Transcend Therapy Services

KAP for Drinking Problems

Transcend focuses on treating the root cause of drinking behaviours with IV Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy which studies show is an extreamly effective modality at reapidly reducing drinking cravings.

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Sam McClellan
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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), an average of 95,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes, making it the third most preventable death after tobacco use and poor diet. Sadly, these deaths do not just include drinkers; alcohol is to blame for 28% of all driving fatalities in the United States.

You may know someone who struggles with problem drinking or alcohol addiction, or you may be dealing with it yourself. If you or your loved one have tried traditional methods to stop drinking and were unsuccessful, Transcend Health Solutions offers ketamine infusions. When combined with therapy, it can rewire the brain to help you change your behavior.

How Much Is Too Much?

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell when someone is just having a good time versus when their drinking becomes problematic.

The NIAAA established measurements for a standard drink are:

  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces of liquor

The NIAA recommends men have no more than two standard drinks per day, while women have one.

Problem Drinking Versus Alcohol Addiction

A problem drinker has a pattern of excessive drinking that ends in negative consequences, but they are not dependent on it the way someone with an alcohol use disorder (AUD) is. AUD is also known as alcohol abuse and alcohol misuse.

Problem drinkers may suffer with the following:

  • Binge drinking, defined as five or more standard drinks over the span of two hours for men, and four or more drinks for women
  • Heavy drinking, defined as four or more standard drinks a day for men and three or more drinks a day for women or binge drinking five or more days a month
  • High-intensity drinking, which is considered consumption of two or more times the binge drinking thresholds

Problem drinking creates drinking patterns that can lead to physical dependence on alcohol, often contributing to an AUD.

Signs Of Problem Drinking

There are some crucial questions to ask about your alcohol consumption levels to determine if you or a loved one is a problem drinker.

  • Do you feel like you should stop drinking as much?
  • Are friends and loved ones criticizing your drinking habits or stating they are concerned for you?
  • Do you feel guilty for continuing to drink?
  • Do you regularly drink more than the recommended amounts?
  • Do you engage in binge drinking, heavy drinking, or high-intensity drinking?
  • Is your drinking starting to impact other areas of your life?

If you answer yes to many of these questions, you may be a problem drinker. If you can respond yes to all these questions, and your alcohol dependence has intensified to the point that you need a drink as soon as you wake up to recover from a hangover or steady your nerves, you may already have an AUD.

The Devastating Effects Of Problem Drinking And AUDs

Healthy drinking habits generally don’t lead to adverse effects on the body, but continuous usage over time can contribute to the following medical problems:

  • Blackouts
  • Brain fog
  • Cognitive decline
  • Liver disease
  • Blood sugar abnormalities
  • Heart disease
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors
  • Some cancers
  • Numbness in the extremities
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Permanent brain damage in the frontal lobe, which controls emotions, short-term memory, and judgment
  • Malnutrition
  • High blood pressure
  • A compromised immune system
  • Sexual dysfunction

The Problem With Traditional Medical Advice And AUD Treatment

Traditional alcoholism treatments are based around complete alcohol abstinence by avoiding alcoholic beverages and the situations that trigger alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t possible for many, as alcohol is a ubiquitous part of many social functions in our society, such as sporting events, Christmas parties, happy hour after work with coworkers, and more.

When individuals suffering from AUD relapse, they often blame themselves, and their guilt leads them to continue to drink more. This is problematic since nearly 90% of people in treatment for alcoholism suffer a relapse within the first four years of their program.

Using Ketamine To Address Problem Drinking And AUDs

Research suggests that ketamine can curb excessive drinking, whether you are a problem drinker or suffering from an AUD. In a limited series of studies, participants have reported a higher abstinence rate, indicating they are less likely to relapse, spend fewer days drinking, and have fewer days of heavy drinking.

Researchers believe that ketamine, when paired with therapy and mindfulness practice, improves patient motivation to quit or moderate alcohol use, increases resilience, and decreases defeatism after a relapse by making the patient more open to change.

Ketamine may also help reprogram maladaptive reward memories (MRM) in the brain of a problem drinker or alcoholic. In one experimental study, 90 participants were shown cues for drinking, such as an image of a beer, and then given one ketamine infusion. Afterward, 82% of participants reported a reduction in desire for and enjoyment of alcohol, which continued for the entire nine-month experiment follow-up.

Contact Transcend Health Solutions For A Problem Drinking Consultation Today

Nationwide, 14.5 million people aged 12 and up report suffering an AUD, but only 7.2% receive treatment. Transcend Health Solutions offers ketamine infusions paired with behavioral and motivational therapies to restore a healthy relationship with alcohol, whether you are a problem drinker or have an AUD.

"The Transcend Team has been INCREDIBLE with our family!  They have been so caring and their knowledge of how to conduct the infusion session in tandem with the therapy session is the best approach!  My daughter has joy again."
Therapy services:
  • IV Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Integration therapy

Frequently Asked Questions.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy/Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is ideal for people suffering from treatment resistant depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, OCD, PTSD and chronic pain conditions with no relief from other medications or therapeutic interventions.

Ketamine is a very short acting medication. Generally speaking, any side effect experienced from Ketamine will be short-term and will subside after the infusion has stopped. It can be normal to have slight increases in blood pressure and heart rate during an infusion. A small percentage of patients do experience some nausea during or right after the infusion. Nausea, elevated blood pressure and heart rate are easily managed through IV medications during the session should these arise. Most patients who do not eat for three hours prior to the session, and keep their eyes closed or use eyeshades during the session, will not experience any nausea.

In high doses and/or with very frequent administration Ketamine can be irritating to the bladder. For the purposes of facilitating KAP, doses of ketamine are low and most patients will only do one or two sessions per week. In this dosing and frequency there is an extremely low risk of developing bladder irritation caused by the administration of Ketamine. We have never had a patient develop bladder issues from this treatment at our clinic.

During your medical intake, we will determine if you need to alter your medication regime prior to treatment. There are only a few medications that should be altered prior to initiating treatment. For instance, stimulant medications, benzodiazepines, and medications like Lamictal may need to be held or adjusted prior to treatment.

We request that you don't eat a meal within 3 hours of the start of your appointment time.

After receiving a ketamine infusion, it is normal to feel slightly tired or loopy for several hours. It would be unsafe to drive after a session so we do require that you arrange a family/friend to pick you up or utilize a taxi or other ride service.

It is best to provide time to fully process the therapeutic content that may have been worked through in the session. We encourage our clients to journal and integrate in the time following the session.

At Transcend, it is our goal to have this treatment be a highly transformative, short term intervention for you.

One of the reasons to undergo the KAP process with a therapist vs. receiving Ketamine infusion or injection-only is because most people are more able to avoid needing maintenance treatment long-term with KAP. When symptom reduction has occurred through the chemical effects of ketamine only, there is often a need to re-administer ketamine every 20-30 days to keep symptoms at bay. With KAP, symptom reduction is more often secondary to therapeutic progress which does not dwindle in time, and therefore maintenance treatments are often not required.

The majority of our clients will reach sub-clinical levels of distress after an average of 5-6 sessions. Most of our clients will discharge from our care after these sessions and won't need any form of maintenance therapy. Some people do benefit from revisiting KAP intermittently throughout the year following the initial series as needed to continue therapeutic progress but this is not the most common treatment plan at Transcend.

For chronic pain treatment, it is more difficult to keep baseline pain levels down and flare-ups without maintenance infusions ongoing. The majority of patients with chronic pain will do sessions every 30-90 days to keep the baseline pain levels reduced.

You can expect to be at the clinic for approximately 2 hours. There are many factors that influence the length of the infusion but most patients will receive a 35-50 minute ketamine infusion. Your Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy trained therapist and a registered nurse will be by your side throughout your entire time during the infusion. Your therapist will be with you before to help set goals for the session, during for guidance and processing, and after for continued therapy, integration, and reflection.

Have another question? Don't hesitate to reach out to us.