End-of-Life Care

For those facing end-of-life and hospice care, pain, anxiety, depression, and fear are common symptoms.

What is End-of-Life Care?

End-of-life care refers to the medical and psychological support provided to individuals nearing the end of their lives, particularly those with an estimated six months or less to live, such as hospice patients. The approach aims to alleviate physical and emotional discomfort, including depression, anxiety, pain, and existential crises where individuals question the meaning and purpose of their lives. Traditional treatments include narcotics, sedatives, and antidepressants, which mainly address symptoms and do not treat the larger fears associated with death.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. Research suggests that compounds like psilocybin and ketamine for end-of-life care can have profound effects on alleviating the existential distress, depression, and anxiety that often accompany the end-of-life phase. Ketamine particularly has the ability to control and treat debilitating pain in patients, without all of the side effects of traditional pharmaceuticals.

These psychedelics, when administered in controlled settings, seem to enable patients to confront their fears and existential concerns, providing them with a renewed sense of purpose, connection, and understanding of their life’s journey. The promising results from these studies indicate that psychedelics could play a pivotal role in reimagining and enhancing the holistic care provided to individuals during their final stages of life.

Conditions That Often Require EOL Care

  • Advanced Cancer: Especially metastatic or stage IV cancers that are unresponsive to treatments.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): In its advanced stages where breathing becomes highly restricted.
  • Heart Failure: Particularly when it’s in its end stages, and the heart is no longer pumping efficiently.
  • End-Stage Renal Disease: When the kidneys are no longer functioning, and the patient is not a candidate for, or declines, dialysis.
  • Severe Neurological Conditions: Like advanced Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or Huntington’s disease, ALS, and MS, where functional capabilities are significantly diminished..
  • Advanced Liver Disease: Cirrhosis or liver failure that’s progressed to a point where liver functions are severely compromised.

Associated Symptoms & Psychedelic Benefits

  • Existential Distress and Despair: Fostering profound spiritual and existential insights.
  • Depression: Fast-acting relief from depressive symptoms.
  • Anxiety: Promotion of feelings of interconnectedness and acceptance.
  • Isolation and Loneliness: Counteracting feelings of isolation through a sense of connection and unity.
  • Pain and Physical Discomfort: Altered pain perception and even alleviating pain symptoms completely.
  • Fear of Death: Facilitating mystical experiences that allow for a greater understanding and acceptance of what might lie beyond. 
  • Loss of Sense of Self: Helping in understanding and coming to terms with changing identity through experiences of ego dissolution.

How We Help...

Daytryp specializes in leveraging the transformative capabilities of psychedelic therapies as potent, research-backed treatment options for individuals approaching end-of-life care. Our holistic approach uncovers new avenues, especially for those for whom conventional interventions have fallen short. Led by a compassionate and seasoned team, we accompany each patient on a profound journey towards peace and acceptance.

Under the meticulous guidance of our medical experts, our core aim is to harness psychedelic therapies in addressing the profound existential challenges, anxieties, and physical discomforts often associated with end-of-life circumstances. We offer resources and support, empowering our clients to embrace the remaining phases of their lives with serenity, introspection, and an enriched understanding of their own narratives.

Treatment Options

Ketamine Therapy for End-of-Life Care

Ketamine is proving to be a beacon of hope in end-of-life care. As many people grapple with the multifaceted challenges of pain, depression, anxiety, and deep-seated existential fears, ketamine stands out. It not only can alleviate physical discomfort but also soothes emotional turmoil and provides meaningful insights that can transform patients during this challenging time. This powerful therapy offers a compassionate approach, helping individuals find a semblance of peace and understanding.

MDMA Therapy (Available 2024)

3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) therapy is an upcoming, highly effective and innovative treatment approach for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions. It combines the psychoactive compound MDMA with guided psychological support, and has shown as much as a 75% success rate in patients suffering from PTSD, setting an unprecedented standard for treatment. MDMA therapy is not currently available, but expected to gain FDA approval later this year.

Daytryp Health is here to support your emotional, spiritual, and mental health needs with the intentional and safe use of psychedelic medicines. At this time, we offer Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy and Ketamine Infusions.