Addiction And Substance Abuse Specialist

Austin Ketamine Specialists

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Austin, TX

Addiction and substance abuse wreak havoc on the lives of millions in the United States. Inappropriate use of drugs and alcohol can destroy relationships, employment, and physical health. It may seem impossible to stop using, but ketamine infusion therapy can help end the hold that substances have over your behaviors and choices. Paul Foster, DO, and the compassionate team at Austin Ketamine Specialists has the skills and expertise to help substance abuse and addiction disorders safely with ketamine. To schedule an appointment, call the Austin, Texas, office today, or request a complimentary consultation online.

Addiction and Substance Abuse Q&A

What are addiction and substance abuse?

Addiction and substance abuse describe two different mental health conditions that arise due to inappropriate use of legal or illegal substances. 

Substance abuse refers to using substances in harmful ways. People who abuse substances may experience physical or emotional harm, but they can stop using the substance without experiencing physical withdrawal.

Addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a progressive disease. Addiction changes your brain chemistry, resulting in negative behaviors and the inability to control or stop your use of substances. If you do attempt to stop using, your body goes through physical withdrawal.  

The most common substances involved in these conditions include alcohol, opioid medications, illegal opiates, amphetamines, and cocaine.

What are the symptoms of substance abuse and addiction?

Symptoms of substance abuse include:

  • Irritability
  • Sleeping too much or not enough
  • Depression
  • Personality changes
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Poor self-care or hygiene
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dilated pupils 

Addiction may cause many of the same signs and symptoms. Other signs of addiction include needing more of the drug for the same effect, taking risks or spending money you don’t have to obtain the drug, and failure to meet responsibilities. Failed attempts to stop using and withdrawal symptoms also characterize addiction.

How can ketamine address addiction and substance abuse?

Ketamine acts on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the brain. These receptors interact with several neurotransmitters involved in mood and emotional regulation. Current research also suggests that ketamine promotes regrowth of synaptic tissue. 

Synapses form connections in the brain’s neural pathways, and new growth can lead to new thought patterns and changes in emotional processing. 

What should I expect from ketamine infusion therapy?

Ketamine is administered intravenously through a port inserted in your arm during your 40-60 minute infusion sessions. At the end of the infusion, your specialist removes the IV port, and you rest at the clinic for another 15-30 minutes.

Austin Ketamine Specialists requires that someone else drives you home after your treatment. It’s a good idea to leave your schedule open after your appointment, if possible, so you can relax for the rest of the day. 

Although rare, some patients may experience mild headaches or nausea after an infusion. These side effects typically subside within a few hours. 

Ketamine therapy can help end your struggles with drugs or alcohol. To find out more, call Austin Ketamine Specialists, or request a complimentary consultation online today.