The Alternative to Meds Center is able to provide our clients with safe, gradual and comfortable Viibryd tapering programs in our beautiful inpatient setting. Getting off Viibryd (or other prescription medications) does not have to be harsh and uncomfortable. To the contrary, when done properly, withdrawal from Viibryd can be not only tolerable but can be surprisingly softened. Our programs blend a wide range of support and various therapies which are very popular with our clients and can significantly unburden the potentially complicated process of stopping Viibryd. Even more importantly, there are many additional health benefits that clients report while at the same time, becoming prescription drug-free.
Our focus is extended well beyond simply stopping Viibryd, and in fact is seeking to help the client discover root causes for whatever troubling and lingering symptoms their drug therapy may not have been able to alleviate to any satisfactory degree. Where ongoing drug treatment has not provided the relief a person was hoping for, Viibryd tapering may be the first step on a path to real and authentic health improvements.
With so much research on the topics of environmental toxins and other causes for depression that is now available, we can approach the problem in other ways than simply trying to mask symptoms with numbing drugs. That is sometimes called the “cookie-cutter” method of treatment for depression. We offer a broad range of alternative approaches to address depression, anxiety and other symptoms based on scientific research that has opened the door to health towards an authentic and lasting result and without needing to rely on prescription medications. (1)
Each person is unique. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach that works best for how to get off Viibryd. But in these extraordinary times of new research and better understanding about human health and mental wellness, a program can be designed that will attempt to best fit the intricate requirements of each individual enrolled in our Viibryd tapering program.
A person may have been started on a course of prescription drug(s) to try and find relief from certain symptoms that were troubling and persistent. Quite a large percentage of those who were prescribed antidepressants do not experience the relief they had hoped for. Doctors will call this “treatment-resistant depression”, and this can lead to an all too common scenario, where treatment with prescription drugs becomes a series of failed experiments, first trying one drug and then another, and so on. This practice can lead to not only a worsening of original symptoms, but new symptoms can also emerge both from drug side effects, and the withdrawal symptoms that switching drugs can produce. (2)
It is not uncommon for these lingering and persistent symptoms to become unmanageable. It may be asking quite a lot for a person when compromised by such things as impaired memory, physical aches and pains, dysfunctional digestion, lack of energy, lack of direction, or a hopeless and darkened mood to then manage one’s own journey back to health, including Viibryd tapering. Getting off Viibryd in these circumstances may seem daunting or even impossible.
It may be viewed as a much kinder approach to seek adequate help for someone who is trying to get off Viibryd, but it is also a much more efficient way to approach the problem of withdrawal from Viibryd when help is available. A properly managed and administered Viibryd withdrawal program can significantly ease this burden. Our Viibryd tapering program has helped thousands of clients to overcome the challenges of how to get off Viibryd gently, gradually, and in a compassionate environment with medical oversight and 24/7 staff care
The Alternative to Meds Program seeks to not only manage a safe and gradual program for getting off Viibryd, but concurrently, seeks to discover the root causes for troubling symptoms. Once the root causes have been isolated, then these can be addressed in logical ways to provide relief for our client during the process of Viibryd tapering. There are many potential contributors to original unwanted and lingering symptoms, such as environmental toxins, inadequate nutrition, trauma or loss, lack of exercise and sunlight, a dysfunctional microbiome, and others. Prescription drugs have no curative role in these circumstances.
Regarding environmental toxins, Harvard research has shown that exposure to toxic materials can lead to depression, anxiety and many other reactions. Toxins can be found just about everywhere, in our homes, place of work, in industrial and agricultural settings, and even in our lakes and rivers. Sometimes toxic exposure will present immediate reactions. it is also possible that exposure to chemicals can go on for years before symptoms begin to appear. Therefore, testing for the presence of any accumulations of toxic substances is important. If found, the situation can be resolved by gently eliminating these accumulations. Using non-invasive methods such as low-temperature sauna, nebulized glutathione treatments, bentonite clay and other means, these poisons can be removed and this cleansing action tends to take the burden off the central nervous system, allowing it to function more efficiently. (3)
Our center uses only non-toxic cleaning agents, soaps and personal care items, provides fresh and purified air and utilizes the cleanest, most pure water possible. While getting off Viibryd or other medications, concurrent removal of toxins very commonly results in reports from our clients mentioning better quality, deeper sleep, better appetite, a lift in mood, more energy and overall feeling brighter and lighter once these toxins have been purged from the body. Stopping Viibryd in a toxin-free environment is mildly therapeutic all in itself.
Where other contributors are found to be present, similar results occur when these are also addressed during the client’s stay. Nutritional deficiencies are tested and addressed throughout the entire program. Clean and delicious meals and snacks with a focus on fresh, mostly organic, chemical-free foods, are deliciously prepared and presented, with additional supplements as needed. Withdrawal from Viibryd is further supported by providing adequate, restorative nutrition.
Another potential contributor to depression is unresolved past trauma, dysfunctional lifestyle or other matters. These can be addressed for relief and closure through any of various genres of counseling and coaching, including Equine Assisted therapy, yoga, meditation, Life Coaching, trauma relief counseling, stress reduction techniques, and many more that are offered during the client’s Viibryd tapering program. The welcoming and nurturing character of the Alternative to Meds inpatient programs also provides comfort within its healing, supportive atmosphere for recovery. All of these factors can play a vital role in how to get off Viibryd or other prescription drugs.
Education is a very helpful way to empower clients to be able to understand and apply principles of self-care, including neurochemistry support, dietary needs, maintaining a healthy gut, and many other factors that can help keep the body functioning as well and efficiently as possible. This can also help a person change routines and personal care so that problems can be avoided once a client reaches the end of their Viibryd cessation treatment with us.
Please contact us for more detailed information on the various genres of treatment that are used in the Alternative to Meds Programs for tapering Viibryd, or addressing other health concerns that can be approached in practical and authentic ways, and can be mitigated without the need to rely on prescription drugs.
Harvard Medical School, “What Causes Depression“, Harvard Health Publishing [June 2009, updated June 24, 2019 [cited June 5, 2020]
Khalid Saad Al-Harbi, “Treatment-Resistant Depression“, NIH [INTERNET] May 2012 [cited June 5, 2020]
Harvard Medical School, “Taking It All In – Environmental Toxins and Your Health“, Harvard Health Publications [INTERNET] April 5, 2016 [cited June 5, 2020]
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.