Revolutionary treatments for mental health and addiction

Revolutionary treatments for mental health and addiction

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What is Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy?

In our clinics, we deliver Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy as a treatment for mental health and addiction. This approach combines talking therapy with sessions assisted by psychedelics. We currently use Ketamine-Assisted Therapy.

This combination has unique effects on the brain circuitry associated with unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns. It may allow you to work through issues in ways that have not been possible with therapy alone, and help you to relearn the behaviours and thought patterns that hold you back.

If other therapies and treatments have failed to deliver, ketamine therapy may offer potential to create fundamental changes that deliver profound improvements to your mental health.

What do we treat?

We offer Ketamine-Assisted Therapy for five indications:

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Addiction

The use of psychoactive substances in a way that is harmful or hazardous to health.

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Anxiety Disorders

A category of mental health diagnosis that leads to excessive nervousness, fear, and worry.

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Depression

A mood disorder that may be described as feelings of sadness, loss or helplessness.

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Eating Disorders

A group of related conditions including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. 

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PTSD

An anxiety disorder typically developed after experiencing a traumatic, frightening or distressing event.

How does the treatment work?

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Our trained and highly experienced clinicians deliver an 11-session course of bespoke psychotherapy, which includes four sessions assisted by doses of medical grade ketamine, administered in a safe therapeutic setting.

Ketamine is a licenced drug in the UK. It has been shown to temporarily alter brain circuits associated with harmful thinking patterns and addiction, allowing the brain to temporarily become more flexible and open to new learning.

Our trained and skilled therapists can harness this flexibility to help clients to develop more effective ways of responding to challenging thoughts and feelings and to make behavioural changes that contribute to leading a more fulfilling life.  Using ketamine in combination with talking therapy can facilitate psychological breakthroughs which therapy alone can often fail to achieve.

What is the evidence Ketamine-Assisted Therapy works?

ALCOHOL DISORDERS

The therapy and dosing regimen delivered in our clinics for people with alcohol problems was developed and tested through Awakn’s KARE (Ketamine in the Reduction of Alcoholic Relapse) clinical trials.

These trials, focused on treating alcohol misuse, showed Ketamine-Assisted Therapy delivered less chance of relapsing compared to a placebo treatment and dramatic and statistically significant reduction in heavy drinking days compared to the best therapies available. Anecdotally, many participants also reported sudden profound changes (‘like taking off my alcoholic jacket and hanging it up forever’) and ease of giving up after struggling for years. The results will be published in the American journal of psychiatry this year.

Because Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy is effective at addressing underlying traumas that are linked to harmful repetitive thinking patterns, it presents the possibility to address a wide range of mental health issues rooted in trauma. We are currently trialling a version of this treatment for gambling addiction.

OTHER MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

The therapy and dosing regimen delivered in our clinics for depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders and non-alcohol substance abuse, has been developed by our team, drawing on both a global evidence base, and on decades of direct experience working as researchers and therapists in the field of psychedelics.

In a 2021 study of ketamine as a treatment for chronic depression, participants described a lift of depression for up to six days, which enabled them to be more socially engaged, purposeful, active and motivated. Some described it as ‘transformational’. Researchers believe – based on a number of small scale trials using ketamine to treat a variety of mental health conditions, and extensive anecdotal evidence from around the world – that harnessing these biological effects of ketamine within a therapeutic context can allow them to engage with therapy in new ways which enhance longer-term treatment outcomes.

Please visit The American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners website for a summary of recent studies.

What to expect?

You will need to answer a questionnaire on the Self-referral page to check if you are eligible for the treatment. The eligibility criteria being met are a critical step in the process. Once the questionnaire has been answered, you can submit a referral form to register your interest. We will then need your GP records to ensure the eligibility criteria are correct. Our medical team will review this and then get in touch to either invite you in for an initial assessment or to inform you that unfortunately we will not be able to offer you this treatment.

Finally, the initial assessment will determine if psychedelic therapy is right for you. You will then be allocated to one of our clinics to undergo an 11 session course of therapy, which will include four ‘dosing’ sessions.

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Why Awakn?

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Europe’s only Psychedelic-Assisted
Therapy clinics for treating mental health and addiction

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Focused on long term change, not a lifetime of treatment

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A new clinically proven approach to mental health that provides hope to those where other approaches have not worked

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Licenced clinics and research led by the world’s foremost experts in psychedelics and therapy

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1 Regent St, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4HW, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 117 985 0439

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Øvre Slottsgate 7, 0157 Oslo
Phone: +47 21403819

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