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Dr. David Sinclair patented The Sinclair Method, also known as "as needed" or "targeted" methods, in 1988. His hypothesis was that if the endorphins released by drinking alcohol were blocked each and every time the person drank, the conditioned reaction would weaken and the person would drink progressively less and experience reduced cravings as time went on. Dr. Sinclair used the technical term "pharmacological extinction" to describe this reaction. 

Used in this way, one 50mg pill is taken 1 hour before the first drink is consumed each and every time. 

"It was the first treatment designed to reduce drinking, rather than focusing on immediate and long term abstinence. Many doctors struggle with the ethics of prescribing a pill that must be taken with alcohol."1 

According to Dr. Eskapa in The Cure for Alcoholism, 

"The reduction in craving and drinking is progressive. Benefits can be seen as soon as ten days after first use, but the effects are more than three times stronger after three to four months. By that time, your cravings for alcohol will have diminished so much that you are no longer obsessed with alcohol. Some people will choose to stop drinking completely; others continue to drink at safe, controllable levels. The benefits continue increasing indefinitely so long as you take naltrexone if and when you drink."2 

The full PDF of The Cure for Alcoholism: The Medically Proven Way to Cure Alcoholism by Dr. Roy Escapa can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/60fs7gmvbyzs1kk/Cure%20for%20Alcoholism.pdf?dl=0

1. Burlison, Linda (2016-02-02). A Prescription for Alcoholics - Medications for Alcoholism (Kindle Location 6761. Page 345). Stonecutter Books. Kindle Edition. 

2. Eskapa, Roy (2012). The Cure for Alcoholism: The Medically Proven Way to Cure Alcoholism (page 4). BenBella Books, Inc. 

 

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