"A growing body of literature has demonstrated the clinical value of Ketamine across diverse settings, with emerging roles in pain medicine and treatment-resistant depression." 

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Ketamine Infusion Program

Breakthrough in Anti-depressant Medication and Pain Management

- Linda Li, Department of Internal Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI

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Our personalized treatment programs at Sacred Oak Medical Center are individualized to focus on each person’s unique struggles and needs. Sacred Oak’s treatment team will assist patients in discovering and utilizing the tools they need to be able to develop a healthier, stronger, more positive life. Throughout the treatment experience, we work together with our patients and their families to support the best possible outcome for success in the future.

How Ketamine works

Ketamine blocks the NMDA receptors and stimulates the AMPA receptors in the body. The stimulation of AMPA leads to Brain Derived Neurotic Factor (BDNF), which stimulates new receptors and synapses. Research suggests that a deficiency of these connections and synapses is tied to Major Depressive Disorders (MDD) and other mood disorders. Enhancing and stimulating these receptors and synapses can help to significantly reduce severe depressive and/or suicidal thoughts.

Research has also shown that ketamine can help in reducing the imbalance between the neurotransmitters Glutamate and Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA), which has shown to contribute to anxiety, difficulties in sleep, over-stimulation, lack of focus, and Major Depressive Disorders (MDD). Recent studies have also shown the vast benefits of low-dose Ketamine Infusion Therapy as an anesthetic for treating pain.

The highly skilled staff of professionals at Sacred Oak Medical Center are committed to helping you fight depression and his debilitating effects. Come visit one of our state of the art facilities and find out how our Ketamine Infusion Therapy can work for you.

Benefits of Ketamine Infusion Therapy in Treating Chronic Pain and Migraines 

Aside from the benefits that Ketamine offers in treating depression and anxiety, medical researchers and anesthesiologists have found that ketamine can be an effective method of treatment for combatting chronic pain, acute postoperative pain, and migraines.

According to the James P. Rathmell, MD and Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, Ketamine could be considered for patients undergoing large painful procedures, such as an operation, or those suffering from chronic or acute pain. This treatment option has also been approved by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Furthermore, in a study of 61 patients, it was discovered that almost 75 percent experienced an improvement in their migraine intensity after a 3 to 7 day course of inpatient treatment with ketamine for migraines. Eric Schwenk, MD and director of orthepdic anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, states that, "Ketamine may hold promise as a treatment for migraine headaches in patients who have failed other treatments."

Before choosing to administer Ketamine Infusion Therapy for the treatment of chronic pain or migraines, it is vital for the individual to receive a proper assessment. Sacred Oak Medical Center is committed to working with our patients to provide the right treatment to help alleviate the discomfort caused by chronic  or acute postoperative pain. Our state of the art facilities and staff of highly skilled medical professionals and physicians, will help you find the comprehensive wellness treatment program to help you take the next step towards recovery and wellness.


It is important to note that research is still being conducted on the long term impact that ketamine has on the brain. While research is still being done, the knowledgeable medical professions at Sacred Oak Medical Center have found that when administered correctly, Ketamine Infusion Therapy can be a highly effective method for decreasing and/or alleviating depression, anxiety, chonic pain, and migraines.

"Ketamine is the first new anti-depressant medication with a novel mechanism of action since the 1980s. It's ability to rapidly decrease suicidal thoughts is a fundamental breakthrough." 

 - Janine Simmons, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the NIMH Social and Affective Neuroscience Program

Benefits of Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

Major depression is one of the most common disorders in the United States, with an estimated 17.3 million adults experiencing at least one major depressive episode in 2017. While much of the neural changes underlying the transitions between active depression, remission, and depressive reoccurrence remain unknown, there are ways to treat the debilitating symptoms associated with depression.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy is an alternative depression and anxiety disorder treatment that can relieve depressive symptoms in hours instead of weeks or longer. According to Thomas Insel, M.D., National Institute of Mental Health Director, "Recent data suggest that ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades."

Studies have shown that Ketamine Infusion Therapy was highly effective for those who had treatment-resistant depression, including those for whom psychotherapy and medications did not work. It provides a potentially new treatment option for those who are suffering from disabling and/or chronic forms of depression, such as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or Bipolor Depression.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy has also been found to contribute to a profound reduction in suicidal thoughts. Janine Simmons, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the NIMH Social and Affective Neuroscience Program, observes that, "Ketamine is the first new anti-depressant medication with a novel mechanism of action since the 1980s. It's ability to rapidly decrease suicidal thoughts is a fundamental breakthrough."

To see if Ketamine is right for you, get an Assessment today.

Sacred Oak Medical Center is a recently constructed, state-of-the-art facility which opened its doors in March of 2017. Our services include Adult inpatient mental health, Adult medical detox and substance abuse rehabilitation, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs. Our hospital hosts 80 beds and expanded facilities. We are accepting referrals for all programs.


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