The Cure for Alcoholism book.

The Cure for Alcoholism

The medically proven way to eliminate Alcohol Addiction – Roy D. Eskapa, PhD,

I thought this book was excellent and could really help a lot of people understand the “Sinclair Method”, that has the potential to really help those who have fallen into alcoholism or addiction, and who find it very difficult, to moderate or abstain. The “Sinclair Method” involves taking a pill before drinking, that will remove the pleasure, and hence the cravings for alcohol, over time. This gives people a chance to cut down in a less brutal way, than suddenly going abstinent. Very few people remain abstinent at first, using traditional methods, and can often give up on recovery, after a short time feeling they have failed. The method in this book would change that and give a greater number of people, the chance to change for the better, and put addiction behind them. I would urge anybody, with alcoholism or addiction issues, to read this book.


I would not wish active alcoholism or opiate addiction on anybody, it really is horrible, yet even though I believe that alcoholism/addiction is a learnt behaviour, it is not easy to change your ways, and stop drinking. You have to change the way you mind reacts to the idea of drinking and this book provides you with a good method to do this.

I actually became angry at one point as I read, not with the book, but because I could think of so many people who could have been helped by these methods, yet they are not hearing about this! The AA “steps” approach is so out of date and sounds completely ridiculous after reading this. I am not saying a support group is not useful, but the fact that “faith healing in the 12 step world” is given more importance than scientific progress is criminal in my opinion. The book does talk about the fact that Naltrexone, which is one of the drugs that is used for the “Sinclair Method” being out of patent and therefore is not going to make anybody a huge amount of money, as being one of the reasons it is not being pushed more as a solution. It talks about the 12 step recovery business, being established ways of making money, as being part of the problem. These “treatment centers” have grown out of AA and generally do not have high success rates, but make a lot of money. Inpatient treatment, could be pretty much wiped out using the method in this book as people would detox on their own.

The book describes the way that the “Sinclair Method” works and how it differs from traditional approaches. It chemical extinguishes, the cravings for alcohol, over a period of time. The patient drinks alcohol an hour after taking the pill, and over a few months the desire to drink will drop or cease. People can then keep a pill on them for when they want to have a social drink. This actually allows people to detox at home, and protects against the binges that people sometimes go on when they relapse from 12 step methods or other solutions.

The book has sections which are aimed at people with a drink problem, and those who treat it. This is important as many doctors seem to be unaware about this method. The book also has a website that mentions updates about the method. There are also downloads of sections of the book in PDF format so you can get an idea of the approach in much more detail than I can put on my site here

There are a couple of drugs that give a similar result and one area that I believe has changed since the book was published, is the availability to people via the NHS in the UK, which is looking at more evidence based solutions. Here is a link to a site that has information about this method for the UK as well as lots more that explains the “Sinclair method”

The book talks about using the medication along side counselling if necessary, which would be helpful for many people. It talks about how it was tested and how high the results are for good outcomes. AA has a low success rate, similar to those who give up on their own (thought to be fair, most people who go there have tried to stop on their own anyway and failed, and some are sent by courts and not really interested). Other methods do not fare that much better, despite having more rational approaches (they are also not reaching that many people) and many people have a hard job stopping because of other mental problems. Naltrexone and the “Sinclair method” could take a lot of the nasty part about getting sober out of alcoholism, giving more people a chance to rebuild their lives. People can still have problems such as suicidal thoughts or have problems dealing with life without drink and so the book acknowledges that support groups and counselling can be helpful.

Claudia Christian.

The methods described so well in this book could help so many people but it is not getting the exposure, that it deserves. It would be good to read this book after having a look at Claudia Christian’s film (she is in the book as well), as it would give you a great background about how this could work for you.

My thoughts on the Sinclair Method.

The book claims a really high success rate, which is way above any other method. I am sure that some unfortunate people will stop taking the drug, as they want to go back to getting drunk, then say it did not work (I know somebody that did this), but for those that want to stop, this could be the best answer. It certainly does not require taking part in any stupid religion, which is what most people who stay in AA end up doing, although as I have already mentioned some will face a bit of a shock about the realities of life, when they sober up and could benefit from a support group. It certainly gives people the opportunity to sober up on their own terms and not have to go to endless meetings which put a lot of people off. It would also save a lot of families wasting money on solutions such as 12 step rehabs which have as poor results as AA. I am glad that I never went to rehab and used money on outpatient help after about 15 months of stopping drinking, but I feel I could have got my drinking under control a lot earlier and with less stress, if I had read something like this fifteen or twenty years ago, or have been told about this by a health professional.

I hope that this goes on to become the default method for treating alcoholism. Things often take a long time for things to be accepted in the medical world and the treatment industry is even more conservative than other areas. I think if people bothered to look into this , they would be as positive as me about this method. There would still be room for support groups, as many encounter problems and need advice when confronted with an alcohol free world, but many seem to want to hold back progress, especially those who make a living from the 12 step world! It is such a shame that AA does not bother to tell those newcomers to meetings who are struggling, that this solution is available! It could save a lot of misery and prevent death!

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  1. This Method is almost universally denounced and vilified by the traditional recovery world, as being delusional. It is represented as nothing more than excuse to drink, leaving The rarely successful person with these methods as a “dry drunk”

    I can tell you it was absolutely spectacularly successful for me. I am absolutely certain a 12 step program would have been spectacularly disastrous in my case.

    A caveat however: following the Sinclair method website and forum, reveals a significantly lower success rate, and a high dropout rate. Probably for the reasons you mentioned above, people don’t want to take a pill, and they want to get back to getting the “buzz” from alcohol.

    What will make the method successful is educating yourself about alcohol, and realizing it’s just not a good thing to over drink. Once you get that into your now un-acohol addled head, with the help of the naltrexone, you can learn that drinking beyond social limits is purely harmful.

    Now, with a completely different mindset, you have matured beyond the problem drinking, and can make a conscious and rational choice just to simply not do it anymore. One beautiful side effect of the method, is a complete absence of craving, and and almost magical indifference to alcohol

    Much applause to Claudia Christian, and the European C3 website for promoting this also.

  2. I am really glad you found the Sinclair Method helpful and are telling others about it. It certainly does not get the coverage that it deserves. I really do think it could help so many people that find the more traditional methods very difficult.
    I think that some people would benefit from counselling along side Naltraxone as sometimes it is hard to live without alcohol if it is your crutch, and I certainly had some problems with depression, but as a great starting point to deal with the addiction to alcohol, I doubt that the Sinclair Method can be beaten. It gives people a stable place to start to change things without having to deal with the really invasive cravings.
    I have to say I did not know too much about the Sinclair Method myself until a couple of years ago, and watching Claudia’s film really opened my eyes.
    I have put a seperate category on here about the Sinclair Method ( ) and hope some people will stumble across it. It would be good to get some comments from people who have used the method, as people often try and emulate success stories.

  3. Counseling and mindfulness/craving strategies are absolutely essential. You have to change you perspective of, and love affair with alcohol and see it for what it is.

    People who expect a miracle just taking the pill and drinking will not succeed, as they have not changed their thinking.

    • I think that is true for most methods of recovery. A lot of people just seem to go to a group and expect thing to work out, without doing much else.
      There is normally something driving alcohol or drug abuse which most people should try and sort out. I know I had to do that and also get used to living without the crutch of alcohol.

  4. A very balanced article highlighting the positives of offering another option to those who suffer from AUD. Thank you.

    Just to clarify, it is a common misunderstanding that when taking either of these opiate blocking medications, the pleasure from drinking is removed – it isn’t. It is the addiction or compulsion that is ultimately removed.

    If you imagine each drinking session creates a ‘circuit’ in your brain – endorphin release hitting the opiate receptors in the brain and then releasing dopamine – all of which reinforces the compulsion to drink and over many years the brain learns the addiction/compulsion. The longer someone tries to abstain from drinking, the stronger the cravings become.

    These medications occupy the opiate receptors in the brain and therefore the endorphins that are released from drinking are unable to attach to the receptors and so that cycle is broken.

    Repeated drinking sessions in this way undo that learned behaviour and that is called Pharmacological Extinction. This can take many months for some people, or happen within a few months.

    But over time, this is a method that will work for over 75% of people. If after the extinction has occurred someone wishes to drink socially, they can safely do so as long as they take the medication first. If they do not, the destructive drinking cycle will reinforce itself again.

    For many people on The Sinclair Method, they find that once drinking no longer holds the same hold over them that it once did, it looses it’s appeal entirely and many people will go completely sober. But they must always keep a tablet on them in case they wish for a glass of champagne at a wedding for example.

    The Sinclair Method specifically instructs to take a tablet one hour prior to the first drinking session of the day in order to target ONLY the endorphins release from drinking.

    I am very grateful that you are writing about this as an option. Thank you for helping to raise awareness. There is no need for someone to hit ‘rock bottom’ before they get help for their drinking, and this is an excellent option for daily drinkers or binge drinkers – regardless of whether they have already sought traditional treatments or not.

    C3 Europe.

    • Thanks so much for leaving a comment here, and thanks for all the work you are doing. I think it is important to highlight this method as it really could help with the binge culture here in the UK and elsewhere.

      A lot of people try to stop drinking over New Year and through January as well, but face difficulties which leads to them feeling a faliure and going back to drinking feeling there is no solution. I feel this method could really help them.

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