Recovery from Medication

LENS Neurofeedback Treatment for
Recovery from Medication

LENS Neurofeedback is a micro electromagnetic field that shows the brain how to reset itself for optimal performance. Clients typically report feeling relaxed and calm with heightened mental clarity and steady emotional resilience. LENS Neurofeedback is not a specific treatment for any one condition, but a general regulation of the central nervous system. New balance in the brain often results in better sleep, focus and moods that together reduce or eliminates withdrawal symptoms.


Preparation for LENS Treatment

Changing medication dosages suddenly makes it hard to separate what changes in symptoms are from the neurofeedback, and what are from withdrawals. You can meet with our in-house psychiatrist or we will consult with you and your doctor about the right pace to reduce medications as neurofeedback rebalances symptoms.

Do not abruptly change your medications without medical supervision! Withdrawal symptoms may set in later and be much harder to clear.


Withdrawal and Recovery from Medications

Valium, lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), and clonazepam (Klonopin)are popular benzos that often cause symptoms when people stop taking them. Unfortunately, for some people benzodiazepines eventually stop working and actually produce more anxiety. Withdrawals can be difficult and take months, but many people feel the resulting clarity and contentment is well worth the trouble. If you are happy with your mental state on your current benzo dosage and do not want to change it as needed, you are not a good candidate for neurofeedback, because the benefits of your third session may be wiped out by the meds. If you can’t find a dosage that works well, or would rather not take medications, drug-free LENS may be a good fit for you.

People tapering off medications feel clearer and more functional with LENS Neurofeedback. The Echo Rock Neurotherapy psychiatrist helps clients determine tolerance. The medication produces weak benefits and strong side effects. LENS treatment makes your brain more alert and responsive to whatever you ingest: coffee, alcohol, and yes, your meds. Tell your prescribing physician to adjust your dosage after treatments.

Anti-seizure medications can also sometimes have strong side effects without corresponding benefits, especially seroquel. Opioid addiction is easier to treat with neurofeedback than benzo withdrawal. SSRI anti-depression meds also need a doctors support to taper off dosage.


Medication Half-life Chart

The benzodiazepine family are the most difficult medications to adjust to the optimal dosage. They include: Klonopin, ativan, xanax,valium, lorazepam and others ending in “pam”. For more info click here.

DO NOT suddenly stop taking any medication without medical supervision–you may make withdrawal more difficult later.

Use the chart  below to learn more about the difficulty of withdrawal from benzos.  A longer half life means greater difficulty, A shorter half life mens easier withdrawal.