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LIST OF BENZO DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA WHO WILL HELP YOU TAPER
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Some brain GABA receptors (which are large proteins) have a number of specific subunits which combine with benzodiazepines. When benzos combine with these subunits (of which there are several different types), GABA activity in the brain is enhanced, resulting in the typical benzo effects (sedative/hypnotic, anxiolytic, muscle relaxant, amnesic, and anti convulsant - each involving different receptor subtypes). Meanwhile, with chronic use of benzos and adaptive (homeostatic) response occurs in which many of the benzo subunits 'down-regulate'. These subunits actually become engulfed within within the neurons so that GABA activity is no longer enchanced, the benzo effects wear off, and the subject becomes tolerant.

When the benzos are stopped after these adaptive changes have occurred the brain is left in a state of GABA-underactivity and therefore in a hyperexcitable state. This accounts for the withdrawal symptoms which are largely the opposite of the original benzo effects (e.g insomnia instead of hypnosis, anxiety instead of anxiolysis, muscle tension instead of relaxation etc).

To restore normality the various subunits which have been down-regulated have to be resynthesised and re-externalised onto the GABA receptor assembly. This is a slow process involving much energy, enzymatic activity and protein synthesis. It takes place over many weeks or months, long after the drugs has left the body. It also occurs at different rates in different parts of the brain and in different subunits mediating different functions - probably accounting for the variable time of emergence, duration and resolution of individual withdrawal symptoms and sometimes the protracted benzo withdrawal. In addition, recovery may require the growth and establishment of new brain synapses as the subject learns drug-free ways to cope with stress.


Prof. Heather Ashton


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The names on this list of doctors have been supplied by patients who have found them to be open minded and sometimes helpful to patients who are trying to stop taking Benzos. Nothing more is to be inferred concerning any doctor's abilities or expertise. This is the only information I have been supplied for each.Benzo Wise Doctors and Therapists
 December 15th, 2009: New Beginnings Detox in Florida. See below for details. Note: If you can't find anyone locally, New Beginnings may be able to help!
AUSTRALIA
    
Melbourne
Re-connect
May have list of benzo friendly Doctors in Victoria.
222 Burke Rd.,
GLEN IRIS 3146
Victoria. Australia.
Ph: 0398897355
Email: tranx@alphalink.com.au

CANADA
    
Dr Jim Wright, Vancouver Hospital, University of British Columbia

Dr. Judith Dalsin
(250) 370-8155 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (250) 370-8155      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (250) 370-8155      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (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. Good luck to anyone going to her for a benzo withdrawal who wants A/D's or any other psychiatric drug. She just won't prescribe them after seeing how I became bi-polar symptom free once she got me off the benzos and psychiatric drugs."

Dr. Martin Judson (addiction and substance abuse specialist)
240 Wharncliffe Road
London, Ontario

Dr. Todd Sakakibara
(604) 736-9844
Three Bridges Community Health Clinic
1290 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Stevien M. Melemis,
208 Bloor St. West, Suite 702,Toronto, Ontario
416-920-2982
Email: contact@addictionsandrecovery.org.

This doctor will help people with a slow taper off benzodiazepines and believes in Ashton. He is an addiction doctor and may approach the problem from that perspective.

Web site is ADDICTIONSANDRECOVERY.ORG

Dr. Senthelol... Psychiatrist
Rapid responce team in the grand river hospital
Kitchener, Ontario
"When I went in for consultation she diagnosed me with Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, she based this on the heather Ashton manual."
(519) 749-4300 ext.3829

Dr. David Slyfield
H.R Professional Building
2115 Finch Av. West, Suite 311
Toronto, Ont, M3N 2V6
Phone 416 746-3035

Dr. Pierre Steyn (see note below)
423 Bronson Ave.
Ottawa, Ont, K1R 6J5
(613) 235-9472

Dr Jim Wright,
Vancouver Hospital,
University of British Columbia


POLAND
    
Wojtek Ajron
Kazimierzowskastr. 10/9
17-100 Bielsk Podlaski
Ph: 512367844
Email: wojtekajron38@o2.pl

United Kingdom
    
Dr Gallani
Monton Medical Centre,
Canal Side, Eccles
Salford, Manchester, M30 8AR
0161 789 5966

Professor C Heather Ashton, Newcastle, England (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 realte 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 follow:

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)
545 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.

D'Souza Netley MD
6565 [...] Carondelet Drive Suite 215, Touscon, AZ, 85710
(520)547-2311

"He is a VERY nice man too. More than any Doctor I have ever had."


California
Dr. Darryl J. Ballin, MD Medicine


5525 Etiwanda St. Suite 224
Tarzana, California 91356  
Phone number is 818-708-4878
or

18370 Burbank Blvd. Suite 211. Tarzana. CA 818-708-4848
(Recommended to Michael by the Betty Ford Clinic. Michael said He is a very caring individual)
MAY NOT BE OPEN TO TAPERS OF MORE THAN A YEAR.
May do a drug test upfront.


Dr. Cyril Blaine
909 672-1931


Dr. Robert Carvahlo
Vista del Mar Hospital
Ventura, Ca

Timothy Fong, MD
Dept of Psychiatry
UCLA
760 Westwood Plaza C9-440
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1759
(310) 825-1479

Apparently, there has been recent, negative feedback about Dr. Fong. Might be worth checking, by phone, if he will support Ashton taper prior to visit.

Email:  fong@mednet.ucla.edu


Dr. Howard Kornfeld
Mill Valley, CA (Bay Area),
415 383 2949


Dr. Kenneth Lehrman
Daly City, California, gp


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

After taking .50mg to .75 mg of xanax a few tmes weekly over a few months after a death in the family I stopped taking them and became ill. Several DR\'s did not believe I was ill from xanax withdrawal. After a long sad story I discovered Dr Madill off of this site and called his office and made an appt. He had the Ashton Manual on his desk and is very familiar with her protocol. Dr. Madill is an excellent compassionate Doctor that answers his calls 24/7. He understands the importance of allowing the patient to control the taper rate. He crossed me over from xanax to valium and has me tapering on pills and a diultion of liquid valium in saline so I can reduce daily as opposed to weekly cuts. This taper method has made my taper so far amost symptom free. I cannot express enough how fortunate I feel to have discovered this Doctor off of your site!

From: Christie

Dr Clarence Perry, MD
2870 4th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
619-688-1383 - will prescribe Valium


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

Dr Clarence Perry
2870 4th Avenue
San Diego,
CA (California) 92103-6298
Phone: (619) 688-1383

Dr. Jonathan Reitman.
MRH Medical Group
8920 Wilshire Boulevard,
#310 Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
Phone: 310-360-7690.

Lovinlife said: I had an appointment with my detox doctor the other day. He has been great and so supportive during this process. He is very open to Valium tapers and said he prefers to get people off this way rather than cold turkey. He knows about the Ashton Manual yet he is always open to and searching for new things that might help people get through it as an adjunct to the Ashton method. He let me control my own taper and was very curious to know what I was doing to help myself so that he might help other patients. Yet he does not push anything on anyone. He understood my desire to keep any additional meds to a minimum and that I wanted NO additional serious meds such as Neurontin, etc. no matter what happened. I asked if he would be opposed to having his name added to the list as a Valium taper-friendly doctor in Los Angeles. (I was surprised to see that there was only one named in your list of doctors... and that even he had had some complaints.) It's so hard to find a good doctor when dealing with these benzos. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is dealing with this difficult time in their lives. His name is Dr. Jonathan Reitman. He is in Beverly Hills at MRH Medical Group. His phone number is 310-360-7690. And his address is 8920 Wilshire Boulevard, #310 Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Not only is he an excellent doctor, but he is a kind, compassionate human being.

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. Richard Daly
Fort Harrison St.
Clearwater, FL
(727) 461-0031

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

New Beginnings Detox

Web Site: CLICK HERE!

500 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
and

12300 Alternate A1A, Suite 112
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Direct:

Toll Free:
 (561) 790-4177

(877) 338-6988  


On December 10, 2009, Dennis J. Hansen, Executive Director, wrote:

    "We have adopted the Heather Ashton method of withdrawal and have had great success with many patients."

Georgia
Dr. Asaf Aleem
Comprehensive Psychiatric Care
2150 Peachford Road, Suite H
Atlanta, GA 30338
770-454-1252

Bill Martin
770-685-1300
318 W Pike Street - Suite 402
Lawrenceville, Georgia, 30045

Stephen Ogletree said: Been on 1mg klonopin twice daily for panic attacks after having open heart surgery 3 yrs ago. Have started experiencing tolerance withdrawals and need to come off safely.

Hawaii
Dr. Robert Ley (pronounced "Lee")
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, and can be found with directory assistance.

Theo said: I provided him with the Ashton manual, and while he was pretty unfamiliar with benzo withdrawal, he is willing to support someone with a valium taper, which from what I've read here, is hard to find.


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)

Dr. Pundy prescribes Valium and also Liquid Valium. He supports the Ashton protocol. I used him myself. Tony.

Katelyn Daniels, LCPC, CHT (Therapist - does not prescribe drugs.)
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certified Hypnotherapist
EMDR-Level II certification
2332 County Farm Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60194
(847) 490-1295
Web site: The Center or Personal Transformation

Katelyn is awesome. Highly rcommended. Tony.

Kansas
Medical School Kansas City College of Medicine and Surgery
Specialties General Practice Addiction Medicine


Louisiana
Dr. James Anderson, Psychiatrist
217 S Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337-433-7918

I initially made an appointment with Dr. Anderson's office in October with his receptionist Margaret. I explained to her in great detail that I was suffering from Xanax withdrawals and wanted to Use The Ashton Manual Valium Taper to withdraw from this medication. I was ASSURED that Dr. Anderson had done this in the past. I drove 3 hours across the state, stupidly allowed him to put me on Klonopin. He refused to agree that the Ashton conversion to valium was incorrect. He was a complete waste of time, money and now has me on klonopin which makes me feel even worse than before I went to see him. Don't go to him for a valium taper, he'll give you klonopin instead. - From: Kellie Marie

Note by Tony: Klonopin is not necessarily a bad thing. It certainly is, in general, a far better option than Xanax due to its longer half-life. Many American doctors prefer Klonopin to Valium. I have seen myself that many people do not tolerate a cross-over to Valium because it makes them feel even more depressed. So do bear that in mind when considering seeing this doctor.



Maine
Dr. Stevan Gressitt MD, Psychiatrist
Medical Director
Northeast Occupational Exchange
29 Franklin Street
Bangor, Maine, 04401
Phone: 207-942-3816
Web site: Maine Benzodiazepine Study Group

Dr. Thomas McDermott
Waterville, Maine 04901
Licensed: alcohol, substance abuse

I love him he saved my life - Bonnie Parsons


Massachusetts
XIANGYANG LI, M.D. Ph D
215 West Street
Milford, MASS
(508) 478-6868

Dr. Rebecca Lundquist
Umass Medical Center, Worcester, MA
361 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605
(508) 334-2537

Stephen Rosenthal, MD
Psychservices
Metrowest Medical Center
Leonard Morse Campus
Natick, MA
Phone: (508) 647-0222

Michigan
Brian McCarroll MS. D.O.


198 North Main
Almont, MI
810-798-6560
He also has another office at...

22900 [...] Remick
Clinton Township, MI
586-783-6682
Julie E. Mariotti, M.D
2709 W. Webster
Royal Oak, MI 48073
(248) 547-8400

Cathy (Youarenotalone) said: Dr. Mariotti is informed about benzo w/d and will prescribe Valium for the Ashton taper. She went through the taper with me and is willing to help others.

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

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
Very caring and patient doctor. He has alot of knowledge about benzo's and the experience people go through for years on them for anxiety and other disorders. He thinks slow detox works best so our body does not react too badly, and to avoid relapse. spends a lot of time with each patient.

Dr Michelle Greiver
416 222 3011

New York
Dr. Ted Becker
157 [...] 86th Street
212-369-5645

Dr. Beers
200 W 57th
212-399-7000


Dr. Gevirtz
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
Web Site: Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine
e-mail office@mbschachter.com

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
Dr. Priya Narayanan in NYC at 915 Broadway, Suite 1200, New YY, NY 10010, Cell # (917) 519-3642.
Email: priya1947@hotmail.com.

"A psychiatrist who helped taper off valium and who followed the Ashton protocol. She is very open minded and caring but she didn't seem to understand why I was having trouble sleeping past 20 days after end of taper and is quick to want to prescribe other psychoactive drugs to deal with sleep issues. First recommended Ambien, then when I refused to take it ran a whole list of anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs that help with sleep. When I told her about my current symptoms, she kept on saying that she has not seen it "past 40 days. Although she's aware of the "protracted withdrawal syndrome" described by Dr. Ashton, she doesn't seem able to wrap her brain around the fact that it's real."

Ohio
Leopold, Ken MD - Brockett & Leopold


400 Matthew st #220, Marietta, OH 45750
740-374-4273
or

800 Pike St. #2, Marietta, OH 45750
740-373-3960
Dennis Reitenbach, Ph.D.
Palmentera & Associates Psychological Services
6785 Wallings Road, 3B, Cleveland, Ohio 44133

Office phone: (440) 556-0849.
Cell phone: (216) 856-1970

Dr. Reitenbach is a psychologist with 25 years experience using behavioral and psychological interventions to maintain abstinence from mood-altering substances. He is knowledgeable in the course and signs/symptoms of protracted benzodiazepine withdrawal. He is compassionate and empathic.


James Thomas, M.D.
Cincinnati Ohio
(513) 231-8000 Ext. 109

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."

Dr. Damon Whitfield, Liberty Osteopathic Clinic,
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 792-2199

Oklahoma
Dr. RAY, FREDDIE A
Address: 10 S TREATY RD
MIAMI, OK, 74354-0000
County: Ottawa
Area Code: (918)
Credentials: MD - Medical Doctor
Speciality: General Practice

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
Dr. Rahn Bailey
2116 Bissonnet, Houston TX,
713-942-7227

Dr. Ronald Garb
Houston, Texas
713 973 1007

Dr. Carlos Guerra
Houston, texas
713-840-7956

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."


Recent feedback that this Doctor:
Margaret Kaufmann, MD may not be as Benzowise as previously said to be so it's worth calling and inquiring before making an appointment...

Dr. Patel at the Solace Clinic in Dallas
Web Site: Solace Counseling

The doctor originally wanted to use Librium, but was open to using Valium.

Utah
Layne Kamalu, MD
934 S. Main
Layton, Utah 84041
801-544-4227

"He's compassionate and willing to work with Dr. Ashton's Valium taper schedule."

Grant J Rasmussen MD
Nephi, Utah
435-623-3217

"He is extremely understanding. He has been more and more compassionate with me as time goes on. I believe he now accepts the Valium crossover method. He will screen you to see if you are abusing drugs; but be sure, he is an awesome doctor. He does not cost nearly as much as the Utah doc in Layton.

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 Asthon 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
Dr Mark Chalem
105 W. 8th Ave
Spokane, WA 99204
509-455-9090

"... a great psychiatrist who was open to doing a valium taper but hadn't done many of them and did not know the correct conversion of Ativan to Valium. He was very willing to read the Ashton Manual when I gave him the website. He was extremely impressed with it, willing to follow the recommendations and has been 100% supportive of my valium taper including doing it at the pace that is comfortable for me. He is also very kind and easy to talk to. I asked his permission to have his name added to this website and he said that was fine."

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

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

The names on this list of doctors have been supplied by patients who have found them to be open minded and sometimes helpful to patients who are trying to stop taking Benzos. Nothing more is to be inferred concerning any doctor's abilities or expertise. This is the only information I have been supplied for each.


                          

              

      

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« Last Edit: January 07, 2011, 12:57:41 am by [Buddie] »
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[Buddie]

Re: LIST OF BENZO DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA WHO WILL HELP YOU TAPER
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 11:46:38 pm »
Thanks for making this available!

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Re: LIST OF BENZO DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA WHO WILL HELP YOU TAPER
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2012, 12:20:28 am »
Please!  Extreme difficulties with depression. Did original phase of taper way too fast. Then off SSRIs (Effexor)too fast. My ignorance, stupidity then doctor re last of SSRI though going by what he believed. Still have 4mg benzo to get off but really bad depression and side effects made me wait. Should have researched first. Are there any benzo smart docs in alberta?
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Re: LIST OF BENZO DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA WHO WILL HELP YOU TAPER
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2013, 10:26:21 pm »
I strongly would advise ppl to steer clear of dr. Agop Artinian. He is completely ignorant when it comes to withdrawal and was INSISTED that I go on a high dose of valium for years. My trusting him was one of the sole causes for y quality of life being zero. He absolutely contributed to destroying my life.to
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Re: LIST OF BENZO DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA WHO WILL HELP YOU TAPER
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2013, 04:14:06 am »
Dr Melemis in Toronto Canada is absolutely wonderful. and covered by OHIP/government health insurance....no added fees. while It is true that Dr melemis does  deal with addiction medicine, it includes ALL kinds of addictions and mood disorders. He has many years of clinical experience and is very knowledgeable. I am an accidental benzo addict, prescribed to me for a stomach ache which led to depression which led to ssri's which led to more benzos to counter the ssri effects. quit the ssris, feel into a deeper depression over my stomach pain and then started experiencing interdose w/d which one of the symptoms was depression and anxiety...surprise! he not only had the knowledge experience compassion and patience to deal with my case but helped me to make informed decisions about my withdrawal, together as a team.....allthough he deals with alcoholics, cocaine users, etc he also deals with us accidental addicts......he has so much mood disorder experience as well. he is so upbeat and encouraging and kind and i would recommend him to anyone..........as being misdiagnosed with psychiatric disorders during this ordeal by many prominent psychiatrists and doctors, even given ECT, in and out of mental health facilities, he is the only one who helped me and took benzo withdrawal seriously....i do not have a psychiatric illness i have benzo withdrawal syndrome.......and because of his experience he can tell the difference.....a wonderful experience for such a horrible problem......two thumbs up!.i am well on the road to recovery!
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Re: LIST OF BENZO DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA WHO WILL HELP YOU TAPER
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2013, 09:22:42 pm »
good to know
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Re: LIST OF BENZO DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA WHO WILL HELP YOU TAPER
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2013, 03:48:28 pm »
Dr. Anthony B Michaels DO
Birmingham, Mi, USA

He doesn't believe all the Xanax/Benzo hype, but if you need someone who will help you taper, he will do it. BUT you must be the one to fuel energy for the taper. He's not going to push you.

He will also do current Benzo to Valium switch. At least he offered it to me, and didn't do the near fatal eye when I suggested it.

NOT A REHAB/SUBSTANCE ABUSE specialist. If you have Benzo issues because of using, keep looking, he will be of no help.

Google name to find rest of information.

Bat
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Re: LIST OF BENZO DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA WHO WILL HELP YOU TAPER
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2013, 06:25:04 pm »
Dr. Anthony B Michaels DO
Birmingham, Mi, USA

He doesn't believe all the Xanax/Benzo hype,
but if you need someone who will help you taper,

My Benzo dr. told me the same thing.   Told me to stay on or come off but it was my choice.  He is OLD and has people that have been on Xanax and Valium for over 43 years and they are doing fine.  These people got hooked in the 1970's and back then few people knew how to taper so they just stayed on for life. He did say some people do better off but it was the minority.  He is also not pushy and the taper is up to the patient.  He also said the BRAIN CAN only take so much benzo so there is a natural tolerance level and then you do not need any higher doses and you stay at that dose for life (all benzo type receptors filled to capacity)   He did not tell me the numbers as he said "HE DID NOT WANT TO JINX ME"    -  He said the brain produces receptors IMMUNE to benzo's after a few years of use and this was part of the W/D problems and why reinstating can go bad.  INTERESTING TO ME!!!    BRAIN MAKING BENZO RESISTANT RECEPTORS DURING LONG TERM BENZO USE?? That would explain a lot!!!!!
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Re: LIST OF BENZO DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA WHO WILL HELP YOU TAPER
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2013, 02:51:13 am »
Older shrinks don't rip you off the benzos like the the newer ones. My current shrink could not care if I took Xanax until I get dirt tossed on my face OR if I want to quit.

It isn't like he is running a script mill. Almost all his patients are his age (60ish) or older. When I was inpatient, everyone of his patients was on some sort of benzo, and he didn't pull the plug once we got out. I'm one of his younger clients.

I also got told about the brain making benzo resistance receptors from him, too. My problem is, I'm on the younger side. Most shrinks will not discontinue some 70 year old who has been on Xanax forever. They will do that for someone my age. My shrink is not young, so I will sometime down the road have to find someone else.

Where I live, antipsychotics are all the rage, and benzos are NOT. I can't take a chance of long term use, then a different doctor who will not taper me off. I have big enough issues with medical problems and medications in general. I can't do the pill roulette anymore.
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Re: LIST OF BENZO DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA WHO WILL HELP YOU TAPER
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2013, 12:16:55 pm »
New Jersey
Dr. Agop Artinian,M.D.
477 Bergen Blvd.
Ridgefield, New Jersey 07657
Tel. (201) 945-6319
Very caring and patient doctor. He has alot of knowledge about benzo's and the experience people go through for years on them for anxiety and other disorders. He thinks slow detox works best so our body does not react too badly, and to avoid relapse. spends a lot of time with each patient.


DO NOT GO TO HIM..........I DID WHEN I WAS 6 MONTHS OFF.........HE WANTED ME TO REINSTATE......HE DID NOT HAVE A GOOD HANDLE ON BENZO WITHDRAWAL!!!!!!!

-CL
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