I would like to announce the first printing of Reclaim the Best of Yourself. This book is intended primarily for those individuals who are tapering off of psychiatric medications or are contemplating doing so. It is also intended for those individuals who are wrestling with addictive tendencies. Getting off of medications or drugs and overcoming addiction go hand in hand; we often become addicted to the very medications that we sense are undermining our health; or we may become addicted to other substances purely to escape the physical, emotional, and mental pain that long-term med use has caused.
This workbook is both philosophical and practical. On the one hand, it offers practical advice for coping with the pain and emotional gyrations that are associated with drug or medication tapers. Fundamentally, however, it is a blueprint for reclamation. Psychiatric medications and recreational drugs both retard our growth and suppress our emotional and mental development. It is as if these substances imprison the best of ourselves within padded prisons that subsequently prevent us from feeling either the pain or joy of life. As we emerge from these artificial prisons, we necessarily have to learn to trust, believe, forgive, and love anew if we wish to live fully actualized lives.
Reclaim the Best of Yourself is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice with regards to medication tapers or, for that matter, any other aspect of one’s physical and emotional health. It is NEVER safe to taper off of medication or drugs without proper medical supervision. Sadly, while doctors are all too adept at putting us on mediations, they are often wholly inept at tapering us off of them. Notwithstanding this, there is a growing number of doctors who do understand the intricacies of drug and medication tapers. And there are an increasing number of in-patient or out-patient facilities that specialize in safely withdrawing patients from these substances.
This workbook began as a series of lectures given at the Alternative to Meds Center, where I tapered off of five of the nine psychiatric medications that I was dependent upon when I arrived at the Center. After I had tapered off of all my meds using their methods, I was most eager to support others who were doing the same, and so that I asked Lyle Murphy, the founder of ATMC, if I could lead one of the support groups there at the center. He agreed, and each Thursday night for the last year I have been discussing strategies I that I personally am using to cope with medication tapers as well as those strategies I have employed for managing my new-found sobriety.
Each chapter is designed to inform, inspire, ennoble, and empower participants of the program as they rebuild or reclaim the best of themselves. I have taken those same lectures and tried to make them more universally applicable to those who are not familiar with the specifics of the ATMC protocol.
While I am exceedingly grateful to Lyle Murphy and the members of the ATMC staff for helping me reclaim my life, this work is not intended as marketing material for their center or as an apology for any member of that organization. No, there are some 80 million Americans presently on one or more psychiatric medications[i] and the Alternative to Meds Center has only 18 beds. This work is intended to support those few who have the resources to come to ATMC and, more pressingly, the vast majority who don’t.
This is meant to be a workbook for those who are dependent on psych meds who desire to work through the physical, emotional, and mental challenges that one faces while tapering. While there clearly are numerous auto-biographical references in the work, this book is about you, not me. It is actually meant to be co-created by you. It is further meant to contain the coping strategies that you find most helpful. It is finally meant to enable you to elicit the best of yourself so that you can nurture that new self it back to life.
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