The benefits of ketamine last because it forms new physical cellular pathways in the brain. These connections are fragile, and it is easy to revert to the previous default state of negativity, so it is important to reinforce these new brain patterns.
This is done by the treatment protocol that emphasizes that therapy sessions typically occur as a series of six, approximately one week apart and that booster infusions may be needed at even longer intervals.
In addition, reinforcement of these new pathways comes from non-psychedelic practices such as meditation, mindfulness, conscious breath-work, physical exercise, nutrition, healthy sleep hygiene, gratitude, acceptance, and other practices to preserve the insights and more positive thought and emotional patterns gained from ketamine treatments.
We encourage every patient to try and adopt a daily meditation practice. Incredible health benefits can be realized with as little as 3 minutes a day.
If you do not know where to start, here is a list of free meditation apps that you can try (Genesis has no financial interest in these platforms).
Insight Timer: https://www.insighttimer.com/
Mindfulness Coach: (developed by the VA) https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mindfulness-coach/id804284729
Smiling Mind: https://www.smilingmind.com.au/
Or simply search on Google or YouTube: Guided Meditation