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Psychiatric Medication Addiction: The emerging addiction problem with dire consequences and few solutions:
“Mac McGregor, LADC, IC&RC, ACSW, has been a leader in the alcohol and drug rehabilitation field for 35 years, which marks the time when he was appointed to be the Director of Substance Abuse for the State of New Mexico.
At that time, he was helping people recover from typical addictions to heroin, cannabis, cocaine, etc. However, for the past five-years he has concentrated on the most current drug addiction issue that is facing a larger numbers of innocent victims…”today we have more severe addiction problems with individuals who become addicted to prescription drugs, naively, following their doctors orders, but by the time that I get the referrals, many are feeling suicidal and in terror, feeling that they can’t feel sane again! ” Mac feels that the profits made by the street pushers has been replaced by doctors and pharmacies. It was first the Oxi-contin epidemic and now, it is medications to treat anxiety and other emotional symptoms. “BUYER BE AWARE!”
All psychiatric medications are dangerous and addictive but for those that have been taking benzodiazepines, these patients are the most surprised by the severity of their addiction and the that battle they have with withdrawals. These people have had no idea that they are more acutely addicted than the typical heroin addict, nor the consequences of of their lives after this addiction! “One of the worst of these prescription addiction is to benzodiazepines. Drugs such as Xanax, being the worst, Valium, running a close second, Ativan, Ambien, Klonopin, Librium, and Lorazepam.” Xanax being the most addictive and destructive and Librium being the least, but all of these drugs being medications that should be more highly controlled and not dispensed so widely and easily.
In the past ten years, Mac has had the honor to be working with Dr. Lyle Murphy through his center, which is now in Sedona, Arizona, Alternative to Meds Center, where many patients have found help in withdrawing from psychiatric medications.
“From all of my experiences of reviewing over 150 treatment centers, on site, I have only found a handful of alcohol and drug treatment centers that deliver on their promises and their agreement to rehabilitate their clients. Unfortunately, most of these will not take persons that are addicted to psychiatric medications, which includes benzodiazepines.”
Therefore, Mac has concentrated his efforts on helping people that are addicted to psychiatric medications, whether given to them by a psychiatrist or by their family doctor. The internet is full of stories of persons that are suffering from the unexpected and severe withdrawal syndrome connected to stopping their use of these medications. Currently, Mac only works with select patients that are chosen for their motivation to recover from these types of medications on an individual referral basis.
In the spring of 2016, Mac was fortunate to have an Martine Sending, an intern studying and working with him from a university in Norway. Martine had previously been granted a degree in alternative medicine and was a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist. In short order, Mac and Martine formed a partnership dedicated specifically to helping selected patients that have been addicted to medication, such as benzodiazepines, anti-depressants and sleeping pills. With the help of physicians in Copenhagen, they are able to tapper their patients slowly off of these “medications” and provide the symptomatic relief so that this process is as painless as possible. They also treat the physiological damage that has occurred from being on these medication, but healing the patients digestive system and replenishing the body with the proper nutraceuticals.
Mac has found that there is many complications with these patients that he hadn’t seen in the past in working with abstinence syndrome with heroin or other opiate addicts. It appears that these psychiatric medication have a more devastating effect on the absorption of vitamins and minerals, making for the protracted and prolonged withdrawals with a stronger emotional component than seen in other withdrawal syndromes. Hence, the necessity of treating these patients in a holistic manner so that they are totally rehabilitated… being stronger than they were when they first decided to take these drugs. Mac has found that there is a pattern of persons becoming less and less healthy, then feeling the need for relief, being prescribed the wrong remedy (psychiatric medications) and then becoming addicted and facing unbearable withdrawals with concomitant emotional problems, usually depression.
It has been found that effective help requires that a person’s nutritional needs are clinically analyzed and the nutritional deficits are corrected. These patients require more than the typical mega-vitamin replacement. These “medicines” have disrupted the ability of the gut to absorb the needed nutrition, without which, the withdrawal symptoms, especially depression continuing indefinitely until the body can regain its nutritional balance.
Mac had seen this earlier in his work at Alternative to Meds, in the US and now that he is back in Denmark, he was urged by families who have loved ones suffering from these types of withdrawals and from local alcohol and drug treatment centers in Denmark to provide this level of care. These center know that they are unsuccessful in their attempts to help specifically with this issue.
If you or a loved one has a problem with abstinence syndrome from medications such as those mentioned above, you can speak with Mac or Martine and they will help advice you on the most successful remedies. If you are in the USA and need residential withdrawal support, you will, most likely, be referred to another team of professionals to assist you since Mac’s practice is now restricted to his residence in the Denmark area. If you are in Europe, Mac and Martine will be happy to personally assist in your withdrawal process or refer you to others in your country.
Mac and Martine’s withdrawal program is intense and individually based, but very effective. There are some universal problems found with these patents, with each individual that they have helped has had their own unique issues.However, there are some commonalities. To get well and past this problem, it is very important that you receive an individual assessment, with a program that meets your individual needs.
Mac is very dedicated to this individualized program and is no longer providing telephone consultation except through personal and professional referrals. The public can speak to his colleague, Mary Chris, in the USA, who is now providing telephone consultations and referral services. If you call 888.781.7060, you can speak with Mary Chris. If you, or a loved one, is suffering from psychiatric medication withdrawals or wanting to withdrawal from these types of drugs, then Mac and Martine will be happy to talk with you to determine if their individualized program is appropriate for you needs.
We urge everyone to educate yourselves on the dangers of these drugs and find other methods to help you get through times when you are having the symptoms that are indicated for having these medications prescribed. There are natural remedies that can help with anxiety and depression and you won’t have the severe withdrawal syndrome that is mentioned here. These psychiatric drugs are not cures, and in many cases, not even of help when you consider the downside of their use.
It is imperative that you educate yourself in the consequences of their use and we believe that you will find better solutions. If you have already used these drugs and have become addicted, then you should contact Mary Chris, in the US, or talk to your local naturopathic practitioner about your issues. If you are looking for treatment in Europe, then Mac will be happy to assist your providers with his experience and regime of care or, on a case-to-case basis, he may qualify for his individualized program.