Author: Matthew Steiner

Can Ketamine Therapy Work for Addiction Treatment?

There are many people struggling with drug addiction that have failed at traditional inpatient drug treatment. Some people have better success rates with medication-assisted drug treatment, but still some will fail to become clean. Many addiction medicine specialists believe ketamine therapy could be the answer for treating drug addiction, read on to find out more information. At Ketamine Therapy ...

Healing PTSD With Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Ketamine is a legal prescription medication used for a variety of different medical conditions. The drug can be used for anesthesia during surgery, pain control, and as an antidepressant. Ketamine is one of the safest of all anesthetics in the world and used in a majority of hospitals. The drug shows promise in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and research is growing rapidly, and stu...

Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy Good for Treatment-Resistant Depression?

About 10 to 20 percent of people suffering from depression meet the diagnostic criteria for treatment-resistant depression. Within the past ten years, scientists have discovered the important role glutamate an amino acid of the central nervous system, plays in mood regulation. Currently, ketamine has demonstrated effectiveness for a major depressive disorder (MDD) and treatment-resistant depressio...

Ketamine Infusion Treatment for Addiction Recovery

There is no question scientific studies have helped us gain a better understanding of addiction while providing new, innovative and more effective ways of treating this horrible disease. Drug addiction is one of the biggest challenges facing our country today, particularly heroin which is purer, cheaper and deadlier than many other drugs. There is evidence which suggests ketamine infusion treatmen...

J & J Submits for Esketamine Nasal Spray Approval in America

Janssen has submitted a filing for approval of Esketamine with the United States Food and Drug Administration for treating depression. About 30-40% of people do not respond to current depression treatments, which results in major depression disorder leading the cause of disability all over the world. The recent filing needs to prove the drug is safe and will be beneficial for the intended recipien...

Does Low-Dose Intravenous Ketamine Help Alleviate Pain Syndromes?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a disorder which can be accompanied by severe pain that’s often both chronic and resistant to conventional therapies. Researchers from Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center found, “limited low-dose infusions of a widely used anesthetic drug may relieve the often intolerable and debilitating pain of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).” The team released a ...

Study – Ketamine for Head Injury Treatment

Usually the use of ketamine for patients with traumatic brain injuries is contraindicated due to the concerns of increasing intracranial pressure. However, these concerns came from early studies and case reports that were improperly controlled and designed. Recently, there were studies done which challenge the use of ketamine being safe to use in these patients. What is the Goal of the Study? The ...

Guidelines for Ketamine as Pain Reliever

New research has shown ketamine can be an effective option for pain relief, and it could even be used as an alternative to opiates. Ketamine has been in the headlines a lot recently because studies have found it’s good for PTSD, depression and suicidal ideation treatment. The drug is also being utilized more in inpatient and outpatient settings to manage different types of pain, read on to find ou...

Legalization of Marijuana in Four More US States

There’s been hundreds of cannabis-related bills introduced since state legislature started to reconvene in January, 2018. Because of all the new legislature, 2018 is set to become one of the biggest years ever for marijuana policies in various state capitols. New Legislature: Before 2018, no state had ever legalized cannabis through the legislative process. However, this has changed when the Vermo...

Intranasal Ketamine Shows Promise in Treating Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

A ketamine nasal spray has shown promise in rapidly treating the symptoms of major depression and suicidal thoughts. The recent study published online in The American Journal of Psychiatry a double-blind trial compared the standard treatment in addition to a placebo for rapid depression treatment and suicidal thoughts. Read on to find out further information about the study and the findings resear...

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Bill to Replace Opiate Prescriptions with Medical Marijuana

On June 15th, 2018, people in the state of Illinois who have a prescription for opiate painkillers may be eligible for medical marijuana. Today, lawmakers passed a bill allowing anyone with a prescription for opiates to be eligible for the state’s medical marijuana program. Illinois Medical Marijuana Program With passing the new law, Illinois joins other states at looking to medical marijuana to h...

Healing the Body and Soul:  The Use of Ayahuasca Assisted Therapy to Treat Substance Use Disorders

Written by: Elie De Franca, LCSW, LCADC Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant mixture that is capable of inducing altered states of consciousness, which may last anywhere from four to right hours after ingestion.  The effects of this plant mixture can range from mildly stimulating to extremely visionary.  Ayahuasca is used primarily as a medicine and as a shamanic means of communication, typically in a ...

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