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The End of My Addiction

by Olivier Ameisen M.D.

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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.
  bolero | Feb 21, 2010 |
About: Cardiologist Ameisen becomes a severe alcoholic, tries rehabs, etc. but nothing works. Finds a generic drug, baclofen, that when taken in high enough doses, eliminates his cravings and desire for alcohol. He publishes his self case study and since he is unable to get a full study funding or get much attention for the drug, he writes this book.

Pros: Interesting twist on your typical recovery memoir.

Cons: Due to the main focus on the drug, I found parts a bit too sciency. Although this book may achieve his goal of more drug trials, publishing a book for a mass audience about baclofen because he was unable to go through normal channels appears a bit suspect. Name drops a little bit with Bette Midler and Elie Wiesel. ( )
1 vote charlierb3 | Jan 5, 2009 |
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What if there were a cure for addiction--a medication that eradicates the need for a fix? This is the story of Olivier Ameisen, a brilliant physician and cardiologist who developed a profound addiction to alcohol. He broke bones with no memory of falling and nearly lost his kidneys. He gave up his flourishing practice and invested himself in Alcoholics Anonymous and, later, rehab. Nothing worked. So he took his treatment into his own hands. Searching for a cure, he discovered baclofen, a muscle relaxant that had proven effective in curing rats addicted to every substance from nicotine and alcohol to cocaine and heroin. Ameisen prescribed himself the drug and, over a two-year period, experimented with the dosage until he reached a level high enough to leave him free of any craving for alcohol. This is both a memoir of Ameisen's own struggle and a groundbreaking call to action.--From publisher description.… (more)

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