Preparing for Your Journey
If you would like to bring your own blanket, pillow, or eye mask with you, please feel free to do so but it is not necessary. Our treatment rooms are designed specifically to provide you with everything you need to experience your ketamine journey with the ultimate in comfort. We also provide BOSE noise cancelling headphones and a very comfortable eye mask, but if you have a favorite pair of either, bring them along!
We ask that you don’t eat or drink anything for 4 hours prior to your ketamine journey, so we can see how you respond to the medicine. Also, we don’t want you to take in fluids just before coming in as getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of your intramuscular or infusion ketamine session is no fun! Avoid caffeine or any other stimulants. Avoid alcohol the night before your journey and the day of.
We will review your current medications at your initial consultation and advise you what is necessary. If you are on medications that have been known to lessen the effectiveness of ketamine (e.g. benzodiazepines, lamotrigine), we may ask you to make some adjustments to your dosing schedule.
Get comfortable! Wear loose fitting clothes and layers are advisable. Avoid heels. Keep in mind that we will need access to inject the ketamine, or put an IV in your arm, so short sleeves are advised.
Great question! You may hear us talk about “set and setting” when it comes to preparing for ketamine treatment. We are mostly in charge of the setting – providing a comfortable, low stimulus, and safe environment. On the other hand, you are the master or your own mindset. Try to clear your mind and prepare yourself for the experience. For some, this may mean doing yoga, breathwork, listening to music, or meditation. Others may want to take a nature walk. Setting the stage for yourself can lead to a more profound and peaceful infusion. For more info on how to prepare for your journey, click here.
As mentioned previously, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic. What in the world does that mean? In broad terms, to dissociate is to disconnect – disconnect from earthly surroundings, thoughts, emotions, memories and even your sense of self. Perception of time and space is often warped. Each person’s experience is unique and each session can differ for each individual. Lay back, uncross your legs and relax. Get centered, breathe, and let go of thoughts the best you can. Allow the music to help guide you through the experience. If there are visuals, watch and enjoy. If there are thoughts or ideas you want to explore, do so. If there is emptiness, enjoy the peace. For most people receiving low dose ketamine infusions the experience is peaceful. For some, however, the feeling of disconnection can provoke anxiety or fear resulting in an unpleasant experience. The best advice we can give you is to surrender an know you’re safe. It is not always easy to predict who will have the latter. There are things that we can do to make each session as pleasant as possible. There are also things that you can do to help set the stage for a positive and beneficial experience. We will help to guide you on your individual journey.
Ketamine can cause nystagmus – involuntary movement of the eyes. While this is generally very mild at low doses, trying to focus your eyes on anything may prove difficult and can lead to feeling dizzy or nauseous. Our protocol and practice is that we provide you with an eye mask and playlists carefully curated for ketamine journeys. We encourage you to let go of any outside stimulus and focus on what your own mind is experiencing. Allow yourself to explore. Music can play an important role and act as a guide through your infusion. We highly discourage listening to music on your phone as all too often a call, text or email notification will manage to sneak through and interrupt your session. In fact, we will ask that you turn off your phone and put it away until treatment complete.
Ketamine therapy sessions last about 1 – 1.5 hours but you should plan on being at Daytryp for at least 2.5 hours to account for the preparation time needed prior to your injection or infusion, and the time needed to recover and integrate afterwards. Some clients won’t need this much time but some may need even a bit longer. Pain infusions can last 2-3 hours sometimes so plan on being at the clinic for a good portion of your day.
Your health and safety is our highest priority. If for any reason we do not feel it is safe for you to undergo a ketamine journey, then we will not give it. Hopefully we can help to resolve any issues and you will be able to reschedule for another day.
Absolutely not. You will be asked to sign a form stating that you understand this. You cannot drive for at least 12 hours after an infusion. Doing so will put you and others in danger. Please arrange for a trusted friend or family member to pick you up. Public transportation is NOT recommended! It is simply too much stimulus after an infusion. Taxis and rideshares are an option but not ideal. Please discuss any transportation concerns with us. If you’d like to schedule our Cosmic Travel Van, where we pick you up and drop you back at home after your treatment is over, please let us know. It’s a great option!
We recommend that you go home and relax the rest of the day, particularly following your initial treatment. Some people recover very quickly from any side effects while others need time. Until you know how your body reacts, plan on just taking it easy. When the effects wear off, pay attention to your mood. Has it shifted and, if so, how? Take some time to reflect on your experience. Take notes and consider journaling. You should definitely not operate heavy machinery, make any big life decisions or plan on taking care of young children following your treatment.
Life After Treatment
It is our hope that you are feeling significantly better and your quality of life has greatly improved! You will receive a check-in call from one of our team members after your induction series to see how you are doing and if there is anything we can do to support you. There may be challenges that come with integrating back into daily life once you have experienced a brain reboot from ketamine. We are here to help!
Keep in mind that ketamine is actually only a small part of your journey. So much of what you do outside of the clinic will determine the level of success with the treatment.
If you rely solely on the ketamine, you will most likely find that you will need to return for boosters and require maintenance.
Similarly, if you are not truly open to the fact that there is potential to change your life, then again, you will not have the best results.
However, if you have an open mind, are determined to overcome your current mental and emotional limitations, do the infusions, work with your therapist and/or utilize self-help tools, and learn how to integrate what you’ve experienced throughout your sessions with us then you will have a great chance at long term success.
We didn’t say it would be easy, but with the right attitude, it’s 100% possible to heal yourself!
Also, all Daytryp clients receive access to TRIPT, which is our integration App via daily emails. More info on TRIPT can be found here.
This does depend on your underlying condition but most people do require maintenance ketamine infusions indefinitely. Keep in mind that ketamine is a tool, not a cure. Generally speaking, if you have suffered from major depression for as long as you can remember, you’ll likely need ongoing support. If you experienced a single traumatic event and suffer from acute PTSD, you may not need months or years of regular infusions. Every condition responds differently as does every person.
We do and encourage clients to take advantage of this service. Ketamine is a unique drug and you may find it challenging for those unfamiliar with it to understand the changes you have experienced. Talking to others who have undergone ketamine infusions can be extremely helpful and provide additional support that may be critical for your journey of healing. We offer group therapy as part of many of our treatment packages.