No one wants a crutch, especially for one's kid, but everything you have to biologically do everyday is essentially a crutch, like eating, drinking, pooping, sleeping. I have to take Vit D pills which I wish I didn't have to, but I rather pop a pill then have to spend an hour a day getting it from the sun. I also rather jump in my car and go my friends and jam at a moments notice, then have to first take some time to get something to eat to last me, but if don't eat properly first, then I can't jam as long, or as well, and I'll start feeling crappy and that's really no fun. I know it's hitting you hard because it's affecting your kid and there's that loss-of-control factor as a loving concerned parent, but be thankful it's not real cruches and it's just a convenient little pill he has to take. He may not need to for the rest of his life and to the point of my initial post, taking those meds under doctor supervision is low-risk. As for any therapies to reduce the need for those meds, a lot of good advice has already been given, but I'd put emphasis on what the one guy above mentioned; nutrition. Try to clean up your kid's diet to see if that makes a difference (eat less processed foods) & make sure he's getting adequate exercise. I really think two of our society's biggest causes of health problems are crappy diet & ever-increasing sedentary lifestyle. The biggest cause is stress and that's scientifically proven, btw. Enroll him in a wrestling, or mma gym. Young little dudes love to grapple. It's in our guy DNA.