Many people who have been taking psychotropic drugs for years have come to the point where they feel they no longer need to be on them. Perhaps their lifestyle has changed and the original diagnosis is really no longer an issue. Sometimes the individual began taking a medication to help them sleep, but the side effects of the drug seem to be making the situation worse, not better. Coming off these drugs is not an easy matter however.
There have been those who go to their doctor and complain that they have unpleasant side effects from the drug. And the doctor may indicate that it is just an additional manifestation of their original problem and prescribe more or different drugs. This is just making matters worse. Nevertheless, a person who wants to come off of a psychotropic medication must do so under the care of a physician. Simply stopping cold turkey can be dangerous.
Psychotropic medications are used for all manner of problems. They are usually used to treat depression, anxiety, insomnia and other disorders. These mind-altering drugs do have side effects however, and they very often don’t really solve the original issue. They are covering up symptoms and ignore the root cause of whatever the person is suffering.
Don’t think that there aren’t real serious mental illnesses. There are and these usually have to be treated with psychotropic medications. Otherwise the person could harm himself or others or can’t function at all in life. Serious mental illness is not what we are talking about here. We are talking about things humans have been experiencing since day one – feeling upset, having a panic attack at the thought of some challenging situation or not being able to sleep.
Unfortunately, there are real risks with psychotropic drug use, and someone should understand that if there is another solution than using these medications, it should be pursued. Some of the known risks of various psychotropic drugs are:
- Withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop taking them
- Unsteady gait
- Memory loss
- Impaired thinking processes
- Increased risk of heart disease and stroke
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Increased cancer risk
- Problems with the immune system
- Increased risk of vehicle accident
- Suicidal thoughts
- Violent behavior
Psychotropic medication can be very hard to leave behind. Particularly difficult are the benzodiazepines like Valium, Xanax, Ativan and Librium. They are very dangerous to stop without a doctor’s care. When someone is addicted to a benzo, a medical detox is the only safe way to come off of these types of drugs.
When you wish to get off a psychotropic and you are not getting cooperation from your doctor, Solution to Addiction can find licensed facilities that specialize in getting a person free from psychotropic meds and do so in a natural and healthy way. Nutrients can sometimes play a large part in doing this withdrawal. Balancing nutrients in the body can make a huge difference in how a person feels both physically and mentally.