The Sinclair Method
Sinclair Method

What is it? 

The Sinclair Method is a method proven to work as an alternative to abstinence. The Sinclair Method 

According to Sinclairmethod.org

The Sinclair Method for Alcohol Use Disorders is an evidence-based treatment for problematic drinking developed by Dr. John D. Sinclair. Unlike traditional treatments that require complete abstinence from alcohol, the Sinclair Method allows you to continue drinking alcohol at the beginning of treatment.

In fact, treatment success depends on the continued consumption of alcohol in combination with the prescription medication Naltrexone.

Naltrexone is at the heart of the Sinclair Method (TSM) for Alcoholism.  When you take Naltrexone prior to drinking, it blocks endorphins, the naturally occurring opiates in the brain, from being released when alcohol is consumed.

When the endorphins are blocked, there is no “buzz” or rewarding experience, and the alcohol doesn’t make you feel the pleasure that drives you to drink excessively.

Over time, your brain learns not to associate alcohol with pleasure, resulting in reduced cravings and improved control over alcohol use.   Naltrexone must be taken at least one hour before your first drink.

According to Mayo Clinic Naltrexone is used to help narcotic dependents who have stopped taking narcotics to stay drug-free. It is also used to help alcoholics stay alcohol-free. The medicine is not a cure for addiction. It is used as part of an overall program that may include counseling, attending support group meetings, and other treatment recommended by your doctor.

Naltrexone is not a narcotic. It works by blocking the effects of narcotics, especially the “high” feeling that makes you want to use them. It also may block the “high” feeling that may make you want to use alcohol. It will not produce any narcotic-like effects or cause mental or physical dependence. It will not prevent you from becoming impaired while drinking alcohol.

Naltrexone will cause withdrawal symptoms in people who are physically dependent on narcotics. Naltrexone treatment is started after you are no longer dependent on narcotics. The length of time this takes may depend on which narcotic you took, the amount you took, and how long you took it. Before you start taking this medicine, be sure to tell your doctor if you think you are still having withdrawal symptoms.

Is the Sinclair Method too good to be true? Does the Sinclair Method Work?

The Sinclair Method is favored and effective by patients who do not want to quit drinking but limit their drinking to healthy moderations. The Sinclair Method helps people gain control over their drinking with the help of medications like Naltrexone. Naltrexone is taken an hour before the first drink and blocks the reward mechanism of getting intoxicated and help you make healthier choices.

Health Issues that lead from Alcoholism, according to Mayo Clinic:

Risks of heavy alcohol use

While moderate alcohol use may offer some health benefits, heavy drinking — including binge drinking — has no health benefits.

Heavy or high-risk drinking is defined as more than three drinks on any day or more than seven drinks a week for women and for men older than age 65, and more than four drinks on any day or more than 14 drinks a week for men age 65 and younger.

Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks within two hours for women and five or more drinks within two hours for men.

Excessive drinking can increase your risk of serious health problems, including:

  • Certain cancers, including breast cancer and cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus and liver
  • Pancreatitis
  • Sudden death if you already have cardiovascular disease
  • Heart muscle damage (alcoholic cardiomyopathy) leading to heart failure
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver disease
  • Suicide
  • Accidental serious injury or death
  • Brain damage and other problems in an unborn child
  • Alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Is the Sinclair Method right for you?

If you would like to take back control of your life and not be consumed by alcohol but continue to drink, Sinclair Method is right for you. 

Binge drinkers and heavy drinkers usually have great results when using the Sinclair Method, the Sinclair Method can reduce the amount you drink and the days you drink. So if you are having 10 drinks a night, the Sinclair Method will help you reduce to only one drink a night or only drinking two days a week. 

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