With the additional pressures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as an increasingly contaminated drug supply, the rate of opioid overdoses in the U.S. continues to climb. Although Massachusetts has a lower incidence of overdoses than some states, the rate nonetheless rose by 8.8 percent between 2020 and 2021. Many of these deaths were from patients who were prescribed opioids for pain management and then became hooked.
The Need for New Alternatives
Before the uptick in opioid overdoses, especially over the last decade, doctors didn’t think twice about prescribing these highly addictive drugs for pain management. Now, with an increased understanding of the risks of opioid prescriptions, many professionals are recommending alternative ways of managing pain.
Ketamine for Pain
One popular treatment is ketamine therapy, which can be administered in addition to a dose of opioids or by itself. Unlike opioids, it is not addictive at the therapeutic level. Recent studies have shown that ketamine therapy is effective at reducing pain when used in conjunction with opioid therapy and allows patients to take a lower dose of opioids. But ketamine can be highly efficacious as a pain management technique when used by itself as well.
In ketamine infusion therapy, you receive a steady dose of ketamine via an IV and patients often see results in just a few hours following their first appointment. After that, you’ll work with a doctor to develop a treatment plan that will help you manage your pain for as long as you need.
To find out more about ketamine for pain or to schedule an appointment, contact Ketamine Greater Boston today. Get on the path to a pain-free life, without fear of addiction.