'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.
Dr Olivier Ameisen was a brilliant cardiologist and running his own successful practice when he developed a profound addiction to alcohol. Fearing for his life, he immersed himself in AA, rehab and therapy. Nothing worked. So he did the only thing he could; he took his treatment into his own hands. Searching for a cure for his deadly disease, he happened upon baclofen, a muscle relaxant that had been used safely for years as a treatment for various types of muscle spasticity, but had more recently shown promising results in studies with laboratory animals addicted to a wide variety of substances. Dr Ameisen prescribed himself the drug and experimented with increasingly higher doses until he finally reached a level high enough to leave him free of any craving for alcohol. That was more than six years ago. Baclofen, as prescribed under a doctor's care, could possibly help many addicts. But as long as the medical and research establishments ignore a cure for one of the most deadly diseases in the world, we won't be able to understand baclofen's full potential. This book is a plea for research that can rescue millions from the scourge of addiction.
Dr Olivier Ameisen inaugurated the position of official physician to the prime minister of France. In 1983 he moved to the United States to join the prestigious cardiology team at New York Hospital and Cornell University Medical Center. He currently devotes his efforts to the treatment of addiction and divides his time between Paris and New York where he is currently a visiting professor of medicine at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.