Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol dependence remains a widespread issue affecting countless individuals across the New York City area, yet far too many struggle to access the help they desperately need. Shockingly, research from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reveals that only about 33% of individuals treated for alcohol problems show no further symptoms one year later. With alcohol's pervasive presence in our society, maintaining abstinence can be an ongoing challenge for those grappling with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Recent statistics indicate that over 1.2 million New Yorkers are suspected of battling alcohol use disorder (Source: SAMHSA). In recognition of this urgent demand for effective treatment solutions, NY Ketamine Infusions is thrilled to unveil our groundbreaking Ketamine for Alcohol Dependence (KAD) program.

Ketamine Targets Maladaptive Reward Memories

Ketamine, a medication known for its anesthetic properties, has shown remarkable promise in treating alcohol dependence by targeting the underlying maladaptive reward memories associated with addiction.

Research studies including this study published in the U.K. (link) have demonstrated that ketamine therapy can disrupt these harmful patterns, leading to a significant reduction in alcohol intake and promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Who is the Ideal Candidate?

The ideal candidate for KAD treatments is a patient with mild to moderate alcohol dependance, especially if associated with depression and/or anxiety, without a history of complicated alcohol withdrawal, who desires a transformative change to a healthier lifestyle. To schedule a physician consultation for KAD treatments click on the Schedule Now buttons at one of our three locations below.

What is Alcoholism & AUD?

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a brain disorder characterized by a pattern of alcohol use that involves an impaired ability to control or stop drinking despite adverse occupational, health, or social consequences. It is a progressive disorder that typically worsens over time. AUD encompasses previous labels such as alcoholism, alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence, and alcohol addiction. Any alcohol use that places your state of health or safety at risk or causes other alcohol-related issues is classified as unhealthy alcohol use. This also includes binge drinking, a pattern of drinking where a man has 5 or more drinks within 2 hours, or a female has 4 or more drinks within 2 hours. Binge drinking poses serious health threats.

What are the symptoms of Alcoholism & AUD?

Symptoms  include:

  • No control of alcohol intake
  • Wanting to cut back on drinking but being unsuccessful at doing so
  • Continuing to drink even though you’re aware it’s causing problems with work, relationships, and/or your health
  • Spending a significant amount of time drinking or recovering from drinking
  • Experiencing strong cravings or urges to drink alcohol
  • Reducing social, hobby, or work activities to use alcohol
  • Failing to fulfill obligations at home, school or work due to drinking alcohol
  • Using alcohol in situations where it is unsafe to do so, for example driving
  • Developing a tolerance to alcohol to a point where you need more to feel its effect
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you don’t drink. Withdrawal symptoms can include sweating, tremors, or nausea

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