Once you complete your initial series of Ketamine Infusions, you are likely enjoying your new life with little to no depression symptoms. For some patients, receiving five to six infusions over the course of two to three weeks is enough to achieve long-term relief. On average patients typically enjoy around three to four months of relief before needing a pair of booster infusions. Depression symptoms are unique to the sufferer, so it comes as no surprise that your response to treatment will be unique to you.
Ketamine Treatment Results
After caring for 1,500 patients and counting, performing over 9,000 infusions with an 83% success rate, we’ve seen a range of responses to treatment. We’ve seen dramatic and positive mood spikes within hours of administered infusions. We’ve also seen slower, more progressive mood improvements over the course of several infusions – sometimes even days after completion of the series. How do we know this? We monitor our patients’ depression levels before, during, and after Ketamine Treatments. We also regularly call to check in with our patients so we can hear firsthand how they’re doing.
Our commitment to you and your recovery remains long after your last infusion. We know how vital it is that Ketamine Infusion Therapy be part of a bigger treatment plan for our patients, which is why we combine our program with an extensive aftercare plan to support your recovery.
Will I Require Ketamine Infusion Therapy for the Rest of My Life?
This is one of the most common questions we’re asked; in fact, it’s featured on our FAQ page. As mentioned above, the answer to this question depends on the unique way your body is impacted by depression and depression treatment.
After the initial series of infusions restores your brain to a healthy balance, it is generally easier to maintain that balance than to attain it in the first place. Sometimes, the results of the initial series do not last as long; in other cases, they last much longer. It is not unusual for patients to enjoy six or more months of relief.
Combination Therapy for Long-Term Depression Treatment
For the best results with long-term depression treatment, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recommends a customized treatment plan that includes a combination of depression therapies. In our experience, we’ve seen infusions enhance the impact of talk therapy, medication, other treatments, and positive lifestyle changes. Some options for maintaining the effectiveness of Ketamine Infusion Therapy include:
- Ketamine boosters: Boosters are provided on an as-needed basis for maintenance. Typically, boosters consist of two infusions provided one to two days apart.
- Talk therapy: Psychotherapy can be a safe place to explore unprocessed trauma & grief, develop healthy coping skills, and improve interpersonal relationships, which can be an excellent companion to Ketamine Infusion Therapy.
- Alternative, drug-free depression treatments: Living a healthier lifestyle can help patients remain free from depression on a long-term basis. Here are 10 ideas for a holistic approach to depression treatment.
At Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles, we’re available to provide quick replies to your questions and concerns along with any resources or referrals you may need. As one of our patients, you’ll receive daily text message check-ins, bi-weekly depression assessments sent straight to your phone through an encrypted HIPAA-compliant server, a detailed list of recommended lifestyle changes, and regular follow-up from our medical team. If you begin to feel your depression symptoms creeping up on you, call our patient care specialists as soon as possible to prevent your symptoms from returning.