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Last Updated on January 10, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Alternative to Meds Editorial Team
Written by Lyle Murphy
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

It is important to seek natural Ambien alternatives in the context of medical oversight and care. Tranquilizers, like Ambien, can be more than just “an addiction.”

Ambien alternatives treatment needs to be structured strategically and compassionately — something we know how to do.

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

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Alternative to Meds Center has been navigating Ambien alternatives for over 15 years. You can study our published evidence regarding our success. Toxins affect the functionality of neurochemistry in a negative way. So we can use holistic and functional medicine to repair and clean up an accumulated toxic burden and this allows the neurochemistry the ability to regulate. The success of this approach is far more sustainable over the long term without the complicating side-effects of adding drugs to the problem.

We Have Better Ambien Alternatives

At Alternative to Meds Center we know there are Ambien alternatives and better solutions for mental health problems besides a lifetime of taking Ambien (aka becoming an “Ambien Zombie“). For people troubled by anxiety, depression, insomnia, or other conditions that have been unresponsive to Ambien, or who were unable to tolerate the side effects and the risks of physical dependence, Ambien alternatives assistance could change your life. Alternative to Meds Center offers Ambien alternatives treatment that allows people to taper off of this medication safely and comfortably and begin to use sustainable, holistic alternatives to Ambien.

Though people are often prescribed Ambien, also known as Zolpidem Tartrate, for short-term treatment of insomnia, the drug is often not well tolerated, and many individuals seek more natural alternatives to Ambien for insomnia treatment. Zolpidem has sedative and hypnotic effects, similar to that of a benzodiazepine. It binds to the same GABA receptor sites as benzodiazepine medications.

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Mixing Ambien and Alcohol, Other Substances

Those who take Ambien should be made acutely aware of the dangers of mixing Ambien and alcohol. Since both substances are CNS suppressors, their combined effect can result in over-sedation, which can be problematic if driving or operating heavy machinery, etc. In fact, the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse states that mixing alcohol and medications can be deadly.3

Zolpidem overdose often requires admission to an emergency ICU for life-saving treatment. Ambien users who concurrently use other drugs like mood stabilizers, antidepressants, or other types of CNS suppressants are at risk for overdose even when these may have been prescribed.

At Alternative to Meds, we believe it is overall safer and more effective to utilize natural treatments for insomnia to avoid such negative impacts linked to prescription sleeping pills.

When Sleeping Pills No Longer Work

When sedative sleeping pills aren’t working or are causing significant problems, individuals may consider Ambien alternatives treatment. In most cases, identifying and treating the underlying problems and causes or using specific behavioral techniques may significantly help to treat insomnia.

Insomnia may be a result of one or more of many possible underlying physical, psychological, or medical problems. In many of these cases, treating the root cause with various alternatives to Ambien can improve or eliminate the unwanted condition or symptoms. For example, identifying certain behaviors such as smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, which can worsen insomnia, and eliminating (or reducing) these behaviors may profoundly benefit a person during insomnia treatment. These are examples of how the reduction of symptoms can be done in a drug-free manner.

Alternative to Meds Center provides customized programs for each client, with individualized recommendations for diet, targeted supplementation, and nutritional needs. We aim to identify and correct the causes of the symptoms that led you to take Ambien.1

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Top 4 Drug-free Treatments for Insomnia:

  • Sleep restriction therapy*
  • Reconditioning
  • Relaxation therapy
  • CBT-I (CBT for Insomnia)**

*Sleep restriction therapy and CBT-I6 ** may benefit individuals with insomnia who spend too much time in their beds trying to fall asleep unsuccessfully, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

At first, a sleep restriction program may consist of allowing only a few hours of sleep at night. Sleep time is gradually increased until a normal night of sleep is achieved. Reconditioning is another therapy that can help people with insomnia by reconditioning them to only associate their bed with sleep. Clients at Alternative to Meds Center are given individualized programming based on their unique situation and needs.

Effective Integrative Approach

ambien alternativesRelaxation therapy is another form of Ambien alternatives help — a set of simple to learn behavioral techniques effective for sleep.

According to a recent article in Psychology Today online magazine, specific and effective techniques exist that can eliminate or at least vastly reduce body tension and anxiety.4,5

As a result of these therapies, the muscles relax, the individual’s mind is able to stop “racing,” and restful sleep can occur. It can take practice and proper instruction to effectively learn these techniques but is worthwhile to achieve effective relaxation. Alternative to Meds Center’s rehab program offers comprehensive help that includes using natural substances to support neurochemistry and removing neurotoxins accumulated in the individual’s system from the use of drugs, or from environmental exposure to toxins, etc. Peer support can help significantly, as well as the beneficial effects of many therapies that are provided such as massage, physical exercise, acupuncture, sauna therapy, yoga, relaxation therapies, Reiki, and more.

Designing the Best Alternatives to Ambien

We use scientific, natural approaches to balance the body and brain. The goal at Alternative to Meds Center is to provide relief that lasts. The scientific methods we use to end medication use and stabilize the brain have helped thousands of our clients achieve mental health naturally.

We can help you achieve the results you deserve. Please call us today. Professional counselors are available to answer any questions you or your loved one may have regarding the Ambien alternatives that are part of the Alternative to Meds Center roster of programs that promote mental health naturally.

1. Lakhan, SE and Vieira, KF “Nutritional and herbal supplements for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders: systematic review,” summary of 24 clinical trials, AMJ, US National Library of Medicine 2009 Sep [Internet] 2010 Oct [cited 2019 Nov]

2. FDA Label Ambien [Internet] 2008 Jun 23 [cited 2020 Sep 23]

3. NIH authors, ” Harmful Interactions.” [Internet] N.D. [cited 2020 Nov 19]

4. Dixon E, “Can’t Sleep? Try These Evidence-based, Drug-free Techniques.” Psychology Today [Internet] 2020 Apr 5 [cited 2020 Sep 23]

5. Qasseem et al., “Management of Chronic Insomnia Disorder in Adults: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians.” Ann Intern Med. 2016 Jul 19: 165(2): 125-33 doi: 10.7326/M15-2175, Epub 2016 May 3 [cited 2020 Sep 23]

6. “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)”, updated 2020 Oct 22 [cited 2020 Sep 23]

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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