Blending the best of science and the healing arts, The Drake Center is a center of healing for the body, mind, and spirit. Empowering and guiding people on their unique transformative journey of health and wholeness. Our services include cutting-edge treatments to support the body, open the mind and enhance the spirit. Contact us for an initial consultation to begin your custom healing journey today.
In Their Words
"Insight and experience is needed to make a true connection. It’s easy to get lost on our road to self-discovery. Dr. Drake helped me find the well of water and witnessed me take a drink into my illumination. That experience now serves to guide me through my journey" - David A.
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"The Drake Center was the answer to my prayers. I’ve been suffering with depression for many years, and now feel so much better. I’ve found it much easier to deal with life and all its situations from a much better perspective after my Ketamine treatment. I highly recommend this to anyone who feels stuck and/or has tried many modalities without success. Thank you to Cassius Drake and Jacqueline Drake for your kind and loving manner!" - Kathy S. Michigan
Ketamine assisted psychotherapy
Powerful cutting edge treatment, a custom journey involving multiple sessions of preparation, treatment and integration to support a process of deep and profound transformative healing for the body and psyche.
Guided psycho-emotional exploration
One hour session to identify, connect with and transcend deep seated and/or repressed emotional states which contribute to physical and psychological disease.
Guided meditative art therapy
A guided meditative experience using the power of the creative mind to explore and release deep seated and unrecognized emotional beliefs.
Cassius Drake MD.
Jacqueline Drake TALC
Cassius and Jacqueline’s relationship began at the bedside of an injured patient. Two decades ago at William Beaumont Hospital, where Dr. Drake completed his residency and Jacqueline provided nursing care, a bond was formed based on a shared desire to help others. Through their journey together as spouses, parents, and healers, that bond has grown.
Dr. Drake spent twenty years serving as both a clinician and award winning leader in multiple emergency departments caring for tens of thousands of patients. While there was excitement in saving lives, Dr. Drake always felt there was more to healing than science could provide or knew. Faced with his own physical challenges as a result of the stressful work of the ER, he began his own journey of healing of not just the body but the mind and ultimately the spirit. Jacqueline, a gifted artist, has had a successful career as a leader of other artists and in the healing arts fields. Jacqueline is a certified Therapeutic Art life Coach, and has worked with patients in groups and individual sessions in hospitals, cancer centers and crisis centers. Her art and her deep passion for the healing arts led her to open her dream of a healing arts gallery. The Jacqueline Drake Gallery, A Journey Within The Art where she displayed her own award winning healing artwork and held meditative & mindfulness art classes. In this unique gallery she facilitated hundreds of art events for people to experience the spiritual and the healing power of art. However during her personal journey she too would face a significant physical challenge forcing her to take a deeper look at not just the healing of her body, but the healing of her mind and her creative spirit.
Having undergone their own transformative journeys of healing and with an inspired resolve to help others to have this powerful and rejuvenating experience, Dr Drake and Jacqueline founded the Drake Center for Transformative healing as a destination for those seeking healing of disease of the body and transcendence of Dis-Ease of the psyche.
Michigan Ketamine Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ketamine and ketamine infusion therapy?
Ketamine was actually pioneered in Michigan! The compound was first synthesized in 1962 by a chemistry professor at Wayne State University. It is a fast-acting, quickly metabolized, non-opioid anesthetic. It has been used in and out of the hospital for safe, effective pain relief for decades and is the most common anesthetic used globally. For these reasons, The World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed it an essential medication.
In the United States, ketamine is routinely administered (in much higher doses than we use for ketamine therapy) by civilian and military paramedics, emergency room physicians, and anesthesiologists for acute pain relief and anesthesia. In the past two decades, researchers and medical providers have discovered that ketamine can treat both emotional pain and physical pain. It has been proven to quickly (days to weeks) reduce symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, facilitating psychotherapeutic support and improving quality of life. Ketamine therapy has also shown benefits with some chronic neurological pain conditions, including migraine and complex regional pain syndrome.
What kind of ketamine treatments does The Drake Center offer?
At The Drake Center we administer a dose of ketamine via IM (Intramuscular - a shot in the arm). We believe that the shot is a more comfortable and a faster acting approach for our patients for their overall experience. Traditional ketamine IV infusions in Michigan are spaced out and are often prescribed for long term pain management. Administering oral ketamine can lead to extreme nausea and stomach upset even up to several days later after treatment. Our IM shot of ketamine and our psychotherapy approach involves a deeper dive into the psyche in order to uncover and treat traumas that have lead to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and a host of other mental and physical ailments. We find that by administering the ketamine via IM (intramuscular) is most effective with our healing paradigm at The Drake Center.
How does ketamine work?
Ketamine acts at many different sites in the brain. Although its mechanisms are not fully understood, current thinking supports the actions of ketamine on the surface of certain brain cells as responsible for its rapid and prolonged effects (reduction in depressive symptoms). Ketamine is an N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor blocker. Blocking this receptor allows for the regulation of glutamate, an abundant neurotransmitter responsible for several central nervous system functions. Effects of ketamine on other brain cells lead to increased levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and mammalian target of rapamycin (m-TOR), both elements involved in neural plasticity.
Research has shown that repeated or prolonged exposure to stress (physical or emotional pain, fear, trauma) damages the connections between brain cells. Ketamine has been proven to help repair those damaged connections.
Simply put, ketamine repairs and enhances neural connectivity in the brain, leading to rapid and prolonged symptom resolution. In addition to treating physical pain, it treats the emotional pain associated with traumatic experiences or memories, allowing patients to comfortably address the underlying pathology, internal and external stressors as well as feelings of being overwhelmed. For example, patients with major depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder, tend to have thoughts that occur in repetitive patterns (chatter, negative thoughts, perseveration, or anxious thoughts). Ketamine gives us a tool to reset the internal conversation, essentially breaking the cyclical patterns associated with relapse.
Is Ketamine therapy right for me?
The Drake Center is a Michigan ketamine therapy center with a focus on psychotherapy and emotional healing. All our patients begin their journey with an initial consultation with our medical director. During this visit, you will discuss your unique circumstances including medical and psychiatric history as well as any active life stressors. We will attempt to answer all questions and recommend ketamine treatment as appropriate. You are also advised to discuss with your current primary physician and or therapist/ psychiatrist.
Does Ketamine therapy work?
Studies have shown as many as 27% of patients achieve significant improvement after one treatment with 70% reporting improvement overall. Individual response is variable and ketamine may or may not be effective on an individual basis.
How much does ketamine therapy cost?
Our process begins with an intake visit followed by a preparation session. Cost for these two visits is $400. After this initial startup, Ketamine treatments are $600 which includes a two hour visit at our office for ketamine followed by an integration visit. Most patients require 4-6 Ketamine treatments on a weekly basis. Total cost for 6 ketamine treatments and integrations: $4000. After these initial sessions, some patients require booster doses generally on a monthly basis at a cost of $400 per treatment.
How many will I need?
While some patients achieve significant improvement after 1-2 treatments, most will need 4-6 ketamine treatments.
Do you accept insurance?
No, We are not currently accepting insurance at this time. We do however accept all major credit cards including HSA accounts.
We may be able to provide a superbly which can be submitted to your insurance company.
We also have 0% interest financing options. Click link below to find out if financing is an option for you.
What conditions can ketamine therapy treat?
Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Migraines IBS, Chronic Pain CRPS, Stress Related Illness, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue