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Benzodiazepine Alternatives

Interest in benzodiazepine alternatives has skyrocketed as the benzo crisis looms ever larger. Typically women are targeted more often than men for unnecessary or prematurely prescribed medications, but all adults from all walks of life have been embroiled in this battle. Finding ways to safely extricate oneself from this insidious epidemic is needed now more than ever.

Benzodiazepines are by far the most arduous of all medications to recover from. It is not unusual to struggle for extended periods of time, even years, with some pretty horrendous fallout. 

Do you feel alone in this struggle?
So did we.

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We invite you to look over our published evidence on helping our clients implementing alternatives to benzodiazepine drugs. For those who have had difficulty stopping benzos, we provide neurochemistry support through rehabilitating neurochemistry naturally. We are aiming for better natural mental health without drugs. These are sometimes goals that require time and patience, but we have helped thousands of clients and know we can help your situation as well.  
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Benzodiazepine Alternatives that Actually Work

benzodiazepine natural alternativesAlternative to Meds Center recognizes that benzodiazepine alternatives offer better, safer resolutions for mental health problems besides taking benzodiazepines for life.

For people who struggle with anxiety or other related disorders and cannot tolerate benzodiazepines side effects, risks of addiction, or are non-responsive to treatment with these drugs; benzodiazepine alternatives can change your life. At Alternative to Meds Center, we have seen how benzodiazepine alternatives help people to endure benzodiazepine tapering and transition into using natural alternatives to benzodiazepines.

For the many reasons doctors prescribe benzodiazepines, any therapeutic value or relief of symptoms is virtually always short-lived. Beyond a certain time frame, the medication becomes problematic in various ways, including dependence. Original symptoms are masked by drugs, rather than fixed. At Alternative to Meds we are most focused on fixing the things that drugs cannot actually correct. We work to find and correct the underlying reasons that are causing the symptoms which resulted in being medicated. Using non-toxic methods and natural substances, this is achievable. 

Targeted Nutritional Therapy & Orthomolecular Medicine: Excellent Benzodiazepine Alternatives

organic nutritionFocusing on diet and nutrition provides effective benzodiazepine alternatives treatment, including drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugars, refined carbs, and caffeine. Nutrient deficiencies contribute to mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. As blood sugar issues can cause symptoms resembling “mental illness”, learning how to manage blood sugar is a vital piece of knowledge. Our classes offer instruction in this and other pertinent areas for those recovering from benzos. Excellent nutrition, adequate vitamins, minerals, and other supplements can make big differences in how we feel.1, 2

Herbal remedies, orthomolecular medicine, and natural therapies are often beneficial for people with anxiety, insomnia, depression, and other mental health conditions. The Alternative to Meds Center combines the necessary aspects of traditional medicine with the commonly overlooked aspects of holistic treatment to provide an integrative mental health approach. Unlike drug-based doctors, practitioners who focus on the gut-brain axis are more likely to be better equipped to recommend the right alternative mental health treatments. Benzodiazepine alternative treatment often includes more than just one therapy. There are many tools that can be utilized as natural benzodiazepine alternatives that can help people overcome anxiety without prescription drugs. Complex treatment programs are customized for each client’s success.

Talk Therapy and Benzo Recovery

talk therapy Talking with a counselor, or support group, to openly discuss your feelings and find empowerment will encourage you to stay positive and allow you to comfortably connect with others with whom you can verbally express your feelings. Through counseling, you can start to challenge your anxiety, rationalize your negative thoughts and fears, and overcome uncertainty. 

Through cognitive-behavioral therapy ( CBT ), a type of talk therapy, you can learn how to undo negative and anxious thinking patterns and replace them with more positive and rational outlooks. When you start to feel anxious or get into a negative thought pattern, you can ask yourself if there is a better way to look at this situation. Other important parts of benzodiazepine alternatives include learning how to relax, relieving stress in healthy ways, and there are many easy, positive ways to learn how to achieve relaxation. Meditation is something we all do every day whether we realize it or not, as everyone practices meditation in their own way, and this is undoubtedly a wonderful exercise to practice on a conscious level regularly. Meditation is calming, balancing, and tends to put things in perspective. Studies have shown that CBT has a superior therapeutic value than drugs, and the positive results last much longer.4,5

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Multifaceted, Integrative Benzodiazepine Alternatives

getting off benzosWe use natural, scientific and drug-free approaches to balance brain function.4, 5 We provide the following methods for benzodiazepine alternatives help: lab testing, deep breathing skills, yoga, massage, acupuncture, sauna therapy, swimming, aromatherapy, biofeedback, counseling, dietary adjustments, and targeted nutrient therapies. Through talk therapy, lab testing, and alternatives to psychiatric methods, we can discover where your anxiety stems from and help you get rid of anything that no longer serves you. The benzodiazepine alternatives treatment that is commonly most successful is one that finds the real underlying reasons that cause symptoms of anxiety and personalizes treatment on an individual basis.

Effects of Toxins On CNS Chemistry

toxins and symptomsUnderlying causes of anxiety can include neurotoxins, toxins that can build up in an individual’s system over their lifetime. The toxins can produce over-stimulated nervous system effects. A good example is pesticides. Pesticides are created to kill insects, such as grasshoppers, and work in this way: the toxin is absorbed into the exoskeleton, and then it finds its way into the nervous system. A pesticide will cause acetylcholine nervous system channels to remain open, not allowing the channels to be closed. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that is stimulating and it will cause a grasshopper to jump. This constant release of acetylcholine puts the grasshopper into catatonia and death. This is the way pesticides kill pests. Accumulation of this toxin occurs very similarly in humans, as the nervous system uses acetylcholine for stimulation also. Other toxins such as heavy metals, molds, MSG, mycotoxins, aspartame, and literally thousands of other chemicals in processed food and hygiene products have similar effects. One of the best benzodiazepine alternatives is to reduce the toxic body burden so that the body can self regulate.

Our goal is to teach clients to be their own experts on mental health.

We’ve Been Down This Road, We Know What Works

natural alternatives to benzodiazepinesOur benzodiazepine alternatives may be diverse for this specific type of medication, but they include very careful medication weaning and titration techniques, neurotoxin removal, peer support, natural substances to create neurochemical support, orthomolecular nutrition, and many beneficial alternative mental health treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and sauna which are designed to induce relaxation and stability.

We find that in the majority of cases of chronic anxiety, there is an accumulation of neurotoxins. Typically these include toxic heavy metals in the anxious individual. Until purged, these trapped toxins over-stimulate their nervous system. Add to that increasing demand at work, floundering relationships, and other external stressors. All of it can be too overwhelming. Often this is when they go to the doctor who prescribes anti-anxiety medication. This is our most common class of medications addressed, as without support, coming off benzodiazepine drugs can be very difficult. We can help you get off benzodiazepines with little discomfort and provide many newly learned skills so that you can live without ongoing anxiety or the need for medication.

Alternatives to Benzodiazepines at Alternative to Meds Center

ATMC benzodiazepine alternatives include relaxation

Our programs are delivered in a pristine, comfortable inpatient social setting. Often, the camaraderie found in a group of like-minded individuals provides support and confidence in persevering through to a successful outcome. Although the therapeutic and clinical aspects of the programs are all about precision, relaxation and positive focus are also important ingredients to healing. 2, 3, 5 For example, the center’s locale offers many opportunities for easy walking trails in the red rock mountains, stunning photo ops, visiting the shops and galleries of Sedona’s artisan-based community, and many other pleasant excursions to choose from. 

Our scientific approach to discontinuing medication and stabilizing brain function has helped thousands of people become mentally healthy. Whether you are young or old, in-between or “ageless,” our wide range of therapeutic options, including art and music therapy, equine therapy, and so much more, holds the potential of healing and positive changes for every one of our clients.

We can offer help with Ativan alternatives, Klonopin alternatives, Xanax alternatives, Clonazepam alternatives, and other medication alternatives.

We invite you to call us to learn more about our world-class healing benzodiazepine alternatives programs.


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2. Ree E, Redman T, et al., “The Beyond Benzodiazepines Manual.” Reconexxion [Internet] 1997, rev 2010 [cited 2020 Nov 7]

3. Harvard Health Pub, “Benzodiazepines (and the alternatives).”  [Internet] 2014 Mar, updated 2015 Mar 15 [cited 2020 Aug 29]

4. “CBT Better than Medication For Treating Social Anxiety Disorder.” The Psychiatry Advisor [Internet] 2014 Sep 26 [cited 2020 Nov 7]

5. Mayo-Wilson E, et al., “Psychological and pharmacological interventions for social anxiety disorder in adults: a systematic review and network meta-analysis” The Lancet Psychiatry, 2014 Sep 25 [Internet] DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(14)70329-3  [cit. 2020 Nov 7]



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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.

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