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What is Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy?

February 22, 20240
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In mental health treatment, a revolutionary approach has emerged, offering a new perspective on healing and self-discovery. Psychedelic-assisted therapy, once relegated to the fringes of alternative medicine, is gaining recognition as a powerful tool for addressing a range of mental health conditions.

Dérive Health in Charlotte is leading the way in psychedelic-assisted therapy with ketamine infusions. Ketamine has proven to be effective against treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

At its core, psychedelic-assisted therapy involves the controlled and intentional use of psychedelic substances, such as ketamine in conjunction with psychotherapy. The therapy sessions are conducted in a carefully structured, safe, and supportive environment, guided by our medical professionals who help individuals navigate their experiences.

One of the key elements of psychedelic-assisted therapy is the altered state of consciousness induced by the psychedelic substances. This altered state often leads to heightened levels of introspection, making it easier for individuals to explore their thoughts, emotions, and memories. The therapeutic process is enriched by the unique perspective these altered states provide, allowing individuals to delve into the root causes of their challenges.

Research suggests that psychedelics can influence the brain in ways that promote neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to reorganize and form new neural connections. This neurological flexibility may be a central factor in the therapeutic benefits observed in conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

The therapeutic journey involves a series of sessions, with preparation and integration phases playing crucial roles. Preparation helps individuals set intentions and establish a mindset conducive to therapeutic exploration, while integration ensures that insights gained during the psychedelic experience are effectively incorporated into daily life. We encourage you to continue integration with your therapist between sessions at Dérive. We also have some wonderful therapist we can recommend that are experienced in integration work.

It’s important to note that psychedelic-assisted therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each individual’s experience is unique, and the therapy must be tailored to address their specific needs and challenges. Moreover, these therapies should only be administered by trained professionals in controlled environments to ensure safety and efficacy.

As research continues to unfold, psychedelic-assisted therapy holds promise as a transformative approach to mental health treatment. By providing a novel lens through which individuals can explore their inner worlds, this therapy offers hope for those seeking alternative paths to healing and self-discovery.

Want to get started in your healing journey? Reach out to us by filling out a contact form at derivehealth.com and a team member will contact you.

Dérive Health is a clinic focusing on brain health using ketamine and NAD+ in Charlotte. Our offices offer a spa-like clinic for anyone in the Charlotte area suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, burnout, or brainfog. We are located at 2230 Park Road in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can learn more at our website derivehealth.com


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