Healing the Wounds of Trauma: Ketamine for PTSD Treatments in Denver

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Healing the Wounds of Trauma: Ketamine for PTSD Treatments in Denver

hand on patients back after ketamine-assisted psychotherapy session

Trauma and PTSD are closely connected mental health issues that can severely impact a person’s well-being. 

Trauma stems from distressing or life-threatening events, while PTSD is a condition that may develop after experiencing trauma. PTSD can cause intrusive thoughts, nightmares, avoidance behaviors, heightened anxiety, depression, and other debilitating symptoms.

At Ballen Medical & Wellness, we recognize that for some, traditional psychotherapy and medication have not provided complete relief from the suffering of trauma and PTSD. This is where ketamine is emerging as an effective treatment option. This carefully administered therapy can promote positive neurological change. Rooted in integrative psychiatry, ketamine assists in processing trauma and can help ease intense PTSD symptoms.

If you’ve struggled to find relief from trauma and PTSD through traditional methods, we encourage you to continue reading to discover how ketamine therapy at our Denver clinic could be the breakthrough you’ve been searching for.

Unseen Marks: The Impact of Trauma and PTSD

Trauma and PTSD affect millions of people every year, leaving deep emotional and psychological wounds that aren’t always visible. Symptoms including troubling thoughts, recurring nightmares, avoidance patterns, and overwhelming feelings of anxiety and depression – all of which can result in substantial inner turmoil and suffering.

Despite conventional treatments providing some relief, many individuals still feel that something deeper remains unhealed. The challenge of developing trust, intimacy, and a sense of purpose while coping with flashbacks, hypervigilance, and ongoing emotional pain is incredibly daunting.

Navigating life with this heavy inner burden alone is immensely challenging. If you’ve been impacted by trauma and traditional methods aren’t giving you the relief and support you deserve, more holistic and transformative treatment options like ketamine therapy are worth considering. 

For many of our patients, ketamine offers the potential for deeper healing, helping them reframe past experiences and restoring a sense of wholeness, hope, and personal empowerment.

Limitations of Traditional PTSD Treatments 

While talk therapy and medication are common PTSD treatments that help many people find relief, these traditional approaches sometimes fall short of fully addressing the deep emotional trauma at the core of PTSD.

For those still battling disturbing thoughts, nightmares, avoidance, and ongoing anxiety, talk therapy may start to feel like repeatedly reopening wounds without ever truly healing them. Discussing traumatic events provides emotional release, but the root issues can remain stubbornly unresolved.

Medications, such as antidepressants, can help alleviate some symptoms but often operate more as temporary band-aids than long-term agents of healing. They may provide temporary relief, but do little to reframe past tragedies or restore one’s inherent sense of wholeness.

If PTSD persists without successful treatment, frustration and hopelessness can set in. The ability to cultivate trust, intimacy, and purpose can remain severely compromised if you continue to experience symptoms like flashbacks, vigilance, and lingering emotional pain.

Recognizing the limitations of traditional PTSD treatments, it’s clear that many individuals require more comprehensive approaches to address the emotional roots of their trauma. At Ballen Medical & Wellness, we understand the necessity for holistic care. That’s why we offer ketamine therapy alongside traditional talk therapy as part of our integrated approach to treating trauma and PTSD.

Ketamine’s Unique Neurological Effects Make It a Promising PTSD Treatment

Ketamine was originally developed in the 1970s as an anesthetic and painkiller. In the 1990s, researchers realized ketamine could also help treat depression. The FDA allowed ketamine to be used as an ‘investigational new drug’ for research. Many clinical trials then studied using ketamine to treat conditions like PTSD.

The trial results have been very promising. Unlike typical medications that mainly target symptoms, ketamine helps facilitate deeper healing.

Ketamine works by blocking NMDA receptors in the brain. This reduces PTSD symptoms and inflammation similar to some antidepressants. Blocking NMDA receptors helps PTSD patients process buried emotional trauma with less fear and reactivity.

This allows PTSD sufferers to break free from cycles of anxiety, avoidance, and hypervigilance. Ketamine also promotes neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to remodel neural pathways. This lets traumatic memories be reframed and reprocessed through a healthier perspective.

Studies show a single ketamine infusion can cause long-lasting changes in brain function. This leads to improved PTSD symptoms for up to two weeks. Multiple infusions can have more lasting healing effects.

By allowing access to repressed trauma, reducing fear and intensity, and promoting new neural connections, ketamine opens inner pathways for profound healing. It addresses the psychological roots of PTSD rather than just managing surface symptoms.

Healing Trauma with Compassion: Ketamine Treatment for PTSD in Denver

Ketamine provides lasting relief for PTSD by facilitating access to repressed trauma, reducing fear and intensity, and promoting new neural connections in the brain.

At Ballen Medical & Wellness, we take a different approach than the traditional ketamine clinic model. Our unique and integrative approach combines ketamine infusion therapy with evidence-based treatments like Ketamine assisted psychotherapy, integrative psychiatry, and more. By integrating these therapies, we can tailor our ketamine infusions to optimize healing for trauma and PTSD.

We understand that starting ketamine treatment for PTSD can be overwhelming without guidance. It’s important, especially for newcomers to ketamine therapy, to have an experienced team to guide them. We excel in educating and supporting patients throughout this unique process.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about ketamine therapy for PTSD. Have a free and relaxed conversation with our ketamine care team by scheduling a free consultation here. Or give us a call at (720) 222-0550 to book an appointment. We’ll do everything we can to help you reclaim your life from the grip of trauma and thrive.

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