ARTE FRANCE, TRANSPARENCES PRODUCTIONS
German, English, French
TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
Is Baclofen, used as a muscle relaxant for years, the miracle-molecule cure for alcoholism some think it is? This documentary follows a clinical trail aimed at testing its efficacy. It also examines the scientific and ethical issues regarding addiction treatment, and the limits of medicine.
In recent years, the medical approach to alcoholism has undergone major change with the hype surrounding a "miracle" molecule that can allegedly quite simply cure those who are dependent on alcohol: Baclofen.
Use of the drug is causing debate in the medical world -is it really efficacious? Does Baclofen provide real hope for the 140 million people worldwide who are dependent on alcohol? Can we "cure" alcoholism as we can cure organic disease?