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Alternative to Meds Center

3130 W State Route 89A, Sedona, Arizona, 86336

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About Alternative To Meds Center: ATMC is a licensed, 18-bed, integrative residential behavioral health facility specializing in treating mental health, natural medication tapering, and dual diagnosis located in a retreat-like setting in Sedona, Arizona. Founded in 2006, ATMC specializes in helping people remove the toxicity and dependency from prescription medication, and determining the root cause of mental illness and co-occurring disorders through around-the-clock, supervised, tapering withdrawal in a relaxed, supportive and safe environment. Through lab testing and other assessments, the Center identifies addictive biochemistry and other root causes for drug dependency. Individualized treatment is tailor-designed for each client to remove toxins, rebalance body and brain chemistry, and create a new pathway toward natural well-being.

Facility Highlights

  • Medication Withdrawal Tapering
  • Antidepressant Withdrawal and Medication Tapering
  • Antipsychotic Withdrawal and Medication Tapering
  • Benzodiazepine Withdrawal and Medication Tapering
  • Opiate, Alcohol, Recreational Drugs Withdrawal
  • Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment
  • Licensed therapists, individual and group counseling
  • Leading experts in Biochemistry Correction
  • Holistic, integrative, and orthomolecular medicine

Specialization

  • Holistic and Individualized mental health:
    At ATMC, a holistic approach means treating the whole person and taking into account all the factors that can contribute to a person’s state of being such as nutrition, activity levels, and genetic and environmental factors. Since, every human is unique, the first step to treating a patient is to understand their unique needs and makeup.
  • Integrative and evidence-based models
    ATMC’s integrative approach utilizes the best available proven treatment methods that have been shown to be the most effective. Some of the approaches ATMC incorporates include: o Environmental Medicine o Naturopathic Medicine o Orthomolecular Medicine o Mindfulness Practices o Traditional Chinese Medicine o Compassion-based Therapy
  • Empowerment through education and collaboration
    We work to educate each patient to empower them to understand how to make decisions regarding their health. Additionally, ATMC’s collaborative model focuses on having the patient be an active member of their treatment team. The patient co-creates their treatment plan and makes decisions with the team, rather than having decisions be made on their behalf.
  • Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
    Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.

Facility Settings

  • Residential Neighborhood
  • Luxury
  • Desert
  • Mountains

Meet the Staff

  • Libby Smith, PhD
    Libby Smith, PhDClinical Director
    Libby Smith or “Dr. Libby” as many of her friends and clients affectionately call her, is an educator, counselor, author, Chair of the Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals, and an Equine-Assisted Therapeutic Practitioner. Libby as two bachelor’s degrees, two master’s degrees, and is currently working on third Master’s in Addiction Counseling at Grand Canyon University. She holds two doctoral degrees: One in Holistic Theology and the other in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis on health and sociology, from Northern Arizona University. She has been teaching at colleges and universities for over twenty-five years including Northern Arizona University and Wichita State University and has written and published several books including her most recent, “What’s the Matter?” She has been an international speaker at the International Conference for Science and Consciousness. Dr. Libby is certified in Regression Therapy, Life Coaching, Hypnosis, Reiki (level 1) and as a Heartmath Practitioner. Her Equine Therapy Business is called Wind Horse Wellness LLC. Over the past eight years, she has worked as a counselor in both Behavioral Health and Substance Use arenas and currently works as a Therapist at Alternatives to Medications Center. She is the owner and CEO of Wind Horse Wellness LLC located in Flagstaff, Arizona. She has a heart for service and is honored to be working with the administration, staff, and patients at Alternatives to Meds Center.
  • Isaac Levin
    Isaac LevinChief Administrator
    As Chief Administrator, Isaac is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the program and supervise the staff. He takes the time to work with each staff member to ensure the ATMC team is cohesive and effective. Isaac is one of the founding members of ATMC and has worked with the organization in many capacities. Over the years, he has worked as a care provider, care manager, and massage therapist. His experience allows him to have an intimate understanding of each facet of the organization. He has trainings and certifications as an emergency medical technician, sober coach, and empathic coaching. Isaac prides himself on providing impeccable service to each and every resident. On any given day, he is onsite at the residence or Detox Shoppe available to address the concerns of residents, whether big or small.
  • Dr. Julia Britz, N.M.D.
    Dr. Julia Britz, N.M.D.Naturopathic Director
    Julia Britz is a licensed naturopathic doctor who received her training from Bastyr University in San Diego, CA. She specializes in supporting people who are struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety, OCD and eating disorders; as well as a chronic illness like autoimmunity and mold toxicity. Her passion for working with individuals suffering from these lonely conditions is that she too was a “hopeless case”, but got better. Dismissed by doctors, she was told over and over there was nothing else she could try beyond pharmacotherapy, and so was inspired to create myocddiary.com, a site dedicated to documenting the daily life of OCD and related disorders. Through this project and holistic therapies, she found new levels of wellness, and in 2014 did a TED talk called “MyOCDdiary: an imperfect story.” She utilizes natural and integrative modalities including targeted amino acid therapy, peptide therapy, micronutrient therapy, NAD+ and IV therapy, botanical medicine and epigenetic analysis. Dr. Britz listens to her patients and respects where each person is on their healing journey. She understands that each individual has unique needs and she is passionate about finding creative ways to support them and optimize their health. She is passionate about the work being done at ATMC, by the healthcare team and the residents, because true healing happens when we all heal together. In her personal life, Dr. Britz loves to paint, go backcountry camping with her siblings, bake and explore ghost towns. Originally from Las Vegas, she now enjoys living in Arizona with her adorable cat, Icky Thump.
  • Dr. Ergi O. Gumasanelli
    Dr. Ergi O. GumasanelliPsychiatric Consultant
    Dr. Ergi O. Gumusaneli M.D. “Dr. G” is a consultant with ATMC. He is board-certified with the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Rapport Fellow by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and testifies on civil and criminal cases. He completed his medical degree at the University of California, Irvine, and graduated with honors in psychiatry and medicine. He completed his internship and psychiatry residency at the University of Colorado. He was awarded the excellence in medical teaching award and was the Chief Resident at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Gumusaneli received additional training in areas that includes addiction, psychotherapy, medication-assisted therapies, transcranial magnetics, and sports psychology. Dr. Gumusaneli is a father, son, and husband. During his spare time, he supports veterans’ causes and assists veterans in rural areas to obtain access to care. He enjoys teaching in golfing clinics to assist children and adults enjoy the fundamentals of golf, and develop the mental aptitude for championship situations

Financial Details

  • We take PPO insurance only, no medicare or medicaid policies accepted. We offer referrals for financing options.

Rehabs 360 Guide

ABOUT ALTERNATIVE TO MEDS CENTER

Alternative to Meds Center (ATMC) provides holistic treatment for mental health and substance abuse disorders, and it is one of the Arizona's 201 (58.9 percent) treatment tracks for clients struggling with co-occurring disorders. Located in beautiful Sedona, Ariz., ATMS offers clients a residential treatment program.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

ATMC uses integrative and holistic medicine approaches to treat mental health disorders and chemical dependency. The facility focuses on addressing the mind, body, and spirit of the residents holistically, without the use of prescription medications.

Instead, ATMC uses medication tapering programs to overcome withdrawal from antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, alcohol, opiates, and prescription drug medications. In the center’s Detox Shoppe, where clients will spend time five days per week, “concentrates residents’ energies” on removing toxins.

Lab and genetic testing is conducted during treatment for clients. These results are used to determine the biochemistry and neurochemistry needs of the resident along with providing information needed to develop individualized detoxification protocol.

Holistic treatments include environmental medicine, biotransformation of toxic burden, heavy metal chelation, organic diets with a nutritionally ketogenic focus, nebulized glutathione, acupuncture, energy medicine, massage therapy, ionic footbaths, colonic hydrotherapy, neurotransmitter rehabilitation, orthomolecular medicine, and neurotoxin removal. These treatments work to correct imbalances in the body’s chemistry. Medication tapering is also offered.

Residential treatment programs range from four to eight weeks, during which time clients participate in weekly clinical meetings, daily detoxification program (Monday through Friday) peer support counseling, one-on-one counseling, and holistic treatments including massages, acupuncture, ionic foot baths, and yoga. In Arizona, the center is among the 8.8 percent of facilities to utilize acupuncture.

In addition, staff members use environmental medicine to explore how environmental factors affect people’s mental and physical health conditions.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The medical team is led by a medical director, who is supported by other medical practitioners with various backgrounds such as allopathic, pain management, internal medicine, environmental medicine as well as naturopathic, orthomolecular, and Chinese medicines. The staff includes a clinical director, a director of nursing, licensed therapists, licensed nurses, counselors, care managers, life coaches, an acupuncturist, massage and art therapists, a chef, and a personal trainer.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

ATMC’s 18-bed facility offers spa-like, relaxing surroundings. The living areas include both shared and private bedrooms, a living room with internet and TV access, large dining area, plenty of outdoor seating in a park-like setting, and a pool and hot tub area. There are weekly outings for the residents that allow them to enjoy nearby trails and the natural surroundings.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The nine alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided overwhelmingly positive reveiws.
The only moderate comment came from alum Pamela, who noted relapsing after six months. Still, she wrote, "I learned valuable tools to stay sober, and I am sober now." Three of the alumni polled on the matters gave high four- and perfect five-star ratings for the facility's holistic offerings, exercise and leisure activities, staff availability, and counseling options.

Other alumni comments referred to the program as life-saving. Sofia felt that the staff worked "miracles in co-occurring disorders," and Janine expressed gratitude for the "nurturing environment where where (she) felt safe." Most of the nine reviews remarked upon having tried other treatment facilities and feeling wary, but ultimately being pleased with the detox services at this facility.

At the time of this writing, the five individuals to leave reviews on Yelp produced an average rating of four out of five stars.[1] Of these reviews, four were from alumni: three provided positive commentary, and one left negative feedback. A representative positive reviewer wrote, "ATMC did a phenomenal job with getting off meds and reducing anxiety. Staff is very warm and gracious". The critical comments concerned difficulties with other clients and staff members.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Rehabs.com has yet to receive feedback from this facility’s friends and family; however, the two loved ones who left reviews on Yelp provided mixed feedback.[1] One loved one, the father of an alum, gave a perfect five-star review and wrote that his son had an experience “beyond expectations.” He added, “It really is a special place with wonderful people who are truly inspiring and clearly inspired by helping and healing others.”

A one-star review from a loved one is featured on Yelp's not recommended review page, where the other seven reviewers all gave five-star ratings.[2]

WHAT STAFF SAY

The two staff members surveyed by Rehabs.com to date provided an extremely positive reviews. "ATMC is really the only residential treatment center that will assist people in the holistic approach to taper psychiatric medications," one staff member wrote. The other staff member offered five-star ratings for the facility's professionalism, discharge planning, and holistic offerings.

Four Indeed users shared similarly positive feedback, offering an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars.[3] In a representative comment, one current employee wrote, "They offer treatments and services which no other rehabilitation center offers."

FINANCING

Private pay insurance plans are accepted. Medicare or Medicaid are not accepted and ATMC does not have scholarships available. The program cost is $65,000 for 60 days.

[1] https://www.yelp.com/biz/alternative-to-meds-center-sedona
[2] https://www.yelp.com/notrecommendedreviews/alternative-to-meds-center-sedona
[3] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Alternative-to-Meds-Center/reviews

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Bob

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Our son recently completed a program at Alternative to Meds Center. He had previously been to seven previous programs, but ATMC was the program that really made a difference for him. He was able to get off of a toxic combination of meds that had put him on an intolerable roller coaster. He also became a lot healthier with the diet, exercise, supplements, and sauna. The kindness and compassion of the staff, together with the social opportunities afforded by the other residents, helped him develop him gain confidence and a more positive self-image. By the end of the program, we felt like we had our son back.

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Today I am home and completely off of cymbalta with minimal effects … thanks to one month at Alternative to Meds Center, I’m back to being me … The incredibly caring staff helped me over the month I was there with the withdraw process. I am a mother of 3 and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Approximately 8 years ago, I was prescribed Cymbalta 60 mg daily, an SNRI, for PMDD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Dysthymia. It helped for a short time but, after a few years, I noticed that it was not helping any longer. Unfortunately, I kept taking it because it was told to me that it is best for my brain “chemistry” that I do so. It was suggested to me to up the dosage to 120 mg many times; however, I refused. In 2011, I missed a dose. The withdraw symptoms started within hours of missing the dose. Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms included: Tremor, rage, uncontrollable crying spells, severe nausea, some vomiting, palpitations, lower back pain (that never occurred before or during taking cymbalta), inability to get words out, moments of dissociation. This made me angry that missing one dose can cause such incapacitating symptoms. I requested to the physician to help me wean off the medication as it no longer helps and I did not like to be “stuck” or in my eyes, “addicted” to any medication because of the terrible withdraw it causes. I was told to wean from 60 to 40 to 20 mg over 6 weeks and then stop. I did as directed, but once I hit 0 cymbalta, the same symptoms returned at full force. I was dealing with these constant symptoms all while trying to work and run a household. By 6 weeks in, I could not longer handle the symptoms and was told by the physician to go back on the cymbalta as I would need it “for the rest of my life”. I didn’t like the idea; however, I did so just so I could function in my daily life. Fast forward to June, 2012. The same thing happened, I missed a dose which threw me back into the withdraw symptoms yet again. I decided I could not accept being on this medication just to avoid the terrible withdraw. I went to another doctor that agreed to help and started to wean me up on prozac and down on cymbalta. The withdraw symptoms continued, although not as severe. I was still unable to probably perform my activities of daily living. I was afraid and frustrated. I didn’t know what to do. My husband found online the Alternative to Medications Center and everything started falling into place. I was admitted to the facility in Sept., 2012. I stayed on my current dosage of cymbalta for my first week while titrating multiple supplements for detox. I was also detoxing in the sauna, which unimaginably helped decrease the withdrawal symptoms to almost nil. The other treatments such as the diet change, detox foot baths, glutathione treatments, massage and Reiki also helped tremendously. Today I am home and completely off of cymbalta with minimal effects. It has been a hard 2 years, but thanks to one month at Alternative to Meds Center, I’m back to being me. Becky

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In the 3 years prior to coming to ATMC, I had been in and out of treatment and put on various different medications for anxiety and depression. Upon arriving at ATMC, I was on Zoloft, Risperdone, Cogentin, and Geodon; medications which had left me feeling sedated and hopeless, unable to manage my life. My anxiety was terrible, and I spent my days wavering in and out of depression. I had cried so many tears, my life had fallen apart so many times, and the judgmental eye of doctors had convinced me that there was something wrong with me. Meanwhile, I was spiritually broken. I was lost and I was tired. ATMC truly gave me a new lease on life and was a place where real healing could be done. During my two months at ATMC I tapered off almost all of my meds with no side-effects. The supplements provided to me helped me tremendously with my symptoms, which I could not have foreseen. I had energy again! Actually more than ever! And I discovered a will to live life which is now so strong. The staff were overwhelmingly friendly, conscientious, and open-hearted. Frankly, their kindness and manner were inspirational. From day one they took me in with open arms and provided a safe environment for me to process past trauma, learn how to relieve symptoms, grow spiritually, and gave me real insight and hope into my future. For the first time in so long, life seemed so beautiful and I was no longer in pain, waiting for an answer. Returning home, I take my experience at ATMC with me in so many ways. Not only the healthy lifestyle I practiced there, but the spiritual well-being that comes with it. I am no longer worried about anxiety and depression coming in the way of my life. I am so grateful for my experience here. It has changed my life in so many ways.

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I have met some of the most courageous and amazing people here at Alternative to Meds Center. If you are here, or if you are contemplating a stay at Alternative to Meds Center, here’s my parting advice: Give it to yourself because you deserve it. Work the program. It can be difficult but you will emerge as a new and improved person. This was one the best gifts I ever gave to myself. Trust the process and trust the staff. They have your back. My single biggest shout out goes to Lyle Murphy, the founder of Alternative to Meds Center. He is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He took his personal misfortunate and turned it into an absolute gift for humanity. He created a place where people can be truly healed and not simply medicated into submission by the pharmaceutical industry. His commitment and vision saved my life and I will forever be indebted to him. He is an extraordinary man.

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ATMC transformed my life. I showed up a complete mess on 2 different antipsychotics. I had visited 5 psych wards prior to admittance and been labels bipolar, schizophrenic, manic depressed, and a few more. I had also been a drug addict for 3 years prior to my psychotic episodes and done some brain damage. ATMC and their expert staff helped me slowly taper off the medications and rebalance my brain and body chemistry. It has since been a decade since I graduated and I owe most of my success to the staff of ATMC. I now have over a decade clean and sober with zero medication. This would have never been possible without their help. Invest in yourself. Invest in your future. There is no better program on the planet to assist you getting off or minimizing medication to create the best life for yourself. You got this.