What is KARE?

In the ever-evolving landscape of mental health treatment, innovative approaches continue to break new ground in the realm of addiction recovery. One such groundbreaking program is KARE (Ketamine for the Reduction of Alcohol Relapse), offered by Be the Change in Mental Health (BTC).  KARE is transforming the way alcohol dependency is treated.

KARE is a therapeutic program that has emerged from clinical trials conducted by Awakn Life Sciences. These trials specifically investigated Ketamine in the Reduction of Alcoholic Relapse (KARE). The outcomes of these trials have been nothing short of remarkable, delivering an 86% abstinence rate at six months post-treatment—a stark contrast to the approximately 25% abstinence rate found in standard treatments.

This cutting-edge approach has not only yielded high rates of sustained sobriety but also fostered significant improvements in participants’ liver function and notable reductions in depressive symptoms. Moreover, trial participants have reported profound personal changes and newfound ease in abstaining from alcohol after years of struggle. These impactful results were recognized and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in January 2022.

What sets KARE apart is its core principle of addressing the underlying traumas and mental health issues often associated with addiction. By utilizing Ketamine-assisted therapy, KARE targets the harmful, repetitive thought patterns that can be symptomatic of unresolved trauma, anxiety, depression and PTSD.  This has vast implications, as it opens the door to treating a wide spectrum of mental health issues that can have their roots in traumatic experiences.

Our outpatient clinic, Be the Change in Mental Health, is at the forefront of this therapeutic revolution, offering an accredited Awakn program designed to harness the power of evidence based medical research in Ketamine-assisted Therapy as the next phase in the extensive journey toward recovery from AUD. By integrating these innovative therapies into their practice, BTC is not just aiding in relapse prevention, but is fundamentally altering the trajectory of their patients’ lives towards lasting wellness.

The world of mental health treatment is witnessing a renaissance with the introduction of new innovative programs that offer hope for those trapped in the cycle of addiction.

For questions about this program, please contact our expert team.


Disclaimer: Treatments provided by BTC do not constitute a detox program or substitute for residential comprehensive treatment for severe substance use disorders. For individuals struggling with severe alcohol dependency, it is imperative to understand that abruptly ceasing alcohol consumption can pose significant risks. Delirium Tremens (DTs), a severe withdrawal syndrome, typically manifests 48-72 hours after the last drink and necessitates intensive hospital care to prevent seizures and potential fatality. Quitting alcohol can be deadlier than quitting heroin, and withdrawal from alcohol without proper medical supervision can be life-threatening. At BTC in Mental Health, we specialize in providing treatments tailored for individuals who have successfully completed supervised detoxification programs. Our treatment constitutes the next phase of the extensive journey toward complete recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).