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Book Title: The End of My Addiction|
The author of the book: Olivier Ameisen
Edition: Farrar Straus Giroux
Date of issue: December 23rd 2008
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ISBN 13: 9780374140977
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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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Olivier Ameisen, MD, has proposed and tested an entirely new model for the treatment of addiction — not reduction of craving, but complete, rapid, effortless suppression of craving and other symptoms and consequences of addiction using high-dose baclofen therapy.
Born and raised in Paris, in 1983 Olivier moved to New York to join the prestigious cardiology team at New York Hospital and Cornell University Medical College (now New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College), where he became respectively an associate attending physician and associate professor of clinical medicine (subsequently clinical associate professor of medicine), in addition to later establishing a busy private practice. As an active participant in cardiology research at New York Hospital/Cornell, he co-authored 16 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals on the evaluation of coronary artery disease and related topics.
A lifelong sufferer from chronic anxiety and panic attacks, which medications and therapy failed to resolve, Olivier turned to alcohol as a form of self-medication. When he began to suffer from alcoholism in the late 1990s, he voluntarily closed his practice and devoted himself to recovering from the disease, trying singly and in combination all the established treatments as prescribed by his physicians. Nothing worked.
Learning that in animal studies high-dose baclofen had suppressed addicted animals’ motivation to consume alcohol, amphetamine, cocaine, nicotine, and opiates, and postulating that these craving-suppressing effects could be transposed to humans, he experimented on himself and discovered that high-dose baclofen could completely free human patients from addiction.
Subsequently he learned that high-dose baclofen has long been safely used without limiting side effects for comfort care in benign conditions in neurology. He then broke his anonymity to publish his discovery and offer a new model for the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions in a self-case report in the peer-reviewed medical journal Alcohol and Alcoholism. Since then, an increasing number of patients have obtained complete freedom from addiction by taking baclofen, as prescribed and supervised by their physicians, in accordance with his treatment protocol. To date, nearly one hundred such cases have been documented by clinical researchers.
Olivier continues to devote his efforts to the treatment of addiction and to furthering research into baclofen and its mechanisms of action. He is the author of six peer-reviewed papers on addiction in specialist and general medical journals, including Alcohol and Alcoholism, The Journal of the American Medical Association, CNS Drugs, and The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
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