Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy at Twin Rivers
Twin Rivers Rehab has recently reviewed its weekly programme in order to ensure a broader selection of therapeutics processes that can best meet the increasing needs of the modern day client suffering with addiction and mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety. The use of psychedelics’ such as Ayahuasca- Ibogaine-Mushrooms (Psilocybin)- LSD ( Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) -MDMA (Methylenedioxy methamphetamine) -Mescaline and Ketamine have increased in popularity over the past few years as an alternative for assisting patients suffering emotional pain.
KAP is carried out by Twin Rivers consultant psychiatrist and clinical psychologist. This involves counselling preparation of the KAP session with the client so as they know that they will be therapeutically supported throughout the session which could last up to 90 minutes. The ketamine ( a subanesthetic dose) is administered intravenously-intramuscularly or placed under the tongue creating a gateway to the unconscious that may harbor essential information that will assist with healing. Clients normally experience 5-6 sessions a few days apart and there may be ‘top-up’ sessions a few weeks later if required
There are no shortage of skeptics who are concerned about the use of ‘drugs’ to help those who could develop a drug habit or already have one! The small amount of ketamine used for each session does not induce a ‘high’ but more of a relaxed dream state which is navigated with the assistance of a trained therapist .
Unfortunately there are unlicensed, unqualified people offering ‘healing retreats’ with the use of psychedelics’ and this could be dangerous as there may be no medical supervision. Currently, ketamine is the only legal psychedelic medicine available to mental health providers for the treatment of these conditions below:-
Benefits of KAP
Ketamine assisted psychotherapy is proven to help with the following:
- Decreases depression
- Decreases anxiety
- Reduces suicidal ideation
- Treats PTSD
- Treats Bipolar disorder
- Restructuring and building new connections in the brain which is referred to as neuroplasticity.
KAP treatments are now available at Twin Rivers. If you have some questions or would like to know more about Twin Rivers Rehab and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy then please contact us here.
David is the Clinical Director of Twin Rivers Rehab and a certified Drug & Alcohol Counsellor with IC&RC-UK-EUROPE and a Level 6 Professional Addiction Counsellor with BAPSA. Articles and blogs are compiled with the assistance of researchers and addiction/mental health specialists.