Ativan is one of the most frequently prescribed benzodiazepines in the world, yet many people find themselves struggling with finding the right information about safe Ativan tapering processes. They are looking for how to get off Ativan safely, a way that can be tolerated. This is because Ativan withdrawals are excruciating for most people, especially when no help or assistance is available to them.

Ativan is a popular “street drug” as well, and more “popular” than ever, according to the 67% rise in the number of prescriptions between 1999 to 2013. (1) It is commonly being called America’s “other” prescription drug crisis, referencing the many similarities to the opioid crisis that is also wreaking havoc. Like many other prescription drugs, Ativan is also produced in “pill mills” across the nation, and across the world. It is a highly addictive, highly profitable drug for those who make drug sales their racket. It is no wonder that finding a competent program that can help with getting off Ativan safely has become so important.

We have been successfully helping our clients to solve this problem in a safe and comfortable way, holistically, for a decade and a half now. Over that time we have helped many thousands of people to learn how to get off Ativan while at the same time improving their health. Stopping Ativan is possible. There is hope. We can help you or your loved one as well in the process of safely getting off Ativan. Our program is time-tested, proven, and thorough, though it is the safety and gentle nature of the program that seems to appeal to most.

The Trouble With Benzodiazepines

Somehow the pharmaceutical industry largely overtook the good old practice of medicine in recent decades. The result has been a tragic misfire, seemingly increasing the number of patients needing hospitalization and specialty care, rather than decreasing these numbers. Addiction levels are also not decreasing. But thankfully, holistic practitioners and protocols have become more and more tested and found to have favorable results, though the speed at which these are becoming widely known has unfortunately been much slower than that of the afore-mentioned industry’s offerings. Could it be that perhaps some of these new and exciting holistic research breakthroughs have even been suppressed?

A recent study published in Forbes found that individuals taking benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin had an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. In fact, the study found that individuals who had taken benzodiazepines for three months or more had a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease in the future. Although a link has already been associated with Benzodiazepines and short-term cognitive impairment, this groundbreaking study has now also solidified a causal relationship of the drugs with Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that an individual taking the medications for at least 3 months had a 50% higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Moreover, those individuals who took benzodiazepines for six months, had nearly double the risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The longer one is on the medications or the higher the dose of Benzodiazepines, the higher the likelihood one would develop Alzheimer’s. (5)

These findings help provide yet another reason why finding a way to taper off Benzodiazepines such as Ativan is important. Nonetheless, there is no doubt that a large percentage of the population suffers from symptoms that are generally called “anxiety” or “anxiety-related”. This is possibly one of the high prices we pay for modern living with processed and fast-foods, living on the edge of financial ruin and social stresses, living in a toxified environment, juggling marital and family worries, and all in a time-pressured and sleep-deprived state. No wonder so many of us have been looking for instant relief from benzodiazepines. They do provide near-instant relief, an artificially induced relaxed state, but there is also a price to pay. It’s called side effects. Plus, these drugs do stop “working”. Ativan, like all benzo drugs, is highly addictive.

Another concern is that it is highly dangerous to mix benzos with alcohol or opioids as that combination can injure or kill you. And trying to quit Ativan especially without guidance and help is like throwing gasoline on the fire. And that, in a nutshell, is the trouble with benzodiazepines.

WARNING: As much as one might want to, NEVER ATTEMPT ABRUPTLY STOPPING ATIVAN or other benzodiazepines. To do so can be injurious to one’s health. Stopping Ativan should be done gradually, under medical care or at least competent supervision, and should never be rushed. There is a correct set of protocols for how to get off Ativan that can make Ativan cessation as comfortable as possible.

ativan tapering

Holistic Solutions – Do They Work?

In a now decade-old clinical study, (2) it was found that 71% of patients involved in the study found relief from anxiety and depression when given holistic solutions for anxiety. They tested herbal and nutritional aids that were given to participants, to see how effective these agents were. The results were overwhelmingly positive.

According to the 2010 study, approximately 55 million people suffer in the US from symptoms of depression and anxiety. That is nearly double the population of Canada. That is a lot of people.

It is truly tragic that holistic solutions that are KNOWN to be effective are not used and recommended more frequently. it is also puzzling, but that may be a different research topic that needs clarity all in itself.

The Alternative to Meds Center Holistic Ativan Tapering

Our clients receive the kind of Ativan tapering help that we wish were more readily available all across the country, and all across the world. In fact, we have many international clients who come to us for help.

Our program is based on 5 main guiding principles:

  1. Testing to discover root causes for lingering symptoms. This can mean toxicity accumulations, molds, chemical exposure, pesticides, all manner of a toxic burden that could have built up over a lifetime. (4) Toxic accumulations can be purged gently and efficiently, resulting in sometimes life-changing relief of symptoms. After the Tokyo subway disaster of sarin gas affecting 5000 commuters, a Japanese clinical study showed that toxic exposure has major ramifications even years after the event. In this case, it was 5000 people being exposed to sarin gas that was linked to insomnia, anxiety, and depression. (3)
  2. Gradual Aitivan tapering protocols, with constant monitoring to ensure the comfort and safety of our clients.
  3. Providing comfort-giving protocols during the process to soften any Ativan withdrawal effects. Getting off Ativan is much simpler if you have therapists at the ready to deliver soothing mineral baths, acupuncture, acupressure, therapeutic massage, Reiki, nebulized glutathione treatments, bentonite clay packs, yoga, personal trainer-led mild exercise, and many more.
  4. Providing a clean, nutrient-dense diet consisting of mostly organic locally sourced produce and foods, prepared deliciously with a keto foundation by our gourmet chef, Supplying the body with the nutrients necessary the microbiome can regenerate into a fully functioning and thriving system. The microbiome is the main producer of our neurochemicals so this is vital for health.
  5. Education about how neurochemistry functions, how food and supplements can support mental health, and how to use these tools for sustainable recovery after leaving the program. Many physicians have come to do our training modules so they can help their own patients better who are trying to quit Ativan or other drugs.

How to Find Out More about the Alternative to Meds Center Ativan Tapering Program

If you or your loved one have been struggling with how to get off Ativan safely, we invite you to contact us at the Alternative to Meds Center for more information on our Ativan withdrawal programs and for more details on the protocols we use (there are too many to list here in this brief article). Please take the time to call us and ask about our holistic approach to getting off Ativan.

  1. A Nutrition Journal article published Sept. 2010 in the US National Library of Medicine, authors S. E. Lakhan, and Karen Viera entitled: “Nutritional and herbal supplements for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, a systematic review”, published online October 2010, https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/04/26/602213172/benzodiazepines-america-s-other-prescription-drug-problem, accessed October 28, 2019.
  2. Benzodiazepines: America’s ‘Other Prescription Drug Problem’  (John Henning Schuman) https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/04/26/602213172/benzodiazepines-america-s-other-prescription-drug-problem published April 26, 2018, online,  accessed October 28, 2019.
  3. NIMH article published in the US National Library of Medicine, authors T. Kawada, M. Katsuma, H. Suzuki, Q. Li, H. Inagaki, A. Nakadai, T. Shimizu, K. Hirata, Y. Hirata, entitled: “Insomnia as a sequela of sarin toxicity several years after exposure in Tokyo subway trains”, published online, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16158698, accessed October 28, 2019.
  4. Article published in Psychology Today Magazine, author Judy Tsafrir, MD, entitled, “Mold Toxicity: A Common Cause of Psychiatric Symptoms”, https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/holistic-psychiatry/201708/mold-toxicity-common-cause-psychiatric-symptoms, accessed October 28, 2019.
  5. “Anxiety Medications Ativan, Xanax, And Valium May Increase Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease” Alice G. Walton https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2014/09/10/common-anxiety-medications-may-increase-risk-of-alzheimers-disease/#1e50036e6913 accessed Dec 14, 2019.

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.

View Bio