feel.
For alcoholism treatment, ketamine infusion therapy may help increase the rate of abstinence and decrease the rate of relapse after one single infusion.
However, you must use ketamine infusion therapy for alcoholism in conjunction with your other treatments.
For alcoholism treatment at Infuse Balance, your ketamine infusion therapy is an in-office treatment conducted by experienced anesthesia specialists.
First, your provider inserts an intravenous (IV) line in your arm and then starts infusing the ketamine. They closely monitor your vitals and reaction to the medication throughout your therapy and adjust your dose as needed.
Once complete, the team has you stay at the office so they can monitor for post-treatment side effects before sending you home. You can’t drive after ketamine infusion therapy; you need to arrange a ride home.
To schedule a consultation at Infuse Balance to discuss alcoholism treatment with ketamine infusion therapy, call the office or book an appointment online today.