Wean off Anxiety Medication

& Sleeping Pills 

Benzodiazepines (benzos) can play an important and useful role in healing process. However, they are highly addictive and once someone is addicted to these medications it can be extremely destructive.


Shirley works with her clients to implement the Ashton Method to safely wean off benzodiazepines and return the body back to homeostasis. She recognizes that many people wean off too fast which can be harmful and cause unneeded suffering. Due to this tendency, Shirley implements the Ashton Method in a stable way and at pace that is suitable to each client. The Ashton Method has a 90% reported success rate and when implemented with the other healing tools that Shirley offers, the success rate of her clients is even higher. Shirley gets to the core of the problems and often implements hypnotherapy to work with the subconscious mind.​

Relevant Resources

Below are some statistics about benzodiazepine addiction.

British Medical Journal (Sept. 9th 2014)

  • Studies have shown that the benzodiazepines and similar drugs for anxiety or sleep such as Xanax (Alprazolam), Ativan (Lorazepam), Ambien (Zolpidem), Halcion (Triazolam), Klonopin (Clonazepam), Restoril (Temazepam), Valium (Diazepam) and others can increase one’s risk of Alzheimer’s or Dementia by 60%



  • ​Long-term use of drugs that act on GABA systems (as both benzodiazepines and alcohol do) can result in depressive symptoms or induce depression

  • Benzodiazepines addiction causes rebound anxiety and rebound depression


  • Benzodiazepine abuse that approaches or is at the overdose mark may cause the following symptoms to emerge:

    • Physical weakness

    • Slurred speech

    • Confusion

    • Poor decision-making abilities and poor judgment

    • Blurred vision

    • Lack of motor coordination

    • Dizziness

    • Inability to defend oneself in the case of an attack or threat

    • Drowsiness

    • Coma

    • Difficulty breathing

    • Death (Rare when abused on its own, fatal overdose may occur when a benzodiazepine is mixed with alcohol.)

  • If a person chronically abuses benzodiazepines, the following symptoms may emerge:

    • Anorexia

    • Insomnia

    • Anxiety

    • Tremors

    • Headaches

    • Insomnia

    • Memory problems



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"Shirley Furman is the BEST practitioner I have ever found to help me cope with and overcome my issues of anxiety, pain from being overweight, insomnia and fear of flying.  I had given up hope of ever feeling 100% again.  She has been a miracle worker for me!  Her demeanor, is so welcoming and immediately I felt a connection.  Shirley is so genuine, caring, empathic and so gifted in how she approaches the issues I bring to her.  If you think you are out of options, you aren't.  Shirley Furman will help you find your way back to your best self,  help you overcome your obstacles and achieve your goals."

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
Sleep Specialist
Therapist & Counselor (MFT)
Quit Smoking Specialist

Newport Beach

13 Corporate Plaza Drive

Suite 202

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Seal Beach

13001 Seal Beach Blvd

Suite 360

Seal Beach, CA 90740

8:30am - 5:30pm

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