What is drug addiction?
Drug addiction is a chronic disease that compels people to use drugs in a way that’s harmful to their health. The reason this happens is because a drug addiction rewires your brain, creating new pathways that are designed solely for drug use.
These pathways are created after your brain experiences the pleasurable effects of a drug and it adjusts itself to receive more. This, in turn, prompts you to use more of the drug in an effort to satisfy the bottomless pit that is addiction.
Drug addiction is a very serious disease that has physical, social, and mental health consequences.
What are the signs of drug addiction?
Drug addiction carries with it two components: dependency and addiction. The dependency aspect is when your body physically needs the drug and goes into withdrawal when it’s not available. The addiction component leads to obsessive cravings and uncontrolled use. It is also associated with behaviors that can be destructive and life threatening. Combined, these two components often lead to:
- Physical withdrawal, such as the shakes or flu-like symptoms, or worse
- The inability to control use
- Poor performance at work or school
- Choosing your drug of choice over other activities
- Financial issues
- Difficulty in relationships with friends and family
- Depression and Suicide
There’s very little in your life that drug addiction doesn’t affect, which is why treatments designed for long-term abstinence work best.
How does ketamine therapy help drug addiction?
Dr. Liang and Dr. Munk recommend ketamine infusion therapy in order to address:
Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS)
PAWS can affect you weeks, months, and even years after you stop using the drug. Symptoms include depression, anxiety, irritability, sleep disturbances, and impaired cognition. By rapidly creating new neural connections, ketamine dramatically eliminates or reduces these symptoms.
The new pathways established by your drug use continue to demand more of the drug, which leads to cravings. Ketamine disrupts these pathways and creates new ones.
Ketamine works quickly on these problems, sometimes after just one treatment, as new connections are formed in your brain that bypass the addiction. Ketamine therapy is especially useful in helping you maintain your sobriety, leading a life that’s free from the bonds of drug addiction.
Similar to alcohol addiction, ketamine and NAD+ combination therapy are extremely effective in the detoxification process from stimulants, marijuana, opiates, benzodiazepines, kratom, and even nicotine.
To learn more about how ketamine can help you overcome your drug addiction, call Klarity Clinic, or request an appointment online.
Management & Maintenance
Ketamine has been successfully used in the management and maintenance of life free of drugs and alcohol. While it is not used for detoxification, it can be used afterwards to control or eliminate the urge to use again. Coupled with therapy and recovery support, ketamine infusion therapy can help you transition to and maintain a healthy sober lifestyle.
For holistic drug and alcohol addiction support: Holistic House Las Vegas.
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