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Last Updated on August 4, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

You need almost divine luck finding medical professionals who have the expertise to design and deliver a well-managed Valium tapering program.

Benzodiazepines like Valium have life-threatening risks associated with them. It is extremely important to find experienced, qualified professionals who can strategically and compassionately perform Valium tapering.

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The following Valium tapering information is provided here so you can get a better understanding of the kinds of therapies that can make getting off Valium many times easier than it could otherwise be for you or your loved one. Perhaps you have begun researching the topic and are not sure how to get off Valium in a safe and healthy way. We can help.

It can often happen that a person is started on a tranquilizer but is not given adequate information concerning stopping Valium (or other benzodiazepines or drugs) so that the person ends up feeling trapped by a pharmaceutical drug that they no longer wish to take. Without this guidance, trying to quit Valium can feel next to impossible. But please, don’t give up hope. There are many ways to approach this problem of Valium withdrawal easily and safely.

Correct Pacing is Important When Stopping Valium

Where any benzodiazepine is being tapered, the old adage, “slow is fast” certainly applies. There is no single or “canned” rate of discontinuation that will be right for everyone. It is always best to go as slowly as is needed to avoid the abrupt changes that can shock the system. Trying to, for instance, cut the dosage in half for a couple of days, and then in half again, may not sound fast at first glance. But to the very intricate workings of the internal organs and other systems in the body, such a decrease could be much too fast. And ultimately, it could considerably lengthen the process of trying to quit Valium.

The physical reactions that can occur when tapering Valium can be severe and it is best to avoid them whenever possible with a slow and gentle step-down.

Preparing the Body for Getting Off Valium

At Alternative to Meds Center, there are some preparations that are done to prepare the body for these changes and to make stopping Valium as tolerable and comfortable as possible. One of these is toxicity testing and removal. Toxins can mean past chemical exposure, food additives that are stored in the fatty tissues of the body, mold spores, and many others. These can all be detrimental to overall health and can compromise neurochemistry and all of its functions.

valium tapering, titration, weaninVery often, lab testing that we do before beginning the withdrawal from Valium shows concerning levels of accumulated neurotoxins. These can be safely purged from the system, which has numerous advantages to the overall process of Valium cessation. First, it can relieve the excitatory influence that such chemical residues can have on the person’s neurochemistry. It has been shown in studies that neurotoxicity including mold spores, is linked with insomnia,1 and even anxiety and depression.2 These could have been the very reason or contributory reasons that such a prescription was embarked on in the first place. Likely you were never tested for these things prior to being prescribed Valium or other drugs.

Clients in the cleansing phase of their program typically report sleeping better and feeling calmer, brighter, and more clear-headed. Cleansing can involve various forms of chelation including using specific administrations that trap “chelate” the offending particles so they can be eliminated safely, as well as colonics, low-temperature sauna, and various other easy to tolerate, non-invasive protocols. These changes make a very good first step for the remaining phases of the program.

valium tapering and weaningClients are provided nutritious, very delicious meals and snacks prepared from clean, mostly organic and locally sourced foods. Stimulants such as caffeine, sugars, and food preservatives are omitted entirely. Adequate proteins, greens, fruits and vegetables, and at least one portion of fermented foods are supplied at each meal. Food grade supplements that are tailored to each individual also provide the necessary raw materials that are essential to rebuilding a healthy microbiome. A robust microbiome is a key factor in restoring and renewing the neurochemistry of the body since many of the so-called brain chemicals that are essential to health are produced in the intestines, derived from real food, and distributed from there. A well-functioning microbiome makes this process highly efficient.

When the client is sleeping better, feeling calmer, and is enjoying their much-stabilized neurochemistry, that would be the optimum time to begin tapering Valium. When these steps are done thoroughly and well, it ensures a much more comfortable Valium cessation process than would otherwise be possible.

Holistic Methods for Comfort and to Ease Getting Off Valium

Trying to quit Valium can be fraught with a rather long list of potential reactions, which can be significantly softened by having the appropriate types of comfort therapies on hand, such as therapeutic massage, Reiki, soothing mineral baths, ionic foot baths, nebulized glutathione treatments, acupuncture, acupressure, craniosacral massage, and many more.

Getting to the Root Cause

valium addiction root causesWe have previously discussed the factor of neurotoxicity, and how resolving that can possibly resolve initial symptoms that could have led to beginning a prescription on benzodiazepines to begin with. Another possible root cause for anxiety, depression, and other maladies can be found in nutritional deficiencies and even food or other allergies. Testing will reveal these.

Trauma or other issues can be excessively troubling to a person. There are many genres of counseling that can assist in resolving these in private sessions, or in a supportive peer-group setting. We also provide Life Coaching, which many clients have found profoundly life-changing and which continues to be a very popular mode of not only gaining control over an individual’s life but also by restructuring or creating anew one’s more ideal living situation. Counseling in the main is found to be most productive when done at a point in the program where the person is calmer, thinking more clearly, sleeping better, and more relaxed in general.

Find Out More About Alternative to Meds

Please contact us and let us answer any questions you may have about our holistic programs, especially if you or a loved one has been trying to quit Valium without the proper oversight and guidance that may be needed for a successful journey. Your health and happiness may be compromised by prescription drugs, but there is a safe and proven program that can help. We invite you to contact us and learn many more details about the methods we employ for how to get off Valium safely, gently, and efficiently. The Alternative to Meds program has been offering inpatient care for a decade and a half now, housed in its beautiful and comfortable facility. Our program can provide you or your loved one a perfect setting for Valium tapering and authentic, lasting health recovery.

1. Kawada T, Katsuma M, Suzuki H, Li Q, Inagaki H, Nakadai A, Shimizu T, Hirata K, Hirata Y “Insomnia as a Sequela of sarin toxicity several years after exposure in Tokyo subway trains” NIMH, US National Library of Medicine, 2005 Jun [cited October 28, 2019]

2. Tsafrir J MD “Mold Toxicity: A Common Cause of Psychiatric Symptoms” Psychology Today Magazine, 2017 Aug 03, [cited October 28, 2019]

Originally Published Nov 5, 2019 by Lyle Murphy

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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