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  1. BarrelChested

    New to TSM

    Yesterday, I posted to the following to the MyWayOut forum. Several members/posters suggested that I switch to THIS forum. It's a bit of a buzz-kill... <crickets> So, in my best Steve Martin impersonation... "my story? You want to hear my story?!" So it goes... I've found solidarity and solace in some of these posts. I'm staunchly agnostic and find AA wholly unpalatable. However, I know that my unhealthy relationship with alcohol is rooted in my past/psychology. There are some "doozies." The salient point is that I need to stop drinking. It took me A LOT to get to this point. It took me quite a bit more to be willing to chemically-castrate myself. I've been taking Naltrexone for a mere 2-3 weeks. I read a metric-tonne of journal articles (PubMed, NIH, etc) about it. I'm a science geek. From the literature, I know that side-effects are rare. Well, call me "lucky;" I've experienced depression, nausea, confusion, and VERY dark thoughts on Nal. I'm a strong person... and, damn it, I need the strength on this medication. So... After a week, I discovered (rather, delved further into) "The Sinclair Method." I'm just now trying it. I follow a pattern of binge drinking (I typically drink/abstain for a 2 month/3 month ratio). "Reigning it in," I drink at least 50 standard drinks per week. I also ride a bicycle 4,000mi/yr and do very technical work. People would never guess. They don't know about my "deferred" DUI. I digress. I'm frustrated that this isn't "sorted," already. I will say that I'm positive that Nal has an effect. It doesn't eliminate the euphoria of drinking. Rather, it dulls it. When I drink, rather than the wash of relaxation I'm used to receiving upon the first drink, I feel... well, by the second drink, I feel the fatigue of a party gone too long. I'm drinking... but going to bed wouldn't be so horrible. What IS horrible is the cascade of side-effects. I've only had two booze-free days (yesterday was the last) since I started. And, well, it wasn't a struggle [to not drink] and I was happy to get out from under the oppressive, depressing thumb of Nal. Having watched a dear friend/soldier lose his life in my arms... well, it's a weight like that being on Nal (for me, at least -- very, very dark). HOWEVER, as frustrated as I feel that I've not "George-Jetson'd" my way out of this... well, Nal has given me hope. It's the hope of a character in a horror flick that sees that the killer has left-behind some killing tool; the bloody mess is far from over and you're operating at a disadvantage. I'm not a PolyAnna. I'm very far from this. I'm honest. And the hope that I get from Nal outweighs the crushing darkness I feel from the medicine (initially, I was taking 25mg, twice per day - a really misguided approach I arbitrarily adopted; I requested the medication and received zero guidance on how to take it). I realize the absurdity/lack-of-validity of a neophyte posting his experience. However, I've studied Neuroscience at the graduate level and am unusually deliberate and honest in all that I do. I'm shocked that I created an account. I felt compelled to do so. Perhaps this tiny community will help me avoid seeking professional assistance (which might, admittedly, help me... but maybe I'd like to have a security clearance again, some day? Mental health care is stigmatized, yo'....). And my follow-up to that post from yesterday is... is that community helps. I have a crazy work environment that's extremely socially-isolated. And now that I don't go to bars... well... I'm looking forward to reading replies. The Naltrexone on top of circumstantial social isolation... well, it's really not the ideal combination. #justSayin
  2. Admin2

    The Sinclair Method

    The Cure for Alcoholism: The Medically Proven Way to Eliminate Alcohol Addiction by Dr. Roy Escapa http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1937856135?keywords=roy%20escapa%20the%20medically&qid=1458412717&ref_=sr_1_fkmr1_1&sr=8-1-fkmr1 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
  3. Mentium

    Naltrexone question

    I'm still an active dependent drinker and very unhappy to be so. Naltrexone is a route I have not yet tried (tried baclofen but the SEs were too much for me). I've been reading quite a lot about Naltrexone and I am thinking about trying the Sinclair method. I've read a bit about the science/chemistry behind it but I am left with a question in my mind. I read that Naltrexone inhibits the euphoric effect of drinking and that the reinforcement of the habit is short circuited as a result, with a resulting reduction in the desire to drink. I do however find myself wondering if the same result might be achieved simply by diluting one's drinks by a couple of percent every night over a few months. Apologies if I have missed something basic in the reasoning behind the Sinclair method - and hoping very much that I have!
  4. If you have tried naltrexone please answer these questions. Do you consider your experience with naltrexone a success or a failure? Did you use The Sinclair Method (TSM) or traditional? How much were you drinking before you began naltrexone? What was your initial dose? Did you increase that amount? To how much? Did you have any side effects? Were the side effects disabling? How long did it take before you determined it was a success or a failure? Do you consider yourself cured? Do you still drink? When did you notice a difference in your drinking? Did you take it with other medications?
  5. Admin2

    The Sinclair Method

    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.
  6. Admin2

    Three Ways to Use Naltrexone

    Naltrexone is one of three approved medications for AUDs. There are three ways to use naltrexone. Each of them has been researched and proven effective. The daily method, which is how it is most often prescribed, has the patient take the medication daily and attempt to abstain. The Sinclair Method has the patient take the pill one hour before the first drink, each and every time the person drinks. The third way is using Vivitrol, which is a monthly injection of naltrexone.
  7. Forum for support for those taking naltrexone using The Sinclair Method http://www.thesinclairmethod.net/community/viewforum.php?f=5
  8. Admin2

    One Little Pill

    This is a film you can rent or buy about The Sinclair Method, which is based on taking naltrexone one hour before you drink. http://www.onelittlepillmovie.com/
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