Home » Options for Alcohol Use Disorder: The Sinclair Method
We all have that friend or family member that has a problem, but no one wants to talk with them about it. The drinking problem. When does casual, social drinking turn into a habit and then worse, an addiction? And why are we so afraid to address the issue? And more importantly, why are we so reluctant to seek out new methods of treatment.
For the most part, faith-based and group therapy, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, has been the method used for treating alcoholism. Started in 1935, the program developed a twelve-step program to help people struggling with problematic drinking with support through peers and daily meetings. The concept revolves around the theory that alcoholism as an illness that can be managed but not controlled through complete sobriety. There are varying opinions on the success of the program, but most will agree they know little of other options.
I had the opportunity to interview the actress Claudia Christian, whose goal is to change this. Claudia has been in the film and television industry for over 35 years, starring in more than 50 films. We talked about her relationship with alcohol and how it went down that slippery slope to the point where she needed to do something about it. Not satisfied with the idea of group therapy and abstinence, she sought out other treatment methods. After years of expensive counseling and rehab, she eventually heard about the Sinclair Method. It changed her life, and her mission is now to make sure anyone who is suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUS) knows about this effective treatment.
Claudia founded the C Three Foundation, which is a non-profit organization providing awareness and advocacy for The Sinclair Method (TSM). Their motto is “Options Save Lives,” believing that recovery requires a multifaceted approach. The C Three Foundation strives to inform people about the practical and long-lasting treatment and wants to disprove the idea that the only form of treatment is through complete and permanent sobriety.
WHEN DOES CASUAL, SOCIAL DRINKING TURN INTO A HABIT AND THEN WORSE, AN ADDICTION? AND WHY ARE WE SO AFRAID TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE? AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHY ARE WE SO RELUCTANT TO SEEK OUT NEW METHODS OF TREATMENT.
The Sinclair Method (TSM) is a treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder developed by Dr. John Sinclair that uses a technique called pharmacological extinction, which is the use of an opiate blocker to turn habit-forming behaviors into habit erasing behaviors. The effect changes a person’s craving for alcohol to its pre-addiction state. Unlike traditional treatments that require complete abstinence, this method allows you to continue drinking alcohol at the beginning of treatment. Treatment success depends on the continued consumption of alcohol combined with the prescription medication Naltrexone. When you take Naltrexone before drinking, it blocks endorphins, the naturally occurring opiates in the brain from being released when alcohol is consumed. This prevents the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication. The FDA approves Naltrexone as a means to treat alcohol and opioid use disorders. Why had I never heard about it? This was one of my first questions. Claudia suspects the multi-billion dollar rehab industry and alcohol companies may be in part to blame.
The Sinclair method is quite simple; you take the “little pill” of Naltroxene one hour before you are going to consume alcohol. With continued use of Naltrexone a person can reduce their drinking behaviors as the effects of intoxication are reduced. Claudia’s film, One Little Pill, takes an in-depth look at The Sinclair Method and its success rate of 78% and how it has saved the lives of so many. The characterdriven film tells a very personal story about Claudia and others who have sought out this safe, effective, and very affordable treatment.
The C Three Foundation offers a wide range of programs to not only those suffering from alcohol use disorder but family and friends of those affected by it. It also hopes to inform medical professionals about The Sinclair Method and educate them on the importance of screening patients for alcohol use disorder, provide them with resources for treating patients and connect them with patients looking for recovery through this medication-assisted treatment. Visit the C Three Foundations website to learn more about Claudia Christian and her heartfelt passion for educating the public on The Sinclair Method.
COLLEEN MCHALE is an account executive at PoshSeven and a registered yoga teacher in Loudoun County.