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    Hello everyone, I've been following this site for a year now. I never posted before because my life is kinda busy. I feel that since i've been using Baclofen since March of 2018 maybe my experience might help someone. My alcohol problem has been severe since I was 17. I also suffer from anxiety and depression. I have been able to get and stay sober for years at a time in AA and the help of a psychiatrist. However sobriety in AA for me requires total dedication to it. I always end up relapsing even after 3 or 4 years sober. I tried TSM but I just drink right through the pill. Vodka. I would get so sick I couldn't work for a few days. The same with Bac but at least I could stop on my own. In the past I would always have to be hospitalized. I have currently titrated up to 200mg a day and I am indifferent to alcohol. I want to stay here as long as I can but the SE are difficult. My work is seasonal so at the end of Feb I will go back to 10-12 hour days. So I will probably have to titrate down slowly. One hopeful sign is on 1/3 i had not slept for a few days so I drank 1/2 pint to go to sleep. I woke up the next day with no craving for alcohol. That has never happened before. Ever. Not once that I can remember. I have not had a drink or a desire since. So I am very hopeful. Does anyone else have an experience with how long they had to stay at their max dose to achieve indifference? I worry that I should go higher but right now I don't think I could handle it. When i drink I start with 1 pint of vodka and 6-12 beers. Eventually I end up drinking around the clock. Not anymore,Thanks
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    Some of you may remember me from the meds forum at MWO. For those of you that don’t, I was active on that forum from 2010 to about 2012. Using baclofen, I was quickly able to go from crippling alcoholism to complete indifference In a very short period of time. My highest dose, and the one at which I reached indifference, was 3.9 mgs. /kg of bodyweight. Thanks to baclofen and the friends that I made at the old forum I was able to maintain indifference at 2.5mgs/kg for 2 years, during which time my life improved dramatically. I felt that the forum really started to go downhill, thanks to several psychopathic malcontents, and I lost interest in it entirely. I’d pop in for Terryk and other’s annual success stories, but that was about it. As it turns out, the support and community was more important in my recovery than I realized. Around 2013, I had a scare when I ran low on baclofen and needed to reduce my dose quickly. I never bothered increasing it to where I had previously been. I’m currently on just enough to help with some anxiety. As would be expected, indifference passed, and I started drinking again on weekends. A little turned into a lot, and the weekends are starting to creep into my weeks on occasion. I’m in a drastically better place than I was 6 years ago when I showed up at MWO, but things are definitely not good and getting worse. In the coming months I’ll be ramping up on my dose and hope to have good news before too long. It’s encouraging to “see” familiar faces that have had continued success. If you are new, and like me, are still struggling with alcoholism, I can’t make any promises. Baclofen is as close to a “magic bullet” as we have in a medical option to this point and it lives up to the claims in terms of treatment of alcohol addiction. However, success is determined by commitment. Continued success, as the short history of this stupid, stupid man indicates, is determined by continued commitment.
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