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Benzodiazepine Withdrawal, Side Effects, Tapering and Alternatives

Benzodiazepines (BZD, BZs, “Benzos”) require special expertise to withdraw from properly…not just a “drug rehab.”

You probably know that just coming off your benzos is not going to be enough…..because without them you feel like life is unbearable. Specializing in this exact population for 15 years has given us a huge volume of information and a long track record of success.

We Truly Are Benzo Experts …

Alternative to Meds has published evidence with Benzodiazepine withdrawal. We tracked for up to four years and published the success of over 100 formerly medicated participants and found that not only did this overwhelming majority stay medication-free, but felt better symptomatically off the benzos.
15 Years Experience by Professionals Who Understand Your Journey.
Up to 87 ½% Long-Term Success Rate.
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We do not approach medication and benzodiazepine withdrawal as a drug rehab. We clean up the underlying neurophysiology using environmental medicine (holistic detoxification methods based upon genetic variations).

Drug rehabs send us the throwaways they can’t treat…..the worst benzo cases…..and we get an 87.5% long term success rate with them as documented by Dr. Michael Corrigan, a third-party researcher that teaches medical statistics at Marshall University.

What Types of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal do we treat?

To learn more about each different type of benzodiazepine, click on the benzodiazepine drug type. We provide information, resources, facts, and FAQs on the most widely prescribed benzodiazepines, as well as information on safely quitting benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepine class drugs can cause extremely severe withdrawals; it is important to know how to taper and quit benzodiazepines safely and naturally.

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal
Tapering and Alternatives Book

ATMC Benzodiazepine White Paper Cover

This book is a brief overview of 15 years worth of experience gleaned at the Alternative to Meds Center. It is based upon residential observation (which is far more informative than outpatient care). Every case is different, so there is no rule book, but this information can give you a tour of various methods and methodologies we have used that have contributed to our 87.5% documented success rate. Topics covered include various tapering and cross over techniques, as well as the role of excitotoxic poisoning in protracted withdrawal. 

While traditional medical practices continue to tout the benefits of medications for patients who suffer from stress-related mental health conditions, Alternative to Meds Center knows there is a healthier way to treat people. Prescription medications may help alleviate certain symptoms of anxiety, PTSD and other disorders but their effectiveness requires a gradual increase in dosage and frequency of use over time. As such, drug dependency arises. There are harmful side effects of benzodiazepine withdrawal that present between dosage or when attempting to titrate or eliminate use. Through more than a decade of internal research and case studies, we have found more effective and less invasive ways to remove benzodiazepine dependency in our patients.

Learn what we’ve discovered and how you can put benzo use behind you.

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Benzodiazepines Medication FAQs

Each benzodiazepine drug type will have its own unique chemical structure, side effects, and symptoms of withdrawal.  However, there are many common questions about the benzodiazepine class of drugs in general. Below is a collection of some of the most common benzodiazepine frequently asked questions.

Have a question about benzos? Contact Us and we will answer your question.

What are Benzodiazepines Used for?

Benzodiazepines have several labeled and off label uses. Primarily, benzodiazepines are used for their effect on the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor. By enhancing the effect of the GABA receptor in the brain, benzodiazepines produce hypnotic, sedative, anxiolytic and muscle relaxant effects.  These effects can be used as treatment for anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia, seizures, panic attacks, and for drug and alcohol withdrawal.

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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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