Nestled in San Antonio lies a groundbreaking treatment center for alcohol overuse. Employing psychotropic analgesic nitrous oxide (PAN)-therapy, Air2 Recovery is shedding light on a proven treatment method that has yet to make its big break in the United States, until now.
Naturally, nitrous oxide has been utilized for decades in labor and delivery procedures, as well as in dental offices. Though it has been incorporated into the South African healthcare system since 1986, where its use for treating substance abuse was pioneered. Four years later, PAN-therapy was introduced to Finland and greater Europe, where it has since successfully treated tens of thousands of Europeans suffering from alcohol overuse. Indeed, of the 26,000 cases that founding doctor Reijo Ojutkangas administered in Europe there has been a persistent 96 percent success rate for this outpatient therapy. Seeing rampant alcohol overuse in the United States, Dr. Ojutkangas and Air2 Recovery CEO, Antti O. Patiala sought to introduce the North American continent to the wonders of PAN-therapy. Today, Air2 Recovery is still the sole treatment facility of its kind in the United States.
Of the 26,000 cases that founding doctor Reijo Ojutkangas administered in Europe, there has been a persistent 96 percent success rate for this outpatient therapy.
Though with such success, there’s a natural question that persist: How does it work?
In Air2 Recovery’s treatment method, psychotropic analgesic nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through their PAN-therapy method. Its intent is to detoxify a client suffering from the withdrawals of excessive alcohol use. Dr. Ojutkangas explains that: With the correct dosage, N2O normalizes the dopamine levels in the body by interacting with the pleasure giving receptors. This is in turn diminishes, and often eliminates, the withdrawal symptoms, which is an essential step in the road to recovery.
Through three, one hour treatments done on three consecutive daysall under the guidance of trained healthcare professionals, patients experience a notable alleviation of withdrawal, and clients consistently report the experience to be both positive and invigorating. Clients are constantly in trained, compassionate hands to ensure a rewarding experience. While the treatment is only an hour, total safety is ensured by monitoring patients’ oxygen levels, vital signs, blood pressure and pulse. Following treatment, the Air 2 Recovery staff recommends a daily vitamin regimen of thiamine, Vitamin D-3, Vitamin B-12 and melatonin at sundown. Although it may sound intensive, Air2 Recovery’s PAN-therapy is actually quite relaxing as it is aided by calming music, comforting surroundings, a heavenly bed and of course compassionate practitioners.
This is in turn diminishes, and often eliminates, the withdrawal symptoms, which is an essential step in the road to recovery. – Dr. Reijo Ojutkangas
There’s naturally worry, but PAN-therapy has been shown time and time again to not cause any side effects. Actually, nitrous oxide is eliminated from the body within three to five minutes after the treatment, allowing patients to safely drive themselves home. Throughout the entire treatment, the patient is conscious the whole time, and there is no risk of medical dependency to nitrous oxide. While the treatment is new to the United States, its track record abroad is one above reproach. When compared to the common treatment methods like rehab programs, Air2 Recovery offers a greater, more successful, experience at a fraction of the cost. Rehabilitation programs, on average, are around 30K dollars, but Air2 Recovery’s PAN-therapy is offered at $3,600 with multiple payment programs available, highlighting the company’s emphasis on helping people get better. Coupled with this the Air2 Recovery staff conducts regular follow-ups with patients to ensure that their recovery is still going strong.
With dozens of treatments to date, the Air2 Recovery team is paving the way for a new, innovative treatment to take hold of San Antonio, and the nation at large. Employing a passion-powered team that utilizes one of the most successful treatment methods, Air2 Recovery is undoubtedly set to take center stage as the model of 21st Century recovery programs.
For more information visit www.air2recovery.com or call 210.462.1618. Air2 Recovery is located in the Crystal Building at 18838 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 106 in San Antonio, TX 78258.