A list of doctors whose patients found to be open
minded and sometimes helpful to people who are trying to stop taking Benzos.
Nothing more is to be implied concerning any doctor's abilities or
Although we don’t recommend a rapid Detox, we do
understand that under certain circumstances someone may have no alternative
but to attempt to get off benzos in this manner.
Be sure that you question the doctor about his
willingness to do a Valium taper according to the protocols of the Ashton
Manual. Many doctors, even those who may agree to the Valium taper, will
recommend other psychiatric drugs to assist during tapering. Dr. Ashton
does not recommend other drugs except in rare situations, as many of these
drugs have withdrawal syndromes of their own.
If you find a Benzowise doctor not on this list, please
email the group owner at
Dr. Andrew Byrne 75 Redfern st., REDFERN 2016.
NSW. Australia Ph: 02 93195524 Email:
TRANX Australia. May have list of benzo
friendly Doctors in Victoria. 222 Burke Rd., GLEN IRIS 3146 Victoria.
Australia. Ph: 0398897355 Email:
Dr Hans Van den Bos Park Tce Gilberton 8269 8146
Dr Jim Wright, Vancouver Hospital, University of
"I just wanted to say that Dr. Jim Wright is an
excellent benzo wise doctor. He listens very well and is flexible if you
have things you have learned other places, he will help you with them. He
has helped a lot of people come off benzos. Very smart man."
Professor C Heather Ashton, Newcastle, England,
Teresa Buot-Smith, M.D. (psychiatrist) 4545 E. Shea Blvd. #112
Phoenix, AZ 85028 602-494-7110
suggested other meds to help, but when I refused, she was respectful and
helped me through a 22-month Valium taper. Very supportive and respectful.
Expressed surprise at the intensity of the symptoms, saying that she had
never seen a patient go through this.
Dr. Kenneth Lehrman Daly City, California, gp
Dr. Stephen McKenzie Hemet California, gp, 909
Dr. Howard Kornfeld Mill Valley, CA (Bay Area),
415 383 2949
Dr. Elizabeth John Santa Ana, California
Dr. Cyril Blaine 909 672-1931
Dr. Robert Carvahlo Vista del Mar Hospital
Dr Darryl J. Ballin M.D.5353 Balboa Boulevard
Suite 210 Encino, California 91316 Phone number is 818-461-1310 (recommended
to Michael by the Betty Ford Clinic. Michael said He is a very caring
Timothy Fong, MD Dept of Psychiatry UCLA 760
Westwood Plaza C9-440 Los Angeles, CA 90024-1759 (310) 825-1479 email:
Dr. Peter Madill
Sebastopol California. Office
Phone 707 823-3312 email is
Sebastopol is driving distance from anywhere around San
Krista Roybal, M.D.
True Life Center for Wellbeing
4520 Executive Drive, Suite 225
San Diego, California, 92121
"Dr. Roybal is a renowned Addiction Psychiatrist who counts benzodiazepine
tapers among her specialities. Her tapering process honors the Ashton
Method, but has evolved to a more integrative system that focuses on slow,
steady progress; quieting the nervous system; and emphasizing the
importance of the mind-body connection. Over the course of her career, she
has helped more than 3,000 patients successfully withdraw from benzos."
Dr. Keesal Health Care Connection "Specializing
in the Treatment of Addictions and Related Disorders" 825 Linebaugh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612 813-931-5560
Dr. Andrew B. Pundy, M.D. Adult Psychiatry
Lutheran General Hospital 1875 Dempster Street Suite 490 Park Ridge, IL
60068 Phone: (847-518-8490
Katelyn Daniels, LCPC, CHT Licensed Clinical
Professional Counselor Certified Hypnotherapist EMDR-Level II certification
Schaumburg, IL 847 490-1295
Dr. James Anderson, psychiatrist Lake Charles,
Doctor Thomas McDermott Waterville, Maine 04901
licensed alcohol, substance abuse “I love him he saved my life” Bonnie
Stevan Gressitt MD, Psychiatrist Medical
Director Northeast Occupational Exchange 29 Franklin Street Bangor, Maine
04401 Phone: 207-942-3816 websites:
Dr. Joseph McCabe, M.D. Harvard Vanguard
Medical Associates Cambridge, MA 617-661-5503 617-629-6321
Dr. Rebecca Lundquist Umass Medical Center,
Worcester, MA 361 Plantation Street Worcester, MA 01605 508-334-2537
Dr. Brian McCorroll DO Romeo, Mi 810
752-2861 Medical School Kansas City College of Medicine and Surgery
Specialties General Practice Addiction Medicine
Dr. Drummond (author of Benzo Blues)
Andrew Brown, M.D. The Counseling Center of
Nashua, NH (30 mins from Boston) 1-603-883-0005
Dr Gary Horzwitz. Westfall
Associates. 919 Westfall Road, Building B, Suite 60, Rochester, NY 14618.
Phone (585) 473-1500. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org. "Westfall Associates is a private facility
that helps people who have addiction or dependency issues. Dr. Horwitz is
the founder and director. Dr. Horwitz was very kind and compassionate. I
didn't ask Dr. Horwitz if he knew of the Aston Manual but he did say he
would never have taken me or anyone off a benzo so quickly. He was aware
that benzo withdrawal can be protracted."
Dr. Gevirtz Thank you for your inquiry. We are a
private institute located in NYC and lower Westchester. Dr. Gevirtz does not
have a problem with Professor Ashton's method. If you have further
questions, please call us at 914-636-6210
Dr. John Shenkle, Plattsburgh Clinton County
Mental Health Services Plattsburgh, NY 12901, 518-566-0100 , New York, p,
Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine in
Suffern, NY. Dr. Schachter is a psychiatrist, into holistic medicine 845
368-4700, website www.mbschachter.com
Dr. Ted Becker 157 East 86th Street
Dr. Beers 200 W 57th 212-399-7000
Dr. Weingarten, Comprehensive Pain Management
Associates 2001 Marcus Avenue New Hyde Park, N.Y. 11042 Telephone:
(516)-358-4673 Second Office: 125 South Service Road Jericho, N.Y. 11753
Bick Wanck, MD and Associates. Counseling, Mental
Wellness and Personal Growth Services
401 Geyser Rd.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
516 Washington Ave.
Rensselaer, NY 12144
"......kind and understanding about Benzos"
Leopold, Ken MD - Brockett & Leopold 400
Matthew st #220, Marietta, OH 45750740-374-4273 or 800 Pike St. #2,
Marietta, OH 45750 740-373-3960
James Thomas, M.D.Cincinnati Ohio (513)
231-8000 Ext. 109
Dr. Damon Whitfield, Liberty Osteopathic
Clinic, Columbus, Ohio (614) 792-2199
Dr. Daniel J. Weber, 820 Delta Avenue,
Cincinnati, Ohio 45226-1221 (513) 321-9902.
Nancy P. had this to say about Dr. Weber: "He seems to
know a lot about all different benzos, how they react, etc. I don't believe
he is an addiction specialist, and as many other psychiatrists, doesn't
always agree with everything I tell him we talk about on this site. I can
say my doctor listens well, he is gentle, kind, has never gotten angry with
me all the years I refused to change drugs, he tells me what he thinks, but
the decision is always mine. Now that I am withdrawing, although he
suggested Klonopin a few years back, because it has a longer half-life than
Xanax, and that is what is used in the US more than Valium, he was very
interested in Prof. Ashton's Manual, and keeps a copy on his desk, and was
extremely happy when I told him I wanted to switch to Valium. When I began
the switchover, I was really afraid, especially when Prof. Ashton's manual
didn't work out exactly like it was supposed to for me. He told me everyone
was different. I drop 1 mg. Valium about every 2 weeks. He said that was a
little slow, but he wanted me to be comfortable with the withdrawal.
During the switchover, and even now, he always reminds
me that I can call him anytime if I am running into difficulty and I have
talked to him several times during and after the immediate switchover. He
always reminds me he is there for me. He doesn't charge me extra when I have
to make a frightening call to him, (but I don't take advantage either). I am
not the least bit afraid of him, because he lets me say what I want, tells
me what he thinks, but lets me be in control of my withdrawal. I could not
handle a doctor like a few I went to years ago, who would prescribe a lot of
medicines and get "angry" with you when they made you sick or you chose not
to take them. He let's me know his feelings when we talk, but always lets me
make my own decisions."
Richards 462 Chestnut St. Meadville, PA 16335 ph (814)336-6308 “I gave
him a copy of the Ashton Manual, seemed really interested and he's also very
Dr. John Buttross Cresthaven Internal Medicine
1068 Cresthaven Road Memphis, Tennessee 38119 Phone: 1 (901) 821-8300
Kaufmann, MD 214 696-1909.
Someone on the Yahoo benzo group said, "“She has been very supportive of the
tapering thing and I sent her a copy of the Ashton book just last week so
she is hip to all that.”
Dr. Rahn Bailey, 2116 Bissonnet, Houston TX,
Dr.Thomas Matthews Center For Health Services
(Main Office) 3031 IH 10 West. San Antonio ,Texas 78201 Or 130 Story Lane.
MD 934 S. MAin Layton, Utah 84041 801-544-4227 ”He's compassionate and
willing to work with Dr. Aston's Valium taper schedule.”
(435) 215-7222 - Park City
(801) 748-3888 SLC/Draper
"A wonderful, extremely knowledgeable benzo wise doc. He does take a few
months to get into for an appointment but it's well worth the
wait. I wish I had found him years ago."
Dr. Jefferson Sommers M. D. Psychopharmacology
Richmond Medical Park 2006 Bremo Road Suite 101 Lower Level Richmond,
Virginia 23226 (804) 288-1881 (804) 282-0655 I described the Ashton Manual
and crossover tapering process to him and he was very open minded. Said "he
loved learning things from his patients". I was stunned. Great doctor!
Dr. Mario H. Gomez, Richmond Virginia
Very knowledgeable in addiction medicine, supportive
and willing to work with you in any way he can. He not only offers his
expertise but (amazingly) will devote extra time in unscheduled appointments
and phone calls at any time. He is willing to discuss and prescribe
additional medications to help with the withdrawal and will not rush you
into anything or prescribe anything you do not want. At the same time, he
will not just prescribe anything you ask for unless he feels it has some
merit in your particular situation. He is a rare find indeed.
Dr Carole Stovall (psychologist)
Dr. Carole Stovall & Associates, 4501
Connecticut Ave., N. W., Ste. 215, Washington DC 20008; (202) 362-7594