Hi @engelee, sadly this is true. It started when I had to find new Psychiatrist (I had been looking before for a very long time). I was supposed to see a male Psychiatrist and a few weeks before my appointment, he retired. There was no one available in my network to see; I am at Aurora Health Care now. In our town, they only have NP/Psychiatrists. They are very booked up, because one of their NP/Psychiatrists quit, and the others had to take her appointments. This is a long boring story. Anyways, the NP/Psychiatric that I am going to see (not until May), had her nurse call me and said that the NP/Psychiatric would not see me unless I tapered off my Clonazepam. When she told me this, I said I had to think about that. I thought about it and realized that she was the only NP/psychiatric I could see. I called back and the nurse told me my tapering schedule for 3 weeks (which never worked and I almost had a nervous breakdown). I have been on Clonazepam for about 10 years. I did not realize the tapering would affect me so bad. Then, I called the NP/Psychiatrist's office and my Internist's office. No one got back to me the entire week. I called back to the NP/Psychiatry and and said my call was urgent. They said the NP/Psychiatry was too busy. They were going to put me through to another nurse. I said that I wanted to talk to the highest person at the clinic. They put me through to the General Manager. Her voice mail came on and I left a message (she never called back). I called the next day and asked again for the General Manager, they didn't tell me this, but they put me through to the Supervisor instead. I explained to her what happened and told her about the Ashton Manual ( believe I wrote about this part before). Before this, when I was feeling so terrible from the tapering, I told my husband that this was enough. I took a full pill and felt so much better. I wrote before how this Supervisor was very defensive and argued with me about the Ashton Manual. She said that they go by "National Guidelines". I told her that I would look that up. In the beginning, When I had heard that this NP/Psychiatry won't see any patients until they are tapered off benzos, I wondered about that too, and didn't think that could be correct. I hadn't seen or spoke to her personally and she knew nothing about me (except that I was taking Clonazepam). I looked on the internet to see if there was something about this; I couldn't find anything. Due to the inappropriate treatment I received from the Supervisor and thinking about the tapering, since joining this group, I am not going to see her, because I believe no one knows about tapering and they don't care. I tried to see a Psychiatrist at a hospital in our town, but Aurora said they don't refer there. The hospital said they don't refer to Aurora. I think this is a very stupid rule. Then, I checked again on the internet and found out that if you are on Medicare and have a supplement that is a PPO you can go anywhere. There are 2 Psychiatrists at the hospital that are taking new patients. I am going to call after Thanksgiving and cancel my appointment with the NP/Psychiatry, I am also going to cancel my new Internist (due to lack of communication or caring). My husband sees an Internist at Aurora, who is more concerned and keeps on top of things for my husband. He is not taking new patients, but said he would take me. So, after Thanksgiving things will change. I hope to get back on track. I am also going to ask if the Psychiatrist and the new Internist know about tapering. I will bring the Ashton manual with me and give each of them a copy. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE ASHTON MANUAL COMES IN A BOOK FORMAT? I also found this website that sounded the closest to the generic "National Guidelines" – PubMed.gov. Is is called the US National Library of Medicine/National Institute of Health. Thanks for the question. I am not sure if anyone else had to go through this time-wasting ordeal. I am from Wisconsin, so maybe they have different rules. If they don't, I will have to report this.