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.

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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.


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