Transforming Treatment: Ketamine and Alcohol Use Disorder

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Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a pervasive and challenging condition affecting millions worldwide. With May being Alcohol Awareness Month, it’s crucial to spotlight the impact of alcohol misuse and explore innovative treatment options. At TN Ketamine Infusions, we understand the complexities of AUD and offer effective solutions. This blog post delves into the connection between alcohol use disorder and ketamine therapy, highlighting key facts, treatment options, and our Ketamine for Alcohol Dependence (KAD) program in the Central TN area.

Understanding AUD: Symptoms and Impact

Alcohol use disorder manifests as an inability to control alcohol consumption despite adverse consequences. It’s a chronic brain disease leading to health, social, and economic burdens. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) notes about 15 million U.S. adults have AUD. Recognizing its signs is crucial:

  • Cravings for alcohol
  • Increased tolerance
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Continued use despite negative effects

Overcoming Challenges with Innovative Treatments

Traditional AUD treatments include behavioral therapy, support groups, and medication. However, relapse is common, and some medications have limited efficacy or side effects. This gap underscores the need for alternative treatments like ketamine therapy targeting AUD’s neurobiological mechanisms.

Ketamine Therapy: A New Hope for AUD Recovery

Ketamine therapy is a promising option for treatment-resistant AUD. It blocks NMDA receptors in the brain, offering rapid antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects. Studies show ketamine may reduce cravings and support abstinence, modulating glutamate signaling and enhancing neural plasticity.

Targeting Addiction’s Root: Maladaptive Reward Memories

Ketamine’s potential in treating alcohol dependence lies in disrupting maladaptive reward memories associated with addiction. UK-based research indicates significant reductions in alcohol intake and healthier lifestyle promotion with ketamine therapy.

Introducing the KAD Program at TN Ketamine Infusions

Our KAD program provides a comprehensive approach to AUD treatment, combining ketamine infusion with counseling and support. Our team is led by Dr. Malchow and is committed to compassionate, effective care, aiding individuals in lasting recovery.

Ideal Candidates for KAD Treatments

Candidates for KAD are individuals with mild to moderate alcohol dependence, particularly those with co-occurring depression or anxiety, seeking a transformative change toward health.

Step Towards a Brighter, Alcohol-Free Future

AUD is serious and complex, necessitating personalized treatment. If you or a loved one is battling AUD, reach out to TN Ketamine Infusions. Our experienced team offers support and guidance in your recovery journey. Contact us to learn more about our KAD program and take the first step toward an alcohol-free life.

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