Alleviant Health Centers is a network of full-service mental health clinics, and Little Rock is home to the flagship location. It was founded in 2017 with the goal of helping people suffering from mood disorders and chronic pain using holistic treatments, including ketamine therapy.
Brian Mears, CRNA, and Michael Reding, MD, were behind the clinic’s opening, and today, Alleviant Health Centers of Little Rock employes a multitude of health professionals, from patient support specialists to paramedics.
You’ll first fill out a form on Alleviant’s website, and within 24-48 hours, an intake coordinator will reach out to book an appointment.
At the clinic—which is designed similarly to a spa—you’ll relax in a comfortable chair in a dedicated room while a staff member administers controlled sub-anesthetic doses of ketamine through an IV. You’ll be under constant medical supervision throughout the infusions, most of which last around an hour.
Some patients may require maintenance infusions. According to Alleviant, the national standard for treating mood disorders with ketamine infusions is for patients to complete six (6) to ten (10) infusions over the course of several weeks.
Furthermore, with pain conditions, treatment recommendations vary per diagnosis and the severity of the problem, but many patients find immediate relief during their first infusion.
Despite what you may have heard, the drug ketamine is legal. According to the DEA, it is classified as a Schedule III drug. This puts it in the same category as Tylenol and codeine. You may think of this as just a party drug that was popular during the raves of the 1990s. But the truth is, there is a great deal of research that shows it to be an effective treatment. Of course this should only be administered by a professional in a safe and secure setting.
Additional services available: SPRAVATO®, comprehensive psychiatry, medication management, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), GeneSight Testing, telebehavioral health