Ketamine Infusions

Ketamine Therapy

Over the past 20 years, ketamine has demonstrated powerful antidepressant effects and benefits for other mental health chronic pain conditions. Initially an effective sedative on the battlefield with a wide safety margin, ketamine has become an invaluable resource for various physical and mental issues, known for its transformative power and speedy results.

Ketamine interacts with multiple aspects of our psychology and physiology. Traditional medications like antidepressants can take months to start working. Ketamine therapy, on the other hand, offers patients relief quickly, with some individuals reporting relief within a few hours of their first infusion session.

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Is There Proof That Ketamine Works?

Studies led by Yale, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the National Institute of Health have led to ketamine being described as a “life-transplant.”

The American Psychiatric Association says studies have shown that there is “compelling evidence that the antidepressant effects of ketamine infusion are both rapid and robust, albeit transient.”

In a study, researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego found that ketamine was shown as the key treatment to alleviating depression by 50% in 41,000 patients.

We’ve also seen amazing results in our own clinic that show that ketamine does work in treating depression.

How Ketamine Works

Recent evidence points to ketamine’s inhibitory effects on the NMDA receptor in the lateral habenula. The lateral habenula is a brain region primarily responsible for encoding negative rewards or anti-reward cause-and-effect relationships. Those with depression and anxiety show an overactivity of burst firing in the lateral habenula. As a non-competitive NMDA antagonist, ketamine prevents glutamate from activating the NMDA receptor.

The inhibition of the NMDA receptor may cause a build-up of free glutamate, which then activates the AMPA receptors. When surplus glutamate activates the AMPA receptor, it releases a brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) chemical. BDNF, in interaction with the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), promotes new neural growth. This new growth may reroute the brain from hyperactive areas associated with negative reward signals, providing long-term relief from mental health and chronic pain conditions.

​​Loving Life Today is proud to offer ketamine as a powerful depression treatment.

Led by Vicky Cook, PMHNP-BC, we were one of the first centers in the nation to offer ketamine as a means to treat depression, and we have seen numerous success stories from this powerful treatment.


  • We collect a physical and psychological history and a medication list.
  • A medical physical is performed by our physician.
  • We answer any and all questions you have about the treatment.
  • This is a patient-driven program tailored to your personal needs.


  • During treatment, ketamine is administered by IV.
  • You will be made comfortable in our cozy office.
  • Our experienced physicians will guide you through the entire process.
  • We can also incorporate simple meditation or therapy into your treatment.
  • This form of combined therapy can greatly improve results.


  • Results occur quickly and are long-lasting.
  • With as little as 3-6 treatments, a change in feelings from negative to positive is common.
  • Our program is designed to create lasting positive change in your life.
  • Follow up with our physicians and therapists to maintain progress.
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Individualized Treatment Plans

While all of our ketamine treatment plans follow the same basic format, each person will have an individualized plan created based on their unique situation and needs.

We build individualized wellness plans around our infusions which include various other techniques to help tackle depression using a holistic approach. With our depression recovery plans, we have options to include various vitamins within the infusion drip, binaural beats, and integrated energy therapy to assist with shifting brain waves during the infusion process itself.

We use a dedicated and forceful approach to tackle depression all at once. This process has allowed us to rarely lose our war against depression.

A Loving Life Success Story

Listen to the power of ketamine from one of our Loving Life clients

“I’ve suffered from severe anxiety and depression most of my life and have tried countless medications to help control it. Nothing seemed to be working and I was feeling hopeless and afraid of what I might do next. [Loving Life has] been so welcoming and understanding of what I’m going through. They focus on my entire well-being and not just one single aspect of my condition, which I like.

My first ketamine treatment lasted approximately one hour. They welcomed me back and sat me in a comfortable private room with a couch where I could lie down and relax while the treatment took place. A few hours after my first treatment, I began to feel a sense of peace. I didn’t experience any side effects from the medication either.

I now visit on a regular basis for therapy and ketamine treatments, and I can honestly say I would not be here today if it weren’t for [Loving Life]. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for me.”

Brain Regions and Chemicals to Know


A prominent neurotransmitter in the brain. Glutamate is now strongly associated with mood disorders. It is partly responsible for memory, learning, and mood regulation.


While this glutamate receptor and ion channel has many different roles, researchers have implicated it in mental health issues. Overactive NMDArs are associated with heightened depression and general distress.


This receptor is suspected to be primarily responsible for instigating neural plasticity in excitatory transmission. It is a key region of stimulation regarding ketamine’s healing properties.


Brain-derived neurotrophic factor signals new neural growth in the brain and is released when glutamate stimulates the AMPA receptor.


The mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTOR) is a signaling pathway that regulates new neural growth. Its stimulation is associated with the effects of BDNF.

Lateral Habenula

The lateral habenula is a brain region largely responsible for our interpreting and predicting negative consequences. Those with depression and anxiety show an overactivity of burst firing in the lateral habenula.

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