As ketamine treatments have become more and more popular and beneficial for a variety of conditions and issues in recent years, there are some who either haven’t heard of these or, in other cases, are hesitant for a few reasons. Whether it’s a stigma due to ketamine’s past perception or concerns about side effects, those who have received ketamine treatments can often be very helpful in explaining them to those who haven’t — especially if they take the right approach.

At A Mind’s Journey, we’re proud to provide clients throughout Utah with caring, focused ketamine therapy treatments for issues like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and more. We regularly offer clients expertise on how to talk about their ketamine therapy, whether they’re recommending it to a friend or simply telling a family member how it works. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over a number of concepts to keep in mind while talking to others about ketamine therapy for a variety of reasons.

Know the Audience

First and foremost, how you discuss ketamine therapy will often depend on the person or people you’re talking to. Different people may have varying preconceptions about ketamine; some may recognize it from previous decades where it was mostly an illegal drug for humans, while others may not have any idea what it is. Knowing who you’re talking to can help you decide how much information you give them, how much detail to provide, and whether or not you should even bring up the subject of ketamine therapy at all.

It’s Not for Everyone

While we greatly appreciate our patients recommending ketamine therapy services to others based on positive experiences they’ve had, such recommendations must be made along with a few disclaimers. For example, ketamine therapy is only prescribed for those who meet the clinical criteria and types of conditions we routinely treat; it’s not a “one size fits all” treatment.

In addition, the therapy format isn’t ideal for everyone. Some people may have a difficult time coming in to out of town clinics for their treatments, while some may even have a hard time sitting still long enough to receive the treatment. Further yet, while most patients respond positively to ketamine’s effects, there’s some small percentage who do not.

Educational Materials

While your own words about positive ketamine experiences may be powerful, many people you talk to about them will want to know more in terms of what to expect, how ketamine works, and more. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there for your reference; you can take steps to make sure the information is accurate and reliable. If you need suggestions here, don’t hesitate to contact our team for great resources.

For more on how to talk to others about ketamine therapy, or to learn about any of our ketamine treatments, speak to the staff at A Mind’s Journey today.