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Last Updated on August 4, 2021 by Diane Ridaeus

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Benzodiazepines like diazepam (Valium) carry devastating consequences for some, which is why we recommend diazepam alternatives to eliminate unwanted symptoms such as anxiety or insomnia, but without laying in further injury to the person.

The medical profession, particularly medical detox facilities, has tremendous difficulty getting a client through diazepam withdrawal without complication.4 We can help.

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You probably already know the horrors of this drug. Benzodiazepines are typically more difficult to withdraw from than heroin. And, trying to live life on benzos can be calamitous.
Please watch the videos you see here or call us to get hope about your situation.


Natural Alternatives to Diazepam

Natural alternatives are not meant here as substitute drugs, but other therapies using non-drug-based strategies to improve mental wellness, and reduce unwanted symptoms safely. For example, by simply avoiding sugar or refined carbs one can reduce anxiety and the mood swings that often accompany blood-sugar spikes and crashes.1

There are many ways to reduce symptoms without risking drug-induced side effects. A sample of some that are easily implemented follows.

Diazepam alternatives include:

  • holistic alternatives to diazepamNiacin (Vitamin B3) 2,6 administered in appropriate doses, is a natural-acting tranquilizer that can safely promote relaxation and sleep*
  • Prevent blood sugar spikes through proper diet 7,8
  • Avoid stimulants such as caffeine 9
  • Avoid neurotoxins in foods & beverages such as Aspartame©, MSG 10,11
  • Design a nutrient-rich eating plan using chemical-free foods 12,13
  • Neurotoxin cleanout of mercury, lead, other toxic accumulations 3,14-17
  • Regular exercise — natural mood enhancer with other health benefits 18
  • Counseling such as CBT is effective mental health therapy 19,20
  • Supplements i.e., passionflower, kava, l-tryptophan, taurine, magnesium, melatonin 21-26

*Dr. Abram Hoffer’s works include volumes of research on vitamin therapies for mental health as noted by a 2017 McGill University publication

Benzos are usually given to an individual for anxiety or for help sleeping. However, using these medications often brings on diazepam side effects or other problems that weren’t present before the drug was first prescribed, including the likelihood of dependence and distinct withdrawal symptoms after 1-2 weeks of use.27 These issues, among many others, demonstrate the need for alternatives to diazepam. We employ holistic, safe, proven methods to stabilize the body’s CNS and brain. Problems relating to benzodiazepine withdrawal are among the most common as withdrawing from these drugs improperly can present extreme symptoms, such as seizures and protracted withdrawal.4,5 Getting off diazepam (Valium) without help can be difficult. Alternative to Meds Center creates a customized treatment plan for each client — carefully personalized for each person’s safety and success.

Neurotoxin Removal

diazepam alternatives helpLab testing is done early in the program at Alternative to Meds Center. In the majority of anxiety cases, we find a build-up of neurotoxins — heavy metals, or chemical residues from cleaning products or chemicals used in processing foods for example — that are producing an over-stimulated nervous system.14-17 Such symptoms may have been what led a person to the initial use of benzos. Using various cleansing methods such as chelation, low-temperature sauna, colon hydrotherapy, and others, these residues can be gently and effectively purged from the system. Neurotoxin removal is essential for many to be able to experience neurotransmitter rehabilitation and therefore a remission of toxin-induced symptoms.

Correcting the Diet – Effective Alternative to Diazepam

Diet is one of the easiest but most overlooked strategies to improve mental health. A massive review of literature on the subject of nutrition and mood disorders by Firth et al published in the British Medical Journal 28 suggests that improving the diet also improves the mental health of the population.

Generally, the authors suggest the Mediterranean diet is better for mood and well-being than the typical Western diet. The study also highlights the importance of a healthy gut microbiome, and low-glycemic foods for mental and physical health.

Nutritional Supplements Effective for Anxiety, Insomnia

Supplements can also be beneficial. For example, passionflower was shown to be as effective as prescription medication for anxiety relief and additionally, did not produce the negative side effects of the medication used in the trial. 24

Magnesium given in oral supplements was shown to have positive anxiety-reducing effects in 9 studies, according to researchers Boyle et al, as published in Nutrients Journal. The authors of the study go on to report that magnesium is deficient in 68% of Americans and 72% of French middle-aged adults and therefore recommend dietary magnesium be supplemented to correct the problem.23

At Alternative to Meds, inpatient lab testing is used to reveal nutritional deficiencies which can be remedied through diet correction and supplementation to improve mental health.

Coming Off Diazepam (Valium) Made Easier with Alternatives

We have discovered effective methods of diazepam alternatives treatment that allow people to reduce and even eliminate this medication while using safe, natural alternatives to soften the withdrawal symptoms.

talk therapy for coming off diazepamFor a lot of individuals, diazepam (Valium) cannot sufficiently manage their symptoms except in perhaps a short-term crisis. Diazepam typically causes uncomfortable side effects and is notorious for withdrawals and rebound symptoms even after a short period of use.27 We encourage considering natural diazepam substitutes. Diazepam natural alternatives are many and include different types of talk therapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, supplementation, and nutritional options for managing the condition for which this medication was prescribed. Managing blood sugar issues is important.1 Typically, when diazepam doesn’t produce the desired results, a physician may offer another drug or even multiple medications. The practice of switching drugs might involve other anti-anxiety drugs, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors ( SSRIs ), tricyclic antidepressants, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). The current consensus advises that anti-anxiety medications should be used only short-term. Brett et al in their 2015 paper published in the Australian Prescriber Journal that there are few instances where benzos should be prescribed for more than 2 weeks due to the likelihood of dependence, and therefore withdrawals that are likely to occur.27 At Alternative to Meds, we believe that there are more effective long-term answers. Prescription medications are not the only options for mental health treatment. We have other answers that may help you. For those of you who are suffering from anxiety, insomnia, or other conditions and cannot tolerate the side effects, addiction potential, or if you are unresponsive to diazepam treatment, it is very possible that diazepam alternatives help could change your life.

Many individuals become exhausted by the process of trial and error, constantly trying medications that don’t really work or cause annoying side effects. When someone is not happy with Valium, they may consider healthy Valium alternatives. There are many people who suffer anxiety and go their whole life without drugs. Anxiety can be treated with diazepam alternatives such as counseling, where one can learn new tools to deal with triggers in an empowered way. Treating your body with the best nutrition, implementing strategies for better quality sleep, neurotoxin removal, and neurotransmitter rehabilitation are some better alternatives to drugs. Meditation or mindfulness training, as well as correcting diet, acupuncture, and massage, can also provide better strategies. Alternative to Meds Center aims to teach clients how to be mentally healthy — without medication — for their entire lifetime. We aim to identify and correct the originating causes of the symptoms which led to being medicated with Diazepam.

Diazepam Alternatives Help at Alternative to Meds

holistic treatments for diazepam addictionOur diazepam alternative protocols can be viewed on our services overview page. Carefully managed medication taper methods, in a warm and inviting social setting. Neurochemical support using targeted supplementation, and other alternatives to diazepam promote relaxation and stability. Find out more about other services offered at the center, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, neurotoxin removal, Equine-assisted therapy, Qi Gong, IV therapy, and more. We can help you get off Diazepam with little to no discomfort, and you can live your life without anxiety or medication.

Most people do not get real relief from their problems with Valium that can, at best, temporarily mask anxiety. The anxiety remains when the medication is gone. Our goal is to find and correct underlying problems thereby creating lasting success and relief. The underlying root causes of anxiety may be more effectively addressed without diazepam. Please call to learn more about the kind of diazepam alternatives help available to you or your loved one today at Alternative to Meds Center.

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Originally Published Oct 30, 2018 by Diane Ridaeus


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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