Useful tips

  1. Buy The Cure for Alcoholism by Roy Eskapa. It’s available HERE on Amazon and it’s quite simply a must-have purchase for anyone seriously interested in pursuing The Sinclair Method as a potential treatment for themselves. It answers just about every question that you might think to ask. In fact, I would say don’t pursue things any further until you’ve bought that first for the simple reason that you may need it to show to your doctor. Talking of which…
  2. Collect as much evidence as you can before you go in to see your doctor. So: read the book, check out the links on this site and print off a copy of the annotated bibliography of clinical studies that back up the Sinclair Method’s success rate (available HERE). Seems like a lot of work, I know, but the fact is that there are still many physicians who haven’t read the research on The Sinclair Method so you – as a patient – need to be understanding of  the fact that he/she may well be ignorant of this treatment and potentially very sceptical. So a “softly, softly” approach is probably best when it comes to communication (don’t go in “setting the world to rights” like I did, in other words! …because you might find that you get a frosty reception).*
  3. Okay – so you’ve read the book, been in to see your doctor and – barring any reasons why you may be unsuitable for this treatment (such as being pregnant or being on opoid-based medication or having cirrhosis of the liver) – you get a prescription for a naltrexone or nalmefene. Great. But just as a little bit of friendly additional advice – something worth investing in in the early days – and it’s something really cheap – would be a keychain pill fob. Something like this (see below). Why? Well, just because it pays to always have some nal on your person during the early days… especially if you’re on a trip out of town and you find yourself in a drinking situation. 
  4. Keep a log of your drinking as you go through the process. Strictly speaking, you don’t have to… the treatment will work or not work whether you keep a log or not, but it’s immensely satisfying if you’re one of the 80% that this treatment does work for to be able to chart the reduction in your drinking (as I did), ultimately graphing my own pharmacological extinction experience.

 

* Regarding whether or not your GP is receptive: even in the worst case scenario of him/her turning you away for no good reason you still have options. You have the right to a second opinion, after all. The main thing is not to lose hope. Check out the Find a Physician menu on the C3 Foundation website to find practitioners who use The Sinclair Method.