Such an individual who is medicated on antipsychotics may be unable to work or perform as they would like to in life, including having difficulty setting goals and an inability to perceive reward in their life. A person may decide that even though these side effects are not desirable, that it may be preferable compared to multiple hospital visits or continuing insomnia, and so they may decide to continue on the medication.
Examples of antipsychotics are Risperdal, Seroquel or Lithium, used where a person has a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder episodes. These drugs are also prescribed for severe depression or anxiety.
It is possible to overcome the side effects of antipsychotic medications, and it is also possible to withdraw from them with proper and adequate treatment.
Successfully tapering from antipsychotic medication is made more possible when investigative work is done to try and discover what any underlying causative factors may have preceded medication. At the Alternative to Meds program, the initial action is to run labs to identify any root causes for the symptoms that are troubling the person.
The largest contributor we have found is the presence of toxicity, sometimes as a result of environmental poisons, and also that may accumulate as a result of the individual’s genetics. In both cases the goal is to gently clear these out of the body.
Stabilizing the individual’s neurochemistry is further supported by the restriction of processed foods, avoiding preservatives and additives, and also omitting sugar, caffeine, limiting the number of cigarettes for a person who smokes, while giving supplements that produce known benefits for persons with these conditions.
It is at the time that the person starts to experience balance as well as calmness and sedation provided by the natural therapies and supplements, that their medication can be tapered slowly and appropriately adjusted.
Our approach to antipsychotic withdrawal is the only one like it in the world. It can be a complex process with many parts, and is specifically tailored to the individual. The process can often include genetic considerations and holistic remedies for improvements, as well as stabilizing the neurochemistry using natural supplements and substances.
A thorough cleanse of neurotoxic material is very often instrumental in that stabilization process.
The goal is to achieve maximum stabilization, and the least amount of medication, and the least amount of side effects, while still allowing the person to enjoy a satisfactory quality of life and ability to function. Whether that can be accomplished during the 8 week residential program is determined on a case-by-case basis.
In some cases, such as where a person has taken antipsychotic medication over a long number of years, it may be more realistic to focus on the goal of stabilizing the person’s neurochemistry, reducing the medication as low as possible, and then work on optimizing function. For a 6 or 12 month period of time, the person returns home, and using after care resources and under local medical supervision, the person may continue to slowly continue to reduce their dosage over time.
Summary: How to Get Off Antipsychotics
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The first action is to draw lab tests to investigate root causes for the original symptoms.
That information leads to corrective actions such as removing neurotoxins.
Dietary changes are implemented such as restricting neurotoxic food additives, chemicals, sugars, caffeine, etc., and providing the supplements that will be most beneficial to soften antipsychotic side effects as well as withdrawal symptoms, and support correction of the person’s neurochemistry, so that it can repaired back to a state of balance.
Many types of adjunct therapies are used to create natural calmness and sedation, such as yoga, therapeutic massage, Reiki, nebulized glutathione, bentonite clay packs, mineral baths, and many more natural therapies and numerous genres of counseling.
These are natural, science-based solutions to problems of mental health.
We have helped thousands of people over more than a decade to reach their goal of overcoming antipsychotic medication withdrawal.
Please reach out to us to get more of the assistance that you have possibly been waiting for, for far too long. Someone will speak with you when you call and will be happy to answer any other questions you may have about the services offered at the Alternative to Meds Center.
Dr. Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.