Farrar, Straus and Giroux
On Sale: December 23, 2008
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What if you found out there was 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. He nearly lost his
kidneys; he fractured ribs and suffered a hemopneumothorax
that left blood and air in the sac around his lungs. He gave
up his flourishing practice and, fearing for his life,
invested himself in Alcoholics Anonymous and, later, rehab.
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 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. That was four years ago. The
End of My Addiction is both a memoir of Ameisen’s own
struggle and a groundbreaking call to action—an urgent plea
for research that can rescue millions from the scourge of
addiction, and spare their loved ones the collateral damage
of the disease.
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