In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on keeping your expectations realistic when receiving ketamine treatments. While these treatments often have significant positive impacts on those who receive them, they are not some miracle cure for all that ails you, and going in with the right level of expectation is important.
At A Mind’s Journey, setting a realistic baseline for expectations on our treatments is just one of several roles our caring staff plays. We offer ketamine treatments for depression, anxiety, PTSD and more, and our staff has the experience to recommend the ideal treatment for you — and also to inform you of what to expect. Today’s part two of our series will go over some other possibly misguided expectations for ketamine treatments, plus the reality in each case.
Expectation: Ketamine Treatments Offer Instant or Rapid Results
While it’s true that some people may begin noticing benefits from ketamine treatments right away, this is not always the case. In general, it usually takes multiple sessions for patients to begin seeing and feeling results. The number of treatments necessary will depend on each individual’s unique situation — factors such as the severity of symptoms, length of time struggling, etc. can all play a role in how many treatments are necessary.
In some cases, patients may feel an immediate change after just one treatment. However, these changes are typically short-lived unless followed up with additional treatments. For most people, it takes multiple sessions to begin seeing more significant and longer-lasting results from ketamine treatments.
Expectation: Ketamine Will Work 100% of the Time
Just like virtually any other treatment in the world for any condition, there is no guarantee that ketamine will work for everyone, 100% of the time. There are a variety of factors that can affect whether or not ketamine will be successful in treating a particular individual’s condition.
Ketamine may not be recommended or may not be as successful in treating those with substance abuse issues or active addiction. This is because ketamine can be abused and has the potential to be addictive itself. In cases where there is active addiction, treating the addiction should be the first priority before beginning any other type of treatment — including ketamine.
Other individual factors such as age, mental health history, severity of symptoms, etc. can all affect whether or not ketamine will be an effective treatment. As with any other treatment, it’s important to consult with a professional to determine if ketamine is right for you.
Expectation: All Ketamine Clinics Are the Same
While varying ketamine clinics all do offer similar treatments, there can be significant differences from one clinic to the next. Different clinics may offer different types of ketamine treatments, and some may specialize in treating certain conditions while others do not. Some clinics may have a more holistic approach while others take a more traditional medical approach.
Additionally, different clinics will have different staff members with different levels of experience, credentials, and bedside manner. It’s important to do your research and find a clinic that you feel comfortable with and that you trust to provide you with the best possible care.
A Mind’s Journey is a leading provider of ketamine treatments in Utah. Our team of caring and experienced staff members is here to help you determine if ketamine is right for you and, if so, to provide you with the best possible care. Contact us today to learn more about our ketamine treatments or to schedule a free consultation.