We’ve all seen doctors in old movies make a house call to visit an unwell patient, but what happened to this level of bedside manner in real life? Sure, your doctor can make a virtual house call so you don’t have to worry about leaving your home, but what about when the appointment calls for more than a consult?
Luckily for patients suffering from chronic pain, treatment-resistant depression, and other mental health conditions, doctors are offering IV ketamine therapy at home so you can find symptom relief in a comfortable and convenient environment.
Who Can Benefit from Concierge Ketamine Treatment?
Concierge ketamine therapy allows you to experience the same rapid-onset symptom relief you do at your doctor’s office from the comfort of your own home! For individuals who have depression and anxiety, this method of treatment is nothing short of revolutionary.
Imagine being stuck at home, imprisoned by your own mind, unable to even go get help because the illness you’re trying to treat has made it impossible to find the energy to get up and make it to another appointment with your doctor. To anyone who hasn’t struggled with depression, this might seem overdramatic, but the effects of mental illness can be astounding—still, not as astounding as the long-lasting effects of IV ketamine.
How Does Ketamine Provide Relief?
Ketamine works by affecting the neurotransmitter glutamate, increasing its concentration in the brain’s frontal cortex to aid in forming new synapses. Researchers believe that this formation of new synapses allows neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine—the happy brain chemicals—to travel more easily through the brain.
As a dissociative anesthetic, the drug is also characterized by perceived sensations of being disconnected or detached from the body, the environment, and/or the self. This brief detachment from reality allows patients to re-examine the memories and experiences that might be negatively affecting them in hopes of helping them overcome symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Although having a dissociative experience might sound scary to some patients at first, it can be an incredibly relaxing experience, especially if performed in a comforting environment, like the patient’s home.
How Does At-Home Ketamine Therapy Work?
Receiving ketamine therapy at home is just as professional, safe, and effective as it is in a medical facility. At-home sessions are offered for patients receiving low-dose IV infusions who might not be able to travel or who may prefer discretion for whatever reason.
Each at-home infusion will begin with a free consultation with your doctor or a nurse practitioner to reiterate the benefits of IV ketamine therapy and offer you the chance to ask any questions you might have about the treatment. All appointments and infusions will be overseen and administered by a Board-Certified Emergency Physician with advanced cardiac and oxygen monitoring equipment, so you can feel comfortable you’re receiving the same quality of care as you would in a clinical setting.
One-hour low-dose sessions at home will follow the same model as our in-office appointments: 40 minutes of active infusion followed by 20 minutes of active recovery time. Patients will also have the option to choose their own music to listen to while they’re in the active infusion portion of the appointment.
What Conditions Can Ketamine Therapy Treat?
Aside from its original use in the induction and maintenance of general anesthesia, the drug is only approved for off-label use by the FDA. But there are many promising clinical trials studying its effectiveness in which ketamine has been shown to provide relief from a variety of mental and physical ailments, including:
- Depression (Major, Bipolar, & Postpartum)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Migraine Headaches
- Chronic Pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
Should I Try Ketamine Therapy at Home?
As with any other treatment option, at-home ketamine therapy is something you should discuss with your doctor beforehand. Many individuals benefit from IV infusions of ketamine, but patients should still weigh the potential risks carefully.
Taking the time to talk to your doctor will allow you to work together to decide if ketamine is right for you before discussing the more granular details of the treatment, such as the insurance companies that cover ketamine therapy or whether another form of the drug, like ketamine nasal spray, might be a better option for you.
Hope to Live Life Again—Mindscape Ketamine & Infusion Therapy
If you’ve been considering therapeutic ketamine infusions but haven’t made the leap yet, it could be time to talk to your doctor about IV ketamine therapy at home. Concierge ketamine treatment allows you to find relief from chronic pain or other mental health conditions from a location that’s comfortable, discreet, and convenient.
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