Substance Abuse

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What is Substance Abuse?

Almost 20 million American adults battle a substance abuse disorder in a given year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Substance abuse is a complicated mental health condition identified by compulsive drug or alcohol abuse. The symptoms will negatively impact a person’s everyday life and put a strain on their personal relationships.

Ketamine Wellness Institute Jacksonville wants to help those struggling. If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse, know that help is available. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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It is known that certain environmental factors, such as your family’s beliefs and attitudes, affect the likelihood of substance addiction. Another example would be exposure to a friend group or group of peers that abuse substances. Stressful home and work environments may lead a person to develop harmful coping methods like turning to illicit substances.


According to the American Psychological Association, up to half a person’s susceptibility to substance abuse is linked to genetic factors. It is thought that the D2 dopamine receptor might be able to predict a person’s tolerance to alcohol and other substances. That said, genetics mostly determine if someone will get addicted to substances – not their likelihood to use substances.

Brain Chemistry

Illicit substances and harmful drugs interfere with neurons in the brain and the way they communicate with each other. Some substances mimic the brain’s natural chemistry but send abnormal messages throughout the network, but other substances lead to a release of excessive amounts of neurotransmitters. In some cases, these substances disrupt the communication between neurons.

The Science Behind IV Ketamine

How It Works

Ketamine has been used worldwide for decades both as a safe anesthetic and rapid pain reliever. Research in the last two decades indicates that ketamine, administered safely via a series of infusions, may relieve the symptoms of depression or other mental health conditions within hours. This is compared to the weeks or months oral antidepressants may take before relief is felt.

Researchers are still looking to determine the exact method of action with IV ketamine infusions. One theory proposes that it stimulates the regrowth of synapses – effectively “rewiring” the brain.

Another promising avenue of research into its effects indicates that it acts on glutamate, an important neurotransmitter that affects how synapses change and learn. This is called neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to change and learn. This could explain ketamine’s strong effect on mood and pain disorders.

Break The Chains of Addiction

How IV Ketamine Can Help

At Ketamine Wellness Institute Jacksonville, we believe no one should have to face the harmful symptoms of substance abuse on their own. With the right treatment options, we can help you find relief and a new lease on life.

Ketamine is a powerful new treatment for conditions like substance abuse. Once used worldwide solely as an anesthetic, its effect on the NMDA receptor and neurons in the brain make it a game-changer for mental health conditions.

Contact us today to learn more about how Ketamine Wellness Institute Jacksonville can help you find relief from your suicidal ideation.

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