Hi Tiffany & Heather:
Since I am a monitor for clinical drug trials I am an advocate of medications if they are used properly and I do mean properly. The problem is that people abuse legal drugs as well and then there's a stigma.
I agree that non-drug treatment to get the root of the problem corrected is obviously optimal but there are people who have to lead a normal life everyday who could not if it weren't for medications. For me, with flying approx. 200 flights a year for work, have a very stressful job and having severe TMJ, I couldn't get along without it at times. Diabetics would die w/o insulin for an extreme example.
You also have to be pro-active w/ your physician and refuse medication if you absolutely do not want to take it and use the other alternatives until you hopefully find something to at least make you comfortable.
The sad reality, in CA. at least is that healthcare sucks and MDs don't get paid enough to spend the amount of time that we need to be treated correctly. Sometimes a naturopathic/chiropractic practitioner has more time and interest than an MD.