Baclofen 4 alcoholism - as simple as A - B - C
Anxiety + Alcoholism + Baclofen = 'Cure'
B 4 a
So, are YOU one of us?
When you email me with your initial enquiry, I shall send you an Introductory Pack, that contains a very detailed Questionnaire. It doesn't take a long time to complete, but over the last 7 years I have found it to be an extremely valuable and accurate tool, that helps me to determine whether Baclofen is likely to be highly successful for you - as it has been for me.
If I do not consider you to be a suitable candidate, I don't just ignore you. I always write to you personally, explaining why. But please rest assured, this is unusual.
There are several fundamentally important things for you to understand at this stage. These are all discussed fully in my Baclofen4alcoholism Trilogy. However, in brief:
When it comes to anxiety-related alcohol dependence, Baclofen is a wonderful treatment. So, what is so special, so unique, about Baclofen?
However, to maximise its chance of success, it must be given to:
Without following these fundamentally important principles, self-administered Baclofen is fraught with problems. Many (if not almost all) people who do self-administer Baclofen suffer numerous wholly unnecessary side-effects; are not on a specifically designed Baclofen Programme – and one that is unique for them; take massively too high doses too quickly; are still drinking heavily; maybe taking other medications that interact with Baclofen; and ultimately give up on Baclofen.
This is a tragedy, as most of these would have been success stories had they had expert supervision.
It is important to understand that Baclofen is entirely different from any other of the treatments you may have tried. Things like AA, counselling, other group therapies are primarily aimed at enforcing total abstinence from alcohol.
Those that have tried these things know that enforced abstinence is every bit as tormenting as drinking is. That is why so many people don’t stick with them, and why their relapse rate is so disappointingly high.
Other drug therapies are equally disappointing for most. This is because they work by suppressing cravings, rather than eliminating them. Further, they have little or no effect on the anxiety that often causes the person to drink in the first place. In addition, they often have very serious, often permanent, side effects.
Baclofen is the only drug currently available that is a specific GABAB agonist, working on a part of the brain that is involved in the development of (amongst other things) alcohol dependence and anxiety. This is because there is a deficiency of GABAB . Therefore, for the right patient, Baclofen is a genuine medical treatment for those who suffer from anxiety-related alcohol dependence. The aim of an expertly supervised Baclofen programme is to eliminate cravings and to reduce or eliminate anxiety. It does not involve enforced abstinence. The aim is to make you “normal” – i.e. to make you indifferent to alcohol, so that you can take or leave it. Most choose to leave it.
Over the last several years, I have been struck by the nature and types of the people who are either visiting my web site, or coming to me for more concrete help. If I could summarise an “average” individual he / she would be:
This conflict of high-achievement versus disabling anxiety is why I often refer to anxiety-related alcoholism as being The Disease of Paradoxes, and is a topic I shall discuss in very much greater depth in Booze, Baclofen & Me.
It is interesting to note that probably around 25% of all people who are alcohol dependent / alcoholics, in fact, suffer from this disabling chronic anxiety state.
It was unbelievable to me to find that I was in such a large, salubrious group. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have also said to me that they thought that they were the only one, until they found my web site. And, in all honesty, we are just like peas in a pod. It’s remarkable.