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  • John M. Thurston, MD

The Journey Home: Navigating the Car Ride After Ketamine Therapy

Introduction:

After a session of ketamine therapy, the journey home is a unique and important part of the overall experience. As someone who may be accompanying a loved one, it's essential to create a comfortable and supportive environment during this car ride. In this blog post, we'll explore ways to make the trip home a smooth transition from the therapeutic session.


1. Embrace Tranquility:

Recognize that your loved one might still be in a contemplative or relaxed state following their ketamine therapy. Keep the car atmosphere calm and peaceful, allowing them to continue processing their thoughts and emotions.


2. Gentle Conversation:

Initiate conversation with sensitivity. Ask open-ended questions about their experience, emotions, or any insights they gained during the session. Avoid pressing for details if they seem reserved – respect their choice to share as much or as little as they feel comfortable.


3. Be an Active Listener:

Listen attentively to what your loved one shares. Show empathy and understanding without judgment. Their reflections might be profound, and your attentive presence can make them feel supported.


4. Provide Comfort and Safety:

Ensure the car is comfortable and well-prepared for the journey. Adjust the temperature, offer a blanket or cushion, and make any necessary adjustments to the seating. Your loved one's physical comfort contributes to their overall well-being.


5. Respect Silence:

Silence can be a powerful tool for reflection. If your loved one prefers silence during the ride, respect their choice. Allow them to be with their thoughts without feeling pressured to engage in conversation.


6. Avoid Stimulants:

Ketamine therapy can alter perceptions, and sensitivity to stimuli might be heightened. Avoid playing loud music, having bright lights, or engaging in overly stimulating activities that could overwhelm their senses.


7. Plan Ahead:

Take traffic and road conditions into consideration when planning the journey home. A smooth, stress-free ride can further enhance the therapeutic benefits of the session.


8. Address Any Discomfort:

Ketamine therapy might cause physical sensations or mild side effects. If your loved one experiences discomfort during the car ride, be prepared to provide comfort and reassurance. Ensure they know they can communicate their needs to you.


9. Encourage Hydration and Nourishment:

After the session, it's important to stay hydrated and nourished. Offer water or a light snack during the ride home to help maintain their physical well-being. Some people will experience nausea and/or vomiting following an infusion. Be prepared to stop as motion may exacerbate these symptoms. If you are concerned please call or text us: 208-215-7936. We can prescribe nausea medication and provide comfort items (towels, vomit bags etc).


10. Respect Their Space:

Some individuals may need quiet time after the session to fully integrate their experience. After dropping them off, give them the space they need to rest, reflect, or engage in self-care.


Conclusion:

The car ride home after ketamine therapy is an opportunity to extend the supportive environment of the session. Your presence, sensitivity, and understanding can contribute significantly to your loved one's overall therapeutic journey. By providing a safe and nurturing space, you help them transition back into their daily routine with a sense of comfort and well-being. Please know that you are not alone, we are here for you: 208-215-7936.

Navigating the ketamine journey home.

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