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Diazepam Withdrawal

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Diazepam withdrawal doesn’t have to be dreadful. With effective step-by-step help, Alternative to Meds Center can help you overcome the medication trap.

Even if a diazepam prescription was indicated during a time of demonstrable crisis, that does not always mean that a lifetime of being medicated is warranted.

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Alternative to Meds has been the expert on diazepam withdrawal for over 15 years. We have published evidence regarding our success. Underlying issues can in many cases be addressed in much less toxic ways. We find that frequently there were medical conditions, or that the original factors that contributed to the crisis have since shifted, were diagnosed prematurely or even misdiagnosed.

It is not necessary for diazepam users to suffer fierce symptoms of diazepam withdrawal. We have clinically proven ways to make side effects and symptoms a part of your past. Alternative to Meds Center has shown that there are other ways to have people feeling good and engaged in life without suffering from diazepam withdrawal and side effects. 

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Diazepam Withdrawal Using Scientifically Proven Strategies

The success of our Valium or diazepam withdrawal program is based on scientifically proven strategies that have broken new ground in the field of recovery from diazepam dependence.

When a person finds themself dependent on diazepam or other benzos, the journey out can seem daunting, many comparing withdrawing from diazepam as even more difficult than coming off heroin. This may surprise some, due in no small part to the way the drug is advertised or how it is often misrepresented in movies or tv shows as benign as taking an aspirin.

In stark contrast, common problems with stopping diazepam can be ruinous, belying its often falsely romanticized rep. There is nothing romantic about diazepam or diazepam withdrawal. 

Adverse Effects of Diazepam Withdrawal

Benzo drugs cause a wide range of extremely harsh adverse effects due to the drug’s pervasive influence on the CNS and brain/body chemistry. These side effects that occur during cessation tend to get worse before they get better, and can linger on for a very long time unless proper treatment is given to avoid protracted diazepam withdrawal.

These adverse effects can include rebound insomnia and anxiety, toxic psychosis, hallucinations, agitation, erratic movements, tremors, uncontrolled emotional lability and many other symptoms that can resemble the delirium tremens associated with alcohol withdrawal. This information has been known at least since 1965. 1 

The most recent FDA drug information label contains specific warnings about coming off diazepam too abruptly and has also added a warning about taking other CNS depressants concurrently such as opioids or alcohol or other benzos etc. because of their synergistic (magnified, combined) effects in suppressing the CNS to the point of coma or death.2 Switching from one medication abruptly to another can also have disastrous effects and though rare, can be fatal due to the extreme shock to the system.3

ATMC Knows the Importance of Proper Care During Diazepam Withdrawal.

It cannot be overly stressed that finding proper care for the process of coming off diazepam or any other psychotropic substance is key to successfully completing the process without undue harm to the person. In fact, our goal is the improvement of natural mental health, utilizing targeted nutritional supplements, neurotoxin removal, orthomolecular-based diet, and many other effective therapies.4 Our success rates show the effectiveness of this scientific approach to dependence and addiction. 

We invite you to call the center and speak to one of our friendly and informed staff who can answer any specific questions you may have about our success rate, insurance coverage, length of stay and costs. You can learn much more about why we use testing in designing each client’s program, as well as medical oversight, and about the many therapies and protocols that we use in our life-changing diazepam withdrawal and recovery programs. 

 


(1) Toxic Psychosis  With Transient Dysmnestic Syndrome Following Withdrawal from Valium    (Barten) published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in 1965, accessed online January 28, 2020.   

(2) Valium (diazepam) label, FDA 

(3) A fatal case of benzodiazepine withdrawal (Larin, Molina) published in the US National Library of Medicine in 2009, accessed online January 28, 2020

(4) Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: Benzodiazepines and Beyond (Sachdeva, Choudhary, Chandra) published in the US National Library of Medicine in 2015, accessed online February 11, 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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