There is so much more to healing ourselves than simply “going off the drugs”. We have to learn how to recognize our old coping mechanisms (i.e. “symptoms”). learn about new coping and life strategies, and then practice implementing these new ways of “being”.
There are “alternative” ways of dealing with these issues – meditation, healthy diet, exerc…ise, oils, mantras, meme’s, affirmations etc.
But learning “coping” strategies that will get you through a minute of stress, distress, chronic chaos, crisis and discomfort is a lot different than learning the life skills that will start offering a new way of living OUTSIDE of the chronic anger/rage, fear/anxiety, sadness depression that often results when we are unable to realize how to change our interpersonal relationships and relationship to the bigger world that is most often the source of this distress to begin with.
This process often includes learning to complete the developmental process’ that were interrupted in the original abuse/trauma (complex PTSd) of our families before we became victims to the second trauma and abuse of psychiatry and polypharmacy.
We learn to “reprogram” what we know about ourselves, relationships and our place in the world.
We begin to trust ourselves instead of blindly trusting everybody or not trusting anyone.
We learn to develop competence and confidence that WE are our best resource and can handle whatever life throws our way.
We learn to understand what is and cultivate independence and interdependence vs dependence on others.
We begin to understand that “boundaries” are about our limits and what we will do for ourselves vs the idea that our boundaries are what we “allow” others to do or not do.
We start learning to recognize and remedy our deep internal sense of shame, buried anger at the injustices we have experienced; we learn to recognize when we are feeling powerless because we are feeling hopeless – and that by finding our hope we discover our power.
The good news is – it can totally be done. Be open to the inner voice, that light in the darkness, that guides you and it will always guide you to safety.
Be open and willing to learn by beginning to learn that hanging around those who like to focus on how hard it is? Is very likely going to make it very hard. Find those who have already done what you want to do and then find a way to do that for yourself.
At the blog – posts on doing this kind of work….http://zebraspolkadotsandplaids.blogspot.com/search?q=the+hard+work
More on what it looks like when we start realizing the fruit of our labors: http://www.empoweringsolutionsnow.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-empowered/
For those who find utilizing a therapist to be helpful (not everyone does)…how to tell the difference between a good therapist and an average therapist: http://zebraspolkadotsandplaids.blogspot.com/2012/01/whats-diff-how-to-tell-average.html
DISCLAIMER: never just stop or “go off” psychiatric drugs. To do so can put you at risk of forced psychiatric interventions and is great risk to physical, psychological and emotional health. For information and resources to learn how to do this safely please start here: www.proactiveplanning.us