At Alternative to Meds Center, awareness of benzodiazepine tapering ineffectiveness by the medical community at large causes us grave concern.
To be sure, weaning off benzo drugs just cannot be treated like any other class of drugs. To do so may add additional injury and heightened distress while attempting benzodiazepine titration.
Are you looking for a higher level of expertise and help? It’s here.
Alternative to Meds has delivered expert benzodiazepine tapering programs for a decade and a half. Our published evidence demonstrates our clients’ successes. While some can come off these invasive drugs more easily than others, a significant number of people we see have become neurotoxic. We have found that clearing out the burden of toxicity first gives the best method to regulate neurochemistry. Alternative to Meds Center knows that every individual needs a personalized benzodiazepine titration and weaning program uniquely tailored to their real-time needs and situation.
15 Year Experience by Professionals Who Understand Your Journey.
Certainly, whether we are considering benzodiazepine tapering or not, we are more than just guts and brains. However, the gut, sometimes referred to as “the second brain,” plays a number of essential roles in both physical and mental health, particularly as it relates to the process of benzodiazepine weaning.
Alternative to Meds Center applies holistic principles to improve health. One such application is based on understanding the magnitude of the role of microbiota (microorganisms) in the gut. For instance, studies have established that inflammation in the gut can lead to many expressions of symptoms that could be mistaken for mental health issues. These can include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, autism, chronic stress, and others.1,2
This data is useful in healing from benzo damage as, without correcting the condition, symptoms of anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and many other CNS malfunctions are likely to return and continue to plague an individual.3 Many times a physician will prescribe benzodiazepines “to treat” the above conditions/symptoms. But benzos could have been avoided altogether when symptoms could have resolved with a more holistic treatment plan. Benzodiazepines were the subject of the world’s largest class-action lawsuit against drug makers in the UK. Many people have been unnecessarily damaged by these drugs.4
Methods to Help Restore Healthy Neurochemistry
Thankfully, the correction of gut function can be accelerated safely and gently. Cleaning out the body’s neurotoxic load is possible using therapeutic sauna, ionic foot baths, colonics, mineral baths, and nebulized glutathione treatments.
Additionally, sticking to a clean ketogenic-based diet, organic wherever possible, using no neurotoxic food preservatives or additives, and avoiding refined flour and sugars. Also, daily probiotics from fermented foods, supplements or a combination of sources turbo-charges gut health. Restoring a healthy gut aids benzo tapering greatly as the symptoms from a dysfunctional gut-brain axis can be lessened or eliminated altogether.
Psychological and Spiritual Health During Benzodiazepine Tapering
As stated earlier, we are more than our guts and brain cells. A balance can be sought between the correction of physical issues and the very valuable freedom that comes from resolving spiritual or psychological concerns. Alternative to Meds Center provides a number of helpful therapies such as CBT and other personal counseling and various genres of talk therapies, Life Coaching, guided peer support groups, Equine-assisted therapy, art, and music therapy, and much more are available to assist our clients.
Our roster of over 60 highly-trained clinicians, holistic psychiatrists and psychologists, therapists, and caregivers provide a wide variety of holistic therapies. The program is rich with opportunities for this kind of support while navigating drug withdrawal. While we do not hold religious services in house, we are happy to transport and accompany our clients to local church services if desired. At Alternative to Meds Center, we recognize that many pathways of spiritual and psychological support can offer solid pillars of support and healing while healing from drug damage.
Making Tapering Benzodiazepines More Comfortable
We have a number of methods that clients enjoy using to ensure maximum comfort during benzo withdrawal. We understand there can be multiple sources of discomfort that, if not resolved, may make benzo withdrawal impossible to endure. Some of these are described below:
therapeutic massage: increase flexibility and joint mobility, reduction of stress hormones, reduced muscle tension, stimulates circulation, soothes aches and pains
soothing mineral baths: decrease fatigue, deep relaxation, improves skin tone, better sleep, pain relief
craniosacral therapy: gentle touch therapy applied to improve the functioning of the CNS, relieve pain, improve circulation in the craniosacral system, developed by a doctor of osteopathy
nebulized glutathione therapy: reduce oxidative stress, detoxes fat-soluble compounds such as environmental chemicals and carcinogens such as from cigarette smoke, etc.
acupuncture: reduce tension and stress, increase mental clarity, relief from headaches
therapeutic sauna: detoxification, better sleep, clear skin, relief from sore muscles and joint pain
sublingual GABA: nanonized form of GABA sprayed under the tongue provides anxiety relief
inositol: relieves panic attacks, helps with OCD and anxiety without the toxic side effects of prescription drugs
Tapering Schedule for Benzodiazepines
Each client has their own unique set of circumstances, history, symptoms, sensitivities, tolerance levels, nutritional deficiencies, fitness level, medical profile, and so on. Therefore, we tailor the benzodiazepine titration and weaning to fit the client. We have found that it is the most effective, and least problematic way forward.
Different benzodiazepines have different attributes and half-lives. So Klonopin tapering, Ativan tapering, and Xanax tapering may have completely different Benzodiazepine tapering schedules, and taper chart.
Generally, a tapering program may need 2 to 3 months inpatient to complete. While this allows adequate time for the body to transition, and reduce and eliminate symptoms, this is not always enough time to zero out the person’s dosage. In the case of a person needing a longer trajectory, either a longer residential stay can be arranged or a finish-at-home program with remote-after-care is scheduled for ongoing guidance. The after-care program will be drawn up and explained in detail, so the person leaves with a clear, step-by-step regimen, and at-home consultations arranged for when they arrive back home.
Learn More About the Effects of Benzodiazepines
Importantly, we recommend that you begin reading through the Alternative to Meds Benzo Book for more information on benzo drugs, weaning and titration information about how benzos alter the CNS, and information about effective modes of repair of the damage and injury that these drugs cause.
Contact Us at ATMC for More Information
Please feel free to contact us directly if you have questions about the programs and modes of treatment we use in our holistic treatment programs. Whether you have done programs before and didn’t get the level of healing you were looking for, or whether this is your first time seeking treatment, we are always happy to speak with you and answer other questions you may have.
Getting Help for Benzodiazepine Tapering is Easier Than Ever
The Alternative to Meds Center is insurance-friendly and accepts most major insurance providers. We have found that benzodiazepine tapering can be made much more comfortable: weaning off benzodiazepines can be made significantly easier to tolerate when the proper preparation steps and treatment methods are utilized.
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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.