By: Shannon Keane MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
A study published this month demonstrated that ketamine treatment may be able to help patients who suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD). The study demonstrated that a minimum of three ketamine infusions was associated with more days of abstinence from alcohol compared to the control group at the 6-month follow-up mark. The researchers found that it was important to include mindfulness-based relapse prevention therapy alongside of ketamine therapy to maximize results. This study was conducted as a double-blind placebo-controlled phase 2 clinical trial. The researchers studied 96 patients with severe alcohol use disorder who were all detoxified adults.
The 96 participants were randomly assigned to one of the following four conditions:
All 96 Participants were provided with an alcohol diary to record their alcohol use throughout the process. The outcomes of the study were based off of self-reported days abstinent from alcohol. The outcomes showed that participants in the ketamine group had a significantly greater number of days abstinent from alcohol compared with the placebo group at 6-month follow-up. Ketamine Infusion therapy might be a great additional tool to help those who suffer with alcohol use disorder after they have detoxed from alcohol safely.
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Jadon Webb, M.D., Ph.D.
Owner, Bloom Mental Health
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