What is The Sinclair Method?
The Sinclair Method (TSM) is a treatment for alcohol addiction that uses a technique called pharmacological extinction—the use of an opiate blocker to turn habit-forming behaviors into habit erasing behaviors. The effect returns a person’s craving for alcohol to its pre-addiction state. But what does that mean?
The Sinclair Method consists of taking Naltrexone (an FDA approved medication) one hour before your first drink of the day. Taking Naltrexone works by chemically disrupting the body’s behavior/reward cycle causing you to want to drink less and decrease the “high” that alcohol produces. Often patients report that when using The Sinclair Method they not only want to drink less, they feel empowered and wish they had known about The Sinclair Method sooner.Request an Appointment
Alcohol Addiction Medicine FAQ
Vivitrol is a medicine that doctors use to help people who have trouble with alcohol or opioid addiction. It’s given as a shot, and it works by blocking certain chemicals in the brain that can cause addiction. This helps reduce cravings and makes it easier for people to stay away from alcohol or opioids. It’s an important part of a treatment plan to help people recover from addiction and live healthier lives.
Inpatient rehab and outpatient treatment are two different types of addiction treatment programs that offer varying levels of support and care. They differ in location and setting, intensity of care, flexibility, duration, cost and suitability to the individual. Healthcare professionals can help assess what’s best for the patient.
Yes, there are several support groups and aftercare programs available to support long-term recovery for individuals who have completed addiction treatment. These programs aim to provide ongoing support, encouragement, and resources to help individuals maintain their sobriety and lead fulfilling lives in recovery. Common support groups and programs include: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), SMART Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery, and online support groups.
Of course. Some of the considerations include identifying triggers, developing coping strategies, building a support network, avoiding high risk situations, setting realistic goals and developing a wellness plan. Speak to our providers to determine what’s best for you.
The Sinclair Method has a 78% long-term success rate
Studies have proven that The Sinclair Method is effective with or without therapy, so patients can choose whether or not to combine The Sinclair Method with therapy. We will assess your support system during your consultation and may make the recommendation that therapy should be part of your treatment plan. Our goal is your success in achieving a healthier relationship with alcohol and every patient receives individualized care.
Extinction usually occurs within 3-4 months.*
The Sinclair Method allows the patient to remain in control of their health and wellness. Your goal may be to quit drinking entirely or to cut down to a healthy consumption rate. Often what scares people most about alcohol addiction treatment is the thought of total abstinence for life, the stigma of “rehab” and dreaded group meetings.
About 25% of Sinclair Method patients become 100% abstinent, the other 75% may have a goal to consume less alcohol, or create healthy boundaries like drinking when safe and appropriate. Those who continue to drink will have to take their medication prior to drinking for as long as they continue to drink. Most patients that reach out to us have already decided on their own that alcohol is creating issues and disrupting their happiness.
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If you or a loved one feel that you are drinking too much, or that your drinking patterns have increased to a point that is causing concern, contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation. The Sinclair Method offers hope to treat alcohol addiction with respect, privacy, and science.