What kind of Treatments are covered?

Enthea currently covers Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), which is a therapeutic protocol that combines psychotherapy and ketamine experiences or sessions for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. This is distinct from ketamine clinics that only offer to administer ketamine for mental health conditions independent of any psychotherapy.

KAP typically consists of a preparatory session, a “medicine”/ketamine session, and an integration session. A treatment protocol using KAP is typically anywhere between 3-10 sessions spread out over a few weeks. In that time, patients often experience a significant reduction in symptoms for the conditions that ail them.

During a medicine session, a patient is often with both a tehcnician or nurse, who monitors the patient, as well as a therapist or clinician who will support the patient and use talk therapy for them to work on any issues.

In low doses, ketamine can serve as an adjunct to psychotherapy, as it provides an opportunity for the temporary softening of psychological defenses, resulting in deeper self-reflection and psychotherapeutic processing. Together, these components help patients break long-standing, deeply ingrained thinking patterns associated with a variety of mental health conditions and, in turn, develop new ways of thinking and being. In this way, KAT involves the use of ketamine to enhance and deepen the therapeutic process, and the use of psychotherapy to amplify and prolong the curative effects of ketamine.

Ketamine sessions used in conjunction with psychotherapy to treat mental health conditions have a relatively long history of use, with the first references in the research literature coming from its use in Argentina as an adjunct to antidepressant psychotherapy in the early 1970s. Since that time, a growing body of research as well as real-world clinical experiences have demonstrated KAT to be a safe and impactful therapy for a wide variety of psychiatric issues.

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