Rarely does an outpatient medical professional make mention of any antipsychotic alternatives.
Antipsychotics, even if they were a necessary intervention during a crisis, does not always mean that a person needs to be on them for life. Generally, it was a combination of lifestyle choices and genetics that resulted in the crisis, and many of those factors can be adjusted with the proper insight.
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Alternative to Meds has been the world expert on antipsychotic alternatives for over 15 years. We have published evidence regarding our success. The issues underlying psychosis, mania and sleep disorders can generally be addressed in ways that are far less toxic. We have found that in many cases, there were medical conditions that were mistaken as mental issues, or that the factors that originally contributed to the crisis have changed, or maybe that they were diagnosed prematurely or even misdiagnosed.
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Factors That Create a Set-Up for Antipsychotic Use
At Alternative to Meds Center, we provide antipsychotic alternatives within a comprehensive treatment plan uniquely designed for each client.
There are a few things we see that create a set-up for antipsychotic use:
Previous use (and abuse) of ADHD medications
Use of recreational stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamines
Long-term use of other medications such as antidepressants and benzodiazepines that have stopped working
The COMT genetic polymorphism
Smoking marijuana and having the inability to break down the fat-soluble cannabinoids
Each of the above preceptors can be adjusted to the advantage of the patient’s well-being and result in a much more manageable life … potentially without the use of antipsychotics. Abusing ADHD medications and using recreational stimulants, of course, is going to cause a manic break if the person is not sleeping. The COMT genetic polymorphism creates an up-down rollercoaster of functioning that can be controlled through lifestyle changes and nutrient changes. Blood sugar instability alone can cause psychosis. And for those on antidepressants and benzodiazepines that are graduating to antipsychotics … have they changed their lifestyle choices, eating habits, or unpoisoned themselves from neurotoxins? These are all areas of focus that can be creating the symptoms.
Talk therapy provides one of the most effective backbones of effective antipsychotic alternatives treatment, such as:
cognitive behavioral therapy
and other talk-therapy genres.
Over a period of 10-20 weeks, patients have achieved major progress from just talk therapies alone, as an effective alternative to antipsychotic drugs. Positive results were found to be sustained in assessments at 6-month and 1-year follow-ups.1
Doctors prescribe antipsychotics such as Depakote, Risperdal, Abilify, and Zyprexa to people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, mania, and other psychoses. These drugs have many side effects that are unwelcome. Some antipsychotic side effects make mental conditions worse and sometimes the drug itself makes mental health worse. Prescribing these medications to children puts them at risk, as one of the common side effects that can occur especially in the first month or two of treatment with these drugs is suicidal thoughts or behavior.
For these reasons, Alternative to Meds Center provides antipsychotic alternative treatments. Many people are actively seeking to overcome the side effects of antipsychotic medications that pose dangerous risks to health. Antipsychotic medicines have proven to be ineffective in many cases, and many individuals just don’t want to be medicated. A growing body of research demonstrates that children and adults can overcome many mental disorders without drugs. Many holistic practitioners would rather try alternatives to psychiatric treatments before prescribing drugs. Unfortunately, however, it is often the other way around. People are usually first prescribed a psychiatric medication, and then they seek Depakote alternatives, Risperdal alternatives, Abilify alternatives, Zyprexa alternatives, or other antipsychotic drug replacement plans. No one has to suffer from side effects, dependence, and addiction, nor medication withdrawal syndrome. Alternative mental health options do provide non-drug-based mental health treatment options.
A Multi-Pronged Alternative Approach
Antipsychotic alternatives in a specialized treatment plan will usually contain more than just one treatment. Treatment plans can combine several or many different therapies. Through talk therapy of various kinds, patients can honestly express themselves, face their fears, better understand their illness, and begin to identify triggers and learn how to prevent and control them. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps patients to undo negative or unhealthy thought and behavior patterns, as well as rationalize fears and anxieties, balance mood swings, and continuously and gradually work towards a more complete internal peace.
Exposure therapy allows patients to face their fears, anxieties, phobias, and triggers within a safe, familiar and controlled environment. The opportunity to experience exposure therapy naturally results in more comfortable encounters for these patients when dealing with their fears in the outside world.
Talk therapy of this nature such as exposure therapy is just the start of available alternatives to antipsychotic drugs. When these therapies are used in conjunction with other healing, stabilizing therapies and treatments, effectiveness rates are even higher.2 Natural antipsychotic alternatives are good adjunctive treatments to consider. Alternative to Meds Center provides these alternative treatments along with dietary changes, nutritional therapy, and other lifestyle changes. Other supplemental treatments such as exercise, yoga, massage, sauna therapy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, equine therapy, art therapy, and meditation support the person’s overall progress. Herbs, vitamins, minerals, and supplements can also make substantial differences. Research shows that nutritional deficiencies are often an overlooked contributor to mental disorders. Identifying and fixing deficits produces amazing results.
Old, built-up toxins can be gently but effectively detoxed (removed) providing many benefits within an antipsychotic addiction alternative help plan. Purging the toxic residue that antipsychotic drugs leave behind ensures a better state of health. Eliminating certain things from one’s lifestyle can also contribute to overcoming mental disorders, such as:
food additives and preservatives
cleaning compounds which contain neurotoxic chemicals
industrial off-gassing from materials in the home or work environment
Once you have found which alternative antipsychotic options work for you, stick with them every day. For some people, it may be counseling once a week, exercising 4 to 5 times a week, eating healthy clean foods every day, drinking plenty of water, taking a daily supplement or vitamin, getting enough sleep every night, and participating in healing therapies such as counseling, yoga, or massage.
Doctors usually prescribe psychiatric medication after the person has gone through a psychotic episode, or after other medications have not worked. These drugs may seem to work during the onset of symptoms. However, they are generally not well tolerated after prolonged use. Of course, the answers to why an individual has experienced psychosis are specific for each person. However, research common denominators of interest.
One common denominator is often excessive dopamine. Dopamine is the neurochemical that controls reward. An excess of dopamine causes everything in the environment to overstimulate the person, which results in mania. Neurotoxins stimulate the overproduction of dopamine which causes mania or psychosis to occur. It is the exposure to neurotoxins that often results in mania or psychosis. Also, a genetic problem may present difficulties in clearing toxins from the body. For example, an insufficient methylator may be unable to get rid of toxic heavy metals, so stores them in brain and nerve tissue.
At Alternative to Meds Center, we do lab testing to discover the potential causes of the original symptoms. The testing identifies when toxicity is the culprit. We then focus on clearing these toxins out. We restrict sugar, processed food, and caffeine. Supplements are given to support the inhibitory function of healthy neurochemistry. Our program aims to use natural substances and orthomolecular medicine that will stabilize neurochemistry. Body detoxification will remove environmentally accumulated neurotoxins. The center provides safe and comfortable medication withdrawal methods, therapy with amino acids and other targeted nutritional treatments. Peer support, yoga, personal training, massage, and other alternative mental health therapies offer additional treatment options.
We invite your call so you can talk with us and find out more about the treatment plans we provide if you or your loved one is seeking more information on antipsychotic alternatives and treatment options.
This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.
Dr. Samuel Lee
Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente. He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.