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We look at potential misdiagnoses or over-medication issues with a critical eye, and in 75% of Abilify cases, we find that natural Abilify alternatives provide a more sustainable program of recovery.
Antipsychotic drugs such as Abilify can cause side effects — serious side effects — that can include seizures, stroke, tardive dyskinesia, just to name a few.6
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Why Choose Alternatives to Abilify (aripiprazole)?
Abilify is licensed by the FDA to be prescribed to treat schizophrenia, episodes or mixed episodes of mania and psychosis associated with bipolar, major depressive disorder, irritability in autism, and Tourette’s Disorder.7
Abilify is classed as an atypical (newer) antipsychotic medication. First-generation antipsychotics affected dopamine distribution and newer antipsychotics (the atypical set) affect both dopamine and serotonin distribution.24 Atypical antipsychotics are also prescribed for a large number of non-approved (off-label) uses such as anxiety, ADHD, severe geriatric agitation, eating disorders, insomnia, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders, dementia, and addiction treatment, and for depression after antidepressants did not work.8
For some, Abilify is well tolerated and effective at treating symptoms as mentioned above, at least in the short term. However, antipsychotics have many possible side effects that may occur during treatment. Unlike antibiotics given to “cure” pneumonia, psychiatric drugs are not designed to cure conditions, but to suppress or control symptoms.10 Unfortunately, in many cases, antipsychotics cannot adequately control a person’s symptoms. For many, the side effects of antipsychotic drugs make them intolerable as well as unhelpful.9 Individuals may prefer to seek natural Abilify alternatives to achieve drug-free mental health, by addressing the root causes of symptoms.
Natural Alternatives to Abilify
We know that much better alternatives to Abilify exist compared to having to take antipsychotic medication for a whole lifetime. Would you or a loved one like to become more familiar with a better way forward, one that you can have confidence in? In this article, we cover some of the supplements that are Abilify alternatives, dietary corrections, and other therapies that we have found useful in working with clients at our center.
Natural Alternatives to Abilify Include:
- Overhaul your diet.15,25-27
- Support a clean gut, healthy microbiome flora.16
- Cleanse out neurotoxic accumulations from the body.17, 19
- Test for and correct micro-nutrient/vitamin/mineral deficiencies.20
- Psychotherapy/psychosocial therapy.1,11,12
- Holistic treatments for symptoms such as insomnia, depression.13,17
- Orthomolecular treatment such as NAC, high-dose vitamin C, inositol niacinate.18,26
- Avoid neurotoxic chemicals such as MSG or glutamate in foods.21
- Avoid sugars, artificial sweeteners.22,23
- Adequate sunshine on the skin.17
Orthomolecular Holistic Treatments as Natural Alternative to Antipsychotics
According to a 2014 article by Dr. Prousky,25 long-term use of antipsychotic medications to treat schizophrenia can so thoroughly suppress and disrupt the normal functions of the central nervous system and the person’s life generally, that treating schizophrenia with an orthomolecular approach would be near to impossible. Alternative to Meds Center first uses gentle methods of stabilizing and then withdrawing the client from medications or at least reducing the dosage as much as possible, creating a better pathway for success using orthomolecular and other holistic treatments.
In many cases, the same could be said for treating other conditions, such as insomnia, depression, PTSD, and other psychiatric symptoms — an orthomolecular approach can be equally difficult unless the drugs are reduced or eliminated as part of the overall treatment plan.
Orthomolecular treatments could include NAC, a precursor to glutathione, nebulized glutathione, amino acids, and other specific ortho molecules (found naturally in the body) to help the CNS regain normal proper and balanced function.25,26
Corrected Diet as a Natural Alternative to Abilify
Improving the diet has clearly demonstrated profound improvement of psychiatric symptoms in many populations, including schizophrenic persons. Another benefit is the stabilization of blood sugar levels. Hypoglycemia is linked with symptoms that can resemble mental illness such as brain fog, depression, and lowered cognitive function.15, 25, 26. 27
Healthy Microbiome as an Alternative to Abilify
The gut is often referred to as “the second brain,” due to its important role in the creation and distribution of hormones and neurotransmitters responsible for regulating and operating the myriad of systems in the body, including the CNS and brain functions. An unhealthy microbiome is associated with depression, anxiety, mood swings, fatigue, allergies, cravings, and other undesirable symptoms.28,29
Evidence shows that adding fermented foods, probiotics, green leafy vegetables and adequate fiber to the diet will help build and maintain a healthy microbiome (gut). Things to avoid are sugars, processed foods, antibiotics (if possible) as they strip out both the good and bad bacteria from the trillions of living microbes in the gut. Antibiotics can kill the immune cells a body needs to protect itself. If you must take antibiotics, be sure to replenish the good bacteria to keep the “second brain” healthy.30
Psychotherapy as an Effective Alternative to Abilify
The summary above demonstrates that Alternative to Meds Center’s focus is not on substituting one drug for another similar drug. We also don’t engage in hoping by trial and error to find one that doesn’t cause further injury. Abilify alternatives in our programs provide non-toxic, safe, and effective treatment protocols for conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and others, in a warm social setting. Alternative treatments include psychotherapy — we deliver many genres of effective talk therapy at the center.
Talk therapy is a fundamental aspect of an alternative Abilify treatment plan. Such therapy is used in combination with other protocols in a well-rounded Abilify Tapering plan. Several research studies have demonstrated the efficacy of psychosocial therapies in a variety of programs that support natural healing methods.
Psychosocial therapy can successfully help persons in dealing with specific aspects of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depressive disorder.1 For example, clients may want to achieve improvements with communication skills and raise their ability to comfortably interact with others in a social setting. They may also seek to improve satisfaction with their quality of life and may appreciate guidance leading to better self-care. Individual and group-based planned activities within a structured program can provide these opportunities. Other areas that a person may wish to improve are maintaining and perhaps repairing relationships, and improved family relations, for instance.
Valid Approaches of Holistic Abilify Alternatives
Research has shown psychosocial interventions can lead to an increase in mood stability, fewer and shorter hospitalizations, and improvement in other areas including interactions with others. It is tragic that simply switching to other drugs is the mainstream option offered as an alternative to Abilify. This often occurs when a person cannot tolerate the side effects or the drug simply does not “work” as hoped. However, most “replacement” antipsychotic drugs will have the same or additional side effects as Abilify. We feel a superior approach is to find effective natural Abilify alternatives, which can consist of a wide range of different therapies. For example, natural supplements, testing for nutritional deficiencies, correct diet, such things as equine therapy, art and music therapy, and other healing activities have demonstrated efficacy.
Other examples of valid Ability alternatives would be acupuncture, yoga, simple changes in lifestyle, learning coping mechanisms, as well as educational components relating to mental health.
An individual’s environment and lifestyle are some of the biggest factors that can contribute to symptoms.17 With care and attention to these factors, there can be a specific answer carefully developed for each person. We feel it is important that individuals receive a program from our clinical team based on their unique needs, tolerance, and requirements.
Excessive Dopamine and Psychosis
Research on psychosis2 shows an excessive amount of dopamine can present as, or at least contribute to psychosis or other undesirable symptoms. The CNS is a highly refined, complex system of interacting chemicals and reactions. On-going research shows that other neurochemicals are likely also involved in such a multi-layered operation.3 But what is fairly certain is that dopamine is the neurochemical corresponding to feelings of reward, and when there is an excess it makes everything seem stimulating which may result in manic states.
This can be a result of neurotoxins stimulating the neurology. This overstimulation of dopamine, et al., can occur after toxin exposure. It is also commonly related to genetic issues that are associated with the way the individual clears toxins. For example, a poor diet may lack vital nutrients such as zinc, niacin, vitamin B6, or vitamin C. Additionally, low blood sugar, food preservatives, or other food or dietary problems can cause psychosis.4 This is especially true in sensitive people. When a person then takes an antipsychotic, the drug is aimed at reducing dopamine. Unfortunately, this leaves the person without the enjoyment of rewards in life. Our treatment center programs address these core issues.
We have an amazing staff who are highly trained in their therapeutic fields, who are dedicated to helping clients along their healing journeys. We draw from an arsenal of techniques to successfully withdraw individuals from psychiatric medications. Firstly, our rehab does lab testing to find what caused or contributed to the initial symptoms. Toxicity is a common culprit, sometimes a person is affected by genetic factors or the environment; then we work to clear the individual of these toxins. Therefore, we restrict anything that may add to toxicity, including sugar, caffeine, and processed foods. We also use supplements that are known for their beneficial effects in these individuals and supplements that support aspects of the neurochemistry that are inhibitory.5
Inpatient Abilify Alternative Treatments at ATMC
Our treatment center concentrates on cleaning out the accumulated toxins, neurochemistry stabilization through natural substances, nutritional therapy such as amino treatments, peer support, yoga, personal training for exercise, massage, and holistic therapies equipped to handle Abilify withdrawal symptoms. When the client becomes calm, comfortable, and stable; their medication can be slowly reduced and they can start on a new treatment plan that incorporates healthful, natural alternatives to Abilify.
We invite you to call and speak to us, get a more precise understanding about the types of Abilify alternatives treatment methods and inpatient programs we can provide for you or a loved one at Alternative to Meds Center.