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A Comprehensive Guide for Your Experience at Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy

We understand that embarking on a new experience like ketamine therapy may make some people nervous, especially because it is uncharted territory for many, and it concerns your mental health. However our team is here to help you every step of the way. One thing that helps put my own mind at ease when starting something new is knowing every detail about the experience beforehand.

Preparation is essential before starting ketamine therapy. That includes understanding all the aspects of what to expect before, during, and after your infusion. Let this guide help prepare your experience at Innerbloom, providing you with all the essential information about this life-changing journey.



  • While a poor night's sleep will not ruin your infusion, try and go to bed at your normal time to rest your body and mind.

Avoid Alcohol:

  • Alcohol can cause dehydration, potentially making starting an IV for your infusion more challenging.
  • Abstain from alcohol to avoid a hangover or increased anxiety during the infusion.


Avoid Food, But Hydrate:

  • Avoid solid food three hours before your appointment, but ensure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Proper hydration helps facilitate the smooth insertion of an IV.


  • If possible, avoid caffeine intake.
  • If you just can't skip your morning coffee, please consider reducing the amount to keep your nervous system calm during the ketamine therapy.


  • Arriving a few minutes early allows you to take a moment to relax outside, practice breathing exercises, meditation, or mindfulness to calm your mind before the infusion. Please note that if you arrive an excess of fifteen minutes early we may not be able to accommodate you until closer to your scheduled appointment time.


  • Take your prescribed medicines as directed, especially antihypertensives.
  • If you take benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax), refrain from taking it on the day of your infusion.

What to Bring:

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes.
  • Everything else needed during the infusion (such as eye masks, headphones with music, blanket) will be provided.



  • There is a free parking lot right in front of Innerbloom, and additional free parking is available on Monterey Street.


  • You will need a ride home after the infusion. If a friend or family member is unavailable, both Uber and Lyft are excellent ride options.
  • If you bring a guest, they can wait for you in the lobby during your infusion.

First Visit:

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early for your first appointment, so Dr. Rivas can make sure that you're familiar with the process as well as address any questions you may have.

The Surrounding Area:

  • For coffee after your appointment, Skippers next door to Innerbloom offers the best coffee in town. Say "Hi" to the friendly owners and watch out for the maple scone.
  • For food, across from Innerbloom, Hoagies serves a wonderful breakfast burrito, and PETRA nearby offers delicious Mediterranean food. SLO provisions also has fresh and healthy sandwiches, salads, and soups and an incredible chocolate chip cookie.


The Experience:

  • The infusion lasts approximately 40 minutes. For treating pain-related conditions, infusions may range between 1-3 hours.
  • The total appointment duration is about 1-1.5 hours.
  • You'll sit in a comfortable reclining chair with eye shades, headphones playing curated music, and a soft blanket.


  • Either Dr. Rivas, Libby or another team member will be with you in the room for the entire duration of the infusion.

Therapy Dog:

  • Eli, a small golden retriever, will be present during your infusion; if you prefer not to interact with her due to allergies or other reasons, just let us know before your appointment and we will accommodate your preference.



  • Once the infusion is complete, patients spend about ten minutes in the chair relaxing. Dr. Rivas will be there to answer any questions.
  • You can further recover in the lobby while waiting for your ride.
  • Most patients feel back to baseline within 3-4 hours after the infusion.
  • Ketamine's half-life is around 3 hours, so it will be out of your system on the same day as the infusion.
  • Our appointments are scheduled in two-hour increments, so we ask that you please respect the next arriving patient's confidentiality.
  • Plan to take the rest of your day off. Our advice is to avoid going back to work the same day, taking time to relax.

Listen to Your Body:

  • If you feel tired, take a nap or go to bed early.
  • Refuel with a healthy meal and plenty of water.
  • You can expect to return to work, school, and your daily routine the next day.


  • Rest is essential after the infusion. Some patients may find it difficult to sleep that night, while others experience a very peaceful slumber.

Avoid Screens:

  • I recommend putting down your phone or computer after an infusion, keeping screen time to a minimum.
  • Avoid watching TV if possible.

Process and Reflect:

  • Share your experience with friends and loved ones.
  • Journaling can be a helpful way to reflect, and remember, your ketamine experience.
  • Make an appointment with a therapist to discuss and integrate the insights from the infusion.

In conclusion, being prepared both mentally and emotionally for your ketamine therapy experience will help you achieve the best possible outcomes.

Remember to take care of yourself pre and post-infusion, find time to rest, and reflect on your journey as you embark on this healing experience. The Innerbloom team is here to support you throughout this transformative process towards wellness. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions. We look forward to serving you!

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