Lithium Alternatives

Lithium Alternatives

Lithium alternatives are available through enrollment in programs at the Alternative to Meds Center, where we provide methods of help that may be better than living a life being medicated on a psychiatric medication such as Lithium.


The individual medicated on Lithium often reports feeling incapable of functioning in life the way they want to; that they find setting goals to be hard, and that the drug has buffered their feelings of reward and joy. These side effects (among other things) are some of the most common reasons why antipsychotic alternatives can offer a more satisfactory option, rather than ineffective or negative side effects from prescription drugs.

Doctors prescribe Lithium carbonate, classed as an antipsychotic medication, for schizophrenia, manic depressive, and depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, and other psychoses. Certain alternative therapies are producing most optimistic results, such as talk therapy. CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), as an example, allows the individual to work out strategies to overcome the barriers they perceive as problematic. Many kinds of talk therapy offer sound choices for treatment. Studies show that patients displayed major progress in as little as a 10-20 week course of talk therapy alone. At the Alternative to Meds Center we employ many such branches of therapy in creating successful treatment plans.

Lithium Side Effects

Lithium causes suicidal thoughts and behaviors, especially in children, and most often in the first weeks or months of taking the drug. Researchers have documented many other negative side effects, such as emotional deficit, tremors, kidney abnormalities, vomiting, weight gain, and much more. Lithium, therefore, can worsen a person's mental health and even physical health. We feel that overcoming mental conditions without drugs is a preferable option, considering the harm that can be done by staying on antipsychotic medications.

Who Should Consider Lithium Alternative Treatments?

No person needs to suffer from debilitating side effects, psychiatric medication dependence or withdrawal symptoms from Lithium carbonate, as there are Lithium carbonate alternatives. Alternative treatment plans often contain more than only one treatment. Usually, an effective alternative is made up of a few therapies combined. Alternative mental health treatment plans at the Alternative to Meds Center are always personalized to address the unique needs of each client.

As mentioned earlier, counseling or other kinds of talk therapy can serve as one of the important parts in Lithium alternative medicine treatments. In talk therapy, clients can open up and express themselves honestly, face and rationalize their fears, learn about and understand their mental condition, understand triggers, and learn how to prevent themselves from being triggered or overwhelmed. The results can become even more positive when other therapies are used, including nutritional therapy, dietary changes, and other lifestyle changes such as exercise, and healing therapies like massage, yoga, acupuncture, and meditation. Lithium alternatives treatment is provided at our drug treatment facility to help people make a comfortable transition when switching to an alternative.

Cleansing the body of built up toxins can also add to the effectiveness of treating mental health conditions without prescription drugs, especially after an individual has already tried taking prescription meds. The toxins that psychiatric medications can leave behind must be cleared out to achieve the most advantageous state of health. Reducing or removing certain things out of your life may also help to balance your mental health, such as alcohol, drugs, caffeine, sugar, and processed foods. All of these can produce unwanted effects on mental health. We often forget that our minds are affected in the same way by a poor diet that our bodies are. Another core aspect of alternatively managing mental health is often finding out what the underlying causes may be of the original symptoms that resulted in being medicated.

Find Out More

Call the friendly and knowledgeable admissions department at the Alternative to Meds Center for more information on how to enroll in a program tailored to your or your loved one's unique mental health needs, using Lithium alternatives.


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