Alcohol Use Disorder

Ketamine Therapeutics

Ketamine Therapy Clinic located in Jacksonville, FL

Alcohol use disorder affects more than 16 million adults in the United States. For many people, finding an effective treatment is difficult. Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA, and his team at Ketamine Therapeutics in Jacksonville, Florida, specialize in the diagnosis and management of alcohol use disorder. They offer innovative treatments, including ketamine infusion therapy, to help stop the addictive cycle. To schedule a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Alcohol Use Disorder Q & A

What is alcohol use disorder?

Alcohol use disorder is a brain disease that leads to the compulsive use of alcohol. If you suffer from alcohol use disorder, you may have difficulty controlling your drinking, experience withdrawal symptoms when you drink less or stop, or continue to drink despite the effects it has on your life and personal relationships.

Alcohol use disorder is very common. You may be at risk of developing alcohol use disorder if it runs in your family. However, psychological, social, and environmental factors also play a role in its development.

How is alcohol use disorder diagnosed?

To be diagnosed with alcohol use disorder, you must experience at least two of the criteria outlined by the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” for a 12-month period. The symptoms that indicate you have alcohol use disorder include:

  • Drink more than you intended or longer than you intended
  • Desire to stop drinking, but you’re unsuccessful
  • Spend a lot of time thinking about or engaging in activities that involve drinking
  • Alcohol cravings
  • Alcohol interferes with your responsibilities
  • Alcohol interferes with your personal relationships
  • Limit social outings due to your alcohol use
  • Continue to drink alcohol despite dangers (drinking and driving)
  • Continue to drink despite health consequences
  • Need to increase the amount you drink to experience the same effects
  • Have withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking

If these symptoms describe you or a loved one, help is available. The team at Ketamine Therapeutics offer some of the most effective treatments for alcohol use disorder and can help you regain control over your life.

What are the treatments for alcohol use disorder?

Treatment for your alcohol use disorder depends on the severity of your illness. The team at Ketamine Therapeutics develops personalized treatment plans to help you recover from your alcohol use. Treatment may include psychotherapy, as well as medication to help manage withdrawals.

For those who find it difficult to stop using alcohol, the team may recommend ketamine infusion therapy.

Am I a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy?

The team at Ketamine Therapeutics determines if you’re a good candidate for ketamine infusion during a consultation. The team may consider you a good candidate if previous treatment methods failed to stop your alcohol use.

Use of ketamine infusion for the treatment of alcohol use disorder is considered experimental. However, preliminary evidence indicates that the medication may help by overwriting the memories that cause your addiction and behaviors, decreasing your desire to drink.

For a consultation with the mental health experts, contact Ketamine Therapeutics by phone or online today.