A new approach to wellness is at Allay Health & Wellness in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The clinic’s focus is on innovative treatments for those suffering from psychiatric disorders and chronic pain. Using ketamine-assisted therapy, the clinic encourages talk therapy sessions with ketamine infusions, helping patients process difficult emotions.
Prior to undergoing psychedelic therapy, Allay Health & Wellness patients can expect to go through a series of consultations and assessments to determine eligibility for such treatment. The professionals at the health center, led by Co-Founder and Medical Director Dr. Daniel Cartledge—who has been working with mental health centers and addiction centers for the past 10 years—know each patient is different, so each receives care specific to their needs.
Ketamine can be administered in the following ways:
In order to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for ketamine therapy, Allay Health and Wellness conducts a free phone, telehealth, or in-person consultation. The team will gather as much information about you as possible to see if you qualify to get the full health and physical exam.
During the health and physical exam, you’ll go through a depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain assessment. If approved, Allay Health and Wellness will establish a treatment plan and schedule a date and time for you to start the treatment if the day of your health and physical exam does not work.
On the day of your infusion, plan to refrain from eating solid foods, milk, pulp-filled juices, or soup for at least six hours prior to your appointment. You may drink water and other clear liquids, Gatorade, apple juice, black coffee, or tea up to two hours prior to your appointment.
For ketamine infusions for depression, plan to be at Allay Health and Wellness for about 2 hours. For chronic pain infusions, plan to be at the clinic for 1 hour longer than your scheduled infusion time.
IV infusion therapy is the most common form of treatment at Allay Health and Wellness. Those receiving this form of ketamine will begin their appointment with a staff member applying monitors and setting an IV. Once the ketamine infusion begins, you will be awake and able to interact with others, though most patients choose to relax and listen to music. There will be a licensed medical professional present, who is BLS (Basic Life Support) certified and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified, in the room throughout your session. (In future sessions, you’ll have the ability to choose if you’d like this professional in the room with you. Staff still checks on you every 15 minutes, in addition to constantly monitoring your vitals.)
During your infusion, you may experience mild side effects, such as dizziness, subtle and non-threatening hallucinations, or nausea. The clinic is equipped to supplement your infusion with an anti-nausea medication should you need it.
After your infusion, staff will monitor you for about 30 minutes and then release you into the care of a friend or family member who can drive you home. Though the side effects of ketamine infusions generally wear off within 2-hours, the clinic does ask that you please not drive for 24 hours.
Per Allay Health and Wellness, initial stabilization treatment is usually done within 3 to 4 weeks. The ongoing treatments administered after the stabilization treatment is called maintenance treatment. Maintenance protocol varies depending on the patient, and the clinic’s medical team works with you on developing a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.