Choosing the right Ketamine Therapy Center and What to Expect

By Dr. James Taggart on December 27, 2022

The first ketamine provider opened its doors in the 2010s. Today, after hundreds of studies have confirmed the drug's effectiveness, treatment centers across the U.S. Ketamine has demonstrated remarkable benefits in treating many kinds of mood disorders, stubborn chronic pain issues, digestive disorders, and other systemic health challenges since it was first synthesized in 1962.

Here's what you need to know if you're looking for the ideal provider for your needs.

How Is Ketamine Therapy Administered?

Ketamine therapy is administered as an outpatient procedure. The doctor inserts an intravenous line that allows the ketamine to be fed directly into your bloodstream. During this treatment, which may take an hour or more, you simply relax in a comfortable chair. You can go home shortly after the initial euphoria of the drug wears off.

What Should You Look for in a Ketamine Treatment Facility?

a physician and nurse explaining the ketamine treatment to the patient in the clinic

Choosing a ketamine treatment facility requires the same careful scrutiny that you'd apply when searching for any other kind of healthcare provider. Make sure to find out:

  • Exactly who will administer the ketamine, and the person's relevant training, qualifications, certifications, and experience in using this drug?
  • The details of the treatment administered by that healthcare provider.
  • How (or whether) the healthcare provider integrated ketamine treatment into a personalized health program.
  • What preparations and supportive information the health center can provide?
  • How much the treatment will cost? (See below.)

How Much Does Ketamine Therapy Cost?

Ketamine therapy sessions can vary widely in price. However, the national average for a ketamine treatment hovers around $500. This is important to understand because significantly higher charges can send up a red flag in your search for a provider. Health centers that charge much more than the national average may be adding numerous additional tests and procedures that the treatment doesn't really call for, including some that other providers would never even offer. The higher price may also indicate the provider's eagerness to prescribe supplemental therapies and treatments you don't need.

All these possibilities should call a prospective health center's ethics and qualifications into doubt. At the same time, however, bear in mind that some treatment plans may naturally require more sessions or higher doses than others, depending on the nature of your problem. When in doubt, keep shopping around until you find a wellness center that answers all your questions and earns your trust.

How Do You Find a Ketamine Therapy Specialist near you?

Even if you now know what to look for in a high-quality ketamine therapy center, you may still wonder where you're supposed to find such facilities if you've never inquired into the matter before. Fortunately, you have several resources at your disposal, including:

A Physician talking with a patient about the ketamine therapy
  • Your doctor - A direct referral from your family doctor or medical specialist always makes good sense. You'll enjoy the extra peace of mind that comes from your trusted health advisor's recommendation.
  • Other patients - If you know someone who has undergone ketamine treatment, ask that person which facilities they recommend or warn against. Nothing beats personal anecdotes and actual experiences.
  • Online resources - You can search online for health facilities that offer ketamine therapy. You may even find entire online directories that include many such specialists. Just make sure to vet each candidate using the selection tips mentioned above.

The Simple Choice: Shasta Meadows Wellness Center

If you want to save yourself a lot of work in your search for a state-of-the-art ketamine specialist, look no further than Shasta Meadows Wellness Center. We don't administer ketamine -- we evaluate your condition and prescribe personalized treatment plans that address the underlying cause. Our careful methods also help to minimize side effects and maximize benefits. Take advantage of our expertise by contacting us today for an appointment.

Article written by Dr. James Taggart
With over two decades of clinical expertise, Dr. James R. Taggart leads an innovative practice as the founder of Shasta Meadows Wellness Center. His vision is to provide proven treatment options addressing depression and pain with patients who have yet to find relief with traditional medical options.

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