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  1. Our son graduated first in his class and starts at university next month on a scholarship A long way from where we were before baclofen. Thanks to all who supported us over the years.
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  2. 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
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  3. Yes it’s a shame that there isn’t any data on how people have done on baclofen. I don’t know who the 12 Steppers were or how serious their problems were. I always felt that if someone was on a forum then they couldn’t be very seriously alcoholic. I mean, it’s embarrassing how horrible my wife’s condition was. I can’t describe it. Typically she would wake up in middle of the night having some kind of night terror, screaming like she was possessed by the devil. That would go on for half an hour and she would pass out and then wake up at 6 am and start screaming and shouting abus
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  4. Hello all! I'd like to thank all of you who helped me during my struggles! To cut a very long story short: I managed to get Naltrexone on prescription and it worked really well for me. And I had EMDR for my PTSD and ... haven't craved booze ever since. I've believed the theory that there is always a trauma ( big, small, recent, from childhood etc) as a root of any addiction (literally any- OCD, booze, fags, food etc.) So if anyone is still really struggling- look into getting EMDR. I swear by it! Good luck and warm wishes.
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  5. I've taken baclofen as has my wife. She found it started to give a good result at about 80 mg per day. Initially she was drinking about a litre of vodka a day starting at 7 am but when the baclofen kicked in she was able to stop completely. We got into problems with it when I suggested she go up to 270mg a day in three divided doses as per Ameisen's regime and that caused her serious side effects. I can't remember what they were but it made her not want to take it at all, which led to a catastrophic relaps, hosptial etc etc. A total meltdown. Just go easy with it. After several yea
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  6. @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
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  7. 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
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  8. 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
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  9. 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.
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  10. 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
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  11. Are you engaged in any support groups like AA, or celebrate recovery? There is a light on the other side
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  12. Hi @btron6000- I will send you a PM.
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  13. Unfortunately, they do not operate in Indiana. So, the search continues...
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  14. I have not heard of this company, but that is GREAT news for people who would like a baclofen provider! I will post about it on MWO too. Thanks for the info!
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  15. Gut health is the key to total wellness, ever wondered why we often say i have a gut feeling? eh...that's cause the gut is like a second brain connected to the brain thats why whenever it is out of order it signals that to the brain
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  16. Hi StuckinLA. I'm still alive. Indifferent to alcohol at 320mg since about this time last year. Unfortunately, I'm one of those they speak about in AA as having "grave emotional and mental disorders" lol and I continued screwing up my life and harming people around me sans alcohol. I had really used baclofen as a bandaid in many ways. It short-circuits the disease of alcoholism, but it does fuck-all for the self-loathing, and for me, really nasty hateful person that I have been my entire life - full of pain, fear, and resentment. At this point I'm working on healing that.
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  17. Thank you for the feedback. I'm COMT slow (too much dopamine. hyper-focused and stressed out), so wellbutrin is a poor choice for me. Thanks again Ian
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  18. I’ve had good success with Wellbutrin.
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  19. man I'm so sorry for your struggles, and at such a young age. it's good you caught this f**king sickness early, but also that terrible anyone has to fight so long, you know? I've never tried naltrexone, so I can't offer any help there. I wonder about cravings, also, like what do we mean when we say craving? I was recently sober 3 years, and I don't know how I did it, I just did it, and then suddenly I went out and got a drink. From there, well, it's like inviting the devil back into the house. what had long settled into a kinda flat depression has now again become a struggle, a daily, f**king
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  20. I'm 36 hours in and I'm feeling pretty strange already! But I've given myself some time out and I'm feeling kind of like I'm going through something big here! The start of an interesting journey. Thanks so much for your support!
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  21. Hi, I saw my GP this morning and he looked at the thesis I'd put together on treating Alcohol dependence with Baclofen and gave me a script straight away! So pleased!!!! I've started treatment already, Thanks so much for your advice and info Felina!
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  22. My name is TerryK and I'm no longer an alcoholic. I've been on high-dose baclofen for more than six years, and indifferent to alcohol for more than five. There is so much distance between who I am now, and the person I used to be, who *needed* to drink every.single.day to fall asleep, to quell anxiety, to lift depression, or to celebrate that it's hard to find new words to describe what that past was like - so I'm just going to borrow pieces from updates that I've written over the years on MWO and let them live here from now on (edited, and hopefully a bit more concise). 25 years ago -
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