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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749942207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749942205
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Olivier Ameisen inaugurated the position of official physician to the prime minister of France. In 1983 he moved the the US to join the cardiology team at New York Hospital and Cornell University Medical Center. He currently divides his time between Paris and New York where he is a Visiting Professor of Medicine at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

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When an alcoholic doctor began experimenting with Baclofen, he made what could be the medical breakthrough of the century (OBSERVER, May 2010)

In seeking to cure his own alcoholism, Ameisen has made a breakthrough in helping addicts. His book is both a personal memoir and a call for research into the muscle relaxant Baclofen, which both helped Ameisen and shows great promise in helping sufferer (BOOKSELLER)

[Olivier Ameisen] has done extraordinary things. . . I'm receiving hundreds of emails all the time from doctors and former addicts saying [Baclofen] has changed their life (Dr Jonathan Chick, Consultant psychiatrist for NHS Lothian Alcohol Problem Services and chief editor of ALCOHOL AND ALCOHOLISM, BIG ISSUE (Scotland), April 2009)

Dr Olivier Ameisen is a remarkable medical researcher who shares his journey from profound alcohol addiction to sobriety in this fascinating book. He writes in a well-educated informative style, describing his own personal experience whilst usefully inco (Alcohol and Alcoholism Advance Access, March 2009)

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The End of My Addiction is both a memoir of Dr Ameisen's struggle with uncontrollable addiction and a groundbreaking call to action for research that could help millions of addicts. A page turner.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By PinkMilk on 13 May 2010
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I bought this book a few months ago, read through Dr Ameisens moving story of living with alcoholism and deceided to give this a try.
First stop my GP, she wouldn't prescribe Baclofen as in this country it is not licensed for addiction.
So I went online and had soon ordered my first lot of Baclofen. This is not as cheap a drug, as Dr Ameisen might think, he obviously never had to pay for it. I spent about £50 for the first few weeks supply, but as it became clear that I needed higher and higher doses, I needed to reorder quickly.
Still, I persevered for almost two months (I estimate I spent about £150 altogether).
I only gave up when at 140mg a day I literally fell asleep without warning from one moment to the next. I fell asleep on the bus (while my children were with me!), I fell asleep in the middle of a meal at a Sushi restaurant and later that evening spilled a whole bowl of cereal plus milk all over myself. It was clear that I had to stop taking Baclofen. Sadly with these side-effects I couldn't imagine upping the dose, as with 140mg a day I had not seen any reduction in alcohol craving or consumption.
It was hard to rate this book, as it is a well written and moving account of struggling with alcohol and I don't want to discourage anyone of trying this treatment for themselves. I would hope that more studies are being done with regards to Baclofen and Alcoholism and wish everybody to find their own personal cure out of this misery.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Debra A. Andreadis on 20 May 2009
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Well, what can i say. totally riveting read, and a real eye opener thankfully not the "hair of the dog" kind, that i was familiar with. I had almost 5yrs sobriety with the wonderful help of A.A., but like most alcoholics, relapsed and found it EXTREMELY difficult to get back on track, mainly i would say due to the shame and guilt of having relapsed and all that ensues. Strangely enough, i was visiting my G.P. after yet another failed attempt at sobriety, when he mention this book, which even more strangely i happened to have just started reading. Long story short, i am now into my first full week of baclofen, and i KID YOU NOT, it has done exactly what the good doctor said it would, and this is from someone who craved much the same as Olivier, and suffered extreme anxiety also. Yesterday it was all i could do not to pick up a drink, i held on, went home and took my 2nd dose of baclofen, and as the doctor said within an hour or so, my thoughts of a drink were gone. THIS IS JUST MY EXPERIENCE...but with regards to the ONE STAR reviewer, called dr. bob (yeah, and my names Lois), you failed to mention that it is imperative, as with most drugs of this nature, that one tapers off the medication as advised by your own G.P. Also, as far as im concerned, i trust the good doctor who wrote this book a WHOLE lot more, because he was his own guinea pig, than some bunch of beurocrats deciding what works and what doesnt when theyre not even alcoholic and therefore cannot possibly know what relief from this disastrous affliction would feel like, and dismiss Oliviers efforts to have his trial put to a wider test, because of their own bigotry. Anyhow, thats my opinion, and im sticking to it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By claire molloy on 7 Jan 2013
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the man is a genius he has changed my life after struggling with addiction for nearly 20 years im free at last
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Ward on 20 July 2012
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Amazon encourages readers to buy this book along with 'The End of My Addiction: How One Man Cured Himself of Alcoholism' by the same author ('Cutomers who bought this book also bought...'). I fell into the trap and bought both books, not realising that THESE ARE THE SAME BOOK. This is just the kind of mistake that you would not make in a traditional bookshop and Amazon should make it clear that these books are identical instead of encouraging customers to buy both.

This is a must-read book for anyone who has (or who lives with someone who has) an alcool problem. It's very rigourous in a medical way, but I have some critisisms:

Firstly, most of the book is NOT about Baclofen, it is about the author's descent into alco-hell. This book is 234 pages long (not including the massive appendix) and Baclofen is barely mentioned until page 132. The first half of the book is moving and helps build respect for the author but it's not about Baclofen - you can probably skip the first 132 pages.

Secondly, I would have liked to see a comparison between Baclofen and Naltrexone, which Amiesen barely mentions. I have also read a very convincing book ('The Cure for Alcoholism' by Roy Escapa) about the virtues of Naltrexone which the authour claims will ultimately suppress alcohol craving if used right (take Naltrexone an hour before drinking).

Thirdly, it is frustrating to read on his website that a large-scale trial of Baclofen was begun in 2011 and then have no indication of how that study is going (it may already be complete for all I know). Much of the book is an appeal for a large-scale study, and Amiesen explains that drug companies won't fund any study or promote Baclofen since they can't make any money on it (its patent has expired).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Morrison on 29 Aug 2010
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This book is easy to read, informative and maintains the interest to the end. Olivier intersperses scientific information with his family history, life story and losing battle with alcohol addiction. His description of how the medical profession treat addicts runs true. Doctors are just not very good with dealing with patients whose illnesses have no cure or palliation.

I am trying this treatment with a patient right now and whether it works or not, gives a ray of hope, where everything else has failed.

There are other extremely beneficial treatments that are ignored by the medical profession. Lack of any potential profit from non patentable drugs is a major hurdle. Low carb diets for diabetes/metabolic control and use of optimal levels of Vitamin D are just two. I suspect this could be a worthwhile third. I suspect that to have medical profession take it up will probably be a bottom up rather than a top down affair.

It could be helpful if Dr Amiesen were to start off a forum where those who have an interest in this method of treating drink and drug addiction could offer their experiences for the benefit of others. I also wonder if this drug could be a useful drug for emotionally based overeating.
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