Ketamine Psychotherapy Specialist

The Pazio Institute

Alexander Paziotopoulos, MD, FAARFM

Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine located in West Loop, Chicago, IL

When chronic pain or the symptoms of depression and anxiety are reducing your quality of life, you may benefit from doctor-supervised ketamine therapy. At The Pazio Institute in Chicago, Alexander Paziotopoulos, MD, FAARFM, offers this prescription therapy to relieve your symptoms and enhance your overall functionality. Find out if you’re a candidate for this innovative therapy by calling the West Loop office today or by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Paziotopoulos online.

Ketamine Psychotherapy Q & A

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a powerful, fast-acting anesthesia and anti-inflammatory that can alleviate chronic physical pain. The medication is also highly effective in treating chronic anxiety and depression symptoms.

Dr. Paziotopoulos delivers ketamine directly into your bloodstream via an intravenous (IV) drip to ensure you receive fast, effective results.

Therapy with ketamine for pain and depression is very successful under the guidance of a qualified physician, like Dr. Paziotopoulos. Recreational use of this drug can lead to addiction or prove fatal with an overdose.

How effective is ketamine for pain?

For persistent pain that interferes with your daily routine, Dr. Paziotopoulos can recommend low-dose ketamine therapy to improve your quality of life.

Ketamine works by interfering with the pain signals that travel between your brain and the area of injury. The treatment also helps desensitize you against pain.

How does ketamine therapy work for depression or anxiety?

Ketamine therapy is available as an intravenous (IV) procedure. Typically, Dr. Paziotopoulos uses a low-dose ketamine drip that lasts up to three hours. You may need to undergo treatment several times a week over the course of two weeks.

This low-dose approach helps you relax, breaking your usual pattern of anxious or depressive feelings. Occasional maintenance doses may be helpful in keeping your symptoms under control.

If you don’t respond to low-dose therapy, Dr. Paziotopoulos may recommend high-dose therapy under the careful supervision of a psychotherapist for your health and safety. At high doses, ketamine can help you disconnect from your ego, allowing you to go deeper into your own psyche.

This introspection allows you to understand a lot of good information about yourself, helping your modify behaviors and your functionality in your personal life and the world at large.

Am I a good candidate for ketamine therapy?

Ketamine therapy is often a treatment option to consider when others fail you. Dr. Paziotopoulos performs a comprehensive health evaluation to ensure you’re healthy enough for therapy and can tolerate the prescription medication.

To prevent addiction concerns or health complications, Dr. Paziotopoulos creates a custom treatment plan with optimal dosages for your condition. He can discuss how long you can expect to use this type of therapy before you achieve your desired results.

To schedule a consultation for ketamine therapy, call the West Loop office today or use the convenient online booking feature.


For Additional Information on Ketamine Psychotherapy:

The Ketamine Papers - Phil Wolfson, MD (Book/Print Resource)