New Alcoholism TreatmentIs baclofen alcohol treatment a hoax, or can a muscle relaxant really cure alcoholism?
Baclofen is a drug that has been on the market for many years.
It is prescribed and licensed for the treatment of various neurological disorders and as a muscle relaxant.
However, over the past ten years or so it has come to light that this rather unassuming little pill has another side; it seems to be effective at treating alcoholism.
Baclofen is now touted by a vocal minority as a new alcoholism treatment, and not only this but that the search for an alcoholism cure is at an end.
One Man's Discovery
Baclofen and its potential as a new treatment for alcoholism first came to light with the publication of a book by a French cardiologist, Dr. Olivier Ameisen.
In his book, "La Dernier Verre", he writes of his lifelong battle with alcohol addiction, an addiction he developed as a result of the intense anxiety he constantly experienced.
Alcohol became the only way he could cope with it and so began his alcoholism. An addiction that would push him to the very limits.
Then he heard about how baclofen had been shown to reduce the cravings for cocaine in rats. Thinking that it might also work for alcoholism cravings, he began to self-medicate with the drug. Almost overnight he felt much more at ease with himself and the world; at the same time he also felt less of a compulsion to drink.
After further experimenting with the drug, he no longer needed to drink.
His experiences led him to the conclusion that it was his anxiety that led him to drink and this in turn resulted in alcohol dependency developing. His resulting book chronicles his years of alcohol abuse and demonstrates to others how to quit drinking by using Baclofen
How You Can Use Baclofen to Treat Your Alcoholism
Baclofen is not licensed for the treatment of alcoholism. You use it at your own risk, all the information you find on this page is just that, information. Anybody who believes they have a problem with alcohol should visit their health care provider for advice.
Baclofen is not approved for the treatment of alcoholism, why this is so is open to debate. However all drugs need to go through a period of testing before they can be licensed to ensure their safety. Others might say it is due to vested interests in the alcoholism treatment industry. There is no money to be made from baclofen; the same cannot be said of 12 step programs and other newer (and thus more expensive) alcoholism medications.
Currently Baclofen is licensed for the treatment of...
injuries to the spinal cord,
and other conditions of the neurological system that cause patients to experience painful muscle spasms
The only way to obtain baclofen for non-licensed use is to either:
buy it from the web; this is not advised as many online medications are counterfeit and contain very little, or none, of the active ingredient they purport to.
Another, and safer option, is to find a sympathetic doctor/physician who will prescribe it to you, and give you advice on how to take it etc.
Many who have tried Baclofen alcohol treatment and found it to be effective state that the dosage is individual dependent. Dr. Ameisen started with 5 mg and found it most effective (that is stopping the cravings for alcohol) at doses of 270mg. He still takes a daily dose of 50mg and is good as cured. Some have to take more to get rid of the urge to drink, others less. You should speak to a qualified doctor for dosage guidelines.
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Baclofen Alcohol Treatment - A Non-Abstinent Method
One of the great attractions of this new alcoholism treatment is that it doesn't require abstinence. Much like the Sinclair Method you actually have to continue drinking in order for it to work. As time goes by and you work out the optimum dose for you, your cravings for alcohol decrease and that old bugbear of alcoholics everywhere, loss of control, fails to be an issue.
Imagine, you can have one beer and just stop!
Don't get your hopes up too high though, Baclofen alcohol treatment doesn't work for everybody, so when starting this new alcoholism treatment be realistic.
The 'There is no Cure for Alcoholism!' Party Poopers
Many in the addiction field deride the idea of an alcoholism cure or 'magic pill'. They believe that alcohol dependency is more than just a physical ailment that can be righted with medication. It is a complex disease with psychological, environmental and genetic factors. There are far too many variables involved for it to be sorted out by baclofen alcohol treatment.
They may well be right, but you can't argue with the miraculous results some seem to be getting from this new alcoholism treatment. It may well not be a universal cure, however, it does seem to be helping many alcohol dependents, who have tried other treatments, beat their addiction; for that we should be grateful.
If you or someone close to you wants help and advice on quitting drinking then take a look at the following pages:
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)