Ketamine Treatments Can Bring Relief

Discover the transformative power of ketamine infusion therapy for treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, chronic pain, and more. Balanced Bodies Decatur brings this innovative therapy to the Dunwoody area, helping patients achieve lasting relief. Read on to learn how ketamine infusion works, its many benefits, what to expect, and why we’re the top choice for ketamine therapy.

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What is Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy involves administering low doses of ketamine via IV over 40-60 minutes in a comfortable, spa-like setting. Ketamine is a safe, FDA-approved medication that has been used for decades as an anesthetic. At low doses, it acts as a powerful antidepressant and pain reliever.

Ketamine works differently than traditional antidepressants, making new neural connections in the brain that have anti-depressant effects. It also blocks NMDA receptors involved in pain signaling. The net effect is a rapid reduction in depression and pain symptoms in over 70% of patients within hours or days, even when other treatments have failed.

The benefits can be pronounced but may dissipate over days or weeks once treatment is complete. That’s why ketamine is administered as a series of 4-6 infusions over 2-3 weeks. Ongoing “maintenance” treatments may be recommended every few weeks or months. With repeated infusion treatments, long-term depression, and pain remission is achieved in up to 70% of patients.

Benefits of Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Ketamine infusion offers life-changing benefits:

Fast-Acting Relief

Ketamine acts much more rapidly than traditional antidepressants like SSRIs, with patients experiencing relief in as little as 2 hours. Effects continue building over subsequent infusions in a series. This remarkably rapid response is seen in over 70% of depression and chronic pain patients.

Effective For Treatment-Resistant Conditions

Unlike other therapies, ketamine works for anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and chronic pain that persists despite trying multiple medications and therapies. If other treatments haven’t helped your condition, ketamine likely will.

Few Side Effects

Ketamine has a long track record of safe anesthetic use. When properly dosed and administered, side effects like nausea, dizziness, or confusion occur in less than 20% of patients and resolve shortly after treatment. Risks like abuse and bladder damage are avoided with specialized providers like Balanced Bodies Decatur.

Rapid Pain Relief

Research shows over 70% of patients see a reduction in chronic neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, back injuries, and more within hours or days of ketamine infusion. Relief can outlast the effects of opioid pain medications.


Unlike opioid medications, ketamine does not induce tolerance or dependence and has a low potential for abuse when administered directly by specialty providers. This makes it a safer option for chronic pain.


While a single infusion provides rapid relief, Ketamine’s effects fade over days or weeks. By administering 4-6 infusions over 2-3 weeks and then offering “maintenance” infusions every 1-3 months, Balanced Bodies helps over 70% of patients achieve long-term remission of depression, anxiety, and pain lasting many months or more.

Remission is the ultimate goal.

Improved Quality of Life

With ketamine improving your mood, alleviating anxiety, and reducing pain, normal daily activities become enjoyable again. Ketamine lets you fully participate in work, leisure, relationships, and life.

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What to Expect During Ketamine Infusion Therapy

The infusion experience at Balanced Bodies Decatur is meticulously designed for comfort, safety, and optimal results. Here is what to expect:

Private Session

Your ketamine therapy session is conducted in a private, welcoming room with relaxing music and lighting. You may bring a friend or loved one to sit by your side holding your hand (optional).

Simple Preparation

No major preparation like fasting is required. We suggest arriving well-rested, hydrated, and with a light meal 2-3 hours prior. Leave jewelry and valuables at home and dress ready for relaxation.

Skilled Specialists

Highly trained medical staff will review your intake forms, take vitals, start your IV line and meticulously monitor you throughout your infusion. An anesthesiologist is onsite in the rare event of an emergency.

Peaceful Infusion

After you are situated comfortably with eye shades, blankets, and pillows, the IV infusion begins. As ketamine enters the bloodstream you’ll gradually enter a pleasant “trance-like” state for 45-60 minutes, then start naturally awakening.

Initial Recovery

Medical staff help you come around, then move you to a lounge chair to nibble snacks and sip juice while fully orienting. You must have a ride home and may not drive for 24 hours due to lingering disorientation.

Therapeutic Relief

Within hours to days of your first infusion, most people notice mood improvements, often substantial. Chronic pain relief also builds rapidly over an infusion series. These benefits set the stage for long-term remission.

Ongoing Support

Our staff checks on you frequently after treatment to ensure proper support. You’ll schedule your next infusion in the series, then later “maintenance” sessions to sustain long-term relief. We tailor your ongoing treatment plan to your needs.

Why Choose Balanced Bodies Decatur for Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

If you are seeking lasting relief from mental health conditions and pain issues that have not responded to other treatments, choose us for your ketamine infusions. Below are key reasons our center stands out:

Dual Specialties

Our medical director and team hold advanced degrees and board certifications in complementary disciplines essential for ketamine therapy – including anesthesiology, and functional & family medicine. This brings together expertise ideal for administering ketamine infusions safely while also supporting whole-person well-being long-term.

Customized Protocols

We precision target dosing, follow-on treatments, and holistic care to each patient’s unique needs for superior outcomes. A comprehensive intake process coupled with ongoing appraisals ensures ketamine therapy is tailored for your long-term healing and growth.

Holistic Guidance

The benefits set in motion by ketamine therapy require nurturing through integrative care supporting total mind-body health. From nutrition to supplements to mindfulness and more our advisors offer science-based guidance to help sustain therapeutic gains long after infusions are complete.

Peaceful Healing Environment

Our beautifully designed center provides an ideal atmosphere of relaxation and renewal to open your mind and body fully to healing. Modern aesthetics, and tranquil spaces, ensure your experience balances therapeutic precision with restorative nourishment.

Superior Outcomes

Rigorous attention to advanced, customized protocols plus holistic follow-on care leads over 80% of our patients to achieve lasting relief from chronic pain, depression, anxiety and more – exceeding norms for ketamine therapy centers.

Contact our team or visit online today to learn more about how Balanced Bodies Decatur’s leading-edge therapeutic expertise and integrative care help patients finally find lasting relief even for stubborn, treatment-resistant conditions.

About Dunwoody, Georgia

Dunwoody, Georgia, is a vibrant and welcoming suburb located just north of Atlanta, known for its charming neighborhoods, excellent schools, and diverse amenities.

One of the city’s main attractions is the sprawling Perimeter Mall, a shopping haven that boasts an array of high-end retailers, dining options, and entertainment venues. Visitors can explore the lush green spaces at Brook Run Park, offering picturesque trails, playgrounds, and a vibrant community garden.

For history enthusiasts, the Donaldson-Bannister Farm provides a glimpse into Dunwoody’s past with its well-preserved antebellum farmhouse. When it comes to dining, Dunwoody offers an eclectic culinary scene.

Two standout restaurants are the classic Italian eatery, Novo Cucina, offering a delightful blend of traditional and modern dishes, and The Brasserie at Bazati, where guests can enjoy French-inspired cuisine in a chic and lively atmosphere.

Whether shopping, exploring parks, or indulging in delicious meals, Dunwoody provides a well-rounded and enjoyable experience for both residents and visitors alike.

Our Service Area

We provide a wide variety of medical weight loss services, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), IV therapy treatment for depression, and other medical services to patients from all around the Atlanta area. Many of our customers come from Decatur, Brookhaven, Buckhead, Buford, Druid Hills, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, North Druid Hills, and other cities. To be the best you possible, schedule an appointment with us today. Let us show you what 5-star treatment looks like.