Get unstuck of the vicious cycle of drugs and alcohol
Isn’t it ironic to think about a substance like ketamine which can be abused by people through addiction and destructive behavior. Today’s therapeutic model for mental health is vastly different than the stereotype of Ketamine as a party drug. Because Ketamine has the special ability to take us out of our current mind and current mindset, and gives us a view of our life in perspective. In very useful for helping people that are stuck and addicted to alcohol or substances.
Who is more stuck than someone caught in the viscous cycle of drug and alcohol addiction. How does getting unstuck work?
Renowned psychedelic researcher Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris describes the mind as a ski slope, and the more people that ski down it, the deeper the grooves become and the harder it is to ski around them. Our brain work in the same way if we replace Ski-ers with our habitual or learned thoughts. Ketamine has the ability to shake up the snow globe creating unchartered for new thought patterns to form. Nothing like a powder day.
Recent studies show that People who are abusively drinking, if they have some episodes of supported psyche education and one episode of ketamine infusion, they’re able to substantially and significantly decrease their abusive drinking. What are episodes of psyche education you ask? They are session with an expert explaining the therapeutic process to the client. The ketamine session is when the client actually takes the Ketamine under the supervision of an expert.
How does Ketamine work?
Ketamine is not a chemical like Disulfiram that make people sick when they try to drink. What Ketamine really is because they’re able to see a better perspective than they ever could that drinking is destructive to them and why would they that? It’s a moment of insight and common sense that helps people to see their addictive patters.
In the big book of Alcohol Anonymous there is a chapter title called the Doctor’s opinion which states unless there is an entire physic change, there is little hope for recovery. Ketamine therefore may help with supporting this psychic change when facilitated in a controlled manner.
When would not recommend Ketamine?
Those circumstances would be someone who’s been dealing quite a bit with psychoses and don’t appear to be well grounded with reality. And for people that are acutely manic and not making good decisions. Psychoses also known as psychotic or out of touch with reality, is pretty self explanatory. However the phrase, acutely manic may need some clarification. Now you may have heard of bi-polar disorder. It’s part of that. Add qualities inflated self esteem, decreased need of sleep for days, extremely talkative with constant stream of ideas. You get the picture.
It is recommended to have their drinking in control for 30-60 days. So at least have some stability in their lives. So the last thing you wan to do is a ketamine supported psyche therapy session, in which they are acutely intoxicated because they’re not able to manage day today at lease to some degree.
What about the people “In & Out” of recovery?
If someone has substance abuse issues and feel not in a solid road to recovery, it is possible that Ketamine can achieve them more insight, more internal resources, more coping skills to manage the skills of their recovery.