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Old 01-05-2011, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I took baclofen and now, over a year later, I am not an alcoholic anymore.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What is baclofen? Did your Dr prescribe it?
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Discontinuation of baclofen can be associated with a withdrawal syndrome which resembles benzodiazepine withdrawal and alcohol withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms are more likely if baclofen is used for long periods of time (more than a couple of months) and can occur from low or high doses. The severity of baclofen withdrawal depends on the rate at which baclofen is discontinued. Thus to minimise baclofen withdrawal symptoms the dose should be tapered down slowly when discontinuing baclofen therapy. Abrupt withdrawal is most likely to result in severe withdrawal symptoms. Acute withdrawal symptoms can be stopped by recommencing baclofen.[17]

Withdrawal symptoms may include auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations, tactile hallucinations, delusions, confusion, agitation, delirium, disorientation, fluctuation of consciousness, insomnia, dizziness, Nausea, Feeling Faint, inattention, memory impairments, perceptual disturbances, anxiety, depersonalization, hypertonia, hyperthermia, formal thought disorder, psychosis, mania, mood disturbances, restlessness, and behavioral disturbances, tachycardia, seizures, tremors, autonomic dysfunction, hyperpyrexia, extreme muscle rigidity resembling neuroleptic malignant syndrome and rebound spasticity.[17][18]

So, what you're saying is that you take this addictive drug so that you "aren't an alcoholic anymore". Hmmm.
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that's great. Obviously, you're using a COMPLETELY different definition for alcoholism than those in AA use but good for you (most do though, including the wiki page mentioned).

For that brand of alcoholism, there can't be a pill. By an AA definition, that drug treats "moderate to heavy drinkers" but does nothing for the real alcoholic.

glad it solved your drinking problem for now though loop.
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Did you quit drinking or do you still drink?

I read the Wiki page and holy moly...
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What is baclofen? Did your Dr prescribe it?
Apparently, baclofen is being used to curb urges to consume alcohol, but since it's addictive itself, doesn't seem to hold much promise.

And I didn't read anything there about proponents claiming that it was a cure for alcoholism.

The 'cure' for alcoholism was proposed over two centuries ago, I don't think that's changed.

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Im learning alllll kinds of stuff on here. Thank you that was very interesting. Im still confused about the pill that cures alcoholism though.
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Cool. I've taken no prescriptions and I don't drink anymore either one year later.
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I remember you being on Naltrexone Lo0p - did that not work out?

If your life's improved on baclofen, congratulations and best wishes.

If you want to call it a cure, that's your call but it's a little irresponsible IMO, because it's clearly not a cure by any definition of that word.

Admittedly I was not taking it for alcoholism, but my experience with baclofen was not nearly so positive.

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Lot of truth right there Brooks. We all are.
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Did I miss something? I did not see the word "cure" in Lo0p's post... if this balcofen contributed to their ability to quit drinking, that's what worked for them, and that's all. I did not get the idea Lo0p was telling anyone else here to do exactly as she/ he did...
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What is baclofen? Did your Dr prescribe it?
Baclofen is an old medication used to treat muscle spasticity. It has been discovered recently that is very effective at treating addictions.

I used to order it over the internet but now my doctor does prescribe it.

It has completely freed me of my addiction to alcohol.

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So, what you're saying is that you take this addictive drug so that you "aren't an alcoholic anymore". Hmmm.
"The absence of addictive properties of baclofen represents a feature of paramount importance for the pharmacological treatment of alcohol
addicted patients." Int J Clin Pract, August 2006, 60, 8, 10031008.pdf

"has no known abuse potential" from wikipedia

^ Carter, LP.; Koek, W.; France, CP. (Jan 2009). "Behavioral analyses of GHB: receptor mechanisms." (PDF). Pharmacol Ther 121 (1): 10014. doi:10.1016/j.pharmthera.2008.10.003. PMID 19010351.
^ Carter LP, Koek W, France CP (October 2008). "Behavioral analyses of GHB: Receptor mechanisms". Pharmacol. Ther. 121 (1): 10014. doi:10.1016/j.pharmthera.2008.10.003. PMID 19010351. PMC 2631377.

Baclofen does cause physical dependency, much like someone who is dependent on blood pressure medication. It is dangerous to discontinue blood pressure medication. Likewise it is dangerous to abruptly discontinue baclofen. It is necessary to taper the dose downward over the course of several days or weeks when discontinuing it.

No single instance of addiction to baclofen has ever been reported.

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Did you quit drinking or do you still drink?
That is a difficult question for me to answer. I can if I want to, but I don't ever want to anymore. I could say that I am abstinent, but that implies effort.

The last drink I had was a glass of fine red wine, maybe a couple of months ago now. I remember thoroughly enjoying it, but I finished it and did not want another one. The next day I forgot about it. I still have the bottle in my cupboard, but I don't ever feel inclined to have another glass.

In early October I went to a wedding. It was in a Vets hall with a bar and I was offered so many alcoholic drinks that I finally got fed up. I went to the bar and ordered a bud light. I tipped the bartender $10 and asked him to keep my beer in the fridge and to pull it out whenever I came to the bar. So I carried it around for a while and it stopped all the nuisance of people offering to buy me drinks. Then I'd give it to the bartender and he'd put it in the fridge for me for a while. I had the champagne toast. By the end of the night I had drank 1/4 of the beer and the champagne toast.

I guess the most accurate answer to your questions would be no I didn't quit drinking, but no I don't still drink.
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that's great. Obviously, you're using a COMPLETELY different definition for alcoholism than those in AA use but good for you (most do though, including the wiki page mentioned).

For that brand of alcoholism, there can't be a pill. By an AA definition, that drug treats "moderate to heavy drinkers" but does nothing for the real alcoholic.

glad it solved your drinking problem for now though loop.
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Im learning alllll kinds of stuff on here. Thank you that was very interesting. Im still confused about the pill that cures alcoholism though.
Cure is a debatable word. I no longer feel like I am an alcoholic. My relationship to alcohol certainly is not like that of an alcoholic anymore. But I still do take baclofen. I do not know how much longer I will take it for, the jury is still out on that one.

One thing I can say with absolute certainty is that alcohol is no longer a problem in my life.
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I know what you mean, when I read my posts from when I first joined SR, they seem like they're from another person.

...and that is wonderful b/c I needed to change who I was. Simple as that. Sounds like you did too.

I can't say I agree with your approach, but I'm happy for you.

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