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Title says it.

MWO and this site have virtually no traffic in the meds forum, and that is mostly naltrexone related.

Is it due to many people just wanting a magic pill or quick fix?

I personally needed to dose up to 400mgs at one point to reach indifference. It was neither quick nor easy.

I was also faced with the choice of suicide, alcoholic annihilation, or baclofen.

So, maybe hard to compare my needs to someone who perhaps has a bit too much wine too early.


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I think that interest in the forum has declined because now any doctor dealing with alcoholism knows about baclofen.  The issue I had from day one on MWO is that we should not have to be giving out advice because we aren’t doctors.  

MWO is mainly for 12 Steppers who never accepted baclofen treatment.  Nal is now approved for use in a lot of countries.  

Also, the success of baclofen for us has meant that we can lead a normal life now so there’s no need to come here.  I can’t come here and try to help people because I am not qualified.  I am not an alcoholic and never was. But I take baclofen because I came to understand that it is the key to dealing with anxiety because of the neuro-receptors it works on. I take it most days and it makes me feel great because I feel normal without stress. But how do you tell people about a drug which makes you feel like life is just fine?  Most people who turn to drugs want a buzz or to relieve pain. I take baclofen because I get anxious and I worry about lots of things and end up just sitting around all day stewing about things.  With 10 mg of baclofen my worries go away.  It’s not treating depression or maybe anxiety leads to depression.  

I think a lot of members are in the same situation as us in that they are recovered and have moved on. 

I have other sites I still work on and a legal paper I try to keep up to date because the law changes. It’s been picked up by some lawyers and doctors and out on a couple of sites. 

The movement has stalled because the direction needs to move from getting the drug into the public arena to other issues such as how a cure for the disease for some should impact on other problems the disease has caused and that is still hard because the public still have an antipathy towards alcoholics. 

I started doing some YouTube videos a few weeks ago as well but I am pretty crap at it. 

Getting out from underneath a family alcohol problem is also a great relief and allows you to get busy on other things and not spend your life mired in despair  you want to forget and move on  When you do you don’t want to be dragged back down again by rehashing bad memories  

The other issue I have is that there is so much  argument about the success of baclofen and it just gets to me having to explain how and why it works and being called names and picked apart  













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Hi Otter,

I recognize you from WAY back. Wonderful to hear that you are doing so well.

Your explanation makes a lot of sense and assuages a lot of my cynicism. I am a true alcoholic (I believe). However, most of the older men in my family were very hard drinkers; Harder women, harder times, and old age made them moderate drinkers eventually. I'm probably a bit more of a lazy drama queen than those iron bastards, and I also didn't want to "figure it out" after screwing my kids up. I already destroyed a perfectly good marriage. 

It's unfortunate that the 12Sers are so territorial because that's where you find the true gutter drunks - The guys who have been institutionalized or lived long stretches in half-way houses. Those are the people where baclofen could really shine. And I, like Amneisen, have found a lot of relief in AA. I'm not as low-bottom as the average AA. But, I'm a person who even after curtailing my alcoholism with bac still needed some sort of program or framework to help me to be a good person. 

I'm glad that you responded to this. It sounds like you struggled a bit to "carry the message" to an unwilling audience. I was ruminating over the same sense of responsibility. I think I may just need to be grateful that I found it and it saved my life - because for me, drinking was only getting worse. 

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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 abuse. I’d have to get ready for work and get our son dressed make breakfast and feed and walk the dog. Then make sure she was  ok to be left in bed for the day and wouldn’t leave the house for booze. Then I would go off to work as a prosecutor.   

I would phone at 10 to see if she was awake and I’d come home after picking our son up and hope she wasn’t hanging from a window screaming abuse at the neighbours.  I would put our son somewhere safe and make dinner and then settle in for the night. She would sometimes get up and start a drunken rampage around the house shouting abuse maybe looking for more booze because she had run out.  

Sometimes  it got so bad I’d hide somewhere just to get some peace.  

That was a good day when she didn’t throw a kitchen drawer through a closed window, set fire to the house, get arrested DUI or assault someone parking outside out house.  She was picked up by the police wandering down the middle of roads, abandoned our son in a car and wandered off not remembering where she left him. She took a knife to herself more times than I could count and carved her name into her left forearm. She tried to kill herself by throwing herself out of the car on the highway at 70 mph on a routine basis.  

That is just what I can remember but it went on for ten years. 

 But the answer was that she had brain damag. She has a big black spot on her brain scans right  where Ameisen said the anxiety disorder underlying alcoholism stems from and the fact that she benefitted immediately from he first baclofen pill was some kind of miracle   

The thing is that alcohol damages this part of the brain in everyone eventually but she had a stroke so it was worse.  

The hardest part of the recovery was coping with no help from anyone and the attitude of people made it even worse.  Work colleagues knew about it and asked how I could cope.   I guess I was younger and I had no choice but I would say that it could be worse   Who wasn’t to complain when people had survived concentration camps and Gulags.  

Today she went out shopping with her daughter just like an ordinary mum.   

So, yes there is a cure for alcoholism.  



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  • 5 months later...

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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On 8/28/2020 at 10:30 PM, Otter said:


Pretty lonely here isn’t it?



Yes, yes it is. I pop my head in every so often just to see if someone else has posted something, never posting anything myself of course. It's a shame, really. 

Congratulations on the family milestone! Your son sounds like a very gifted young man!


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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 to the point where I don't even think about drinking any more.


Relapsing is disappointing, I tell myself it was caused by lockdown, I know several people who say their intake has gone up significantly, but who knows - maybe I need to be on bac for the rest of my life. We shall see.

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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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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 when drinking alcohol concurrently, the muscle relaxation effect is detrimental to the muscles of posture. I think I have posted about that before, either on here or MWO.

Anyway, you can't change the past. My GP is  now  willing to prescribe 60 mg/day for this "muscle spasm", since I have a recognised condition, which will reduce the amount I have to spend online. And I now do daily core strength exercises which have stopped it progressing.


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