Substance Abuse

Ketamine Clinic located in Fitchburg, WI

Substance Abuse services offered in Fitchburg, WI

Finding a way to end the cycle of substance abuse can be frustrating when you’re struggling with it, especially if you’ve already tried traditional treatments without success. At Revival Infusion Madison in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, certified registered nurse anesthetist Sarah Wilczewski, CRNA, APNP, wants patients to know that she understands where they’re coming from. She offers ketamine infusions, a unique alternative treatment approach that can decrease your cravings, recalibrate your thought patterns, and help you win the war against substance abuse. Call the office now or click the online scheduler to book your consultation.

Substance Abuse Q&A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse, or substance use disorder, is a condition that happens when you use alcohol or drugs habitually. People with substance use disorder experience significant problems with day-to-day function, health, relationships, and many other facets of their life.

What are the signs of substance abuse?

Substance abuse symptoms can vary with the substance, but some common ones include:


  • Powerful urges to use
  • Needing ever greater amounts of the substance to get the same effects
  • Frequently using more of the substance than you intended
  • Failing to meet work responsibilities
  • Problems with your relationships
  • Spending excessive time trying to acquire the substance
  • Risky or impulsive behaviors
  • Repeated attempts to quit followed by relapses
  • Withdrawal symptoms like nausea, tremors, sweating, and stomach pain
  • Continuing to use the substance, even when you know it’s harmful
  • Neglecting your personal hygiene
  • Erratic sleep schedule
  • Weight changes


Every drug has unique effects, so your symptoms are typically influenced by the substance’s particular properties. For example, people with cocaine dependency are more likely to have surges of abnormally high energy and lose weight, while people dependent on opioids can have precisely the opposite symptoms.

What are the treatment options for substance abuse?

The standard approach to substance abuse is psychotherapy, often alongside group support like a 12-step program.


Many patients also take medications like antidepressants to help them manage their symptoms. However, relapse is common, and many people with substance use disorder find the traditional approaches inadequate.


There are also some medications specifically for opioid substance use disorder. However, those drugs also contain opioids and require lengthy and gradual tapering (often a couple of years) under medical supervision.


Sarah started Revival Infusion Madison because she understands how insufficient the traditional treatments are for many people struggling with substance abuse and other mental health disorders.


She administers low-dose ketamine, an alternative treatment using an anesthetic. When administered this way, it doesn’t have anesthetic effects.


Ketamine quickly increases the brain’s glutamate levels. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter necessary for your mood and stimulates the repair of damaged synapses (cellular connections) in the brain.


Treatment can take effect quickly, and a series of treatments can have long-lasting results to help you stay substance-free. Many recent studies show extremely positive results for ketamine as a substance abuse treatment, with patients experiencing fewer cravings and improved abstinence rates.


Call Revival Infusion Madison now, or click the online booking link to learn more.


NOTE: Ketamine infusions are an alternative treatment. Ketamine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of substance abuse at this time. Ketamine affects each patient differently, so results may vary.