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Last Updated on January 15, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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The benzo crisis is out … of … control, which means, sadly, the need for lorazepam alternatives is greater than it ever has been.

Lorazepam alternatives treatment must be designed specifically for the individual. A one-size-fits-all approach will not work. At Alternative to Meds we know the “ins and outs” of benzos.

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Alternative to Meds has been providing effective benzo alternatives for over 15 years. We have published evidence demonstrating our success with clients who could not find help anywhere else in some cases. Benzodiazepines can cause a neurotoxic reaction in the CNS, a point where drug reactions spin out of control and begin causing great suffering to the person. Resolving that neurotoxicity allows the CNS and brain to regulate once again. We deal with methods that promote natural, sustainable mental health without drugs. That is why so many have had success with our treatments.
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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 a mess.
Please watch the videos you see here or call us to get hope about your situation.

Scientifically Proven Lorazepam Alternatives

For people who have a hard time with anxiety or other symptoms and are intolerant to lorazepam side effects, unresponsive to the medication, or concerned about physical dependence; lorazepam alternatives can change your life.

How powerful is lorazepam? Lorazepam is used as a “knock-out” drug by sex criminals and thieves — so powerful that it can render the victim unable to respond or flee. The drug is also highly addictive and has developed an increased street presence as a drug of abuse.1

We offer scientifically proven alternatives that are non-drug-based and can ease tapering off this medication. It is possible to safely transition to the use of effective benzodiazepine alternatives. Prescription medication is not the only option — you do have other choices.

Lorazepam Alternatives Include:

  • CBT, DBT counseling
  • Corrected diet, i.e. keto-based
  • Eliminate artificial sweeteners, caffeine, other stimulants
  • Test for and correct vitamin/mineral deficiencies
  • Neurotoxin removal (mercury, lead, other pollutants) *
  • Learned relaxation techniques
  • Herbal remedies

*Sibelrud et al.’s study showed evidence that higher anxiety, anger, and depression occur in women with mercury dental fillings.

Why Choose Alternatives to Lorazepam?

alternative medicine for lorazepam Lorazepam side effects can be deeply troubling including addiction and severe withdrawal symptoms. Many individuals who end up on this medication would have likely preferred natural alternatives to lorazepam if these had been made available to them. Drug regulators class this medication as a benzodiazepine to treat anxiety and other symptoms. However, benzodiazepines’ risks of addiction, withdrawal symptoms, overdose, and other severe side effects are well-established.2

We offer the opportunity to get off medication comfortably and treat mental health naturally and effectively. The center also teaches doctors how to work with alternatives to benzos for their patients.

Benzodiazepines and GABA

stabilize brain chemistry All benzodiazepines manipulate the neurotransmitter called GABA. As covered in the video above, GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. If you have not done so yet, watch the video for a better understanding of this subject.

Drugs do not produce more GABA, but do manipulate the way it is processed in the body for a temporary dampening effect. Research tells us that how this drug affects brain chemistry is not exactly understood in the medical community. But it is thought to primarily affect two things that might explain the drug’s effects. First, the synapse is made more permeable to GABA molecules. Second, lorazepam makes calcium less available, which initiates a muscle relaxant effect. Over time, benzos make the synapse become less responsive to GABA, meaning more and more of the drug is needed for the same relaxation effect. Then when the drug is discontinued, especially if done too rapidly, the body will be suffering from low GABA, (meaning high stimulation levels) and excess calcium (elevating stress, muscle contractions, seizures, and other reactions). This is especially true if withdrawal is too rapid.

AVOID Cold Turkey Withdrawal

medical guidanceWhen an individual has been using this medication for a long time and desires to transition into a lorazepam alternatives treatment plan, they can experience physical withdrawal while the drug is leaving their system. Withdrawal can introduce many side effects including vomiting, convulsions, tremors, muscle cramps, and even seizures have occurred in individuals who stop the medication too abruptly. However, when a gradual taper is done correctly, it can be fairly uncomplicated and vastly more tolerable. Alternative to Meds Center uses treatments designed to relieve withdrawal while this drug is leaving the system.

We can help you quit using lorazepam and live your life without residual anxiety and medication cravings.

Cleanse Neurotoxicity — Effective Alternative Treatment

Poisonous toxins like cleaning solvents, anything that damages or irritates the nerves, cause symptoms like anxiety.4

Clients at the center get tested for the presence of toxic poisons that may have accumulated in the body over time. The body stores toxins in fat tissues as a defense mechanism. These toxins can come from many sources, not just benzodiazepines. Chemical exposures occur too frequently in the workplace. A person can come into contact with pesticides used outdoors. Many personal care products and home cleaning products contain deadly pollutants. Preservatives or flavor enhancers that are used in processed food and chemicals used in water treatment can also leave a toxic residue behind. These toxins can be damaging to neurotransmitter function.

We believe that toxicity can contribute significantly to problems encountered during benzodiazepine withdrawal. The solution we have found workable is to cleanse out the toxicity, which strengthens neurotransmitter repair, before any major tapering. This softens and eases the withdrawal process considerably.

Medical Lorazepam Alternatives

Due to the severity of benzodiazepine withdrawal, extreme caution needs to be exercised when tapering an individual off of the drug. We provide medical lorazepam alternatives such as bridge medications when needed to help to ensure a safe and smooth withdrawal. At the earliest opportunity, after stabilization, the person can successfully begin transitioning to lorazepam alternatives to manage their anxiety or other symptoms. Our drug treatment program not only focuses on relieving withdrawal pain and discomforts but heavily focuses on discovering the root causes of initial symptoms that led to benzodiazepine use. We work at discovering and correcting the underlying causes of anxiety or other symptoms that led a person to be medicated in the first place.

Overcoming Anxiety and Panic Disorders

natural alternatives for anxietyAnxiety and panic disorders are typically described as resulting from chemical imbalances in the neurotransmitters, and benzodiazepines are supposed to correct this imbalance. We wish it were that simple. The tranquilizing effects of drugs like lorazepam come from causing available GABA to remain suspended in the nerve synapse (see video for picture). These molecules of GABA would normally be continually recycled through the CNS. Benzodiazepines prevent this from happening. The suspended GABA molecules become spent, and degrade into unusable waste products. Benzos do not create more GABA, so once the body’s stores of GABA have been used up in this way, everything will seem too stimulating for the person. This creates further complications in the chemistry of the brain and body.

Fortunately, Alternative to Meds does provide drug-free options for resolving panic and anxiety disorders. These same neurotransmitters can be influenced by natural substances and drug-free strategies for mental health,3,5 that not only lessen unwanted anxiousness but can also support manufacturing new GABA molecules. This can occur because we are enhancing natural functions in the body to work better, not artificial manipulation. Our medical staff members create customized plans for each client.

Natural Lorazepam Solutions

natural lorazepam treatmentsWe find it ironic that these medications were prescribed to get rid of anxiety, insomnia, and panic attacks. But the same symptoms typically rebound — viciously — especially after long-term benzo use. As discussed earlier, the center commonly finds through testing that the person is suffering from an accumulation of neurotoxins including toxic heavy metals. Studies show that these can cause over-stimulation of the nervous system.4 This is often what leads to the initial use of benzodiazepines. Our alternative benzo programs include gentle taper methods, cleansing of neurotoxic accumulations, natural substances such as nebulized glutathione for neurochemical support, individual counseling, peer support, and relaxation techniques. Other therapies include a clean, keto-based diet, supplementation for correcting deficiencies,5 acupuncture, mild exercise, massage, sauna, art therapy, yoga, equine therapy, meditation, and more.

The scientific methods we use to discontinue medication and stabilize brain function have assisted thousands of our clients to become medication free, and symptom-free. Our goal is long-term success for our clients, not temporary fixes. We offer safe, holistic, non-drug-based approaches to achieve balance and natural mental health. Please call us to find out more about what lorazepam alternatives at Alternative to Meds Center can do for you or your loved one.

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2. NIDA. “Well-Known Mechanism Underlies Benzodiazepines’ Addictive Properties.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 19 Apr. 2012, https://archives.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2012/04/well-known-mechanism-underlies-benzodiazepines-addictive-properties. [Accessed 24 Nov. 2020].

3. CAMH “Understanding Psychiatric Medications: Benzodiazepines.” CAMH publication, [Internet] N.D. [cited 2020 Nov 24]

4. Nierenberg C,”The Bizarre Reason for a Man’s Worsening Anxiety.” LiveScience [Internet] 2017 Dec 30 [cited 2020 Nov 24]

5. Neuroscience, “Find Out Which Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies Can Cause Anxiety.” 2018 Nov 18 [cited 2020 Nov 24]



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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