Based out of Sedona, Arizona, Alternative to Meds Center is a small residential facility that provides short-term detox programs for clients struggling with addiction and substance abuse issues. Unlike many medical detox facilities, the Alternative to Meds Center is, as its name suggests, a holistic facility that avoids medication in favor of holistic, nutritional and psychological treatment methods.
Accommodations and Food
All told, the facility has 18 beds available in private and shared bedrooms. Each room comes with twin beds, dressers, nightstands and basic decor. Beyond the bedrooms, the facility also has common living areas with internet and cable TV, outdoor walking areas, an outdoor pool and a hot tub. Throughout their stay, all residents are served three meals by an on-site chef (with support for various dietary needs available upon request).
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning a program, all clients go through an initial intake and assessment process to help the staff determine their needs and develop their care plans. While the facility does offer medical and psychiatric supervision whenever necessary, programs typically don’t include Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) or extensive medication management.
While all programs differ, treatment typically includes a combination of individual and group therapy including evidence-based counseling practices like CBT and DBT. Other methods include a focus on nutritional care methods such as orthomolecular therapy, neurotransmitter repair, microbiome science and heavy metal chelation therapy. Additionally, clients also attend holistic therapy sessions including yoga, massage, acupuncture and other teachings from Chinese medicine. While 12-step participation is not strictly required, it may be encouraged in some cases.
The staff at Alternative to Meds Center consists of doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, life coaches, CADCs, LMHCs and additional Master’s-level clinicians.
As the name of the facility suggests, the organization differs somewhat from other detoxes and rehabs, which focus primarily on alcohol or “street” drugs. In particular, Alternative to Meds Center is mostly dedicated to helping clients who are withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric medications (hence the host of restorative and neurochemically-focused treatment practices). Programs can last between four to eight weeks, with discharge and aftercare planning available upon completion.
Overall, Alternative to Meds Center provides a holistic and well-rounded experience for clients who are struggling with psychiatric drug abuse and addiction. While treatment is not particularly focused on psychiatric or medical interventions, it includes a host of holistic, nutritional and exercise-oriented care methods to help participants get their lives back on track. While those dealing with dependencies on street drugs or who need medication as part of their detox may want to seek additional help elsewhere, Alternative to Meds Center remains a strong resource for those dealing with addictions to psychiatric drugs.
Alternative to Meds Center
40 Goodrow Ln
Sedona, AZ 86336
Alternative to Meds Center Cost: $60,000 (60 days); varies by insurance strength. Reach Alternative to Meds Center by phone at (800) 301-3753 or by email at [email protected]. Find Alternative to Meds Center on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube
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