Ketamine clinics are popping up left and right in your town, or maybe you are ready to take a flight to find one. How do you know if the clinic is for you? How do you know if you should go there? We’d love to have everybody come to our clinic, but our clinic isn’t for everyone!
While there is no perfect way to do this (nor is there a perfect clinic!), here are a few questions to get answered to help find the right clinic for you.
1. What Are People Recommending?
This can include Yelp and Google reviews. But the best is a referral from a friend or family member who has had an infusion from the place you are considering. One thing to keep in mind when looking at online reviews, getting a ketamine infusion isn't like having dinner at a restaurant. People are going to ketamine clinics to heal and get better, and this can be an experience which was beautiful and transformative but because it is so personal they won't share the review online.
2. What Is the Approach to Ketamine Infusions?
Ketamine delivery is an art and not all clinics are alike. The experience you can have at one clinic maybe very different from the other. While there are safe and professional ways to provide ketamine, there is no one correct way to have the experience. There are three different models of ketamine treatments:
Classic medical/surgical - This is a clinical approach with vital signs monitoring, intravenous ketamine, and which the vast majority of ketamine infusion clinics. In general, you will create your own experience (DVDs, Music choice, etc.) with minimal preparation beforehand.
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy - This approach typically utilizes oral or intramuscular ketamine. There will be a therapist or counselor to talk with as you have your ketamine experience.
Spiritual or shamanic model - Ketamine is used at higher doses with a focus on the experiential and psychedelic nature of ketamine.
Although these are three different models, there can be a blend of the models as well. At Reset Ketamine we blend the medical model with the spiritual model, and recommend follow up appointments with your psychotherapist. If you are not comfortable with holistic or spiritual emphasis, then a clinic like that may not be a good fit for you. If you simply want an IV placed and be left alone for the duration of your infusion, then a classic medical-surgical model may better meet your needs.
3. What’s The Infusion Experience Like?
This is closely related to question #2. Are you in the room by yourself? Will someone be with you? Do you get eye shades? Music to listen to? Watching TV? What’s the environmental space like? Will you have continuous vitals monitoring?
The environment aka “setting” you get the infusion is so important. We consciously create a warm, inviting, and supportive environment in our clinic. At a baseline, most medical clinics will be clean and professional, but not all clinics may not have a homey or holistic vibe. It’s up to you to ask and check out the clinic to see if the setting is for you.
Want to learn more about preparing for your infusion? Check out How To Prepare and Integrate From A Ketamine Infusion blog!
4. What is the Cost?
We all want a good deal. Who wants to pay more for something they could get cheaper? Not all clinics are priced the same. Some clinics may charge as low as $350 but other may be up to beyond $1000 for an infusion. Variation in cost can be related to demand, local competition, location, and what they offer during/between infusions. At the end of the day, it is up to you to determine what monetary value you are comfortable spending on your infusion and experience.
Most importantly, trust your gut instinct about a clinic.
Call, visit, and ask lots of questions. Based upon your interactions, you can better know if the ketamine clinic will be the right fit for you! At Reset Ketamine, we wish you the best in finding a ketamine infusion clinic that will meet your needs and best serve you on your healing journey.