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We look at potential misdiagnoses or over-medication issues with a critical eye, and in 75% of Abilify cases, we find that natural Abilify alternatives provide a more sustainable program of recovery.

Antipsychotic drugs such as Abilify can cause side effects—serious side effects—that can include seizures, stroke, tardive dyskinesia, etc., just to name a few.

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alternative natural medicineWe know that much better alternatives to Abilify exist than continuing to take antipsychotic medication for a lifetime. Is it time that you or a loved one choose to live life in better ways, ways you know are attainable?

Alternatives to this medication include non-drug-based treatments for schizophrenia, irritability related to autism, depression, and bipolar disorder. All of these are conditions that this drug is licensed to treat. Abilify, (generic aripiprazole), is called a second-generation or atypical antipsychotic drug. And, it is also prescribed as a treatment for depression when antidepressants don’t work. For some, Abilify is well tolerated and effective at treating symptoms as mentioned above, at least in the short term. However, antipsychotics have many possible side effects that may occur during treatment. In many cases, antipsychotics cannot adequately control a person’s symptoms. In other situations, individuals may prefer to seek natural Abilify alternatives to achieve drug-free mental health.

Abilify Alternatives Doesn’t Mean Substituting Medications Similar to Abilify 

Alternative to Meds Center doesn’t look for better replacement drugs, or drugs similar to the drugs that are causing a person’s problems, or hoping by trial and error to find one that doesn’t cause further injury. Abilify alternatives in our programs provide non-toxic, safe and effective treatment protocols for conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and others. Alternative treatments can include psychotherapy of which there are many genres. 

alternative Abilify therapyTalk-therapy is a very important aspect of an alternative Abilify treatment plan. Such therapy can also be used in combination with other protocols in a well-rounded Abilify Tapering plan. Several research studies have discovered that psychosocial therapies are very helpful in a variety of programs that support natural healing methods. 

Psychosocial therapy can successfully help persons in dealing with specific aspects of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depressive disorder.1 For example, clients may want to achieve improvements with communication skills and raise their ability to comfortably interact with others in a social setting. They may also seek to improve satisfaction with their quality of life and may appreciate guidance leading to better self-care. Individual and group-based planned activities within a structured program can provide these opportunities. Other areas that a person may wish to improve are maintaining and perhaps repairing relationships, and improved family relations, for instance. 

A Superior Approach to Natural Abilify Alternatives 

natural alternatives nutritionResearch has shown psychosocial interventions lead to an increase in mood stability, fewer hospitalizations, and improvement in several areas of functioning. It is tragic that simply switching to other drugs is the most commonly offered alternative to Abilify where a person cannot tolerate the side effects or the drug simply does not “work” as hoped. However, most “replacement” antipsychotic drugs will have the same or additional side effects and problems as those experienced when taking Abilify.  We feel the superior approach is to find natural Abilify alternatives, which can consist of several different therapies. For example,  natural supplements, testing for nutritional deficiencies, correct diet, such things as equine therapy, art and music therapy, and other healing activities.

mild exerciseOther examples of valid Ability alternatives would be acupuncture, yoga, simple changes in lifestyle, learning coping mechanisms, as well as educational components relating to mental health. 

An individual’s environment and lifestyle are some of the biggest factors that can contribute to symptoms. With care and attention to these factors, there can be a specific answer for each person. We feel it is important that individuals receive a program that the clinical team develops for them based on their unique needs and requirements. 

Excessive Dopamine and Psychosis

dopamine and psychosisResearch on psychosis2 shows an excessive amount of dopamine can present as, or at least contribute to psychosis or other undesirable symptoms. The CNS is a highly refined, complex system of interacting chemicals and reactions. On-going research shows that other neurochemicals are likely also involved in such a multi-layered operation.3 But what is fairly certain is that dopamine is the neurochemical corresponding to feelings of reward, and when there is an excess it makes everything seem stimulating which may result in manic states.

This can be a result of neurotoxins stimulating the neurology. This overstimulation of dopamine, et al., can occur after toxin exposure. It is also commonly related to genetic issues that are associated with the way the individual clears toxins. For example, a poor diet may lack vital nutrients such as zinc, niacin, vitamin B6, or vitamin C. Additionally, low blood sugar, food preservatives, or other food or dietary problems can cause psychosis.4 This is especially true in sensitive people. When a person then takes an antipsychotic, the drug is aimed at reducing dopamine. Unfortunately, this leaves the person without the enjoyment of rewards in life. Our treatment center programs address these core issues.

natural abilify alternativesWe have an amazing staff who are highly trained in their therapeutic fields, who are dedicated to helping clients along their healing journeys. We draw from an arsenal of techniques to successfully withdraw individuals from psychiatric medications. Firstly, our rehab does lab testing to find what caused or contributed to the initial symptoms. Toxicity is commonly the culprit, sometimes a result of genetics, or the environments; then we work to clear the individual of these toxins. Therefore, we restrict anything that may add to toxicity, including sugar, caffeine, and processed foods. We also use supplements that are known for their beneficial effects in these individuals and supplements that support aspects of the neurochemistry that are inhibitory.5

Inpatient Abilify Alternative Treatments at ATMC

social inpatient settingOur treatment center concentrates on cleaning the body of accumulated toxins, neurochemistry stabilization through natural substances, nutritional therapy such as amino treatments, peer support, yoga, personal training for exercise, massage, and holistic therapies equipped to handle Abilify withdrawal symptoms. When the client becomes sedated, comfortable, and stable; their medication can be slowly reduced and they can start on a new treatment plan that incorporates healthful, natural alternatives to Abilify.

We invite you to call and speak to us, get an idea about the types of Abilify alternatives treatment methods and inpatient programs that are available for you or a loved one at Alternative to Meds Center. 
 


1. Bellack A,  “Psychosocial treatment in schizophrenia.”  Dialogues in Clinical Psychology [Internet] 2001 Jun [cited 2020 Aug 13]

2. Robertson, S, “Dopamine and Psychosis.” News Medical Life Sciences [Înternet] 2020 Jan 23 [cited 2020 Aug 13]

3. Kerner, B “Glutamate Neurotransmission in Psychotic Disorders and Substance Abuse.” Open Psychiatric Journal ¨[Internet]  2009 Nov 5 [cited 2020 Aug 13]

4. Sahoo S, Mehra A, Grover S, “Acute Hyperglycemia Associated With Psychotic Symptoms in a Patient with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: a Case Report.”  Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience [Internet] 2016 Nov-Dec [cited 2020 Aug 13]

5). Brown JS, “Introduction: An Update on Psychiatric Effects of Toxic Exposures.” Psychiatric Times [Internet]   2016 Sep 30 [cited 2020 Aug 13]



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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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