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The end of my addiction

Author: Olivier Ameisen
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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What if there were a cure for addiction--a medication that eradicates the need for a fix? This is the story of Olivier Ameisen, a brilliant physician and cardiologist who developed a profound addiction to alcohol. He broke bones with no memory of falling and nearly lost his kidneys. He gave up his flourishing practice and invested himself in Alcoholics Anonymous and, later, rehab. Nothing worked. So he took his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ameisen, Olivier, 1953-
End of my addiction.
New York : Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2009
(OCoLC)761204227
Named Person: Olivier Ameisen; Olivier Ameisen; Olivier Ameisen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Olivier Ameisen
ISBN: 9780374140977 0374140979
OCLC Number: 263294912
Description: xv, 332 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Moment of truth --
A remedy gone wrong --
Under treatment and "in recovery" --
Doing great and feeling awful --
Falling down --
Against medical advice, or, The life of afterwards --
Cutting through craving --
The end of addiction? --
How baclofen works : what we know, and need to know.
Responsibility: Olivier Ameisen.

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What if there were a cure for addiction--a medication that eradicates the need for a fix? This is the story of Olivier Ameisen, a brilliant physician and cardiologist who developed a profound addiction to alcohol. He broke bones with no memory of falling and nearly lost his kidneys. He gave up his flourishing practice and invested himself in Alcoholics Anonymous and, later, rehab. Nothing worked. So he took his treatment into his own hands. Searching for a cure, he discovered baclofen, a muscle relaxant that had proven effective in curing rats addicted to every substance from nicotine and alcohol to cocaine and heroin. Ameisen prescribed himself the drug and, over a two-year period, experimented with the dosage until he reached a level high enough to leave him free of any craving for alcohol. This is both a memoir of Ameisen's own struggle and a groundbreaking call to action.--From publisher description.

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