One common question people ask when considering Ketamine infusion therapy is “How long will it last?”
Achieving goals is easier than maintaining them. One can be successful in losing weight, but how many people are able to keep it off? What is the difference between people who are successful in managing their depression long term, and those who still struggle? There are many factors that contribute to success of Ketamine treatment. But assuming your initial treatments are successful, here are two strategies to maintaining the benefits:
- Commitment to life change. Life with depression and pain is more than a life with difficulties. Chronic problems such as pain and depression change a person’s life. Without recognizing this, people often start making changes to “accommodate” the difficulty. Think about what happens when you hurt your foot or toe. Even if it is a small pain, you might walk a bit differently to take some of the weight or pounding off the part that hurts. This can often affect your spine or other body parts that are now being overly or incorrectly used to accommodate the injured limb. By the time people are seeking Ketamine treatment, they have already made accommodations in their lives for depression and pain. Some of these can actually support the pain and depression, so it is necessary to eliminate these to minimize the return of the pain and depression. Therefore, success in maintaining the therapeutic gains can depend on changing other things in your life as well.
- Commitment to treatment. Very few chronic difficulties can be “cured” by one treatment event. In order to achieve real change and long lasting results, most people need to follow-up and continue to participate in changing their lifestyle. You can’t learn how to swim or become good at it by getting in the pool once or twice, or just dipping your toe in the water. You need a commitment to learning and practice. Ketamine treatment is not that different. “Trying” Ketamine is not going to solve the problem. You need to make a commitment to the process and participate actively in the full series and in lifestyle changes at the same time.
Make a commitment to your own self! Contact the professionals at Ketamine Wellness Center and see how our programs can help you achieve your goals. Let our staff show you the pathway to success so you can commit to walking down that road with support. Call us today and tell us you are ready to commit to health!
Dr. Ellen Diamond is the Clinical Psychologist for Ketamine Wellness Centers.