Pharmaceutical Harm Reduction
Pharmaceutical Harm Reduction
Medicinal Mindfulness believes psychiatric pharmaceuticals, such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety, and anti-psychotic medications have an important place in the treatment of difficult psychological conditions. With that being said, we equally believe that there is an epidemic of over-prescribing and over-medicating in our society, with estimates that 1 in 5 American adults and 1 in 12 American children are currently taking some sort of psychiatric medication at this time.
Although these medications require ongoing monitoring, it is estimated that over a third of this population has not seen a mental health professional in a year or more. In addition to this, sometimes symptoms that are commonly attributed to a mental “illness” are instead common side effects of many of these drugs. If you’re feeling slow, numbed out, or just a little “off kilter,” this possibility might be something to consider. Even so, the idea of coming off a medication without support and guidance is quite daunting, and withdrawal symptoms can be so severe many in our community simply choose to live with the side effects instead.
Medicinal Mindfulness allied therapists and healing practitioners can be members of a clinically trained team that supports our clients through this process. Working with your medical doctor, psychiatrist or other health care professionals, we provide our clients with mental health monitoring and support as they transition to lower doses or come off of these medications completely.
After an initial assessment of mental health and life circumstances, we teach our clients mindfulness based stress management techniques while we address the underlying concerns that led them to seek help from a psychiatrist or physician in the first place. During and after the transition, we continue to monitor for the possibility of withdrawal symptoms and any previously experienced concerning behavior while providing non-judgmental support. We believe that a slow, intentional transition from these medications, with client led and client centered support, is a very effective way to reduce our over dependence as a society on these powerful medications.
Due to possible serious mental health and medical conditions that can sometimes accompany the reduction or termination of these medications, Medicinal Mindfulness can only provide this service in conjunction with your primary care physician or psychiatrist who supports this decision.
In addition, we also recommend working with a mental health nutritionist to determine possible treatments for neurotransmitter depletions.
Medicinal Mindfulness is committed to providing non-judgmental, clinically proven psychological services for behaviors and concerns related to addictions. We provide both simple and effective coping strategies to help reduce relapses and urges, while addressing any underlying concerns that might have led to the addictive behavior in the first place. We are currently not set up to handle extremely acute, chronic or sever addictions but can refer to addiction's specialists and rehabilitation centers. We are currently working to develop a professional relationship with legitimate Ibogaine clinics in Mexico and Canada.
Our allied practitioners can provide specific support around problem alcohol use through individual therapy sessions. In addition to Alcoholics Anonymous programs that are common in our communities, Medicinal Mindfulness also recommends a harm reduction program called Moderation Management for additional community support. According to their website, "Moderation Management (MM) is a behavioral change program and national support group network for people concerned about their drinking and who desire to make positive lifestyle changes. MM empowers individuals to accept personal responsibility for choosing and maintaining their own path, whether moderation or abstinence. MM promotes early self-recognition of risky drinking behavior, when moderate drinking is a more easily achievable goal."
There is a regular Moderation Management Meeting in Denver. View MM page for more information.
Please note: We do not encourage any illegal activities or the use or abuse of cannabis or any other medicine. Nor do we believe that cannabis or other medicine exploration, even within the confines of applicable laws, is appropriate or beneficial for everyone. We are conditional advocates for intentional, sacred and non-habitual cannabis use for those individuals who have chosen to use cannabis already on their own. A substantial amount of skill development, the right mind set, and an intentional setting are required to minimize the risks involved in the exploration of powerful medicines. Our work is, at its foundation, a Harm Reduction program.