Find a Benzodiazepine Doctor

Media and Government Officials: Please do not contact the prescribers on our list for interviews or government engagements. Many do not claim expertise on the subject or respond to these types of inquiries. Instead, contact us directly.

This is a list of doctors who may be willing to work with patients on a slow taper. This does not mean they are experts in benzodiazepine withdrawal. It means they have received positive feedback from others who have chosen to taper off benzodiazepines, or have requested to join our benzodiazepine aware doctors list. Please read our blog How to Find a Doctor and More: 10 Tips to Quit Benzos. Some of the listed providers are not prescribers, but mental health specialists offering emotional support. These are noted with an asterisk.

Seeing a provider on this list does not mean you will not experience withdrawal symptoms. It means you may be able to taper at your own pace. Some things to keep in mind:

(1) Add-on medications such as gabapentin, lyrica, clonidine, buspar and antidepressants may be suggested but are not required to taper. There is little to no evidence base for their effectiveness as withdrawal aids and some may also require their own taper. The British National Formulary benzodiazepine guidance states, “The addition of beta-blockers, antidepressants and antipsychotics should be avoided where possible.” Still, some patients and prescribers do report short-term, judicious use of certain adjunctive medications in severe cases.

(2) Safe tapers can persist many months & often years. An safe taper rate is 5-10% from current dose every 2-4 weeks. Tapering is nuanced and everyone unique so rates should be adjusted accordingly in conjunction with patient feedback and symptom severity. A good motto for all is “start low, go slow” as, once withdrawal effects emerge after a too-large reduction, they cannot always be controlled, even with dose-correction or updose.

(3) Read Tapering Solutions and bring a copy to your appointment.

We DO NOT recommend any rehab or detox facilities.  We oppose them in general for compliant patients.

If you would like to recommend a benzodiazepine knowledgable provider, or are a benzodiazepine knowledgable provider willing to do a slow, patient led taper, please contact us. ​

United States

Billie “Renee” Russell, CRNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
953 Jeff Road NW
Huntsville, AL 35806
(256) 322-6272

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Paul Abramson, M.D.
My Doctor Medical Group
450 Sutter Street, Suite 840
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 963-4431

Notes: The ideal patient lives in or within commuting distance of San Francisco, CA for in-person visits. Dr. Abramson does have some patients who will travel to and reside in San Francisco temporarily (at least a few months) to get started under his care who then return home to continue tapering outpatient. Dr. Abramson does not do telemedicine but will do one-time consults with benzodiazepine/polypharmacy patients where he develops a plan that the patient can implement with their own local provider(s). My Doctor Medical Group is out of network.

 

Shawn Barnes, M.D.
700 Garden View Court

Suite 201-C
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 487-8344

Kashif Abdullah, M.D.
175 N. Jackson Ave., Ste 101
San Jose, CA 95116
(408) 708-7743

 
 
Corrine Ancona-Young, M.D.
505 N. Mollison Ave. #201
El Cajon, CA 92021 (San Diego Area)
(619) 441-3550


Daryl Ballin, M.D.
5525 Etiwanda Ave #224
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 708-4848
 
655 Redwood Hwy, #246
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-2360

 

2620 East Prospect Road, Suite #190
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 221-1106

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We don’t have any prescribers in your state yet! Know of or are a benzodiazepine competent prescriber? Let us know.

Esther Mugomba-Bird, ARNP
Naples, FL
(239) 624-3880


Bradenton, Longboat Key & Lakewood Ranch, FL
(941) 388-8997
Alan Weinburg, MD
1100 Lake Hearn Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 365-0966
 
Charles Whitfield, MD
3462 Hallcrest Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
(404) 843-3585

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Michael Whiting, MD
Restored Horizons
913 W Canfield Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815
(208) 819-7103
Accepts almost all local insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid

4300 Commerce Court, Suite 250
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 730-5506

Jo Swart, MSN, CPNP, PMHNP
P.O. Box 326
North Webster, IN 46555
(574) 320-1583
joswart75@gmail.com

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We don’t have any prescribers in your state yet!  Know of or are a benzodiazepine competent prescriber? Let us know.

 

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K. Chris Rachal, PhD, MP, ABN
126 Rue Colette
Thibodaux, LA 70301
(985) 625-0023

 

James Berry, MD
489 State St
Bangor, ME 04401

John Carr, M.D.
Rockville, MD
(301) 984-9791

 

99 Longwater Circle, Suite 100
Norwell, MA 02061 
(781) 829-0930

 

279 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01605
(855) UMASS-MD
 
Judy Tsafrir, M.D.
120 Sumner Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
(617) 965-3020
Horizon Counseling Services
2011 Crooks Road
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
(248) 9180183
 
1005 S. U.S. 27, Suite 100
St. Johns, MI 48879
(989) 668-0700
 
* Supportive non-prescriber
 
 
1409 Willow Street #400
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 874-8608
 

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Bridget Early, M.D.
504 East Broadway, Suite A .
Ashland, MO 65010
(573) 657-7330
namastehealthcare@gmail.com
 
David Sternberg, M.D.
1001 W 39th St
Kansas City, MO
527 SW Market St,
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
(913) 209-9495

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We don’t have any prescribers in your state yet!  Know of or are a benzodiazepine competent prescriber? Let us know.

Dawn Daniels Hahn, LCSW*
Las Vegas, NV 89123
email: ddanielslcsw@gmail.com

 

 

* Supportive non-prescriber

Lisa Weldon, PMHNP-BC
Progressive Psychiatric Services
771 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03104
(603) 836-5584

Roberta Stanhope, NP
13 Jenkins Court, Suite 220
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 651-0293
Notes: will not accept benzodiazepine patients polydrugged with stimulants and/or opiates

Agop Artinian, MD
477 Bergen Blvd
Ridgefield, NJ 07657
(201) 945-6319

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Karen Droesch, PMHNP-BC
297 Knollwood Road, Suite 305
White Plains, NY 10607
(914) 661-2030

Patricia Halligan, MD
10 Office Park Way, Suite 100
Pittsford, New York 14534
(585) 445-4181

Brian Johnson, MD
STE217 600 E. Genesee Street
600 E. Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 464-3130

Ilona Csapo, MD
Willow Wellness & Recovery
25 Orange Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 772-6715
beintouch@willowwellnessandrecovery.com

Nadia S. Meyer, MD
7780 Brier Creek Parkway,Suite 306

Raleigh, NC 27617
(919) 582-7272

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Michael Chase Ledbetter, D.O.
Tulsa, OK
(918) 748-7585

Julia Bishop-Taylor, NP
14523 Westlake Drive, Ste 4
Lake Oswego OR 97035
(503) 966-5660

Julie Glass, N.D.
Deep Roots Family Medicine
605 Union St NE
Salem, OR 97301
(971) 207-3680

725 Skippack Pike
Parec Plaza, Suite 130
Blue Bell PA 19422
(215) 591-0700
 

Kathryn Trinidad, MD
879 Hospital Rd
Indiana, PA, 15701

 
Joseph Yi, MD
Modern Behavioral
760 Newtown Yardley Rd, Suite 122
Newtown, PA 18940
(215) 498-2512
(215) 375-6445
 
 

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We don’t have any prescribers in your state yet!  Know of or are a benzodiazepine competent prescriber? Let us know.

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3443 Dickerson Pike #660

Nashville, TN 37207
(615) 988-1109 

 

Michelle Cochran, MD
7104 Peach Court
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027
(615) 224-9800
 
2125 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 379-8600
 
 
1211 Medical Center Dr.
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 322-5000
1033 La Posada Drive Ste 210
Austin, TX
(512) 598-2092

Steven Powell, MD
Carma Health
630 W 34th St #301
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 212-4670

1755 Prospector Avenue, Suite 101
Park City, UT 84060
(435)215-7222

12340 S 450 E
Draper, UT 85117
(801) 748-3888

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Michael E. Bohan, MD
4509 Whitechapel Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 460-4655
 
Stephen G. Cunningham, MD
260 Grayson Road

Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 497-3670
 
5918 Harbour Ln
Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 353-0010
 
David Zimmer, MD
8308 Old Courthouse Rd
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 318-5622
 

Mark Chalem, MD
201 W North River Dr #520
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 381-5196

Christina Demopulos, MD
400 ISLAND CORPORATE CENTER
7525 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 230-0330

Christiane L. Kubit, MD
12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98684
(800) 813-2000

 

 

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We don’t have any prescribers in your state yet!  Know of or are a benzodiazepine competent prescriber? Let us know.

We don’t have any prescribers in your state yet!  Know of or are a benzodiazepine competent prescriber? Let us know.