Introduction to Getting Off Psychiatric Drugs
Getting off psychiatric drugs may seem like an impossible task.
I thought that for a long time.
But it’s not.
Never lose hope – there is always a better tomorrow, and this program shows you how I got there.
It brings together all the best information and lessons I’ve learned over the years to help myself and others get off psychiatric medications and regain their mental health.
My goal with this program isn’t to persuade anyone to stop taking their medication. That is up to you and your doctor.
My aim is to educate you and show you the other alternative, effective, evidence-based avenues of treatment that address the root causes of mental illness and behavioral problems. That way, if you decide to come off your medications, you can do so successfully because you’ll be able to manage and overcome your mental health problems yourself.
Because unfortunately, if people do in fact want to come off their medications, they are often left without guidance. That happened to me, and I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.
With this program, I will provide a roadmap for you so that you can achieve emotional and physical recovery and wellbeing as you taper off your drugs.
At the same time, it provides an improved treatment approach for anyone with a mental health problem, regardless of whether they are taking psychiatric drugs.
Overall, my goal is to enhance your recovery and wellbeing.
After achieving such great results with myself and my clients, I realized that I had no choice but to share what I’ve learned with you.
Tapering and Withdrawal
Tapering and weaning off your medications slowly is very important in order to limit and/or avoid withdrawal symptoms. Research has clearly shown that when patients stop psychiatric medications cold turkey, they can have high rates of withdrawal reactions, which can be dangerous and cause unnecessary suffering.
By reducing your dosage in small increments, your brain and nervous system can gradually adjust to the change and slowly adapt to functioning without the drug. If you are on a high dose of medication, or have been on psychiatric medications for a long time, you will want to take things slower.
It is important to point out that this program does not give specific advice on tapering from your medication. This is because weaning off medications can be quite different depending on the person. Some people can come off their medications more quickly than others.
However, this program does provide information so that you’re better equipped to taper off your medication. It explains the exact strategies that I used, and some of my clients have used, to successfully get off psychiatric medication. These strategies provide a solid foundation that increases your resilience before and after you start tapering your medication.
It's best to start the program before completely coming off your medication. By doing this, you may notice that you’re experiencing more side effects from your medication. This is a good thing, because it typically means you can more easily lower your dosage. That’s what happened to me. I notice I was feeling too calm and started experiencing increased side effects from the medication, including fatigue. Reducing my dosage by 50% reduced the side effects and made me feel better, which sent me a signal that I was on the right track.
If you’ve already starting to wean off medications, and you’re already going through withdrawal, hang in there! You can find relief with this program.
Work with Your Doctor and Pharmacist
Please note that this program, and the advice and strategies within it, are for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor and I do not know your individual situation. Therefore, this program is not medical advice and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition, including any brain or mental illness.
You must discuss lessening or discontinuing your medication with your prescribing doctor first, and gradually and safely reduce your dosage alongside medical supervision. If your prescribing physician is unsure about the appropriate tapering procedure, consult with a knowledgeable pharmacist. They should be able to lay out a drug tapering schedule for you.
All that said, I believe the advice and strategies in this program are valuable and worth sharing because it has worked for me and others.
Take Your Time, and Time It Right
Coming off psychiatric medication is a process. For some people, it may take a while to completely get off them, as tapering can be slow.
Make sure you go at your own pace. Do not let your doctor, pharmacist, or this program make you think that you need to be going faster. It is completely up to you how fast you want to go. Take your time.
Perhaps even more importantly, try coming off them at the right time. Make sure any external life factors that may have led to your depression, anxiety or other mental illness are resolved or under control.
And try not to go off your medication if you’re undergoing a major life change or stressful circumstance. A proper environment is key. I once tried coming off antidepressants while starting a stressful new job and it was an absolute disaster. However, I did not have this program at that time. It likely would have been easier if I had all this information.
A Note About Supplements and Nutraceuticals
I took a lot of supplements coming off psychiatric medication. The right supplements can be very helpful, especially in terms of coping with difficult withdrawal symptoms and speeding up your recovery. They can make the entire process much easier. So I’ve included a number of supplements in this program.
Everything in the program is ordered from most helpful to least helpful, based on my research and experience with clients and myself. And this includes supplements.
For each supplement, I also provide my recommended dosage, along with whether you should start taking it before or after you’re off medication. Always start with a low dose, and only increase the dose if necessary. Experiment and find the best dose for you.
But it’s important to note that you don’t need to take every single supplement I recommend. Trust your instincts and choose the supplements that you suspect will help you the most based on your symptoms. You can also gradually reduce the number of supplements you take over time like I have.
And often, there are certain therapies and lifestyle changes that you should focus on first. Supplements don’t fix everything.
Looking back, I went overboard on supplements, and didn’t rely enough on therapies such as neurofeedback and EMDR. A good mix of both will lead to the best results.