What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is an anesthetic drug. It was approved in 1970 by the FDA as an anesthetic for humans and is frequently administered at high doses for surgeries. Used at lower doses, it is currently being researched as a treatment for chronic and severe Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, substance abuse disorders, migraines, and chronic pain disorders. Research indicates that Ketamine treatments for psychological disorders is highly effective with minimal side effects.
What are Ketamine treatments like?
Ketamine treatments are administered by anesthesiologists in a safe, monitored space. Depending on the doctor you use, it is typical for you to receive approximately six Ketamine infusions within two weeks as a cycle. Then, you will receive maintenance Ketamine infusions as needed every month to several months after. Since Ketamine is administered at low doses for treatment of psychiatric disorders, individuals are awake during infusions. Many individuals describe the psychoactive effects of Ketamine as inducing hallucinations, similar to descriptions of “tripping.” Every person’s experiences on Ketamine are unique and can vary across infusions. Ketamine treatments last for approximately 45 minutes, and some individuals describe feeling groggy for a few hours afterwards.
Is Ketamine addictive?
Research indicates that Ketamine administered at low doses for the treatment of psychiatric disorders is not addictive, and is effective for the treatment of substance abuse disorders.
What is Ketamine aftercare?
There are several options if you are considering Ketamine aftercare. Currently there is a weekly Ketamine aftercare support group, where individuals undergoing Ketamine infusions meet under the care of licensed psychologists to discuss experiences during and after infusions. Another option is attending individual psychotherapy with one of our clinicians who is familiar with Ketamine treatments. Individual psychotherapy can be instrumental in aiding individuals through changes as a result of Ketamine infusions.
Am I a candidate for aftercare?
If you are undergoing Ketamine infusions for any psychiatric disorder, you are a candidate for aftercare.
I am having difficulty responding to Ketamine. What do I do?
If you are having difficulty responding to Ketamine, this might be for a variety of reasons. Please contact us for non-responder coaching to assist in your responsiveness to Ketamine.
I saw information about a support group. What’s that?
We currently offer a weekly support group for individuals undergoing Ketamine infusions and it is open to new members. The support group is a space where individuals are open to communicate their own experiences, support others in their experiences, and to ask questions. Undergoing Ketamine infusions is a unique experience that precedes many life changes. The support group is a great way to connect with others who have shared experiences as you move forward in your life with reduced clinical symptoms. Our group facilitators are knowledgeable about Ketamine treatments and the ways in which they impact people’s lives.
The group is on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 PM. We panel some insurance companies or it costs $50 per group out of pocket.
Do you take insurance?
We panel BlueCross BlueShield and Medicare Part B. If we do not accept your insurance, you can elect to go out-of-network or explore out of pocket costs.
What do our services cost out of pocket?
Pre-treatment consultations last for 15-30 minutes and cost $50 out of pocket per session.
The Ketamine Aftercare Support Group costs $50 out of pocket per session.
Non-responder coaching requires an initial hour-long appointment which costs $175 out of pocket. Subsequent sessions may take less time and cost less money, as appointments are individualized based on client needs.
Individual counseling sessions cost $175 per session out of pocket.
Please note that we panel BCBS and Medicare Part B, or you can elect to use out-of-network benefits.
What is telepsychology?
We offer telepsychology for pre-treatment consultation, post-treatment consultation, and non-responder coaching. Telepsychology is the practice of counseling via an online video call. This can be a great option for individuals who live far from the Chicago area or have barriers to attend in-person counseling.