The Sinclair Method for treating alcoholism has a 78 percent success rate.
If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction, you know the insidious nature of the disease. Though popular and long-standing programs like Alcoholics Anonymous seek to help those trapped in the grips of alcoholism, only about ten percent of AA members enjoy long-standing sobriety. But take heart.
What is the Difference?
Think of dieting. It is all about denying yourself, which explains why so few people who lose weight are able to keep it off. Food is part of most every social gathering and event. If it is that difficult for the average person to not overeat, how is the alcoholic supposed to have the drive and physical draw to alcohol and live without, even when the cravings never cease?
Measuring success by how many days, weeks, or months you go without a drink only exacerbates the desire and accompanying cravings.
This is where the Sinclair Method for treating alcoholism differs. Understanding that there will always be the craving for alcohol involved, the Sinclair Method uses compassionate, research-based psychiatric counseling combined with the FDA-approved prescription medication Naltrexone in a multi-tiered approach to decrease cravings and move towards a life not of abstinence, but of non-addiction.
How Does Naltrexone Help?
In layman’s terms, Naltrexone, taken an hour before drinking alcohol, keeps the drinker from getting “a buzz.” Naltrexone blocks the feel-good endorphins the drinker is used to. With time, the drinker loses the desire for alcohol because he or she does not experience the desired effects. It’s similar to losing a taste for a formerly favorite food that you once found irresistible. But it comes with the added benefit of experiencing a life of freedom.
The addict’s brain eventually loses the desire for alcohol. Cravings and intense preoccupation with alcohol eventually decrease, and the addict is able to experience life without the control of addiction. Alcohol consumption decreases, and the addict’s physical and emotional health is eventually restored.
How Long Does the Sinclair Method Take?
Just as the addiction did not develop overnight, recovery is a process. Though the Sinclair Method has a tremendous success rate, especially compared to traditional programs, the number one reason the method does not work is encompassed in a single word: patience. Retraining the brain’s desires takes time.
Though some patients experience rapid success, it can take months for behavior to change. Staying the course of medication, participating fully and openly in therapy sessions with a knowledgeable psychiatrist, and willingness to keep trying are essential to recovery.
So I Can Continue Drinking During the Program?
Yes, that is the difference. Realizing you have a problem is the first step. The next is finding a way out of your problem. Let’s face it–alcohol is everywhere. Trying to abstain from drinking can make you feel out of place, and often drive you to drink in an effort for “normalcy.”
By participation in the Sinclair Method, you don’t face the awkwardness of social events without a drink in your hand. But because you are not having the reinforcement of feel-good endorphins, you drink less. That’s the end goal.
Where Can I Find Treatment With the Sinclair Method?
We provide confidential online treatment to all residents of New York. Our practitioners are passionately dedicated to helping you experience the freedom of life without addiction.