Dr. Olivier Ameisen has tried to persuade the medical community to test what he says is a highly effective cure for alcoholism: a decades-old muscle relaxant called baclofen. Now, a Dutch donor has given half-a-million euros to conduct a rigorous study of the drug. Is this a major step in improved addiction treatment? What other innovations are on the horizon?
Guests : Dr. Olivier Ameisen: US cardiologist born and raised in France, Visiting Professor of Medicine at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and author of Heal Thyself, a book which documents his investigations into the use of baclofen in the treatment of alcohol dependence.
Dr. Omar Manejwala: Medical director of the Hazelden addiction treatment center in Center City, a psychiatrist and leading expert in addiction medicine whose practice includes a focus on addiction treatment for health care professionals.
Dr. Jon Grant: Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and co-directs a clinic for Impulse Control Disorders at the University of Minnesota Medical Center