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Written by Diane Ridaeus Published Sep 19, 2018
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

One of the most important safety guidelines for how to get off Ativan is having competent professional help to guide the process.

When one attempts Ativan withdrawal, cold turkey, or without attentive guidance, serious anxiety and seizures are some of the troubling symptoms that commonly occur. In a state of desperation, when Ativan is not discontinued correctly, the resulting anxiety can be severe and often leads a person to start taking the medication again for relief. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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Methods Used to Get Off Ativan at Alternative to Meds Center:  Pre-tapering

At Alternative to Meds Center, a comprehensive set of methods has been developed so our clients are able to get off Ativan with very little side effects of withdrawal:

The pre-tapering stages are just as important, if not more so than the actual tapering itself.

Alternative to Meds Center is a holistic mental health facility specializing in drug withdrawal and recovery using orthomolecular medicine and other drug-free protocols that support mental health naturally.

Pre-tapering Protocols at Alternative to Meds Center

lab testing for getting off Ativan Pre-tapering includes lab testing to determine deficiencies, allergies, metabolic factors, etc. These areas are then addressed with supplementation of vitamins, minerals, and specifically targeted nutrients. Toxic accumulations in the body are isolated and identified and a deep cleansing process of a gentle nature begins to clear these out. These and other holistic measures and remedies are included in the programming, according to each person’s unique situation and needs. Pre-tapering protocols are employed before starting to reduce the Ativan so that the person’s body is more stable and adequately prepared to endure the process. Using lab testing helps to create a customized plan allowing a person to get off Ativan successfully. This is a significant foundation of addressing the environmental and nutritional factors that are contributing to symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, etc. can be brought under control naturally.4,5

Clients report feeling lighter, brighter, less anxious, sleeping better, improved appetite, and other positive changes even before starting the discontinuation.

Methods to Ease Withdrawal From Ativan

To reduce reactions that may occur in getting off Ativan, we use supplementation, diet, and orthomolecular therapy, IV nutrient therapy, acupuncture, massage, yoga, colonics, chelation, sauna therapy, ionic footbaths, continuing gentle neurotoxin removal, orthomolecular medicine, individual and group counseling, education classes on neurochemistry health maintenance, mild exercise and outdoor activities, and frequent consultations as part of case management throughout the process. Getting off Ativan can be accomplished comfortably and safely. Diverse techniques such as the above allow for true withdrawal relief.

holistic withdrawal therapy optionsDuring the tapering process, medical guidance is provided and the dosage of their medication is slowly reduced. If the reduction is too much, the person can temporarily go back to their regular dosage. It typically takes 2-8 weeks for an individual to gradually get off Ativan, depending on their dosage and unique body chemistry. During tapering, many comfort therapies are provided, such as massage, acupuncture, relaxing mineral baths, foot baths, yoga, changes in diet, ongoing nutrient therapy and supplementation, cranial-sacral massage, Reiki, light physical exercise, and other types of treatments as desired. These therapies help the body move through the tapering process with greater ease and offer great relief to the individual. Clients report that these therapies often diminish any side effects while they get off Ativan or other medications, and also keep the individual busy and positively engaged with healthy activities throughout their withdrawal. Tapering does not start until the person is ready and feels a level of relief from their anxiety or other symptoms.

Correcting an Overstimulated Neurochemistry

Every person is unique, with unique needs and symptoms that can be addressed. In our treatment center, we have routinely witnessed cases of anxiety that were caused by too many neurotoxins overstimulating the nervous system.1

The nervous system may be suffering from overstimulation because of neurotoxin buildup.2,3 Excitotoxins are common in modern life and might include pesticides, heavy metals, food preservatives, chemicals such as aspartame, cleaning products, and much more. These begin to build up in the fat stores in the body and can be what is driving unending anxiety. This is a problem that must be removed prior to authentic and lasting relief. With corrective techniques that are aimed at the source of anxiousness, anxiety can be lifted, and the goal of getting off Ativan without lingering symptoms can be comfortably accomplished.

SUMMARY:  Getting Off Ativan Comfortably

Treatments that help to get off Ativan comfortably include:

  • Lab testing to isolate deficiencies, toxins, metabolic and other factors relevant to symptoms and helpful to know well before attempting drug withdrawal.
  • Nutritional therapy to correct the above.
  • Deep cleansing of toxic bioaccumulation.*
  • Individual counseling, life coaching, peer support to ease the process.
  • Precision dose management and adjustment to avoid sudden changes.
  • Physical comfort therapies, such as massage, Reiki, mineral baths, etc.
  • Light exercise, walks or hiking, Equine-assisted therapy, art therapy, music therapy, and other engaging and extroverting activities

*Toxic bioaccumulation can cause symptoms for which medication was initially prescribed, but a burden of toxic bioaccumulation is also linked to global epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart issues, according to the 2001 United Nations Treaty called the Stockholm Convention1 on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS).

Are You Struggling to Get Off Ativan?

holistic ativan withdrawal sedona azPerhaps you or a loved one, struggling with symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and others, began taking a prescription drug that you now want to stop, but you need help. You likely want relief from the initial symptoms that led to the use of medication. Please don’t despair. We have been there too.

These are our specialties. Please contact us at Alternative to Meds Center in beautiful Sedona Arizona, to find out how to enroll. Finally, you can see the end of sleepless nights, suffering the whole horror show you’ve been living. Find out how we can help you to get off Ativan gently, safely, and comfortably, in our lovely, toxin-free, in-patient facility.


1. “Stockholm Convention” published by UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) [Internet] 2001 May, ratified 2004 May 17 [cited 2020 Oct 2]

2. Jackson E, Shoemaker R, Larian N, Cassis L, “Adipose Tissue as a Site of Toxin Accumulation” PubMed ID 23915320 [Internet] 2017 Sep 12 [cited 2020 Oct 2]

3. Nierenberg C, “The Bizarre Reason for a Man’s Worsening Anxiety.” Live Science [Internet] 2017 Dec 30 [cited 2020 Oct 2]

4. Trinder J, Raniti M, Waloszek A, “Which Came First, Sleep Problems or Anxiety?” Live Science [Internet] 2017 May 12 [cited 2020 Oct 2]

5. Selhum E, “Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food.” Harvard School of Medicine [Internet] 2020 Mar [cited 2020 Oct 2]



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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