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Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

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As the benzo crisis continues on its path of destruction, more people than ever are looking to Alternative to Meds Center for help with safe and gentle benzodiazepine withdrawal. 

Benzodiazepines are especially difficult to taper from and can be even more so the longer they are taken. However useful the drug may have been in the beginning, eventually someone taking benzodiazepines will be looking for a safe exit route.

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Typically, benzodiazepine users expect dreadful, lingering withdrawals. This is not the case at Alternative to Meds Center, as we use a vast number of safe and effective, clinically proven ways to reduce and eliminate side effects and symptoms that otherwise often accompany benzodiazepine withdrawal, making it extremely hard to tolerate. We know that it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Difficulties With Benzodiazepine Withdrawals

After using benzodiazepine drugs for relief from insomnia or anxiety or other issues, the body compensates for the changes that the drug has imposed and this is what leads to dependence or addiction. It happens quickly. In contrast, the body has a much harder time returning to normal function once benzodiazepine drugs have altered the natural chemistry of the nervous system and brain, and this dysfunction creates further shock and even injury if the benzodiazepines are withdrawn too fast.1

After a runner runs a mile, there is a phenomenon known as “oxygen debt.” Deep breathing will naturally compensate after the race. Similarly, one of the most debilitating factors of benzodiazepine use is the fact that after taking it for a while it creates “GABA debt.” The drugs have artificially purged and used up every available molecule of GABA and this leaves the person in a bad way. But there is no quick way to bring the GABA levels back up to healthy normal. During treatment, there is a slow way, which involves diet and supplements and other ways to help the body rebuild and restore these and other essential elements needed for robust natural mental health. 

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal and Drug-induced GABA Deficiency

GABA deficiency is, at least in part, one reason why the drug will “stop working” after a week or two or perhaps a bit longer. What can happen is the person then experiences “paradoxical effects.” This means if the drug was meant to calm you down, it will now intensify your anxiety. If you took it to get to sleep, it will now keep you awake. But if you stop taking it altogether, your body reacts with a shockingly harsh vengeance. It can be life-threatening to stop taking benzos suddenly.2 

This is a horrible trap to find oneself in and needs well-planned strategies to successfully escape without further harm. This is our specialty at Alternative to Meds Center, and have helped thousands to return to good health after benzodiazepine use. There is a road to recovery and it is authentically provided at Alternative to Meds Center

The Quick Fix is a Fake Fix

There is no real quick fix when it comes to health or mental health. Benzos may help in a crisis of unusual stress or anxiety. However, the tendency toward giving patients a quick answer to anxiety or insomnia or other conditions has led to the number of benzo prescriptions doubling or worse over the last few years.3 

A good gardener knows there is no such thing as a quick fix. A good mechanic also knows. It takes getting into the guts of the situation and digging around and testing to find out what the actual problem is, and then you can have a real resolution to the problem. That is our prime goal at Alternative to Meds Center.

Using an arsenal of diagnostic tools such as testing for deficiencies or the presence of toxins in the body, and even testing genetic factors that can be relevant, we work out solutions to the symptoms that likely lead to seeking a prescription of benzodiazepines in the first place. Non-physical contributory factors are also explored in counseling and life coaching and other therapies for authentic relief. Drugs can only mask symptoms, numb unwanted feelings, make a person less aware of their pain or discomfort. They do nothing to cure or resolve the source of the problem. We aim to do just that, find the root cause(s) and address those for lasting relief. That way, coming off benzodiazepines will not leave a person in dire straits because their symptoms will be reduced markedly even during the pre-tapering phase of the program. 

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We have been helping our clients for many years and have worked out the best, most gentle and effective treatment protocols for coming off drugs with the least discomfort. But the other side of the coin is that health issues can also be fixed so that whatever the source of the symptoms may have been they are no longer able to be so vexing and drugs become unnecessary. Physical health and mental health go hand in hand, and taking a holistic approach, using effective therapies, much can be done to promote higher levels of sustainable good health, naturally.

Please call us for more information about our world-class benzodiazepine withdrawal program.


.(1) “The Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome” (Petursson ) published in the US National Library of Medicine in 1994, accessed online February 14, 2020.

(2)  “A Review of Alprazolam Use, Misuse and Withdrawal” (Art Di-oud, Hamby, Sharma, Blevins) published in the US National Library of Medicine in January 2018, accessed online February 14, 2020.

(3) “Are Benzodiazepines the Next Opioid Crisis?” (Penn) published by the Psychiatry and Behavioural Health learning Network in February 2019, accessed online February 14, 2020.



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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