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Do you want to reduce the amount you are currently drinking?
Would you like to reduce your alcohol consumption, or have you found it difficult to quit altogether? Would you like to be able to drink socially?
The answer could be the Fresh Start program, a medically proven medication-assisted treatment program for reducing alcohol consumption. Some people also use the Sinclair Method for assistance in reducing their consumption, and then stopping altogether.
We offer a medically proven treatment to help you find success.
Total sobriety can be very difficult and expensive to achieve. AA and other 12 step programs have a success rate of less than 20%. Private treatment facilities can be enormously expensive, often costing thousands per month, with no better outcomes than 12 Step Programs.
For many people, controlling your drinking might be as easy as taking a pill before you drink.
By adhering to a protocol of taking a single dose of low-dose Naltrexone an hour before you start drinking, only on days you drink, a large majority of people are able to reduce their alcohol consumption over time. And for people that want to stop drinking altogether, after moderating over time, many of them are able to achieve total abstinence from alcohol.
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The Sinclair Method is an off-label use of Naltrexone, an affordable generic FDA drug already approved to help stop drinking. In the United States, Naltrexone is almost always prescribed with Orders to “Take every day, and don’t drink”- this protocol is only about as successful as standard 12 Step based programs (10-20% Success Rate).
The Sinclair Method- patented in 1989- and the standard treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder in Finland, and widely used in other European countries, has a Success-Rate of up to 78%- but less than ½ of 1% of US physicians are even aware of it, The Sinclair Method involves a different protocol for Naltrexone: Take 50mg of Naltrexone one hour before drinking- Only on the days that you drink. Using the Sinclair Method and tracking their alcohol usage, many patients see reduced alcohol consumption within the first several weeks, and the great majority within six months. The Sinclair Method gives the majority of patients the ability to moderate their drinking over time, without quitting altogether. Also, since the patient is reducing their alcohol consumption over time, the Sinclair method usually avoids the need for hospitalized detoxing for heavy drinkers.
One of the advantages is that most patients will be able to continue to drink in social situations, should they choose, thus avoiding one of the major issues of total abstinence 12 Step programs. With some patients that choose to, total abstinence is able be achieved over time; otherwise, patients must continue to use the Sinclair Method every time they drink.
Medical Lexington | Board-Certified Psychiatrist | Stephen M. Cox MD
Medical Lexington | Board-Certified Psychiatrist
Stephen M. Cox MD
“It is my definite clinical opinion, that after carefully researching traditional treatment and The Sinclair Method treatment for alcohol dependence, that the Sinclair Method (TSM) should be the treatment tried first. Traditional treatment should only be used in the minority of patients where The Sinclair Method failed, or, where it cannot be used due to some unusual medical circumstance, such as allergy to naltrexone. The Sinclair Method is very much cheaper and very much more effective than traditional treatment. My opinion is that, barring unusual clinical circumstances, that The Sinclair Method should be prescribed first, not last; and, to do otherwise might be considered malpractice. I use The Sinclair Method with all my private patients, unless there is some reason not to, which is unusual. I find it to be effective in 75% of patients at a year out. I find that traditional rehab treatment works only in about 20% after the same year of treatment.”
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