- 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…
- 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).*
- 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.
- 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.