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Alternative to Meds Editorial Team
Written by Lyle Murphy
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Some of the most successful models of treatment involve peer support.

When multiple persons are facing similar challenges, there is a bonding and an alliance that develops.

This is especially important for those who feel isolated and often betrayed by their doctor who failed to inform them of the addictive nature of their prescriptions. The newly recovering addict can also be supported by being around others who have faced similar challenges thereby providing perspective on the process.

Being supported by peers who have had similar experiences is grounding and empowering.

It is this sense of community that gives courage and strength to those who would otherwise face their recovery in often less than supportive environments. Our methods can be reasonably unfamiliar due to the technical depth of our approach, and seeing the success of others lends confidence to the process.

Many of our staff were former insomniacs, depressed, anxious, addicted or even once labeled with a mental illness, who have recovered by these methods and stand as living testimonials of the effectiveness of these treatments. And since we only employ great staff ( as “good” staff would never be able to pull off what we do here ), it creates a sense of family and cohesiveness that is truly uncommon and has been made reference to in many of the success stories on this site.

Peer support demonstrates healthy principles of connection, success, and recovery.


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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