Obituary: Heather Ashton, Creator of the Ashton Manual


From The Guardian: “In 1984, Ashton, who has died aged 90, started a unique clinic for people who had become addicted to tranquillisers . . . She developed an approach to withdrawal that supported the patient to control the rate at which the dose was tapered, often taking months or even longer. In 1999 she distilled her experience into a manual, Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw. There was such demand that the book, known worldwide as the Ashton Manual has since appeared in 11 languages and several updated editions, all available to download for free.”

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