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Umair123 posted a topic in MediaI was an addict too after watching this video I motivated my self against addiction. http://www.peacequarters.com/4554-2/
Hello, I just joined this forum and thought I would introduce myself. I am in my mid 50's and live in California and have been trying to get sober since 2010. Alcohol is my drug of choice and it has caused a lot of problems in my life, primarily personal with my family and friends. I've been through two outpatient programs, countless AA meetings, SMART recovery, and counseling and nothing seems to blunt the cravings. I have tried Topomax, Naltrexone (both normally and through the Sinclair Method), and Campral. None of those had any sustained effect, although I did reduce my intake through the Sinclair Method. The longest sustained period of sobriety that I have managed is 7 months and that was in 2010. I'm an early riser and the first cravings hit in the morning (8:00 am) and grow in number and intensity as the day goes on. They reach a crescendo in the late afternoon (5:00 pm) and subside in the mid evening around 7:00 or 8:00 pm (whether I drink or not). Eating dinner always helps and idle time is never a good thing. My wife and I are empty nesters and I have a fair amount of free time on my hands, which I try to fill but am not always successful. I typically drink 1 pint of vodka in a concentrated period of time in the mid afternoon and then am done for the day. This is not to say that I don't on occasion drink more, but that is my typical pattern. My health is beginning to suffer as a result and I am just sick and tired of this. I and my family deserve better than this. But that voice in my head never takes a day off, ever.... I read Dr. Amiesen's book about 6 weeks ago. Naturally the notion of craving reduction/suppression intrigued me, so I decided to investigate further. I did some research and decided to go see my GP. He was supportive and willing to prescribe Baclofen off-label up to 40 mg initially. I went to see him a second time and he was willing to go higher based on some data that I provided to him. I started the medication on 8/16 at 10 mg and increased the dosage up to 110 mg by 9/2. From the beginning I was having side effects, the most noticeable of which are shortness of breath, nasal congestion, tightness in my throat and chest, tingling in my hands (although I had this prior to starting Baclofen), grogginess, increased muscle tension, sometime feeling of shocks, inability to concentrate, and generally feeling like shit. Rather than relaxing me, Baclofen seems to have the opposite effect. It should be noted that being the good drunk that I am I kept drinking during the first two and a half weeks and over last weekend the side effects started to intensify. I am very physically active and have continued to exercise every day despite these physical issues. On the plus side I have noticed that the cravings are reduced and easier to deal with. As a result I have been sober for all of 4 days now. I have also reduced my Baclofen intake to 60 mg per day. My hope is that these issues are going to reduce and eventually taper off. I am noticing that I am gradually feeling better, but many of the side effects are persisting. If anyone has any guidance on these issues I would appreciate the feedback. None of these feel life threatening and are in some ways similar to being hung over, which is a state that I am sadly well accustomed to feeling. Hopefully I can become one of the success stories here one day and return the favor. Thanks for reading.
If you have a relationship with a doctor, particularly an addiction specialist, this is (hopefully) a relatively easy process. If you don't, then the best idea is to reach out to addiction specialists in your area to see if they prescribe medications for addiction treatment (MAT). If not, don't waste your time. These doctors must be psychiatrists, other MDs, or psychiatric assistants. Therapists and counselors, etc., cannot prescribe medications. The best bet is always addiction specialists, but any psychiatrist is better than a General Practitioner who doesn't know anything about addiction or MATs. In either case take the following information with you and hopefully they will prescribe baclofen for you. Here is the prescribing guide for baclofen for physicians: Prescribing Guide for Baclofen in the Treatment of Alcoholism-Final Version Here is the study Suppression of Alcohol Dependence Using Baclofen: A 2-Year Observational Study of 100 Patients: Suppression of Alcohol Dependence Using Baclofen: A 2-Year Observational Study of 100 Patients Here is the abstract of a German study: http://www.europeanneuropsychopharmacology.com/article/S0924-977X(15)00102-9/abstract Baclofen Efficacy in Reducing Alcohol Craving and Intake: BACLOFEN EFFICACY IN REDUCING ALCOHOL CRAVING AND INTAKE: A PRELIMINARY DOUBLE-BLIND RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED STUDY | Alcohol and Alcoholism