If you want to get the most benefits from your ketamine treatment, preparation of your mindset (or “set”) can increase your benefits drastically.
Our goal at Sankofa is to reduce “non-responders” but also to make each ketamine infusion a meaningful, wonderful experience. To do that, here are five things we want every person going through ketamine treatment to know before doing their infusion.
1.Trust the work you’ve done to get to this point.
Ketamine treatment consolidates the work you’ve done to overcome challenges, to gain insight in therapy, and to apply changes in your life. In other words, it doesn’t do the work for you. It shows you what you’ve done, and what’s left to do.
What are you willing to do to get the most out of your ketamine treatment?
2. We are with you every step of the way.
We care about your experience, helping you make sense of it, and processing your experience holistically.
Wherever you go on your ketamine treatment journey, we will be there with you, and have likely walked through that territory with others.
3. Whatever Ketamine brings you, it is what you need, and are ready for.
Each infusion is different – sometimes they are lovely, sometimes they are empty and you go to sleep, sometimes they give small clues into your past, sometimes they are challenging and intense. No infusion experience is wrong or bad.
You and your therapist can ask: how does the content relate to your intention or treatment goals?
Knowing that it brings you what you need and are ready for, can you invite yourself to lean into the experience, whatever it may be?
4. Be careful with taking off your eye mask!
If your trip becomes challenging, if you are uncomfortable in any way, the first instinct is to take off your mask and ask for help. When this happens looking around the room (which will likely be spinning or completely different looking) can be very nauseating as well as further ungrounding. Take it slow, ask for help and wave at the camera, before you ease the mask off (or leave it on!)
5. Set and Setting really is everything! Ketamine is more effective when it is used similarly to how other psychedelics are used.
Psilocybin and MDMA are listed as “breakthrough treatments” by the FDA, and are having better results than ketamine for CPTSD and Treatment Resistant Depression. To use these medicines, patients go through:
- Extensive team assessment of readiness: physically, mentally, and environmentally.
- Meeting everyone on the treatment team and taking many hours to build a relationship, intention, and treatment plan before treatment is given.
- “Setting”, or the space where the medication is taken, is highly crafted – with essential oils, music, plants, candles, and any other supportive elements to help clients feel safe enough to go deeper
- Therapy is done between medication sessions and afterwards to integrate insights.
At Sankofa, we believe in accessibility – not everyone can use these currently illegal medications, and not everyone can go through the intensive preparation process.
We believe in establishing supportive therapeutic relationships with the team, supporting your physical,mental, and environmental readiness, creating an intentional, tailored, “set and setting” and integrative therapy to increase effectiveness of your ketamine treatment.
If you are interested in this comprehensive treatment, that is covered by insurance, please call our office at 312-344-1081 and we will answer your question and get the process started right away!