Alternative to Meds Center provides holistic residential mental health and addiction treatment in a pristine, ultra-comfortable facility nestled near the Red Rock mountains surrounding Sedona, Arizona.
Methods Used in Residential Mental Health Treatment
Many of our clients are seeking assistance with not only tapering off medications but want to reduce and eliminate their unwanted symptoms. The center aims to achieve successful outcomes by including testing for the root causes of symptoms that led to the prescribing of medications in the first place. This, along with daily monitoring and collaboratively moving through the program at a tolerable pace, constitutes a more complete, sustainable recovery. Inpatient treatment gives freedom from distractions from successfully moving through the steps of the program. By naturally eliminating symptoms, by default, it also eliminates the need to mask or suppress such discomforts with drugs.
Removing Toxic Load
For instance, anxiety, insomnia or depression are typically linked to the presence of toxic accumulations in the body. In this case, the toxic load is purged gently and effectively to remove these biophysical triggers.
Education on nutrition and biochemistry helps arm the client with what is needed to sustain and support neurochemical health while in the program, and after the client returns home.
Diet – Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
Medications that were previously chosen to alleviate unwanted symptoms can be gently weaned off within an individualized program of steps given to the client. Each step is designed to assist the client’s health goals. A prime example is the correction of diet. Diet is fundamentally important including providing required supplements (found lacking or needed via testing) that will accelerate the normalizing of neurochemistry in the body. (1) (2) Sugars, stimulants, chemical preservatives, etc., are avoided as these can significantly interfere with mental health recovery.
Psychotherapy in Residential Mental Health Treatment
Another proven element of recovery in mental health and addiction is the use of psychotherapy. (3)
Many genres of talk therapy such as CBT, stress management, peer support, grief counseling and many other forms of psychotherapy are delivered at the center and are highly popular.
Another highly beneficial type of therapy is physical therapy in recovery. These options can provide increased stamina, energy, focus, confidence, and many other benefits. There are hundreds of easy walking trails nearby, allowing for stunning vistas that have to be seen to fully appreciate. Photo opportunities abound.
Physical activity also includes our Equine Assisted therapy. Anytime a person can get out in the sunshine, renders the added benefits of releasing natural healing endorphins, vitamins, and other biophysical factors that enhance real and authentic health.
Find Out More
There is much to learn about our mental health programs and other holistic treatment protocols. We would be very happy to show you our independently reviewed and documented success rate. We invite you to call the center and inquire about our cutting edge, proven effective programs. In an environment of holistic residential mental health treatment, we want to help you successfully address your most precious health goals, or those of your loved one.
(1) Selhub E, Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food Harvard Health Blog, Harvard Medical School [INTERNET] March 26, 2020 [cited April 14, 2020]
(2) Caton, H The emerging link between food and mental health. Center for Addiction and Mental Health, CAMH [INTERNET] [cited April 14, 2020]
(3) Whitbourne S K, Psychotherapy vs. Medications: The Verdict is In. Psychology Today [INTERNET] July 21, 2015 [cited April 14, 2020]
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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.