Before we dive in, it’s important to understand what exactly ketamine is and how it’s used to treat 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 roles in your success with the medication, 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, guests are encouraged to go deeper in their transformation and healing with an extended, all-inclusive retreat experience complete with wellness programs, daily structured programming, 1-1 coaching, group therapy and access to a network of local practitioners. A few perks of the retreat center are sacred medicine sessions, full blood work panel, gut health, nutrition and supplemental support, coaching sessions, therapy session and a whole lot more. 

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

A ketamine clinic is a medical facility that specializes in the administration of ketamine treatments. 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 provide a safe and legal environment for those seeking to use psychedelics for personal growth, healing, or spiritual exploration. Using psychedelics can be a powerful experience, and it’s important to have trained staff on hand to provide guidance and support. Psychedelic centers also offer education about these substances so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not they’re right for you.

Get Help With Ketamine Treatment 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.