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Sinclair Method Las Vegas

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For hundreds of years, humans have battled addiction to alcohol through various methods – AA, in-patient treatment options, medication and sheer force of will. All of these methods require abstinence from alcohol. While they may help alcoholics stop drinking for a period of time, they don’t take away the craving.

Now, there is another way: The Sinclair Method. The Sinclair Method (TSM) is a treatment for alcohol addiction that uses a technique called pharmacological extinction.

What is the Sinclair Method?

Based on the research of Dr. Sinclair, TSM uses a medication called Naltrexone, which is an opiate blocker that curbs habit-forming behaviors, turning them into habit-erasing behaviors. Though this medication has been on the market for decades, it’s Dr. Sinclair’s use of this medication that has had tremendous success.

With the Sinclair method, you are required to take Naltrexone at least one hour prior to consuming your first drink of alcohol. Naltrexone chemically disrupts the body’s behavioral reward system, making you want to drink less instead of more.

 

Dr. Sinclair’s Research

The founder of TSM began researching the method during the 1960s, establishing what he referred to as the “alcohol deprivation effect” as the root cause of alcohol addiction. He conducted research using genetically bred rats that were predispose to becoming alcoholics. He concluded that alcoholism is a learned behavior before it is anything else. If we reinforce a response or emotion with alcohol, it becomes a learned habit that is more and more difficult for us to kick. From his research, Dr. Sinclair also concluded that some genetic traits lead some people to be more susceptible to needing reinforcement from alcohol as opposed to others. Hence the uncontrollable cravings that come to ruin an alcoholic’s life.

Taking it one step farther, Dr. Sinclair concluded that alcohol produces reinforcement in the brain in a way that’s similar to opiates. A solution, therefore, to breaking this cycle would be to block the reward system receptors every time alcohol was consumed.

What was the solution? To essentially drink yourself sober–with the help of Naltrexone, of course. Taking the pill at least one hour prior to drinking is a central part of TSM.

TSM Today

To date, the Sinclair Method has a 78% success rate. It’s an effective approach to curbing alcohol dependence in a variety of patients today.

2803, 2017

The Sinclair Method (TSM) in The Atlantic Magazine

The Sinclair Method (TSM) in The Atlantic The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous. Finland’s treatment model is based in large part on the work of an American neuroscientist named John David Sinclair...Sinclair has researched alcohol’s effects on the brain since his days as an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati, where he experimented with [...]

608, 1997

Naltrexone and Alcohol Dependence: Role of Subject Compliance

Naltrexone and Alcohol Dependence:  The Role of Subject Compliance Background: Two previous double-blind, placebo-controlled studies demonstrated that naltrexone (50 mg/d) reduces alcohol drinking in alcohol-dependent subjects. In both studies, treatment compliance was excellent. However, a robust treatment effect size for naltrexone relative to placebo has been shown for compliant subjects but not for subjects who missed [...]

1208, 2016

Gabapentin for Sleep

Gabapentin for Sleep Gabapentin (Neurontin) increases slow-wave sleep and is a safe, effective treatment for insomnia. It is a widely prescribed medication in neurology and psychiatry. In neurology, it is used for seizures, neuropathic pain, migraines, and restless legs syndrome. In psychiatry, it is used for insomnia, anxiety, and alcohol dependence. It is also helpful for hot flashes, [...]

2201, 2017

Sinclair Method Success Rate

Sinclair Method Success Rate The Sinclair Method for Alcoholism involves taking the FDA-approved prescription medication Naltrexone on an as-needed basis at least one hour prior to drinking alcohol. The medication blocks endorphins from being experienced by the drinker, which prevents the alcoholic beverage from causing a buzz. Ultimately, the lack of reinforcement causes the brain to lose [...]

408, 2015

Pharmacological Extinction

Pharmacological Extinction and the Sinclair Method In terms of the sinclair method and operant conditioning, extinction doesn’t refer to the immediate end of a negative behavior. Instead, it refers to the process of ending a behavior that has repeatedly been rewarded. A common example is a child who throws tantrums until they receive a treat. The [...]

2808, 2017

One Little Pill

One Little Pill Documentary film about the Sinclair Method for Alcoholism This stuff works. It is malpractice not to use it. It is inexcusable not to use it. Alcoholism will kill me before HIV does. We are born with a nervous system that can change its own wiring on the basis of experience. [...]

112, 2016

Sinclair Method Book

Sinclair Method Book The Cure for Alcoholism by Roy Eskapa is the official unofficial Sinclair Method book, an approach to alcoholism that does not require abstinence.  It describes the method itself, including the pharmacology of the medication Naltrexone and an extensive collection of published scientific articles.  Highly recommended.

1204, 2017

Alcohol and Endorphins

Alcohol and Endorphins in The Sinclair Method To understand how Naltrexone is used in The Sinclair Method (TSM) for Alcohol Dependence, it is important to understand how the body’s opioid system works. When people hear the word opiate, they usually think of heroin or prescription pain medications such as morphine, hydrocodone, codeine, or Vicodin. These drugs [...]

1202, 2017

Naltrexone Side Effects

Naltrexone Side Effects Naltrexone is generally well tolerated, but like all medications, it has the potential to cause side effects. The frequency of serious side effects is very low. The most common side effects are gastrointestinal, including upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The frequency of side effects is below: nausea (10%) headache (7%) dizziness (4%) nervousness [...]

1905, 2016

Top 5 Benefits of Telepsychiatry

Top 5 Benefits of Telepsychiatry Telepsychiatry offers an enticing combination of benefits to patients and healthcare providers alike. From an unparalleled level of convenience to superb cost savings, telemedicine continues to grow as the healthcare community experiences its many advantages. Below is a look at the many people who can be helped by remote healthcare services. Who Can [...]

711, 2016

Gabapentin for Alcohol Dependence

Gabapentin for Alcoholism Gabapentin was originally approved by the FDA to treat seizure disorders.  It has also been found to be effective for a number of disorders in neurology (neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome) and psychiatry (insomnia, anxiety disorders). In recent years, evidence has been mounting for its effectiveness in treating Alcohol Use Disorders. [...]

1108, 2017

The Alcohol Epidemic

The Alcohol Epidemic Alcohol abuse is more prevalent, costly, and deadly than opioid abuse, even during the peak of the current opioid epidemic. If you live in the United States, you’ve read or heard a news story about the opioid epidemic afflicting most of the country. Over the past year, the news [...]

2204, 2016

Alcohol Biomarkers

Alcohol Biomarkers It is well-established that alcohol has the potential to damage the liver, either from regular chronic use or a irregular binge drinking. When damage to the liver occurs, particular enzymes become elevated in the blood. By measuring these enzymes, we can learn about the extent to which the liver has been damaged, as well [...]

205, 2016

Sinclair Method and Operant Conditioning

The Sinclair Method (TSM) and Operant Conditioning The process underlying the Sinclair Method (TSM) is known as Operant Conditioning, which many have learned about in their Psychology 101 courses. Operant Conditioning explains how alcoholism (or alcohol use disorders) develops in the first place, as well as how naltrexone treatment works with TSM to eliminate the alcohol cravings and [...]

101, 2011

Gabapentin Combined With Naltrexone for the Treatment of Alcohol Dependence

Gabapentin Combined With Naltrexone for the Treatment of Alcohol Dependence Objective: Naltrexone, an efficacious medication for alcohol dependence, does not work for everyone. Symptom s such as insomnia and mood instability that are m ost evident during early abstinence might respond better to a different pharmacotherapy. Gabapentin may reduce these symptoms and help prevent early relapse. [...]

1508, 2017

Sinclair Method on NBC News

Sinclair Method on NBC News with Megyn Kelly Speaker 1: There's, like, a part of my mind that compulsively drinks alcohol in near-fatal doses, and it doesn't leave me alone, for the most part. Next Speaker: 25-year-old Marissa has been a binge drinker for more than 5 years. Next Speaker: What were the consequences? Next Speaker: [...]

2001, 2017

Naltrexone and Lactose Intolerance

Naltrexone and Lactose Intolerance If you have lactose intolerance, you should be aware that lactose monohydrate is an inactive ingredient in naltrexone. Monosaccharides are simple sugars that include glucose, fructose, and galactose. These simple sugars unite to create disaccharides, such as sucrose and lactose. Lactose is derived from the Latin word "lactis", which means milk. It [...]

1911, 2016

Naltrexone Black Box Warning

Naltrexone Black Box Warning The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sometimes issues a Boxed Warning on prescription medications, usually known as a Black Box Warning, for drugs that have a potentially serious side effect. Here is the Boxed Warning for Naltrexone: Hepatotoxicity: Naltrexone has the capacity to cause hepatocellular injury when given in excessive doses. [...]