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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. Hi Felina! So nice to hear from someone else thats been on Bac for as long. Would love to connect and compare stories. I'll look you up over on the My Way Out forum as well. Thanks for your message! best, Ritalil
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  5. @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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Are you engaged in any support groups like AA, or celebrate recovery? There is a light on the other side
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  11. Hi @btron6000- I will send you a PM.
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  12. 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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