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  2. Felina

    Ian N - My Humble Odyssey

    @Sean are you taking 80 mg 3x/day (240 mgs/day)? That is WAY too high a starting dose and could lead to horrible, disastrous side effects. Even 80 mgs a day is too high to start. People who try to run their own baclofen titration without any information generally have the absolute worst experiences, including hospitalization. If you just started, please start here for information: click here The usual titration involves starting out at 10-15 mgs a day, then increasing by 10 mgs every 3-4 days or 20 mgs a week. Please don't try to rush ahead like you're apparently doing, and do some resear
  3. Sean

    Ian N - My Humble Odyssey

    Hi I have just started baclofen and am on 80mil 3 times a day ! When will I know if it’s worked ? And did you keep drinking while taking the tablets ? regards sean
  4. Felina

    Female BAC dosage

    Hi @Charmenture6, When I first went on Baclofen many years ago, I reached indifference to alcohol at 190 mgs/day. I got my script through a doctor who (at the time) prescribed via telemedicine. He did not have an upper limit on how much he would prescribe. I am currently prescribed 120 mgs/day by my PCP, which is my maintenance dose. Every person is different regarding the "switch dose" (at which they reach indifference) - for some people, they reach that level at under 100 mgs/day, while others have to go over 300 mgs/day. Have your doctors suggested that they will enforce an u
  5. Charmenture6

    Female BAC dosage

    Hello, I'll start with saying I have a Psychiatrist and a GP who both monitor me very well and message each other every time I'm given my script. For females on Baclofen I'm interested in knowing how high your dose got before your doctor stopped increasing it. Just trying to get a gauge on my potential monthly prescription bill since this is likely going to be a life long thing :)
  6. My mother brought up "Festivus for the Rest of Us" and the Airing of Grievances from Seinfeld the other day. As one would expect, there's a lot of activity on Facebook about it as well. There is much in my life situation which I am not happy with, but accept that it's either out of my hands or temporary. For the first time in my life, I have nothing that I can complain about and so much to be thankful for and look forward to. I'll be closing this year out as the first in my post-adolescent life where I have not been drunk. Not once. I know that this is a board specific to rec
  7. Ne1else

    A question regarding addiction

    That’s a question that specialists have been struggling with for the last hundred years. Literally. The chicken or the egg? Nature or nurture? The advancements in medical technology show that the brains of people who are prone to addiction (have a familial history of addiction, have a diagnosed comorbid mental health disorder) or are in active addiction have different physical attributes. Epigenetics is exploring these correlations, but it’s a relatively new science, and the connection between biology and psychology (to keep the discussion really simple) won’t be clear for a
  8. guardian

    Ian N - My Humble Odyssey

    Hey @Felina. Wow. Only off by a few years! Well, I didn't stay on the baclofen for long and like any good alcoholic, I thought that I'd be able to keep it somewhat manageable and still make improvements in my life. Which I did for a time, but of course things became much, much worse. Yes! The meds forum during that time felt like a movement. There was this collective feeling like we were winning. I do like your idea of doing a thread on MWO because, well, that's where it all began. I'm seriously considering making a parallel thread, just to reach more people.
  9. Felina

    Ian N - My Humble Odyssey

    Hi @guardian! Great idea to share your story. These forums really need more traffic. My Way Out in particular used to be a really hopping, vibrant community for people interested in baclofen or other meds. You mentioned that you found that site 8 or 9 years ago. You actually were the first person to comment on my "bac diary" thread coming up on 10 years ago! https://www.mywayout.org/community/medication-research-and-support/42837-bac-diary.html - I just re-read that whole thread and was reminded of all the fun we used to have on that forum. The thread also reminded me of how power
  10. I've been meaning to post more on the few forums where there is interest regarding baclofen and alcoholism (mywayout, the baclofenforalcoholism reddit, and here. None seem to get much traffic, which is a shame really. But, I realize that it is still my responsibility to share my experience in the hopes that it may help someone who is still suffering. I don't know where I would be had I not found mywayout some 8 or 9 years ago, but I am pretty sure I would be worse off than I am now. I'm a perfectionist who has difficulty organizing my thoughts and communicating them. The relevance
  11. guardian

    A question regarding addiction

    I'm sure there is some small correlation with education, but I would say that education probably coincides with a person seeking treatment, becoming aware of the problem, accepting that it is too much to overcome on their own, etc.
  12. Would learning about how addiction works on a psychological level increase the chances of an addict overcoming their addiction?
  13. Thank you for these resources :)!
  14. Molly78

    What happened to interest in baclofen?

    Thanks, Felina, you were a regular helpful poster/supporter when I was last on this forum. I plan to try to maintain my dose at about 100mg per day and it seemed to work best if I took the first dose after lunch as I don't have cravings in the morning, they build up in the afternoon. I previously took more than this, but I have some problems now which I think in retrospect might have been made worse by the bac, in particular a spinal scoliosis. Oddly, bclofen is a recognised treatment for this at 10-20 mg 3x a day to "relieve muscle spasm" but I suspect that at higher doses and especially
  15. Felina

    What happened to interest in baclofen?

    Hi @Molly78! It's been a while since we've seen you on these forums! Sorry to hear about the slide back into drinking, but we don't live in normal times and it's perfectly understandable. I definitely wouldn't beat yourself up over it. Glad to hear that you are back on bac and that it's helping you feel better. FWIW I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I'll be on it the rest of my life. I've never gone below 80 mgs/day because the temptation comes flaring back too much.
  16. Hi @Sydjoe, I checked this website's resources but only saw that it has info on doctors in Perth and Brisbane. I have a couple of suggestions: - Contact Amanda Stafford at http://baclofentreatment.com - they are based out of Australia and may be able to direct you to resources and doctors. - Look into buying baclofen through online pharmacies and use this site's resources to prescribe - I just looked at the Reddit forum Baclofen for Alcoholism and saw that you had posted there. The person who runs that site goes by Neophyte, and he is Australian. I am not sure where he live
  17. Molly78

    What happened to interest in baclofen?

    Hi Otter, it's ages since I visited the forum, pleased to see some familiar names still posting like you and Momx2JT&3 and to hear that things are going well for you. I weaned myself off baclofen just before lockdown (nice timing!) and did well for a few months over the summer but eventually as the weather got worse the relative isolation and lack of activities got to me and I started having a couple of glasses of wine in the evening....you can guess the rest. Started back on baclofen this week and feel much better, have managed 3 alcohol free days in a row. Hoping to get back
  18. Hello everyone, Has anyone here had success with finding a doctor in Sydney, Australia who can prescribe Baclofen for addiction treatment? Or a doctor in Australia who can do consults and prescribe online? Struggling to find someone and don't particularly want to go down the online pharmacy route, would prefer to have a doctor monitoring the process... Thank you for your help in advance!
  19. Mirawiz

    List of Online Pharmacies

    Any place to order liquid Baclofen? I used that in the past with great results?
  20. Although I have not been attending meetings on a regular basis and I don't have a sponsor, I can second what Amy said. I've come to the belief that the success or failure in attempting to stay sober relying on 12 Step programs is almost 100% a function of how much one gives themselves to the "Fellowship." Having a place where you feel you belong, can be yourself, vulnerable, and where everyone shares the common value of staying sober is incredibly powerful. The steps, although incredibly cathartic and important for anyone wishing to live a morally straight life, are secondary to simply having
  21. Are you engaged in any support groups like AA, or celebrate recovery? There is a light on the other side
  22. For any alcoholic with enough time sober, that association will tend to decay. You just forget what it feels like to be drunk. In the past when I got sober without baclofen, I usually got there after about a month. I substituted a lot of exercise. Once I reached a high enough baclofen dose, the thoughts just went away. I no longer associated alcohol with a pleasurable experience. I did not drink when I was increasing my dose as I was on probation, and had also made the decision (finally this time) that I would no longer live that way. So it wasn't like I stopped getting a pleasurable exp
  23. I get that’s baclofen reduces craving - I can already see a drop in anxiety at 50mg a day. But I drink party because I’m an alcoholic, but partly because I love it (sounds dumb but don’t really know how to explain). From midday, I’m fantasising about that drink - its flavour, texture and of course, effects. I can’t imagine an evening without it, or passing up on those magical experiences. I just live for the bliss of those first couple of 5pm drinks. I already appreciate the anxiolytic effects, but can’t get in the zone to think about what life without booze could be like. Any t
  24. Felina

    Baclofen Doctors in Chicago?

    Hi @btron6000- I will send you a PM.
  25. btron6000

    Baclofen Doctors in Chicago?

    Its been a long, long time since I've posted here. I'm actually not a Newbie but I figured this was a good place for this information. Since Loop (Evan) passed I have been making my own liquid. Well, that supply just dried up. I have titrated up and down over the years, being said to have held some higher records at 560 MG's, I have been well below 300 for years until I realized my stash was about to run out. I am now at 90 mg's and my GP, who has known I've been making the liquid all this time and has helped me out in a bind with a script when I lost it traveling, ect, she refuses to write me
  26. Taz

    Mrs

    Are there any issues as far as ordering fro Russia to the UK. Any comeback on myself the purchaser?
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