The End of My Addiction

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Dec 23, 2008 - Self-Help - 352 pages
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"After years of battling uncontrollable addiction, I have achieved the supposedly impossible: complete freedom from craving."

Dr. Olivier Ameisen was a brilliant cardiologist on the staff at one of America's top teaching hospitals and running his own successful practice when he developed a profound addiction to alcohol. He broke bones with no memory of falling; he nearly lost his kidneys; he almost died from massive seizures during acute withdrawal. He gave up his flourishing practice and, fearing for his life, immersed himself in Alcoholics Anonymous, rehab, therapy, and a variety of medications. Nothing worked.

So he did the only thing he could: he took his treatment into his own hands. Searching for a cure for his deadly disease, he happened upon baclofen, a muscle relaxant that had been used safely for years as a treatment for various types of muscle spasticity, but had more recently shown promising results in studies with laboratory animals addicted to a wide variety of substances. Dr. Ameisen prescribed himself the drug and experimented with increasingly higher dosages until he finally reached a level high enough to leave him free of any craving for alcohol. That was more than five years ago.

Alcoholism claims three hundred lives per day in the United States alone; one in four U.S. deaths is attributable to alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs. Baclofen, as prescribed under a doctor's care, could possibly free many addicts from tragic and debilitating illness. But as long as the medical and research establishments continue to ignore a cure for one of the most deadly diseases in the world, we won't be able to understand baclofen's full addiction-treatment potential.

The End of My Addiction is both a memoir of Dr. Ameisen's own struggle and a groundbreaking call to action—an urgent plea for research that can rescue millions from the scourge of addiction and spare their loved ones the collateral damage of the disease.


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Dramatic account of a French cardiologist ending his long addiction to alcohol using the drug baclofen. A book of hope for many types of addictions. Read full review

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This man Dr Olivier Ameisen is an absolute God in my eyes. He should be treated as such, although I suspect he is far too humble to accept any accolade. The book makes for ESSENTIAL reading for ANY alcoholic, possibly addict too.It gives a clear picture of an intelligent man's descent into the madness of alcoholism and his long, often frustrating search not only for his relief from his active alcoholism, but his ongoing time in recovery, fraught with anxiety, depression, secondary addictions and compulsions. The feeling that EVERY alcoholic has...that SOMETHING still isn't right, even though he has stopped drinking and is working or has been through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with his Sponsor, and is regularly attending 12 step meetings of A.A or other 12 step programs for other addictions.
DR. AMEISEN...IF YOU READ THIS REVIEW, PLEASE GOD, GET IN TOUCH WITH ME AT I WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS FURTHER YOUR INCREDIBLE DISCOVERY WITH A VIEW TO OPENING SOME KIND OF CLINIC TO FURTHER YOUR TREMENDOUS MESSAGE......NOT OUT OF ANY PROFIT MOTIVE WHATSOEVER, BUT A HUMBLE SINCERE DESIRE TO PASS THIS MOMENTOUS DISCOVERY AND HOW TO SAFELY USE IT TO THE BEST ADVANTAGE OF THE SUFFERER. Any other alcoholic/addict can get in touch with me at the same email and I WILL help you. My sincere, sincere hope is that Dr. Ameisen will one day be mentioned in the same breath as Bill Wilson and Dr of Alcoholics anonymous, way back in the 1930's.
This is no "Fly By Night Cure" projected by some "cures" such as ANTIBUSE or ACAMPROSATE, this, if monitored correctly in the intial stages along with a little counselling to help you intially detoxify from alcohol, will not only cure your addiction, but WILL give you a quality of life you could NEVER dream of, either in or out of A.A.
I am no idiot. I am a 59 year old chronic alcoholic. I came into A.A. when I was 24. I have re-lapsed on several occasions. But have had LONG periods of sobriety, 10 years +. I have been through the 12 step program with 4 different long term sponsors. I have sponsored other sponsees.
Some CLOSED MINDED "OLD TIMER" A.A's will reject this concept out of sight first off, and rightly so, as we have had all the "CURES" up to our necks with no positive results. This is SO different. I have accessed a LOT of Data on this subject and the Chemical MISSING from the alcoholic/addict is a NATURALLY occurring Chemical produced by the pituitary gland in so called "Normal" people, but sadly missing in alcoholics/addicts. IT NEEDS TO BE REPLACED
Please, please read this book. It will be the Biggest favour you can ever do for yourself, your life and your family and friends.
If still needing validation email me and we can meet or talk.
GOD Bless Dr. Olivier Ameisen, I will be forever, humbly indebted to you and I will always remain your humble servant. Brian Clark


Note to the Reader
1 Moment of Truth
2 A Remedy Gone Wrong
3 Under Treatment and In Recovery
4 Doing Great and Feeling Awful
5 Falling Down
6 Against Medical Advice or The Life of Afterward
DoseDependent Effects
Baclofen For Comfort Care in Neurology

7 Cutting Through Craving
8 The End of Addiction?
What We Know and Need to Know
Baclofen and Complete Suppression of Alcoholism
LowDose Baclofen and Craving Reduction
Baclofen and Anxiety
Addiction and Preexisting Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Possible GHB Deficiency in Alcoholism
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Olivier Ameisen, MD, inaugurated the position of official physician to the prime minister of France. He came to the United States in 1983 to join the prestigious cardiology team at New York Hospital and Cornell University Medical Center, where he became an associate professor of clinical medicine and an associate attending physician. He is currently Visiting Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

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