Harm Reduction is the ethical duty to reduce the risk of harm among clients who are interested in exploring psychedelics and a general duty to attempt to maximize the benefits of therapy.
A harm reduction approach helps clients understand the potential risks and benefits of psychedelic use, discuss alternative methods to reach desired goals, develop realistic expectations, and create intentions that help maximize the therapeutic benefit of psychedelic use.
Our current KAP Harm Reduction Plan requires clients interested in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy to complete a medical exam with a KAP Physician, who helps the client determine if KAP treatment is right for them at this time or at all.
The KAP Physician will review the client's medical history to identify any medical issues or conditions that may cause or create any adverse effects and identify recommended dosage.
Once the client is deemed eligible for KAP treatment via medical exam, clients will prepare for their ceremony/experiential journey.
Are there any dietary restrictions before KAP ceremony/journey?
Clients are asked not to eat or drink any food or liquids at least two hours prior to their ceremony/journey session. This helps to minimize frequent urination or potential upset stomach during the session. However, it is not abnormal, if an client does need to use the restroom or experience any nausea during the session. To minimize experiences of nausea the KAP Physician will typically prescribe an anti-nausea medication to be taken about 15minutes before the ceremony/journey session begins.
Can I drive home after the ceremony/journey session?
Due to the potential of the medicine still being in the clients body, clients are not allowed to drive themselves home after the ceremony/journey session. Clients are asked to identify a designated driver and emergency management plan.
Are there any dietary restrictions after the ceremony/journey session ends?
No, currently there are not any dietary restrictions after the ceremony/journey session ends. However, it is recommended that you eat vegetable based and/or raw foods versus fried foods and/or red meats. Heavy foods may not agree with your digestive system directly after a KAP session. It is also recommend that you drink plenty of water and refrain from sodas and sugary liquids/drinks.
Is there anything else that clients should be aware of?
Typically, after a KAP session, clients are encouraged to refrain from social media, television and certain forms of music. Clients are encouraged to utilized the time after their KAP session to engage in self-reflection, mindfulness, meditation and rest in order to prepare for their integration process.