Before we dive in, it’s important to understand what exactly ketamine is and how it’s used to help treat issues like anxiety, depression, PTSD and more.

How Does Ketamine Work?

Ketamine works by blocking NMDA receptors in the brain. These receptors are responsible for sending signals between neurons, and when they are blocked, it can lead to a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms.

In addition, ketamine also increases levels of glutamate, which is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in memory and learning.

Harvard Medical School wrote in a study, “The effectiveness of ketamine for treatment resistant depression was first demonstrated for short-term treatment in research that resulted in clinically and statistically significant decreases in depression scores for ketamine versus placebo.”

The effects of ketamine can vary from person to person, but the general consensus is that it produces feelings of relaxation and detachment from reality. Some people report feeling euphoric or even “out of body” experiences. These effects are usually short-lived and wear off within an hour or so after the treatment has been completed. Therapy along with your mindset and your physical setting are the exterior factors that play a major role in your overall experience, and it’s what separates psychedelic centers from ketamine clinics.

What Is A Psychedelic Center?

Psychedelic centers offer a variety of services, including education, support, and facilitation of psychedelic experiences. Centers may also offer other therapies such as psychotherapy, yoga and meditation. The staff at psychedelic centers are typically experienced in the use of psychedelics and are familiar with their effects. This allows them to provide guidance and support to those who are new to these experiences. Psychedelic centers can be found around the world and will be more widely available throughout the United States over the coming years. Within Center is located in Austin, TX and is Austin’s first and only psychedelic center. If you’re interested in exploring psychedelics in a safe, legal and impactful setting, a psychedelic center may be the right place for you.

At Within Center, we offer an integration program and a retreat center here in Austin, TX. Our Integration Program offers a prep session with your guide who will be there with you, supporting and helping you integrate the insights from your sessions. Along with your coach, you will be provided with several community integration classes each week along with fitness classes. You’re provided with IV therapy sessions and most of all you will have a community and real support as you go into this journey within.

At our Retreat Center, we encourage guests to delve deeper into their personal transformation. We offer comprehensive retreat experiences that encompass various wellness programs, structured daily activities, one-on-one coaching, group therapy, and access to a network of local practitioners. As an added benefit, our retreat center provides sacred medicine sessions, full blood work panels, gut health and nutrition support, supplementation guidance, coaching sessions, therapy sessions, and much more.

So, What Is The Difference Between a Psychedelic Center and a Ketamine Clinic?

A ketamine clinic is a medical facility specializing in administering ketamine therapy. Ketamine clinics usually offer a nasal spray and are staffed with those who are unfamiliar with what a ketamine experience offers. Although they may be well-trained in the use of pharmaceuticals and provide a comfortable setting for doctors, their patients are finding that these experiences are not suited from a doctor’s office.

Why Use a Psychedelic Center? 

Psychedelic centers serve as safe and legal environments for individuals who are seeking to utilize psychedelics for purposes such as personal growth, wellness, or spiritual exploration. The use of psychedelics can be a profound experience, and it is crucial to have trained staff available to provide guidance and support. These centers also offer educational resources to help individuals make informed decisions about whether psychedelics are suitable for their needs.

Get Help With Ketamine Therapy Today

Getting started at Within Center is easy. Call our admissions line at 512.433.6703. We’re here when you’re ready to take the journey Within, right here in Austin, TX.