BACLOFEN TREATMENT

Sydney Detox and Rehab changed my life in so many ways… I’ve never felt better in my whole life after this week.
– Max

Would you like to become indifferent to alcohol?
Would you like to reduce your anxiety?

Sydney Detox and Rehab is excited to be offering Baclofen as a treatment option to our clients. Baclofen is a medication that research suggests can:

• Make some people indifferent to alcohol
• Reduce anxiety for some patients.

It’s something we feel may change the lives of some of those struggling with alcohol
addiction

What is Baclofen?

Baclofen is a muscle relaxant and antispasmodic medication that has been used to treat patients with multiple sclerosis and paraplegia for over 40 years. In the early 2000’s a new use for Baclofen was discovered

What addictions does Baclofen Work for:

It is said that Baclofen may be successful in treating addiction to alcohol.

The story of Baclofen for addiction treatment:

French cardiologist Dr Oliver Ameisen struggled with severe alcoholism and had tried every treatment route, including months in rehabs, thousands of AA meetings, years of therapy and a wide range of medications.In his desperation Dr Ameisen branched out of the treatment norms and put himself on Baclofen. Over time, he found that his anxiety greatly reduced and eventually disappeared and that he no longer had any interest in alcohol. That was 2004. Since then there have been some studies that have shown the usefulness of Baclofen in treating alcohol addiction and some patients have benefited from Baclofen treatment. We highly recommend reading Dr Oliver Ameisen’s book The End of My Addiction to get an in-depth account of his journey with addiction and Baclofen.

Dr Amanda Stafford, who works at one of the Perth’s hospitals as an emergency department doctor, talks about the usefulness of Baclofen in alcohol addiction treatment.

How does it work?

Baclofen is thought to work on the GABA receptors in the brain to reduce cravings & anxiety. People who have used Baclofen say that this medication helps make feel them “indifferent” to alcohol. They can stop caring about drinking and no longer feel so anxious. Many people addicted to alcohol tell us that they drink because it reduces their anxiety and that they can’t control their impulses.

Could you benefit from Baclofen?

Baclofen may reduce cravings for alcohol in some people. This means that some people addicted to alcohol can begin to have a choice about whether or not they drink and they are no longer ruled by their cravings. It may also reduce anxiety.

Would it work for me?

Possibly, yes. There are few people who can’t try Baclofen treatment. Baclofen has far less risks involved when compared to the negative effects of alcohol addiction. Please note you
will need to take extra care and caution if you have the following health conditions:
      • Bipolar disorder
      • Kidney issues
      • Renal failure
      • Epilepsy

What are the side effects?

Baclofen can cause a range of side effects. Side effects normally occur at the start of treatment and when the dose is increased. These typically settle down after a couple of days and most people say that they’d rather have the side effects than the alcoholism. Main side effects include tiredness, nausea, headaches and dizziness.

How long would I need to take Baclofen for?

Most people find that they need to take Baclofen for at least one year. We recommend you take it as long as required, for some people this may be several
years.

The “sad and lonely” life

Alcohol addiction can take over your life and disrupt relationships, work, sense of purpose and wellbeing. Although Baclofen may reduce or eliminate alcohol cravings, it is not a cure-all. For many addicts, alcohol has become a steadfast companion and you may be faced with a considerable void when you no longer need to drink. It will be important to rebuild connections, sense of purpose & belonging, health and selfesteem in order to get the most out of life without alcohol.

Where can I find out more?

Please do not hesitate to get contact us to find out more. This page is an introduction to Baclofen and we are happy to discuss whether this treatment could be right for you and direct you to more comprehensive information.

Get in touch with us for a confidential discussion with one of our friendly staff.