Never abruptly stop taking benzodiazepine drugs, as to do so may lengthen the withdrawal symptoms considerably. The Alternative to Meds Center specializes in relieving benzodiazepine discontinuation syndrome and the protracted symptoms of withdrawal which individuals who taper at home may unfortunately face.
At the center, we focus on correcting the causes of anxiety or insomnia so that an individual can be free of these symptoms, and also free of benzodiazepine side effects, and free from benzodiazepine withdrawals.
Clearly, a person who experiences constant anxiety may suffer from a burden of neurotoxicity, such as Mercury, aspartame, industrial cleaners, or even pesticides. For long term relief, the toxic burden has to be removed.
Consider how pesticides work. A grasshopper may encounter a toxic insecticide that is designed to kill it. The following summarizes how the process works:
Humans and grasshoppers have some similar neurochemicals. They also share reactions to toxins that have invaded the CNS. If the toxic load in a person is potent enough, the excitatory effects of the toxic material can cause a similarly unbridled overstimulation, which we may recognize as chronic anxiety. Studies have shown the toxic effects on neurons by exposure to metal nanoparticles, for instance. (2)
Individuals who have been exposed to environmental poisoning have developed certain immunological syndromes and neurological conditions as a result.
Accumulation of the toxin acetylcholine in humans also causes neurochemical stimulation. Our nervous systems use acetylcholine for stimulation. We are subject to exposure to other types of toxins as well, which share this excitatory property. Some of these include:
Toxins can also significantly impact endocrine glands and can cause hormone imbalance, such as adrenal burnout, and elevated cortisol levels. Often, the source of anxiety is the build-up of neurotoxins over the lifetime of the person. This is because these toxins and heavy metals are fat soluble, and they tend to accumulate in fatty tissue over time, and have properties that can overstimulate the central nervous system. (2)
The good news is that these toxic elements can be removed safely, and health can be restored once again. It is possible to investigate and discover and correct the root causes of anxiety. We also provide counselling that can help overcome anxiety and its negative impacts that may have affected a person on so many levels of their life.
These residual toxic effects will likely continue to negatively impact neurology until they can be removed.
Understanding why benzodiazepine withdrawal can be so difficult might be clarified to some degree with a greater understanding of how benzodiazepines affect the body, CNS, neurons, etc.
Benzodiazepine medications affect GABA in the body. GABA (gaba-amino butyric acid) is the body’s primary inhibitory (calming, dampening) neurotransmitter. One of the effects of benzodiazepine drugs is to make nerve synapses in the brain more permeable to GABA. This means that GABA’s dampening effects are strengthened, and therefore more able to slow or inhibit nerve impulses travelling along the CNS.
However, the presence of benzodiazepines causes the body to use up available GABA. When the GABA has been spent, the result is that everything can become over stimulating.
GABA is available for purchase as a natural supplement, but is usually ineffective because of the presence of toxic elements which impair the body’s ability to utilize it. The Alternative to Meds Center has developed methods that can restore neurochemistry by removal of this toxic load. This will better enable the body to utilize such natural substances as GABA, and certain others, while the body begins to normalize its neurochemistry. These and other methods significantly help our clients to comfortably reduce anxiety medication. With proper support, one does not have to decide between continuing medication and suffering continuing symptoms of anxiety.
Despite the enormous profits of the pharmaceutical industry, prescribers have been strongly cautioned by regulatory bodies to restrict the dosage levels and the length of time a patient is prescribed these drugs. Also doctors are advised to carefully monitor the patient in person before refills can be given for anti-anxiety drugs.
After as little as two to four weeks, tolerance can begin to develop. Tolerance occurs when the body begins to adapt to the presence of the drug. After establishing a degree of tolerance, stopping or reducing the drug can be expected to produce withdrawal symptoms.
The brain and central nervous system are incredibly complex in their structures and interactions, so much so that only a small percentage of this knowledge has been discovered so far. But we do know that it takes careful tapering to reduce benzodiazepine drugs without harsh withdrawals.
To summarize, the benzodiazepine taper program will begin with lab testing, to discover what corrective actions we can use to begin to normalize neurochemistry. There may be toxins, there may be deficiencies, and there may be genetic factors that show up that can be eased with proper targeted supplements or other protocols. Hormone or other imbalances, allergies, blood sugar levels, all play a part in designing the program for a successful and comfortable benzo taper.
While the cleansing process is ongoing, and throughout the remainder of the program, the body will be flooded with needed nutrients via supplements and a clean, nutrient-dense diet prepared by our gourmet chef using mostly organic produce, organic meats, and preservative-free and chemical-free raw ingredients.
Therapies continue throughout the program to provide comfort, and the educational components provide deeper understanding about maintaining vibrant and energetic mental health naturally. Housed in our luxurious, warm and friendly center, there are many highly trained and compassionate staff close by to help you in any way possible. Your success is our success.
Often, medical doctors who prescribe benzodiazepine or other drugs do not have the expertise or experience to help their patients to withdraw from them. In fact, some physicians may express disbelief or lack of true comprehension of the difficulties that you are facing.
There is hope. There is help.
If you think your situation is hopeless, as is the case with a significant percentage of our clients before they come to us, please reach out to us. At the Alternative to Meds Center, we are here to help you.
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.