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Last Updated on February 11, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Alternative to Meds Editorial Team
Written by Diane Ridaeus Published Apr 13, 2020
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Alternative treatment for mental health is our specialty at Alternative to Meds Center, housed in a pristine, welcoming inpatient facility, and staffed by holistic-minded medical practitioners and caregivers.

alternative mental health treatmentAccording to a number of experts,4 a significant volume of adult disability occurs in the realm of mental illness. Yet, some of the world’s most highly esteemed mental health professionals have voiced concern over the traditional methods of care that may fall short of what is needed for today’s best treatment outcomes.4,5

While the mainstream of medicine and mental health treatment evolves slowly, fresh perspectives are leaning toward more modern, holistic treatments. Some are calling for a complete paradigm shift, preferring to see more use of alternative treatment for mental health, as well as integrative approaches, and more emphasis on collaborative and complementary medicine than ever before.1,3

Evidence-based Alternative Mental Health Therapies

Alternative to Meds Center uses many well-tested alternative therapies for mental health, and these have shown therapeutic value when tested in studies and trials.2

Alternative Mental Health Therapies:

*The benefits of CBT have been documented in various situations by the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository.7

alternative mental health treatmentsStrikingly, where alternative treatments, in general, used to be considered “unorthodox” (scientifically unproven), today are commonly considered very much orthodox (scientifically validated) based on studies done.2 Today’s alternative mental health treatments have replaced yesterday’s prefrontal lobotomy and blood-letting. Similarly, the pharmacological hold on the health industry, in general, has begun to loosen its monopolistic grasp. This has allowed for more opportunities than ever before for clients to choose non-drug-based treatment for authentic and effective help with mental health issues. Effective treatments do not introduce addiction or dependence on drugs and do not further damage neurochemistry with toxic substances.

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Neurotoxicity and Mental Health

neurotoxicity and mental healthOne factor that is often overlooked is the mental health decline that can occur after exposure to neurotoxic chemicals and heavy metals.6 These toxic substances can be found in everyday cleaning supplies, industrial chemicals, dental amalgams, our water and air, preservatives and enhancers found in food, and countless other sources.

The effects of toxic exposure on mental health have been verified in studies, therefore it makes sense to make an attempt to assess toxic body burden as part of any health assessment done that seeks an improvement in mental health factors, as well as physical symptoms related to toxic exposure. Chelation, cleansing, low-temperature sauna, nutritional support, and other strategies can aid the natural process of shedding this toxic burden. Our clients tend to stabilize on this step, as they improve sleep quality, appetite, mood, and other benefits. As a preparatory step to medication withdrawal, it is invaluable due to these improvements.

Alternative to Meds Center’s Focus

Sedona drug rehabMost importantly, our focus is not the temporary masking or numbing of symptoms but the positive achievement of wellness and natural mental health. In our programs, many forms of counseling are employed as well as physical therapies for physical and mental improvements, lowered stress levels, brighter mood, and more. Coming off medications is made easier when the original symptoms can be addressed concurrently with effective treatments.

Our staff roster constitutes over 40 professionals who are exceptionally equipped to assist all of our clients to achieve their health goals along the evidence-based pathways that alternative treatment for mental health and complementary medicine can provide. Please contact us directly to find out how we can be of service to you or your loved one. We have offered holistic alternative mental health treatments for over 15 years with documented success.


1. Lake J, Turner M, “Urgent Need for Improved Mental Health Care and a More Collaborative Model of Care” . 2017; 21: 17-024.Published online 2017 Aug 11. doi: 10.7812/TPP/17-024 PMCID: PMC5593510 PMID: 28898197 [INTERNET[ 2017 Aug 11 [cited 2020 August 18]

2. Schultz P, Hede V, “Alternative and complementary approaches in psychiatry: beliefs versus evidence” Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience [INTERNET] 2018 Sep [cited 2020 Apr 13]

3. WHO Press Release, “Mental disorders affect one in four people.” Report from Geneva 2001 [Internet] [cited 2020 Aug 18]

4. World Bank, “Mental Health” [Internet] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 14]

5. Batada, Amirali; Leon Solano, Rene.”Harnessing Technology to Address the Global Mental Health Crisis.” Open Knowledge Repository, [Internet] 2019 World Bank, Washington, DC. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO [cited 2020 Oct 14]

6. “Mental Health and Environmental Exposures.”  from the Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative [Internet] 2008 [cited 2020 Oct 14]

7. “Group-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training Improves Mental Health of SME Entrepreneurs : Experimental Evidence from Conflict-Affected Areas of Pakistan” Open Knowledge Repository, World Bank Group [cited 2020 Oct 14]



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.

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