Open Letter From Dr. Steven Reichbach
I opened Reichbach Center (formerly Gulf Coast Ketamine Center) five years ago with the hope of offering a proven alternative for patients struggling with difficult-to-treat mood disorders and pain conditions. During this time, we have treated over 1500 patients with intravenous Ketamine and in most cases have observed significant improvement in both symptoms and functionality. It has been an extremely rewarding endeavor, to say the least, both professionally and personally. To assist in the healing of people whose suffering in many instances was life-threatening and to be able to offer them a treatment when “nothing else worked”, has been both humbling and gratifying.
As many of you may know, there is ongoing research at some of the most distinguished institutions around the world on the effects of psychedelics such as Psilocybin, MDMA, DMT, etc. on conditions such as PTSD, Major depression, anxiety disorders, and addiction. The thought behind how these substances work is similar to what has been proven using intravenous Ketamine. Ketamine is known to initiate a cascade of chemical events in the mood centers of the brain which result in both increased volume of neurons and strengthening of the connections between the neurons in these regions. There is preliminary evidence that these other substances may act in a similar way. The physical changes that occur, seem to correlate with improved symptomatology and resultant function in a large number of patients.
At this point in time, intravenous Ketamine is the best option for patients outside of these ongoing studies, to receive a proven treatment alternative to conventional antidepressants, mood stabilizers, etc. As the research continues, and more data becomes available around specific protocols in the use of psychedelics to help with these difficult to treat conditions, we at Reichbach Center will be poised to incorporate these modes of treatment into our practice. We are hopeful that these treatment alternatives for some of the most challenging conditions will be more readily available in the years to come.