Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
Alternative to Meds Center Philosophy
Our treatments are strategically designed to correct both addiction and mental health issues. We address the physical, emotional and spiritual facets of each individual to create the proper stage for lasting recovery. We understand the medical and biochemical causes of mental health symptoms and addiction, and we treat these underlying problems with scientifically proven methods of integrated treatment. Lack of brain balancing nutrients, toxic drugs and other poisons we may have accumulated over a lifetime can create drug and alcohol cravings as well as interrupt the balance of brain chemicals that are normally associated with a healthy mental state. We not only address this balance with customized top-shelf programs for nutrition and detoxification but also with medication tapering, counseling, exercise and yoga, supplementation, organic diets, acupuncture, colonics, and other environmental medicine therapies.
Areas of Specialization
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
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.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
I came to Alternative to Meds Center for help to understand the anxiety I deal with on a daily basis. I was taking Kolonopin and Ativan in hopes of feeling normal again. I had lost myself and the desire to live. My step-daughter found out about Alternative to Meds Center and I agreed to come and get help. I am now medication free. I am in a much better place thanks to ATMC. Through the groups, the Detox Shoppe, the supplements and my therapist, I have come a long way. I will forever remember the staff and friends I made here at ATMC.
I found Alternative to Meds Center on the internet when I looked up “Holistic Health Centers for Bipolar Disorder” ... This experience has been amazing and transformative. Alternative to Meds Center is an incredible facility. When I arrived at Alternative to Meds Center in March 2016 I was an absolute mess and was on Prozac and Bupropion. I have met some of the most courageous and amazing people here at ATMC. If you are contemplating a stay at ATMC, here’s my 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.
A big thumbs up for Alternative to Meds Center! I entered the program after having been on Seroquel for 7 years. I couldn't lower the dosage below 150 mg by myself without having horrible withdrawal symptoms. Through the use of the supplements, the sauna and the whole program, I was able to come off of Seroquel with hardly any mental side effects. This program is a miracle! ATMC saved my life and I can never thank them enough!
I came to ATMC to get off 5 psych medications that I had been on for 12 years that were robbing me of my own self and life. At the end of my 8 week stay at ATMC I am medication free, successfully off of one anti-depressant, one stimulant, and two anti-psychotics. I feel like a completely different person and energy. I no longer struggle with chronic fatigue, lack of motivation or disconnected from everything. I feel incredibly more grounded in myself, my passions, my wants, my needs, and desires.
Before coming to ATMC I was in two psych hospitals and two treatment centers in the matter of one month. I was put on multiple psych meds and my symptoms were worsening with anxiety, depression, shakiness, lack of sleep, and feeling like a zombie on Zoloft and Remeron. I found ATMC online in desperation to get my life back again. The love and support I received at ATMC helped me through the medication taper. The staff here is so caring and amazing. It is a safe and fun environment to heal. For anyone considering coming to and investing in treatment at ATMC I say- Please do it! Your life will be forever changed
I had been self-medicating with drugs and alcohol for 12 years of my life. My reason for choosing Alternative to Meds Center over other treatment programs was the simple fact that the healing focused on natural and holistic methods, which we as humans have been using for centuries prior to the pharmaceutical regime that dominates us today. My decision could not have been better. The program revolved around rebuilding the basic and essential blocks of life through diet, supplements, removing of toxins built up in everyday life, and spiritual/emotional well being. If you’re looking for a place to help you there’s no better than the program here.
Meet the Staff
Dr. John Motl, MD
Dr. Motl began his education in Omaha, Nebraska at Creighton University. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy and his Doctor of Medicine from the Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine and did his Residency in Neurology. He studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A., and he is a strong believer in the use Chinese herbs as well as other herbs and supplements in his practice. Dr. Motl, has the understanding that all medicine systems have a place, and no one system has all the answers for healing. He is excited to offer his skills in Integrative Medicine to co-design programs for people who want to make changes in their treatment programs. Combining your health intention, psychotherapy, medication management, nutritional supplements, exercise and detoxification in a community setting can restore balance in your life. It is his belief that “symptoms are a message not a defect.”
Mare Brooks-Motl, MS, LMFT, CADC
As Clinical Director, Mare manages the counseling and therapy programs at ATMC. Mare has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Education. Mare holds credentials as a certified drug and alcohol counselor and a Masters of Science degree in Counselor Education, holding licensure as a Marriage, Family therapist in and California. Other formal training includes DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) used in the treatment of PTSD, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Transactional Analysis and NLP to name a few. Her most recent education has been learning, and experiencing the powerful healing approach of HeartMath. She has utilized training and wisdom of East-West healing modalities for over 30 years. These include yoga, Aikido, Chinese Medicine, Auyrevedic foods and philosophies. Vipasssana or insight mediation, commonly known in the West as Mindfulness meditation guide her personal and professional life.
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.
Tamara Roshay, RN, BS
Tamara is a Registered Nurse with a B.S. in kinesiology and a minor in holistic health from San Francisco State University. She has worked as a nurse for many years in various settings, including a psychiatric hospital. After witnessing the tragedy that occurs in a psych hospital, Tamara sought out a way to use her nursing skills to help people heal and become free of that model. Today, Tamara is the nursing director for ATMC. She works very closely with the residents to ease them through the tapering process with compassion and dignity. Tamara works with residents to educate and empower them throughout their healing process here.
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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.
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. 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. 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.
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. In a representative comment, one current employee wrote, "They offer treatments and services which no other rehabilitation center offers."
Private pay insurance plans are accepted. Medicare or Medicaid are not accepted and ATMC does not have scholarships available. The program cost is $60,000 for 60 days. Clients are encouraged to verify insurance information online.
Published on December 2018
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