Imbalances in neurochemistry can create the “drug of choice” phenomenon. The cravings for the drug of choice are valuable clues, as drug use is likely an attempt to self-medicate an underlying imbalance. Many people feel enslaved to these cravings, completely unaware that there are biophysical solutions that do not require drugs.
By using neurotransmitter repair protocols to match the drug of choice physiology, we create a natural availability of needed neurochemicals which are a large component to finding peace, reward, and fulfillment. We have truly led this field of what is called orthomolecular, environmental, naturopathic, and integrative medicine, down the path of addiction treatment. For nearly a decade and a half, we clearly demonstrated clearly that a balance of the body and brain constitutes the emotional wellness that we are all so desperately seeking when we turn to drugs. Guests also receive licensed drug and alcohol counseling, life-skills repatterning, and, when needed, spiritual guidance during their stay at our Sedona, Arizona recovery retreat.
We are convinced that drug treatment should rarely require more drugs, and are ashamed by certain segments of the drug treatment industry that promotes the notion that a person “just needs the right drugs” to be balanced.
We approached the drug treatment field in 2006 as environmental medicine scientists looking for possible medical reasons for drug use. After nearly a decade and a half, we can convincingly say that there are real, demonstrable, biophysical reasons why a person craves a particular substance. That there exists an addictive biochemistry that pulls one person in the direction of a sedative, and yet another toward a stimulant. And that furthermore, corrections for these imbalances can most often be achieved sustainably using naturally occurring substances and other techniques that do not rely on psychiatric drugging and being labeled as a psychiatric disorder.
We have long known that physiological reasons and even medical reasons predispose a person to specific addictions. Undeniably, psychological reasons also drive addictive behaviors, and many programs specialize in these.
While we do include a thorough psychosocial component in our rehab programs, the areas that earlier treatments may have neglected will show up clearly when assessing and correcting the biochemical factors of addiction. Not addressing these can place a person at higher risk for relapse. The person is still potentially at risk because they still need to find relief.
The Alternative to Meds Center is a world authority on the subjects of biochemical correction of addiction and alternatives to psychiatric drugs. We address the physical, emotional and spiritual facets of addiction and mental health, creating the proper stage for lasting recovery and revived happiness.
We invite you to contact us by calling 1 (800) 301-3753. We will be happy to spend time with you explaining all the various treatment methods and therapies we use in our program. Please take this opportunity to call us today and learn how you or your loved one could benefit from the only addiction center in the world that focuses on treating addictive biochemistry.
Alcohol addiction and dependency may be more than a behavioral or spiritual affliction. There may be very real physiological reasons that have eluded detection that are the powerful precipitators to relapse.
Bring us your most constitutionally incapable of recovery alcoholic. And we will bring you the science of how to recover and turn the hopeless into the next singer of our praises. There are physiological reasons why a person craves alcohol. For some it is abating anxiety. For others, it is a low-blood sugar craving. For yet others, what was once a social escape became a dependence that has basically stripped their brain of fundamental nutrients and left them a confused wet-brained mess.
Our alcohol treatment center provides the most comprehensive health restoration program in the world. We aim to apply our knowledge of neurochemistry to normalize the addictive biochemistry as it relates to alcohol use. There is no other addiction treatment program designed to do what ours does, anywhere else. In fact, many international guests come seeking this level of addiction treatment simply because our program is not found elsewhere.
We use lab testing to discover physiological reasons for alcohol use, and we tailor each guest’s program so that the deficiencies which testing reveals can be corrected using non-invasive, drug-free modalities. Testing also isolates neurotoxic materials that can be cleansed from the body. Toxic body burden of things like heavy metals can lead to the anxious-addicted type of alcoholic, which often is the most difficult to treat.
Many alcohol recovery programs base their treatment upon the AA philosophy, yet lack any awareness of how sugar and other things create the blood sugar roller-coaster that can lead to a hypoglycemic alcohol addicted physiology. In fact, many AA programs unwittingly foster the addictive biochemistry of this type of disposition with the availability of sugars and coffee. We do provide access to meetings and support sponsorship. We do not however allow for the sugars and other mechanisms of an addictive biochemistry to influence our treatment and we provide a very deliberate regimen of diet and neurotransmitter balancing supplements and techniques so that the person can feel a real palpable distance from their addiction, rather than just feeding the same addictive physiology in other ways. Though we are not 12-step based, the combination of 12-step models and addressing the physiology behind alcohol addiction can be a very potent combinations. The absence of these physiological components in AA bear on their relapse rates. Alcoholics anonymous founder Bill Wilson was a large proponent of niacin, as he found success in his “most hopeless cases”, including alleviating his own depression and anxiety that abstinence from alcohol alone had not. What he found was that the results were “nothing short of amazing.”
Yet, Wilson’s own doctors, who were former alcoholics, rejected him. They told Wilson that he “was not a licensed physician and thus had no business extolling the virtues of vitamin therapy.” And despite the fact that he spent the last 11 years of his life further researching and supporting niacin, this information had been all but forgotten. He even wrote long AA pamphlets regarding his observations that most have never even heard of.
We have preserved not only this information, but vastly more revelations about physiological dependence and how to create lasting change without being either a chronic relapser or the notorious dry drunk that you probably liked more when they he or she were drunk.
After many years of alcohol abuse, a person is going to have to implement specific changes to ensure a safe and successful, healthy path to recovery. Physical factors, as well as emotional and spiritual matters, all carry important roles in carving out an alcohol-free lifestyle.
Choosing an alcohol treatment program is a significant and life-changing event. Choosing one that works and really gets to the heart of why a person is really using is unprecedented. To find out more about how our program can help you achieve your recovery goals, we invite you to call for more information while you are in the decision making phase of recovery planning. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you in any way we can. We are a world authority in creating healthy neurochemistry and delivering psychotherapeutic support to unravel the damages of this debilitating affliction.
Many facilities increase people’s antidepressants, offer minimal counseling and provide poor diets. Our program for antidepressant withdrawal specializes in tapering people from antidepressants at a rate that they can endure.
There are reasons why people get medicated. Yet many of those reasons are medical, dietary, neurotoxicity, situational, psychological and a myriad of other reasons. We commit to discover and correct the real reasons for imbalance.
Our antipsychotic withdrawal program is the only one of its kind in the world. This is a complicated path that often includes genetic considerations. We aim at stabilizing the neurochemistry with natural substances.
Often, deep detoxification to remove accumulated environmental neurotoxins is instrumental in this process. The goal in these cases is to assist the individual in having the least amount of side-effect-producing medication while still enjoying the highest quality of life and functioning. Whether that is means a completely medication free stay during the duration of treatment is on a case by case basis.
Persons with anxiety that are drawn to alcohol or benzodiazepines may have underpinnings of a neurotoxic burden that can overstimulate the nervous system.
Our methods of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal help include careful tapering protocols, cleansing of neurotoxins that have poisoned brain functioning, counseling and many holistic therapies. Since many of our residents were formerly damaged in the name of medical help, we encourage you to watch the benzodiazepine success videos or read our success stories to earn our trust.
We successfully manage protracted withdrawal and have many 20+ year benzodiazepine testimonials. Alternative to Meds Center is not a rapid benzodiazepine withdrawal facility and we are highly opposed to this approach because of the many, many damages to person’s lives that we have seen this produce.
We offer holistic drug and alcohol detox treatment at our Sedona rehab retreat, located conveniently close to Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona. Using advanced tapering methods, combined with innovative diagnostic testing and integrative medicine therapies, we offer a cleaner, natural way to get off drugs and alcohol.
Do you want to learn more about our unique approach to beating substance abuse, addiction, and mental health conditions? Our counselors have so much more they would like to share with you. Give us a call today to learn more and decide if our approach to recovery from drugs and medications fits with your vision for your personal recovery.
Dr. Michael Loes is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pain Management and Addiction Medicine. He holds a dual license in Homeopathic and Integrative Medicine. He obtained his medical doctorate at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1978. Dr. Loes performed an externship at the National Institute of Health for Psychopharmacology. Additionally, he is a well-published author including Arthritis: The Doctor’s Cure, The Aspirin Alternative, The Healing Response, and Spirit Driven Health: The Psalmist’s Guide for Recovery. He has been awarded the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s “Excellence in Research” Award.