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 expertise.  

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 benzo-owner@yahoogroups.com

AUSTRALIA  

Sydney  

Dr. Andrew Byrne 75 Redfern st., REDFERN 2016. NSW. Australia Ph: 02 93195524 Email: ajbyrne@ozemail.com.au

 Melbourne

 TRANX Australia. May have list of benzo friendly Doctors in Victoria. 222 Burke Rd., GLEN IRIS 3146 Victoria. Australia. Ph: 0398897355 Email: tranx@alphalink.com.au  

South Australia  

Dr Hans Van den Bos Park Tce Gilberton 8269 8146

 CANADA

Dr Jim Wright, Vancouver Hospital, University of British Columbia

Dr. Judith Dalsin (250) 370-8155.  She is a psychiatrist in Victoria, BC.  “I am the first patient that she has gotten off benzos using the Ashton taper and got me off all my bi-polar psychiatric drugs as well.”

 ENGLAND

Professor C Heather Ashton, Newcastle, England,  (but semi-retired)

 Dr. Fletchner, Linden Centre, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford

 “This is not a recommendation for a specific GP but for anyone in South London who lives in the boroughs of either Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham or Southwark falls under the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust (mental health and addictions). This is different from the primary care trusts which relate only to a few hospitals rather than a whole group of boroughs. The Maudsley is a hospital in Camberwell that deals with mental health problems BUT is well versed in benzo withdrawal. Any of the rehab units in these boroughs should be up to speed on valium tapers if your GP is not (as long as the rehab is general rehab and not specific to e.g. heroin).”

Advisory telephone numbers are as follows:

Croydon - 0800 318721
Lambeth - 020 7188 2151/2
Lewisham - 020 8333 3000
Southwark - 020 7919 2047/8/9

USA

Arizona

Teresa Buot-Smith, M.D.  (psychiatrist) 4545 E. Shea Blvd.  #112 Phoenix, AZ 85028  602-494-7110

She 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. 

California

Dr. Kenneth Lehrman Daly City, California, gp

Dr. Stephen McKenzie Hemet California, gp, 909 658 3227

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 Ventura, Ca

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 individual)

Timothy Fong, MD  Dept of Psychiatry  UCLA 760 Westwood Plaza C9-440 Los Angeles, CA 90024-1759 (310) 825-1479 email: tfong@mednet.ucla.edu

 Dr. Peter Madill Sebastopol California. Office Phone 707 823-3312 email is pmadill@cds1.net Sebastopol is driving distance from anywhere around San Francisco.

Dr C Perry 619-688-1383 - will prescribe Valium for a taper. San Diego,CA

Dr Wetherhold / Scripps Clinic La Jolla - won't prescribe Valium, but understands the need to do a water titration and will continue a prescription if you show him progress.

Florida

 Dr. Keesal Health Care Connection "Specializing in the Treatment of Addictions and Related Disorders" 825 Linebaugh Ave. Tampa, FL 33612 813-931-5560

Illinois

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

 Louisiana

 Dr. James Anderson, psychiatrist Lake Charles, Louisiana

 Maine

 Doctor Thomas McDermott Waterville, Maine 04901 licensed alcohol, substance abuse “I love him he saved my life” Bonnie Parsons

Stevan Gressitt MD, Psychiatrist  Medical Director Northeast Occupational Exchange  29 Franklin Street Bangor, Maine 04401 Phone: 207-942-3816 websites: http://www.benzo.org.uk/mainebsg.htm      http://www.noemaine.org/benzo/benzo.htm

 Massachusetts

 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

 Michigan

Dr. Brian McCorroll DO Romeo, Mi 810 752-2861 Medical School Kansas City College of Medicine and Surgery Specialties General Practice Addiction Medicine

 New Hampshire

Dr. Drummond (author of Benzo Blues)

Andrew Brown, M.D. The Counseling Center of Nashua, NH (30 mins from Boston) 1-603-883-0005

New Jersey

 Dr. Agop Artinian,M.D 477 Bergen Blvd. Ridgefield, New Jersey 07657 Tel. (201) 945-6319

 New York

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 e-mail office@mbschachter.com 

 Dr. Ted Becker 157 East 86th Street 212-369-5645

 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 (516)- 997-7246

 Ohio

 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."

 Pennsylvania

 Dr. Gregory 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 laid-back (cool).”

 Tennessee

Dr. John Buttross  Cresthaven Internal Medicine  1068 Cresthaven Road Memphis, Tennessee 38119 Phone: 1 (901) 821-8300

 Texas

 Margaret 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, 713-942-7227,

 Dr.Thomas Matthews Center For Health Services (Main Office) 3031 IH 10 West. San Antonio ,Texas 78201 Or 130 Story Lane.  

 Utah

Layne Kamalu, MD 934 S. MAin Layton, Utah 84041 801-544-4227 ”He's compassionate and willing to work with Dr. Aston's Valium taper schedule.”

 Virginia

 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.

Washington D.C.

Dr. Marta Schneider 5401 MACARTHUR BLVD NW Washington, DC 20016 Office Phone:  202-362-3905

Dr Carole Stovall (psychologist)

Dr. Carole Stovall & Associates, 4501 Connecticut Ave., N. W., Ste. 215, Washington DC 20008; (202) 362-7594

 

 

Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.