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Last Updated on January 15, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Written by Diane Ridaeus
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

 
The “benzo crisis” has reached alarming levels. Even more alarming is the medical profession’s extraordinary lack of attention given to clonazepam alternatives.

Alternative to Meds Center is particularly experienced with the intricacies of clonazepam alternatives treatment.

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Alternative to Meds has given expert benzodiazepine withdrawal care to our clients for over 15 years. We have published evidence about our success. Some people can indeed reduce and stop benzodiazepines easier than others. We find a majority of persons in difficulty struggle with the fight or flight scenario, (sympathetic overdrive). The person will benefit greatly from shedding their toxic burden. Then the neurochemistry can rebalance, and begin to naturally regulate. For each individual, a unique program of alternative anxiety treatments can achieve this result.
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You probably already know the horrors of this drug. Benzodiazepines are typically more difficult to get off than heroin. And, trying to live life on benzos can be a chaotic mess.
Please watch the videos you see here or call us to get hope about your situation.

There ARE Options – Find Out About Natural Alternatives to Clonazepam

alternatives to clonazepamWe help individuals who are struggling with anxiety, panic, or other conditions, and can’t put up with side effects and risks of physical dependence as well as helping those who are not responsive to clonazepam (Klonopin).

Clonazepam alternatives can change your life.

Alternative to Meds Center provides benzodiazepine alternatives treatment that allows individuals to safely and comfortably taper off of anti-anxiety medication and start using effective, natural alternatives to clonazepam. In this way, the person receives long-lasting relief instead of the potentially disastrous drug-based approach of the past.

Long-Term Effects of Clonazepam

Long-term effects of clonazepam are typically not discussed when the prescribing physician is writing out the scrip. Alternative options are also largely ignored, or rarely discussed in detail. And this is mostly because doctors have been “trained” to pull out the prescription pad before considering or offering other possible solutions. It is not that they don’t care, so much as they have not been fully educated themselves on the subject. They simply haven’t been trained in what other (non-drug-based) solutions are available for their patients. When it comes to alternatives for clonazepam, please know there are other options, and there are many reasons why people want to use less harmful treatments than medication. These are discussed in more detail below.

benzodiazepines and neurochemistryClonazepam belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs. Benzodiazepine medication, especially after long-term use, and even short-term use, is known for its highly addictive qualities, drug side effects, and harsh discontinuation symptoms. Benzos are also known for their ineffectiveness at doing anything authentic for the person’s health and well-being. In the beginning, relief from anxiety can be briefly helpful, but it can only be seen as a temporary measure. After a few days or weeks, the drug starts to cause an increase in the very symptoms that you hoped it would take away. But if a person then stops taking it, another tsunami of reactions occurs, as dependence has set in.

If you have ever described this as feeling trapped, you would be correct, and it may help to remember, you are not alone. These are common reactions and yours are not the exception, but more the rule. These are some of the reasons an individual may want to find more healthy alternatives for clonazepam, and find a safe way to transition. Many choices exist that can effectively and in a healthful way treat the conditions and symptoms for which clonazepam may have been prescribed.1 In addition to the successful natural options available for mental health treatment, Alternative to Meds Center is medically equipped to help individuals taper off of medication. Traditional mental health treatment with prescription medication is not the only option. You have a choice.

Alternatives to Clonazepam Does Not Mean “Finding a Better Benzo”

Often times when an individual asks their doctor about an alternative to this medication, the physician will put them on another benzodiazepine or other kind of prescription medication. As with clonazepam, prescribing other medications can also cause serious side effects, dependency problems, discontinuation reactions, and they also may turn out to be ineffective even after a short time. Other risks become more apparent the longer the drug is used.

There is often a frenzied attempt to try this or that drug, one after another, leaving the person worse off than before. It doesn’t have to be this way.

There are many effective alternative treatments for anxiety or other symptoms. The real way to get to the bottom of anxiety is by figuring out the underlying cause of it. We work to find and correct the underlying reasons that are causing the original symptoms which resulted in being medicated.

Talk Therapy:  Useful Clonazepam Alternative Treatment

talk therapyWe provide cognitive behavioral therapy as one of the many natural alternatives to clonazepam. While “anxiety” has become almost normalized or popularized as a “common mental illness,” 3 anxiety and stress could be thought of as signposts, indicating that something is out of balance, something needs to change its course.

In addition to CBT, we offer an exciting array of different genres of counseling including art and music therapies, equine-assisted therapy, and more so that many approaches can be considered and selected, to get the desired result.

Correcting Root Causes

Instead of simply agreeing that anxiety is a mystery without a known cause, let’s find out what the cause is. And then see if we can address it and resolve it in other ways besides drugging the person to numb the sensation. Real therapy or counseling can help a person mitigate stress related to past trauma, concern about stressful situations in life, or other conditions.2

A person can begin to safely face their fears in a familiar and comfortable environment with a therapist who will work with them collaboratively. In addition to talk-therapy, activities that are relaxing, healing, and generally good for the body can help manage anxiety effectively.

Drug-free Strategies to Relieve Anxiety

There are many simple things a person can add to their daily habits to beat anxiety without resorting to clonazepam or similar medications.

Alternatives to clonazepam include:

  • Mild exercise
  • Quiet, relaxing activities periodically throughout the day
  • Daily exposure to fresh air and sunshine*
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Acupuncture, massage, relaxation techniques
  • Maintain a healthy sleep pattern
  • Remove toxic chemicals from home, i.e. harsh cleaners, personal care products, etc.
  • Avoid toxic people or situations
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners, sugars, processed foods, refined carbs, caffeine

*A study by Beecher et al. showed a clear link between mood and exposure to sunshine.

Alternative to Meds Center provides a customized treatment regimen for each client that includes a comprehensive blend of clonazepam alternatives such as lab testing, corrected diet and nutrition therapy, counseling, sauna, detoxification, neurochemistry rehabilitation, and more. Complex treatment regimens are custom made for each client’s success.

Natural Clonazepam Alternatives

natural clonazepam alternativesOther types of non-drug-based, natural clonazepam alternatives help a person greatly. These may include acupuncture or acupressure, aromatherapy, breathing techniques, herbal medicine, massage therapy, sedative herbal tea, meditation, diet and nutritional therapy, reflexology, shiatsu massage, vitamins and supplements, yoga, biofeedback, hypnotherapy, homeopathy, and naturopathy. Benzodiazepine drugs are prescribed usually before there has been an adequate investigative effort to find why the person is suffering from anxiety. There are so many other alternatives to relieve anxiety and other troubling symptoms, it is no longer necessary to jump to drugs as a first-line treatment anymore.4,5

Neurotoxins and Anxiety

toxic burden and mental healthAt Alternative to Meds Center, we have observed in most cases of anxiety, that the individual has accumulated neurotoxins including toxic heavy metals which are producing over-stimulation to their nervous system. These can be discovered through lab testing.

Often, this is what the cause is for the original symptoms which may have led to being medicated with a benzodiazepine. We use natural, safe, and proven approaches to stabilize brain function. We know from testing and assessment for each client, which clonazepam alternatives can provide the most relief in natural, non-harmful ways. Eliminating toxic accumulations can provide great relief and allow the person’s neurochemistry to rehabilitate, normalize, and function well again, without anxiety or other symptoms related to neurotoxicity.

When a person wants to end the use of this medication, clonazepam withdrawal symptoms can emerge such as severe anxiety and other extended withdrawal symptoms without professional help. Benzodiazepines are the class of drugs we most often address since attempting to come of them without proper help and guidance is typically extremely difficult.

Clonazepam Alternatives at ATMC

 ATMC offers alternatives to clonazepamAlternative to Meds Center has developed comprehensive programs that provide a safe exit route from harsh drugs like clonazepam. Our methods are designed to not only provide relief but to lay out a gentle path of getting off medication safely and resolving the issues that caused the person’s symptoms in the first place.

You can learn more about the underlying reasons for the symptoms that benzodiazepines were prescribed to treat, and about our effective natural, non-drug-based programs. We invite you to call us and learn more about the help available to you today if you are seeking clonazepam alternatives and natural relief of anxiety or other untenable symptoms.

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1. Sibley C, “10 Natural Remedies to Consider for Treating Anxiety” Pharmacy Times [Internet] 2017 Oct 26 [cited 2020 Sep 5]

2. “Anxiety Disorders – Symptoms and Causes” Mayo Clini publication [Internet] N.D. [cited 2020 Sep 5]

3. Crocq, M, “The history of generalized anxiety disorder as a diagnostic category.” Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience [Internet] 2017 Jun [cited 2020 Sep 5]

4. Rickels K, Ryan M A, “What is generalized anxiety disorder?” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry [Internet] 2001 [cited 2020 Sep 5]

5. Faravelli C, Castellini G, Landi M, Brugnera A, ” Are psychiatric Diagnoses an Obstacle for Research and Practice? Reliability, Validity, and the Problem of Psychiatric Diagnoses. The Case of GAD.” PubMed 22408646 [Internet] 2012 Feb 24 [cited 2020 Sep 5]



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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