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Ketamine Treatment for Veterans

Avesta Ketamine and Wellness is dedicated to providing treatment options for veterans who suffer from chronic depression, anxiety, PTSD, TBI, and chronic pain.
Nov 8th, 2022

Wellness in the Workplace

Wellness in the workplace looks different depending on where you work. By prioritizing wellness, however, you can shift your habits and mindsets at work. 
Oct 25th, 2022

Suicidal Ideation and Ketamine

Suicidal ideation refers to suicidal thoughts or ideas and can include suicidal planning. At Avesta Ketamine & Wellness, our mission is to help patients optimize their mental and physical wellness through our high-end infusion options.
Oct 11th, 2022

Addiction Recovery & Ketamine

For those struggling with addiction, every day can feel like an uphill battle. If you or a loved one is currently fighting addiction – you are not alone. There are treatments available that can help with remaining abstinent and/or recovering from addiction
Sep 28th, 2022

Esketamine and Racemic Ketamine: What is the Difference?

Scientifically speaking, ketamine is a mixture of two compounds that are mirror images of each other but not exactly alike. The compounds are esketamine (also called (S)-ketamine), and the other is racemic ketamine (also called (R)-ketamine, or ketamine).
Sep 14th, 2022

Ketamine Treatment for Alcohol Abuse

At Avesta Ketamine and Wellness, we offer individualized treatment plans and therapies for patients suffering from alcohol abuse and who are considering ketamine infusion.
Aug 26th, 2022

Music & Ketamine Therapy

Music has a profound effect on one's mood and mental state. It can impact our emotions and change how we think and has proven to be beneficial in supporting the treatment of certain mental illnesses.
Aug 12th, 2022

Ketamine & Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa (AN) may be another disorder that ketamine helps. As it stands now, AN is complex and challenging to treat (Keeler, 2021). AN is a disorder where the patient uses “unusual eating habits to cope with stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem.”
Jul 26th, 2022

The Debate on Ketamine and Cancer Pain

When it comes to managing cancer pain, no one treatment plan looks alike. As reported in the Seminars in Oncology Nursing, Sandra Kurtin et al. wrote, “Pain remains a primary concern throughout the cancer trajectory across all age groups and diagnoses."
Jul 11th, 2022

Myth Busting: Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety can make everyday activities difficult to complete and can worsen over time. Anxiety manifests in a variety of ways, including panic disorder, social anxiety, and phobia-related disorders.
Jun 14th, 2022

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month

As May, Mental Health Awareness Month comes to an end, Avesta Ketamine & Wellness is focused on celebrating and supporting the greater conversation on mental health: stripping the stigma from this chronic health condition affecting millions of Americans.
May 31st, 2022

NAMI: Montgomery County Walk

Whether in the form of a donation or registration, if you’re local to the DMV area, consider participating in this year’s NAMI Montgomery County Mental Health Awareness Walk! And if you do attend, stop by our tent to hear more about Avesta and our work.
May 18th, 2022

Holistic Wellbeing & Movement: National Fitness Day

After running her first half marathon in 2015, Life and Career Coach Kim Bielak founded National Fitness Day; the first National Fitness Day was officially celebrated in 2017 - this year, Saturday, May 7th, is National Fitness Day.
May 6th, 2022

Earth Day: A Reflection

How Much Is Too Much? Screentime's Impact on Mental Health and Why You Should Celebrate Earth Day.
Apr 22nd, 2022

Relieving Stress: Tax Day

Spring can be stressful, especially with April 18, 2022, tax day around the corner. While certified public accountants may carry the weight of tax season, most people feel the season's stress.
Apr 18th, 2022

History of Ketamine in Psychiatric Medicine

The need for Ketamine first came about after the use of PCP in the ’40s when it was discovered that PCP left people in a psychotic state (Kelly, 2020). Ketamine was found to have no psychotic after-effects and lasted for a shorter period of time.
Apr 7th, 2022

Women & Mental Health

In honor of Women's History Month, this piece offers a snapshot of the gender-biased reality women have and continue to face in the mental health field.
Apr 1st, 2022

Opioid Addiction & Ketamine Treatment

It is important to note that the medical treatments for opioid addiction also come in various flavors. One of the more effective treatments, ketamine therapy, has been shown to both alleviate symptoms and help with pain management.
Mar 18th, 2022

Be Your Own Valentine

Famed poet Charles Bukowski once said, "If you have the ability to love, love yourself first."
Feb 15th, 2022

​​Relieving Some of your Pre-Ketamine Anxiety

Anxiety before ketamine treatments is common. Here, we discuss why ketamine helps people with anxiety, and how to reduce some of the anxiety that comes with just the idea of ketamine therapy.
Dec 8th, 2021

Depression and Vitamin Therapy

Our diets directly impact how we feel. Intravenous and intramuscular vitamins are a great way to boost your immune system and your mood.
Nov 23rd, 2021

Myths and Facts About Ketamine

Ketamine has a reputation, and it’s not what you’re thinking. This one-time street drug has turned over a new leaf and now plays an important role in mental health and pain management treatments. Here are the facts about ketamine’s benefits.
Jun 28th, 2021

Our Holistic Approach to Mental Health

We believe in a balance of medicine, nutrition, and exercise. By combining IV or Intramuscular Vitamins at our clinics, conveniently located in Bethesda, MD and McLean VA we help our patients achieve optimal results from their infusions.
Jun 9th, 2021

Ketamine Infusions for Treatment-Resistant Pain

Has your road to pain relief been paved with countless failed treatments and trips to the doctor’s office? Then it’s time to try ketamine infusions, an alternative treatment that’s helped thousands find genuine freedom from pain.
May 14th, 2021

Why Ketamine?

Treatment-resistant depression affects millions of Americans, causing decreased quality of life and interfering with daily living. In recent years, ketamine has emerged as a promising treatment. Here’s how — and why — it works.
Apr 1st, 2021

Break the Stigma about Mental Health

At Avesta Ketamine and Wellness, we fully support efforts to #BreaktheStigma about mental health. At its core, the Break the Stigma effort is rooted in suicide prevention because that is the absolute worst outcome of mental health suffering.
Jan 29th, 2021

Understanding Ketamine and Disassociation

As a trained practitioner and researcher in the field of anesthesia and pain management, I have long understood the benefits of IV ketamine for the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and other mood disorders.
Dec 16th, 2020

Ketamine Offers New Hope for Treatment Resistant PTSD

Are you wondering how Ketamine offers new hope for treatment resistant PTSD? If you are suffering from PTSD, you have likely heard that you are not alone and while that is true, it probably does not change the fact that you feel alone.
Nov 26th, 2020

Understanding Ketamine: Hope for Anxiety Sufferers

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.”
Nov 23rd, 2020

Is Ketamine Safe?

Are you wondering if Ketamine IV Infusion treatments for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain are safe? It is a valid question and if you are seeking to learn more, it is smart that you are searching for more information.
Jul 21st, 2020

What is Ketamine and How Does it Work?

Wondering what exactly Ketamine is and how it works? You may have heard that Ketamine is available for the treatment of major mood disorders such as depression, PTSD, anxiety as well as chronic pain, but beyond that you may not know much more.
Jul 21st, 2020

Can You Cure Depression?

Are you wondering if there are ways to cure depression? In my 20 years as a practitioner and professor in anesthesia, pain management, and alternative medicine, the proverbial question, "is it possible to get rid of depression" comes up.
Jul 21st, 2020

Does Ketamine Work for Depression?

Are you thinking to yourself, "how does Ketamine work for Depression?" First off all, if you are suffering from Depression, you are not alone.
Jul 21st, 2020

A Better Way to Boost Your Immune System

Are you looking for a better way to boost your immune system as a preventative measure against COVID-19 Coronavirus disease and Influenza? With the onset of the COVID-19 Coronavirus disease and the most recent wave of Influenza cases striking...
Jul 21st, 2020

Ketamine goes mainstream-on CNN!

Dr. Sunjay Gupta, MD, science and physician reporter for CNN just had a very interesting piece on the impact on Ketamine on depression, and suicide.
Oct 15th, 2018

Ketamine Vs Opioids-the fight is on!

On NPR today, there is further research into the mechanism of action of Ketamine, seems as though it also works on the same receptors as the opioids.
Oct 15th, 2018