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By the time Nanea Reeves was 16, she had seen the disastrous effects of substance abuse on her mother and sister, and had spent time recovering at a psychiatric hospital where a therapist introduced her to meditation and breathing techniques that helped her cope with the chaos that surrounded her.

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Seven years ago, Mark Carnessale was diagnosed with oral cancer. He spent weeks in radiation therapy, losing his appetite and any semblance of a healthy sleep schedule. All night he would lay awake in his home in Burbank, gripped by fears about his own mortality.

Carnessale couldn't shake that anxiety, even after the cancer went into remission. He tried therapy and antidepressants, but neither did the trick; the fear of dying still clung to his brain.

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By Tania Tbul's own admission, she's not "a drug person." But the memories of the sexual and physical abuse she endured starting at 12 stayed with her through a marriage, the birth of four children, a divorce and a handful of suicide attempts along the way.

And so, at the age of 45, she walked into Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles in Culver City.

"I was actually pulled out of my body and I was hugging my 12-year-old self and forgiving myself... I was actually out of my body," Tbul said about the first treatment. "After the first treatment, I felt like that gaping wound was starting to heal up. It was like closing up and it wasn't sore anymore."

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