Last post, we talked about five things our KetaTherapy team wants you to know before doing an infusion. Now we’d like to address 5 things we’d like you to do before your infusion to make your treatment as beneficial as possible.
1. Schedule an “easy day” for the day of your infusion
Try not to schedule any big tasks or projects before or after. Do plan time for relaxation and reflection. Make yourself the priority for the day.
Integrating insights from your infusion is key to long-term success. Give yourself as much peace and quiet space as possible to facilitate this. Set and setting is important – the more relaxed and present you can be for your infusion day, the better!
2. Create a clear intention
This has been shown to support long term results as well. Intentions help us to make sense of what comes up during your experience.
The intention is your question, and no matter how abstract, the content is your answer. The intention is your destination, and whatever comes up during your infusion is what you have to pass to reach your destination.
So try your best to sit back and watch the scenery of whatever comes up during your infusion as if you are on a train, looking out the window. Trust the train of ketamine is taking you where you need to go.
Your clear intention can also be as simple as “let go and embrace whatever the infusion brings you” Or “to accept myself even when I’m struggling with depression”
If you’re stumped, explore this with your therapist, or schedule a 30-minute session with a ketatherapy coach.
3. Bring in items that make the infusion room supportive and therapeutic for you
Again, a therapeutic setting has been shown to improve results. Make the infusion room your sanctuary.
Bring in objects that represent your intention, items that remind you of your sense of connection to something beyond yourself (higher power, loved ones, nature, etc), things that bring you comfort, or holistic supports like essential oils, stones, or maybe a card pulled from a tarot or oracle deck for your infusion.
4. Get to know your team
Yup, “being in the company of well-trusted individuals” is another piece of set and setting work shown to improve results.
We promote establishing solid relationships with your therapeuetic team – your therapist, medication manager, the medical staff giving your infusion, and the on-site therapist guiding your experience.
That is one reason we offer consultations, have check-ins and debriefs during your infusion day, and seek to connect to your other providers at Sankofa. We want you to feel held and supported.
5. Read about others’ experiences
Feeling ready to surrender to the experience is another support for long-term results. It can be helpful to read about folks who were nervous at first too (everyone is!) but by facing their fears and letting go, maybe for the first time, that they achieved their therapeutic goals.
A few clients at our practice have had this experience:
there have been several infusions where they’re getting the dissociative experience, they are having insightful content come up, they are feeling more confident. However, when it comes to increasing the dose, panic starts. We know increasing the dose is another factor for extending results, but despite things going smoothly, it’s hard to continue deepening into trusting that the intensity of a higher dose will be OK.
Thankfully a couple of clients decide to take that leap of faith – they feel confident in their team in and out of the clinic, they know the only thing holding them back is old anxiety – and then magic happens as they come out the other side of that intense experience, and they always do. That sense of empowerment that comes from facing the intense unknown and thriving anyway, is truly one of the most healing experiences a person can have.
What are your stories? What helped you surrender? What created the biggest impact on your results? Please share in the comments!
BONUS Take care of your body. We know this is a hard sell, especially since most folks come to ketamine in turmoil and unable to tend to their full selves. If you can squeeze in some movement – a walk, some stretching – drink a little more water the day before and time after (not right before your infusion as you’ll have to pee) and eat some less processed, well-balanced meals before and after – your mind and body will thank you!