Alternative to Meds Center regularly witnesses our clients’ great successes, as we teach our clients how to avoid the overwhelm often associated with Restoril tapering.

The journey from dependence on benzodiazepine drugs like Restoril, generic name temazepam, does not have to be fraught with pain, fear, and suffering. We have helped thousands of clients find an alternative and proven path to mental wellness without pharmaceutical drugs like Valium, Xanax or other anti-anxiety drugs. No drug can “cure” anxiety, and too often, the consequences of such prescription drug treatment can result in abundant and unnecessary distress. (1) Tapering from benzodiazepines can be made much easier to tolerate when preparation steps are done adequately before starting the process.

One of the most often neglected areas of health is a thorough cleanout of neurotoxins.

quitting Restoril

Before Restoril tapering is begun, the client can enjoy some relief from this preparatory action. Typically clients report improved sleep, calmer mood, and increased energy just from this very gentle pre-tapering step. This is because neurotoxins build up internally over a lifetime of chemical exposures to industrial compounds, air pollutants, food additives, heavy metal accumulations, etc. These toxic substances not only prevent the absorption of nutrients on a daily basis but also play havoc with normal neurotransmitter functions over time. With repeated exposures, these damaging effects tend to become progressively worse. (2) It is no wonder that after their removal, many problematic symptoms can fade a little, a lot, or disappear altogether. This is an optimal time to begin Restoril tapering.

Why is Restoril Tapering So Popular at Alternative to Meds?

Over the last 15 years, we have developed and refined our Restoril tapering program. A multi-phased approach allows the body to gradually and gently normalize after being ravaged by heavy drugs, perhaps non-optimum nutrition, and other circumstances and lifestyle choices that can be transitioned with care and guidance. In these ways, each client has the opportunity to attain a much more robust level of health and wellness. Each person is a unique individual and so the program is tailored specifically to meet the needs of each client.  

holistic Restoril tapering

Clients receive attentive and compassionate assistance all the way through their stay, from our amazing roster of medical doctors, holistic psychiatrists, clinicians, caregivers, and therapists. But in addition, clients receive a thorough education in matters of vital importance. These include learning the various roles that nutrition can play in brain and body health. This is especially helpful as they have access to their test results and can see exactly where and how neurotransmitter health can be supported and improved without drugs. Other classes teach skills in stress reduction, holistic pain management, mood management, equine therapy, and many other essentials. In this way, the client is not only nurtured, but also gently and confidently put back in the driver’s seat when it comes to self-managing these fundamentals for health, energy, and happiness.

How Does Orthomolecular Based Treatment Help in Benzodiazepine Tapering?

Decades of research on corrective nutritional protocols are available to draw upon, in selecting holistic pathways to improved neurochemistry and other health issues. (3) In this way, the drug-based “norm” that passes for treatment in modern medicine can be bypassed. Drug-based “mental health treatments” seek only to numb the patient to their symptoms and are not designed to cure or fix anything at all. In stark contrast, orthomolecular medicine is the therapeutic use of nutrition to produce natural mental health and general health improvements. Such nutrition-based medicine has shown to be especially beneficial for those coming off heavy drugs such as Restoril ( temazepam ) and similar.

Stopping Restoril

Therapeutic nutrition includes giving supplements, specifically those that are whole-food derived, as well as designing diet guidelines geared towards supporting the repair of damaged or compromised neurochemistry in the human body. The elimination of stimulants such as sugars and caffeine would be one simple example, especially for those persons who wish to normalize hormones and other neurotransmitters which benzodiazepines can disrupt. Utilizing nebulized glutathione is another popular method of helping to restore the body by using natural substances that the body can use in its self-repair.

Meal planning is another useful application of orthomolecular-based treatment, where meals are prepared without chemicals, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and clean of food additives like MSG, using mostly fresh organic locally sourced produce and non-GMO products. Daily consumption of at least one serving of fermented food provides another building block for restoring a healthy gut and digestive functions. A healthy microbiome is essential as the gut is where the body produces most of the neurotransmitters and hormones that regulate and maintain human health.

Orthomolecular Treatment for Psychiatric Disorders

The floodgates have opened wide of late when it comes to the use of nutritional factors in the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as bipolar, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and others. While the pharmaceutical industry has turned a cold shoulder to much of this body of research, familiarity with this knowledge is rising as more physicians and psychiatrists become more confident in taking this approach to holistic mental health treatments. It is now well established that vitamin deficiencies can play a huge role in symptoms such as depression and anxiety. With this knowledge, it becomes clear that simply masking symptoms with heavy drugs is no longer the only or the best choice as the first line of treatment. (4) (5)

For fifteen years the Alternative to Meds Center has implemented orthomolecular medicine and many other holistic protocols in helping clients to overcome the challenges of impaired mental health, as well as walking back the negative effects of pharmaceutical drugs as part of well-balanced, safe and gentle drug tapering. The goal is improved mental health, and a lessened need to rely on prescription medications for relief. There are much better solutions than harsh, aggressively disruptive drugs that cannot actually restore the things needed to sustainably return you to better health.


For More Information

Contact the Alternative to Meds Center today and find out how easy it might be to enroll yourself or your loved one. You can ask us about insurance coverage and other questions about the program about which we would be happy to share more information with you. If you have been searching for the best Restoril tapering program please get in touch and we will help and guide you as much as we possibly can.

(1) Article presented by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Well-Known Mechanism Underlies Benzodiazepines Addictive Properties”, accessed December 4, 2019, 
(2) Àrticle presented by the British Journal of Medicine, “Neurotoxicology: what the neurologist needs to know ” (Harris, Blain)` accessed December 4, 2019, 
(3) Article published Sept. 2006 in the US National Library of Medicine, “Orthomolecular medicine: the therapeutic use of dietary supplements for anti-aging.” (Janson), accessed  December 5, 2019,
(4) Article published Fall of 2012 in the US National Library of Medicine by the College of Pharmacology, University of Florida,  “An orthomolecular approach to the prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders”, (Mark Zell), accessed December 5, 2019,
(5) Article published June 2009, updated June 24, 2019, by the University of Harvard, accessed December 5, 2019, “What Causes Depression?”


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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